Financial responsibility insurance monitors the insurance of high-risk drivers. An SR-22 certificate of financial responsibility guarantees you carry the minimum insurance required by the state of Illinois and that you will continue to carry it for a set amount of time.
To obtain cheap SR22 insurance, contact an agent at Insurance Navy in-person, over the phone, online or through our mobile app. Insurance Navy will submit an SR-22 filing on your behalf on a Financial Responsibility Certificate.
An SR-22 certificate is issued in one of the following forms:
Operator’s certificates cover the driver in any non-owned vehicle.
Owner’s certificates cover cars owned by the driver. The type of vehicle must be listed on the SR-22 or may be issued for all owned vehicles.
Operators-owners certificates cover all cars owned or not owned by the driver.
When a driver makes a payment towards an SR22 insurance policy, an Insurance Navy agent will submit a request for an SR-22 through the Secretary of State’s office. This may take up to 30 days to process. Once processed, the driver will receive a copy of the SR-22 certificate as well as a letter from the Secretary of State’s office confirming their SR-22 insurance filing is in place.
Usually, a financial responsibility certificate must be maintained for three years but it may range from two to five years. If the SR-22 insurance cancels or expires, the law requires Insurance Navy to notify the Safety and Financial Responsibility Section. When the Secretary of State receives notice of a cancellation, the driver’s license will receive a suspension. This suspension will remain until the financial responsibility filing has been reinstated.
SR-22 insurance must be renewed at least 45 days before the policy ends to avoid license suspensions.
If drivers do not want to go through this process, they may deposit $70,000 in cash or securities with the Illinois State Treasurer. They may also file a surety bond or file a real estate bond.
Per Illinois law, drivers that need an SR22 insurance certificate must have the following minimum amounts in vehicle liability insurance:
- $25,000 for injury or death of one person in an accident.
- $50,000 for injury or death of more than one person in an accident.
- $20,000 for damages to the property of another person.
The most common reasons financial responsibility certificates are filed include:
- DUI/DWI convictions.
- Driving uninsured.
- Driving without a license.
- A revoked or suspended license.
SR-22s: What Drivers Want To Know
What Is An SR-22?
An SR22 is a financial responsibility certificate that’s required for a driver to reinstate or maintain their driving privileges.
Why Do I Need An SR-22?
An SR-22 is required for high-risk drivers. Usually, when drivers involved in an accident or a traffic stop do not have car insurance, they will need an SR22 filing.
You may also need an SR-22 certificate if you:
- Have a DUI or DWI.
- Have a serious moving violation or car accident.
- Were driving without insurance or a license.
- Have repeat traffic offenses.
- A revoked or suspended license.
- Court-ordered reasons including failure to pay child support.
The typical amount of time required for an SR-22 is three years but ranges from two to five years.
Why Is My License Still Suspended Even After Filing An SR22?
A license may still be suspended after an SR-22 insurance filing if there are additional judgments against you. This includes unpaid tickets or fines, unpaid child support or there may be an error in your SR-22 insurance filing. Contact an agent at Insurance Navy so they can verify your information. This includes proper spelling of your first, middle and last name, your date of birth and driver’s license number.
Why Was My SR22 Rejected?
An SR-22 may need refiling if there is an error in your SR-22 insurance application. Contact an agent at Insurance Navy so they can verify your information. This includes proper spelling of your first, middle and last name, your date of birth and driver’s license number.
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