What is an SR22?
SR22 insurance, or rather certification, is a form that legally states that the driver carries at least the minimum required insurance after a series of traffic violations or license suspension. Virginia also utilizes FR44 insurance, which not too many states do. FR44 is a type of SR22 insurance that is especially used in the event of driving under the influence conviction (DUI). A DUI will always result in a suspended license, so an FR44 and a liability policy will always be the first step to getting back on the road legally after all the legal consequences are resolved.
In the state of Virginia, the mandatory minimum liability insurance coverage is:
- $25,000 for bodily injury per person
- $50,000 for bodily injury per accident
- $20,000 for property damage
When is an SR22 Required in Virginia?
Virginia is one of several states that use SR22 insurance for suspended or high-risk drivers. A license can be suspended because of:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driving without liability insurance
- Multiple traffic violations
- Reckless driving
How Long Must You Maintain an SR22 in Virginia?
SR22s in Virginia must be maintained for at least three years with their annual renewal. Failure to maintain certification can result in further suspension.
Virginia DUI Convictions
Virginia operates with both driving under the influence (DUI) charges and driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges. A driver can be charged with a DUI if any trace of alcohol is found in their system. This could be the case even if the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is less than the legal limit average of 0.08. Legal penalties for each offense includes: