What are the Florida SR-22 & FR-44 Financial Responsibility auto insurance requirements?
In Florida, you may be required to purchase additional car insurance above the Florida state minimums if you have been in a car accident or you have had certain traffic violation convictions.
SR-22 in Florida
Certain incidents or violations may require you to carry an SR-22 certification, which mandates that you purchase bodily injury liability, or BIL, car insurance on top of the basic Florida car insurance requirements.
You will have to carry an SR-22 for 3 years IF:
- You are involved in a car accident that causes injuries or property damage.
- You have had your driver’s license suspended due to excessive traffic violation points.
- Your driver’s license has been habitually revoked.
If you are found guilty of driving without car insurance, you may have to carry a 6-month non-cancelable SR-22 for up to 2 years. A 6-month non-cancelable SR-22 requires you to pay your entire premium up front each time you renew your policy.
FR-44 in Florida
If you are convicted of a DUI in Florida, you may be required to purchase additional insurance and file an FR-44 form as proof of that coverage. FR-44 certificates are required when a driver has been convicted of a DUI and did not hold the following amounts of coverage for bodily injury liability and property damage liability insurance on the date of the arrest:
- $100,000 for injuries to any one person.
- $300,000 for injuries to all people in one accident.
- $50,000 for property damage liability (PDL).
If you are subject to the FR-44 requirement, you will need to add BIL and PDL coverage to your policy, with the minimums shown above.
You must have your FR-44 for at least 3 years from the date of suspension.
Driving under the influence is not only dangerous, but it can also be extremely costly. Stay safe and keep your car insurance premiums down.