CA DMV SR22 Requirements

CA DMV SR22 Requirements

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Attorney Christopher J McCannBy Christopher J McCann

Learn All About CA DMV SR22 Requirements After Being Arrested For A DUI in California To Get Your Car Back On The Golden State Highway. By: Christopher J McCann 


There is a lot of confusion and obscurity surrounding CA DMV SR22 requirements. However, with the help of an experienced CA DUI attorney, you can effortlessly understand the nitty-gritties of California DMV SR22 requirements.

In a layman’s term, CA SR22 is basically a form issues by your auto insurance provider verifying that you have satisfied the state’s requisites in regards to car liability insurance coverage. Once you have been issued with an SR22 form, your car insurance company will send a duplicate to the CA DMV (Department of Motor Vehicle).

It is imperative that you acquire an SR22 form if you would like to reinstate your driving privileges in California after the DMV either suspended or revoked your driver’s license. Even though SR22 forms are normally linked to DUI cases, SR-22 can be provided depending on various scenarios.

Examples of scenarios where the CA department of motor vehicle may compel you to file for an SR-22 form include, but not limited to:

  • If you would like to reinstate you driving privileges after a DUI conviction or wet and reckless arrest.
  • If you were involved in an auto accident but your car, truck or motorcycle was uninsured or under-insured.
  • If you would like to reinstate your driving privileges in California following the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license by the DMV after being declared by the department as a careless operator. You can also be declared as a careless driver if you have accumulated several points on your driving records over a given time frame.

Any of the scenarios listed above will compel you to maintain an SR-22 file with the CA department of motor vehicle for a period not exceeding 3 years. In the event that the California department of motor vehicle compels you to keep an SR-22 file, it is imperative that you include all cars registered in your name within the policy. The same applies to other cars, trucks or motorcycles you may be operating but are not registered in your name.

However, if your driving privileges have been revoked, meaning that you are no longer illegible to drive in California, then you will not be needed to file SR-22 forms. To a layman, CA DMV SR22 requirements may seem quite complex and thus the reason to consult an experienced California DUI attorney.

Can You Obtain a California Restricted License if You Have an SR22 Form?

It is possible to obtain a restricted CA driver’s license if you have an SR22 form. Normally, persons convicted for DUI offenses in California are usually put under probation. What this means is that, you have to satisfy particular court-directed obligations. DWI probation basically entails:

  • Attendance and completion of CA DUI School.
  • Completion of DUI penalties, for example, loss of driving privileges for a period of between 6 months and 4 years.

Once you have satisfied all the requirements set by the DMV and the court, rest assured that you will be able to obtain a restricted license. This in turn allows you to drive to and from work in addition to picking and dropping your children to and from school. To learn more about California restricted license, talk to a CA criminal law attorney specializing in DUI cases.

About Guest California Criminal Defense Lawyer & Author:

If located in Orange County California and you need a DUI attorney for your case, contact The Law Offices of Christopher J McCann for a free case consultation. You can also follow Chris McCann’s tweets on twitter at @CJM_Law_Firm for related drunk driving law rants or pick up a print copy of my published author DUI book.

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