So you’ve been caught driving under the influence. With all of the impound and court fees, paid classes and unlimited paperwork, it’s hard to know exactly what you’ll need to do to get driving again. To start, you will definitely need to visit the DMV (especially since your license was probably revoked at the time of your arrest) and you will also need to get insurance coverage.
Step 1: You Will Need Insurance
Most drivers arrested for DUI will need to seek out new insurance coverage. Your arrest has now made you, what the insurance industries call, “high-risk”. Large insurance firms usually don’t want to take on this added insurance burden so many individuals find themselves dropped from their existing coverage. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry! There are other companies out there who specialize in DUI insurance. But more on that later.
Step 2: You Will Need to File a SR-22
The second step to get back to driving is to file a SR-22 (also called a “certificate of insurance”) with the DMV. This short form tells the state that, as a high-risk driver, you have found auto insurance. Often your insurance company will file these forms on your behalf, but don’t be surprised if you’ll need to take a trip to the DMV (one quick tip, save yourself the headache and make an appointment).
One thing of note: You may need to file a SR-22 for several years following a DUI conviction. This is because you will be officially “on probation” for a while after your DUI.
“Where can I get DUI Insurance?”
If you’ve been dropped by your existing insurance or if you were uninsured to begin with, there is still hope! An insurance broker can help you shop DUI insurance policies. A good insurance broker will have knowledge of the leading companies for high-risk drivers and should be able to find you something affordable (keep in mind, your insurance will go up after an arrest for DUI).
“Where can I find an insurance broker?”
If you are living in California or Arizona, then the brokers at Omni Safe Insurance can help get you the coverage you need so you can get back on the road.
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Need more information on your DUI? Check out these links
DUI Laws and Penalties in California http://dui.drivinglaws.org/california.php
DUI Laws and Penalties in Arizona http://www.azdps.gov/information/impaired_driving/dui_laws/