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How long do I need an SR-22 in Texas?


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Under SR-22 requirements in Texas you typically have to obtain and carry an SR-22 for two years.

An SR-22 insurance policy is a certificate of insurance that shows the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) proof of insurance for the future, as required by law. SR-22 insurance is not necessarily "high risk" insurance. It is motor vehicle liability insurance which requires the insurance company to certify coverage to DPS, and the insurance company must notify DPS anytime the policy is cancelled, terminated or lapses.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the SR-22 is required for two years from the date of crash, date of conviction or date the judgment was rendered. You can look up the law regarding this under Texas Transportation Code 601.056.

You do not need to own a car to buy this kind of insurance. If you do not own a car, contact an insurance company of your choice and talk to them about a non-owner SR-22. You do need to however obtain the policy and SR22 form from an insurance agent who is authorized to write liability insurance for the Texas.

If the Texas DPS receives notification from the insurance company that the policy associated with your SR-22 is cancelled, terminated, or lapses while you are required to keep it in force then appropriate enforcement action may be taken against you. If the SR-22 is still required and there is not a valid SR-22 on file, your driving privilege and vehicle registration will be suspended.

The SR-22 certificate of financial responsibility can be required for a number of reasons in Texas. It is part of the driver's license reinstatement process after:

  • a driving under the influence of alcohol suspension
  • drug offense suspension
  • driving while license is suspended/invalid suspension
  • driving without insurance suspension
  • an uninsured crash resulting in your license being suspended
  • suspension of your driver's license due to an unsatisfied judgment arising out of a traffic crash

Visit our state page to find out more about Texas car insurance.


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