Elijah Black is a Greenville, South Carolina native with a B.A. English from Coastal Carolina University. He is a fiction writer and also works as a freelance writer and editor. He’s worked as a Production Assistant for WYFF 4 and has been published in several publications and websites across the United States.

Full Bio →

Written by

Rachael Brennan has been working in the insurance industry since 2006 when she began working as a licensed insurance representative for 21st Century Insurance, during which time she earned her Property and Casualty license in all 50 states. After several years she expanded her insurance expertise, earning her license in Health and AD&D insurance as well. She has worked for small health in...

Full Bio →

Reviewed by Rachael Brennan
Licensed Auto Insurance Agent

UPDATED: Nov 2, 2020

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right coverage choices.

Advertiser Disclosure: We strive to help you make confident insurance decisions. Comparison shopping should be easy. We are not affiliated with any one insurance provider and cannot guarantee quotes from any single provider.

Our insurance industry partnerships don’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own. To compare quotes from many different companies please enter your ZIP code on this page to use the free quote tool. The more quotes you compare, the more chances to save.

Editorial Guidelines: We are a free online resource for anyone interested in learning more about auto insurance. Our goal is to be an objective, third-party resource for everything auto insurance related. We update our site regularly, and all content is reviewed by auto insurance experts.

What is Iowa SR-22 Insurance?

An Iowa SR-22 car insurance form, or a financial responsibility insurance certificate, is a document that serves as proof of your financial responsibility to carry the minimum amount of car insurance required by law.

Six major factors affect car insurance rates in Iowa. Which auto insurance factors will affect SR-22 rates the most? Typically that’s a IA DUI.

View as image

Who Needs Iowa SR-22 Insurance?

In Iowa, SR-22 car insurance must be carried by drivers who have had their drivers’ licenses revoked/suspended due to driving or being in accident while uninsured and failing to pay compensatory damages; drivers with unsatisfied judgments; drivers whose licenses were revoked for other reasons; drivers with DUI convictions on their driving record; and drivers convicted of six or more moving violations or who have accumulated six or more demerits within a two-year period.

Are There Different Types of Iowa SR-22 Forms?

Motorists can file one of three types of Iowa SR-22 auto insurance forms. An Operator’s Certificate covers financial responsibility for motorists who operate but do not own a vehicle. An Owner’s Certificate covers financial responsibility for drivers who own and operate a vehicle. An Operator’s-Owner’s Certificate covers financial responsibility for vehicles a motorist owns or does not own.

Is SR-22 Car Insurance Required in Iowa?

Drivers in the state of Iowa must carry at least liability insurance or file a SR-22 form with the Iowa Department of Transportation. Failure to file an Iowa SR-22 auto insurance form results in a $500 fine and suspension of your license and registration if you are ever stopped by an officer during an accident or routine traffic stop. Reinstatement of your registration and license may require payment of a fee.

How Do I File an IA SR-22 Insurance Form?

Your auto insurer, upon your request, files an Iowa SR-22 car insurance form with the Office of Driver Services of the Iowa Department of Transportation. You may be charged a processing fee. You can go online here to request a quote from state-authorized agencies in your area. Once you receive your Iowa SR-22, you must maintain it for two years. If you fail to renew your Iowa SR-22 car insurance before it lapses, your insurer is required by law to notify the state of Iowa and your drivers’ license will be suspended.