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What is South Carolina SR22 Insurance?
A South Carolina SR22 car insurance certificate, or financial responsibility insurance form, is a document that serves as proof that a driver is financially responsible for carrying the minimum required car insurance.
Who Needs SR22 Insurance in South Carolina?
In South Carolina, SR22 car insurance must be carried by uninsured drivers who were involved in an accident and failed to pay for injuries or damages they caused; drivers with unsatisfied judgments; drivers with more than three mandatory insurance violation convictions; drivers whose licenses were revoked; and drivers operating a vehicle under mandatory insurance supervisions.
Are There Different Types of South Carolina SR22 Insurance Forms?
There three types of South Carolina SR-22 auto insurance forms: operator, owner and operator-owner. Operator’s SR22 car insurance certificate is for drivers who operate but do not own a vehicle. Owner’s SR22 insurance certificate is for drivers who own and operate a vehicle. Operator’s-Owner’s SR22 car insurance certificate is for all vehicles owned or not owned by a driver.
Is SR22 Car Insurance Required in South Carolina?
If convicted of a serious moving violation, drivers in South Carolina must carry liability insurance and file a South Carolina SR-22 auto insurance form with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Failure to do either will cost you a $500 fine and suspension of your driver’s license and registration if you are stopped by a police officer during a routine traffic stop or accident.
How Do I File a South Carolina SR-22 Insurance Form?
Your insurance company files your South Carolina SR22 car insurance form with the South Carolina DMV. You will be charged a processing fee, which can vary among insurers. You can go (here) to request a quote from insurance agencies in your area. The insurance company will forward the SR22 auto insurance form to the DMV within 30 days. If accepted, you will receive the SR22 along with a letter from the DMV. A South Carolina SR-22 insurance form must be maintained for three years, and you must renew it at least 45 days before it expires. Your insurer will notify the State if you fail to renew your SR-22 insurance form at least 15 days before the expiration date, and your driving record may be suspended until your South Carolina SR22 car insurance form is reinstated.