After a DUI license suspension, part of the license reinstatement process includes filing a Florida FR44 insurance certificate. FR44 is also referred to as Florida DUI insurance because it’s required for alcohol or drug related motor vehicle offenses.
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What is FR44 insurance?
FR44 insurance differs from SR22 insurance. SR22 insurance Florida is required for non-alcohol related traffic offenses. FR44 is a high risk insurance certificate (Florida Uniform Financial Responsibility Certificate FR-44) required after a DUI/DWI offense. You must keep your FR44 certificate in good standing for a minimum of three years without lapse, or risk another suspension of your license. Initially, FR44 policies must be paid in full for a six-month period. You may be able to return to monthly premium payments after the first six months.
How much does Florida DUI insurance cost?
Car insurance premiums are determined by factors like age, gender, marital status, claims history, driving record and where you reside in the state. Florida’s already high premiums for standard auto insurance will likely double when you have an FR44 requirement.
The minimum auto insurance coverage required of all Florida drivers is $10,000 no-fault or personal injury protection (PIP) and $10,000 property damage liability (PDL). After a DUI conviction, the state requires you to carry insurance with much higher liability coverage. Therefore, you can expect significantly higher premiums. Minimum coverage requirements for Florida FR44 insurance increase as follows:
- $100,000 bodily injury per individual per one accident
- $300,000 bodily injury per one accident
- $50,000 property damage per one accident
Beyond the cost of FR44 insurance there are other expenses related to having a DUI conviction, such as fines, fees, and costs associated with installation of a Florida ignition interlock device, if required.
Owner and non-owner FR44 certificates
Do you need Florida FR44 insurance but don’t own a vehicle? You can fulfill your FR44 requirement with a non-owners insurance certificate. A non-owner FR44 offers secondary liability insurance coverage if you drive a car you don’t own. See our Florida Non Owner FR44 page for more information. You can also obtain FR44 motorcycle insurance or a commercial auto insurance policy with an FR44 endorsement.
What if you move out of state?
Florida owner and non owner FR44 policies are issued in 6-month increments. They must be maintained for 3 years, even if you move to another state. No other state except Florida and Virginia issue FR44 certificates. And no insurance company can issue or process an out of state FR44 filing.
You should contact your insurance provider for advice before you move. They may allow you to maintain your policy until your Florida FR44 insurance obligation is completed. Each case is different, and one recommendation may not apply to everyone.
If you don’t notify your insurance provider before moving, you’ll likely receive a non-renewal notice once they become aware you no longer live in Florida. This will cause you problems getting a driver’s license in your new state of residence.
Other details regarding Florida DUI administrative suspension laws and penalties, fees and license reinstatement procedures can be found on the Florida DHSMV website.
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Do you need SR22 insurance for non-alcohol violations? See Florida SR22 Insurance and What’s the difference between SR22 and FR44 insurance?.
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