After a DUI/DWI license suspension, part of the reinstatement process includes filing a Florida FR44 insurance certificate with the state. FR44 insurance is also called Florida DUI insurance.
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What is FR44 insurance?
What’s the difference between SR22 and FR44 insurance? SR22 insurance Florida is for non-alcohol related traffic offenses. FR44 insurance is for DUI/DWI offenses. You’ll want to keep your FR44 certificate in good standing without lapse to avoid another license suspension. Initially, you’ll have to pay your FR44 premium in full for six months. You may be able to make monthly premium payments after the first six months.
How much does Florida DUI insurance cost?
Factors like age, gender, marital status, claims history, driving record, and where you reside determine your auto insurance rate. 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
Other expenses associated with a DUI conviction include fines, fees, and the cost of installing 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 to another state?
Florida owner and non owner FR44 policies have a term of six or twelve months. You’ll have to maintain this insurance for three years in most cases, 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.
So what happens to your FR44 if you move out of state? You should contact your insurance provider for advice before you move. If you stop paying your Florida FR44 insurance premiums, you’ll likely experience problems getting a driver’s license, auto registration, or insurance in your new state.
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV)
Details regarding Florida DUI and administrative suspension laws are on the Florida HSMV website.
NOTE: If you need SR22 insurance for a non-DUI related violation, see Florida SR22 Insurance.
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