When you’re eligible for license reinstatement, UltraCar Insurance quickly files an SR22 Oregon insurance certificate with the Oregon DMV. The SR22 document is also called a Uniform Financial Responsibility Form.
What is SR22 Oregon?
SR22 is a certificate of insurance that must be maintained in most cases for three years, without a lapse. It’s a high risk insurance certificate you can file whether you own a vehicle or not. If you own a car, your current insurance provider may not be able or willing to file an SR22 form. If they do, they may charge a hefty premium. UltraCar Insurance can offer lower SR22 Oregon insurance rates because we specialize in providing SR22 insurance.
Motorcycle owners – you may be able to add an SR22 endorsement to your policy with SR22 motorcycle insurance.
The most common reason for license suspension is for driving without insurance (uninsured motorist). It’s against the law to operate a vehicle that’s not insured. Every month the Oregon DMV randomly audits a number of vehicles, and asks the owner to provide proof of insurance. If the owner fails to comply they risk license suspension. It’s important to make sure a valid up-to-date insurance card is always present in your glove compartment. If you drive a borrowed vehicle it’s every bit as important that it’s insured by the owner. If it’s not insured and you cause an accident, you’ll be liable for damages out of pocket.
Oregon minimum liability insurance requirements
- $25,000 bodily injury per occurrence
- $50,000 bodily injury per person, per occurrence
- $20,000 property damage per crash
If you have a DUI, DUII (driving under influence of intoxicants) or DWI conviction, you’ll need higher coverage. The higher liability coverage requirement is 50/100/20, plus uninsured/under-insured motorist and bodily injury coverage of 50/100. In some alcohol-related cases, the state may also require you to obtain an ignition interlock device.
How much does SR22 insurance cost?
The cost of SR22 Oregon insurance varies depending on your age, your location, and the number and type of violations, among other considerations. Your traffic tickets will stay on your record for 3- 5 years, which will impact your SR22 rate. Consulting with an attorney may help, but you need to keep in mind the added cost of that compared to the benefit.
Common violations requiring SR22 Oregon insurance
- Accumulating too many points (excessive traffic tickets)
- Failure to pay child support
- DUI, DWI or DWII
- Failure to appear in court
- Refusal to test (implied consent)
- Court judgment
- Reckless driving
What if I no longer own a car?
If you sell or total your vehicle, you must still maintain your SR22 Oregon insurance. Any interruption in paying your premiums will result in a suspension of your driver’s license. Whether you decide to buy another vehicle or not, you should contact your insurance provider to issue a new certificate.
The opposite of this scenario is also true. If you have Oregon Non Owner SR22 Insurance and later buy a car, you can convert your SR22 to an owner’s policy with any coverage you want. Keep in mind: liability-only coverage is less expensive than comprehensive coverage, and insuring a newer vehicle costs more than insuring an older one. Make sure to get a few quotes before making a final decision whether to buy a vehicle.
What if I move to a different state?
You must still maintain your Oregon SR22 insurance if you move out of state. For example, if you move to Florida you will first purchase a Florida SR22 certificate (an owner’s policy if you own a vehicle, a non-owner policy if you don’t). Then a secondary SR22 Oregon certificate will be added. Most importantly, the insurance company you’re working with must be licensed to do business in both states for this combination to work. Not all insurance companies are capable of issuing a secondary filing with the DMV. Therefore, plan ahead and check with your insurance provider to confirm they can do this for you.
See the Oregon DMV website for more information about SR22, and license suspensions/revocations.
UltraCar Insurance offers competitive SR22 Oregon insurance with low rate, regardless of your driving record and location. Our Oregon SR22 quotes comply with state minimum liability coverage requirements, and we inform you about other coverage that may benefit you. Our agents are knowledgeable, experienced and licensed in Oregon. Call us or click the quote button to get started!
This article was last updated on February 15th, 2020 by UltraCar Insurance