You can get your SR-22 removed in South Carolina after 3 years by notifying your insurance company, which will cancel the SR-22 filing with the state. Sometimes, the DMV will send you a notice letting you know when your SR-22 period is over.
If you’re not sure whether you’ve satisfied your SR-22 certification requirement, you can find out when you’ll be able to remove the high-risk SR-22 label from your driving record by contacting the DMV. Drivers who cancel their SR-22 coverage too early risk having their license suspended or facing fines.
Once you cancel your SR-22, your insurance premiums will likely go down because you are no longer considered as high-risk. As a result, you should get quotes from different insurance companies to make sure that you’re still getting the best deal. Additionally, if you do not own a car but were previously required to file a non-owner SR-22, you are free to cancel your insurance altogether.
Drivers need SR-22 insurance in South Carolina after being convicted of a serious traffic violation, such as reckless driving or DUI. These drivers are considered “high risk” and are required to file an SR-22 certificate with the state to prove they have at least the minimum amount of car insurance required by South Carolina law. Drivers in South Carolina must maintain their SR-22 filing for 3 years.… read full answer
Your first speeding ticket won’t necessarily guarantee that you need an SR-22. South Carolina only requires an SR-22 for specific traffic offenses, or accidents that cost more than a certain dollar amount.
Drivers in South Carolina Need SR-22 Insurance After:
Driving without insurance
DUI or DWI conviction
Refusing a breathalyzer
Repeated traffic violations
At-fault accident causing injuries or death
Since each of these violations is serious, insurance companies consider drivers who need an SR-22 to be high-risk customers. That means if you are required to buy SR-22 coverage, insurance companies will charge you more in premiums to offset what they see as the added risk of covering you.
SR-22 insurance in South Carolina costs an average of $875 per year, an increase of 9% compared to standard car insurance rates. In addition to an increased premium, it costs between $15 and $25 to file an SR-22 form in South Carolina, depending on the insurance company.
An SR-22 is a state-issued form verifying that a driver is carrying the minimum amount of car insurance coverage required by the state after they are convicted of a serious violation like DUI or reckless driving. Because an SR-22 designates the policyholder as high-risk, their insurance premium goes up while it’s on file with the state. Drivers in South Carolina who need to file an SR-22 will also lose any discount related to good driving that they may have previously qualified for.… read full answer
The effect of an SR-22 on the cost of insurance is only temporary, though. In South Carolina, drivers only need to have their SR-22 on file for 3 years. After that, the driver’s premium will start to go back down, assuming they drive responsibly.
Note: Rates are an approximation based on a driver in South Carolina with minimum coverage. Actual rates will vary.
Post-DUI insurance rates are 6% to 347% higher than premiums for drivers with clean records, depending on the state and insurance company. For example, Progressive only raises rates by an average of 6% after one DUI, while customers with Nationwide will see their premiums increase by about 125%. Similarly, a DUI affects insurance rates differently between states. Drivers in Maryland see the smallest increase in rates after a DUI, at only 28% on average. Rates in North Carolina, on the other hand, jump by an average of 347% – the most in the country.… read full answer
Insurance rates rise after a DUI because it indicates that a driver is riskier to cover and more likely to file an expensive claim. However, the good news is that most drivers will see their rates return to normal after 3-5 years, which is how far back insurance companies usually look at driving records. So even if a DUI remains on your driving record for longer, it will only affect your insurance rates for a few years if you practice safe driving habits. The only exception is that you might still be unable to qualify for good-driver discounts beyond the lookback period, depending on your state and insurance company.
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