Do I need SR-22 to get my license back after a DUI in Nevada?

Yes, if you have been convicted of a DUI in Nevada, you will typically be required to obtain an SR-22 certificate to get your driver’s license reinstated. The SR-22 is not an insurance policy itself but a form that your insurance provider files with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to prove that you carry the state’s minimum required auto insurance coverage. This requirement is part of the process to reinstate your driving privileges after they’ve been suspended or revoked due to a DUI or other serious traffic violations.

Here are a few key points about obtaining an SR-22 after a DUI in Nevada:

  1. Duration: In Nevada, you are usually required to maintain an SR-22 for a period of three years from the date of your license reinstatement. It’s crucial to maintain continuous insurance coverage during this period; any lapse can result in the suspension of your driving privileges.
  2. Insurance Rates: Having a DUI on your record will categorize you as a high-risk driver, which typically results in higher insurance premiums. The requirement to file an SR-22 further increases your insurance costs.
  3. Finding Insurance: Not all insurance companies offer SR-22 filings or insure drivers with a DUI conviction. You may need to shop around to find an insurer that can accommodate your needs.
  4. Filing the SR-22: Once you have secured an insurance policy, your insurance company will file the SR-22 certificate with the Nevada DMV on your behalf. You may need to pay a fee for this filing, in addition to your insurance premium.
  5. Proof of Insurance: After the SR-22 is filed, you should receive a copy from your insurance company. You will need to present this document to the DMV as part of the process to reinstate your driver’s license.
  6. Other Requirements: Depending on the specifics of your DUI conviction, there may be additional requirements for reinstating your license, such as completing a DUI education program or paying fines and fees.

It’s important to start the process of obtaining an SR-22 and fulfilling any other reinstatement requirements as soon as possible to minimize the time you are without a valid driver’s license. Consulting with a legal professional or your insurance provider can help clarify the steps you need to take specific to your situation in Nevada.