What is an SR-22 and why is it required for individuals arrested for DUI or other alcohol-related driving offenses in Colorado?

An SR-22 is a form of insurance that individuals arrested for DUI, DWAI, or other alcohol-related driving offenses in Colorado are required to obtain. This document functions as a guarantee to the Colorado DMV, ensuring that the driver has continuous insurance coverage. The insurance carrier is obligated to inform the DMV of any lapses in coverage. The individual must maintain the SR-22 for a specific duration, often matching the length of the license revocation period, or longer if the person’s license is reinstated early or if they were involved in a vehicle accident. This requirement aims to provide a level of oversight and assurance that the driver remains insured and compliant with the necessary regulations following an alcohol-related driving offense.