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Drivers convicted of a DUI need to take these steps in order to get their licenses back:
- Obtain an SR-22
- Enroll in DUI school
- Obtain affordable auto coverage
- Install an ignition interlock device in your car*
*Interlock device required depending on your county of residence
Before you can attempt to reinstate your license or get a restricted license, you need to request that your insurance company file an SR-22 on your behalf. An SR-22 sounds complicated, but it’s simply a form that serves as proof to your state’s DMV that you have the minimum liability insurance required.
A DUI conviction requires you to enroll in a state-licensed DUI program within 21 days of sentencing. There are around 500 licensed DUI programs in California; costs and structures vary. You may be eligible for a fee waiver, if you’re able to prove you cannot afford the course.
California, Arizona, and Nevada judges have the discretion to order you to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your car. This device is wired to your car’s ignition and forces you to breathe into it before your engine will start. If alcohol is detected on your breath, the engine will not start. You must also continue to breathe into it periodically while driving to ensure you haven’t been drinking behind the wheel.
Often, insurance companies may choose not to renew a policy for someone who has been convicted of a DUI. But don’t fret—with Freeway Insurance’s One-Stop DUI Solution, we can insure you, even with a DUI, and get you back on the road quickly and safely. To better serve you, Freeway Insurance has partnered up with Smart Start—a leading, nationwide provider of ignition interlock devices—to help with all your driving and insurance-related needs along the way, including:
- Enrolling in DUI school
- Filing your SR-22
- Obtaining affordable auto coverage
- Installing your Smart Start Ignition Interlock Device
Our knowledgeable, bilingual agents will kindly guide you through the process, and we make it as affordable and painless as possible.
Navigating the DUI process can be confusing and challenging. We’re here to support you every step of the way. Visit a local Freeway office or call us today. For years, Freeway has helped thousands of drivers get low-cost auto insurance. We’ll be glad to help you, too.