Drivers need an SR-22 to reinstate their suspended licenses following a Nevada DUI and certain other traffic violations. An SR-22 is a “certificate of financial responsibility” statement issued by a driver’s auto insurance company.
The time period drivers need to maintain SR-22 with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles varies depending on the case. After a DUI, an SR22 is required for three (3) years following a license suspension.
All states have some form of SR22 requirement, and having an SR22 will usually cause the driver’s insurance rates to spike. But a skilled Nevada criminal defense attorney may be able to avoid a license suspension altogether by getting the traffic charges dismissed and winning a DMV hearing.
In this article, our Las Vegas DUI attorneys explain what an SR22 is in Nevada, when it is needed, and how to get it. Click on a topic to jump to that section:
- 1. What is SR-22 in Nevada?
- 2. Do I need SR-22 to get my license back after a DUI in Nevada?
- 3. When else is SR-22 necessary to keep a driver’s license in Nevada?
- 4. How do I get SR-22?
- 5. How long do I need SR-22 in Nevada?
- 6. What happens to my SR-22 if I lose my car insurance?
- 7. Can an SR-22 requirement be satisfied through a motorcycle insurance policy?
- 8. Do these rules apply to out-of-state drivers?
- 9. What happens if I move away from Nevada?
- 10. Is there a way to get out of SR-22 requirements?
A Nevada SR22 insurance document is issued by a car insurance company that serves as a “proof of financial responsibility” for high-risk drivers. It verifies that the driver currently has the minimum liability insurance legally required to maintain driving privileges in Nevada, which is:
- $25,000 for the bodily injury or fatality of one person,
- $50,000 for the bodily injury or fatality of two or more people, and
- $20,000 for damage to others’ property
People who have had their driver’s licenses suspended by the Nevada DMV often have to file an SR22 with the DMV before they can get reinstatement of the license.1 It is irrelevant whether or not the person owns a vehicle . . . “non-owner” SR-22 forms are available.
Yes. An SR-22 policy is necessary to reinstate a Nevada driver’s license once the DUI suspension period ends.2 The length of a driver’s license suspension depends on whether the person had previous DUIs within the last seven (7) years:
- A first-time DUI carries a 185 day driver’s license suspension.
- A second-time DUI carries a one (1) year driver’s license suspension.
- A third-time DUI carries a three (3) year driver’s license suspension.3
And if the person does not get an SR22 after driving under the influence, the driver’s license remains suspended indefinitely.
People need an SR-22 certificate if they cause a car accident without insurance, or if they are caught driving with an insurance policy that has been expired for more than 90 days.4
The person contacts his/her car insurance company and requests an SR22. There is usually a fee involved to file the SR-22. The insurance company then notifies the Nevada DMV that the person has an SR22.5
Note that insurance companies tend to see drivers with SR22 as “high risk” and may charge them higher premiums in the future. See our article on how DUIs affect car insurance.
It depends on why the person’s driver’s license was originally suspended. The insurance requirements for DUI cases is that people file an SR22 with the Nevada DMV for a three year period from the date they reinstate their license.6
Note that the Nevada DMV does not notify drivers when their SR22 period is over. So drivers should contact the DMV if they are uncertain about when they no longer need an SR22.
If someone’s car insurance lapses or gets canceled before his/her SR22 period ends, the insurance company will issue an SR-26 form to the DMV. An SR-26 indicates a discontinuation in auto insurance coverage.
At that point, the DMV will notify the driver by certified mail that they will suspend the driver’s registration in ten (10) days unless he/she can secure new insurance and another SR-22.
Unfortunately, a lapse or cancellation in insurance coverage “restarts the clock” for SR22 coverage. For example, a DUI defendant whose insurance gets canceled two (2) years into a three (3) year SR22 period would need to get a new SR22 for another three (3) years.7
It depends on the case. If the driver had a DUI with a motorcycle, the SR22 can usually be satisfied through motorcycle insurance.
People with out-of-state licenses will usually have to follow similar SR22 rules in their home state.
People who move out of state would still need to fulfill their SR22 filing period for the state of Nevada despite no longer living there.
The best way to try to avoid these requirements is to retain criminal defense counsel as soon as possible following the traffic citation or arrest. The lawyer can then request a DMV hearing to contest the driver’s license suspension. If the hearing is successful, the person may no longer be required to get the SR22.
For information on California SR22 laws, read our article on California SR22 laws.
- NRS 485.3091.
- NRS 485.3075.
- NRS 483.460.
- See NRS 485.
- NRS 485.3092.