If you were arrested for DWI, it is important to know the consequences that can occur if you do not avoid a conviction. After a DWI conviction, your driver’s license will be suspended for at least 30 days. To reinstate your Texas driver’s license, you must pay a reinstatement fee to the Texas Department of Public Safety and submit an SR-22 form.
What is the SR-22 Form in Texas?
In Texas, the Financial Responsibility Form is called the SR-22 form. It is an endorsement of an automobile insurance policy intended to prove that the policy has the minimum required insurance for certain types of criminal convictions.
You will be required to obtain an SR-22 Form for the following reasons:
- a conviction for driving while under the influence of alcohol (DWI);
- a conviction for driving while under the influence of drugs (DWID);
- driving on a suspended driver’s license;
- having multiple tickets for no insurance;
- failing to pay a judgment for a liability claim; or
- having excessive traffic violations.
The Minimum Liability Amounts for Vehicle Insurance in Texas
In Texas, the minimum insurance liability coverages include:
- $30,000 Limits for Bodily Injuries per person
- $60,000 Limits for all bodily injuries to all persons in the vehicle.
After a DWI arrest, it is important to understand the hidden costs that result from a conviction. The expense associated with maintaining the SR-22 form is one consequence of a DWI conviction.
Tarrant County Resources for SR-22 Insurance
Texas Department of Public Safety – Form SR-22 Insurance – This link is to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (TxDPS) information on the Form SR-22 Insurance Certificate. This site provides information on insurance requirements and situations when the SR-22 Form is required. A Dallas TxDPS office is located at:1500 Marilla 1B South
City of Dallas Building
Dallas, Texas 75201
Phone: (214) 651-1859
Texas Transportation Code – This link is to Chapter 601 of the Texas Transportation Code, which is also called the Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act. This chapter outlines the requirements to maintain auto insurance in Texas, or proof of financial responsibility, requirements to file an SR-22 after certain convictions and license suspension, and the penalties for failing to maintain car insurance.
Find a Texas SR-22 DWI Vehicle Insurance Attorney | Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy
Contact the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today for a consultation about your requirement to file an SR-22 Form throughout Tarrant County in Texas. Richard McConathy is an experienced driving while an intoxicated lawyer who can walk you through SR-22 insurance requirements and do all he can to try to get your driver’s license back after a DWI offense or refusal to submit to alcohol testing.
Call the Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys at (817) 422-5350 regarding your case.