Florida DUI Insurance and FR44 Filing Process to Reinstate License

Florida DUI Insurance and FR44 Filing Process to Reinstate License

Florida DUI insurance is car insurance which meets certain coverage and procedural requirements as prescribed by law. This regulation must be satisfied and maintained for DUI drivers to keep a valid Florida license. Increased limits, reporting compliance and a $15.00 fee are mandatory.

These additions to a car insurance policy are similar requirements other high risk drivers experience. Unique to a Florida DUI insurance policy is the high liability limits of 100/300/50; ten times the financial responsibility requirement for drivers without a DUI.

The FR44 filing (Uniform Financial Responsibility Certificate) is the method used to verify insurance compliance for convicted DUI drivers. The Certificate (Form) is filed (submitted) to the Florida Bureau of Financial Responsibility electronically by the insurance company after policy purchase. This process is the last step in getting back a valid Florida license. First a policy is purchased from a Florida authorized insurance company which secures the Financial Responsibility case number from the MVR.

This is a tracking number assigned to each individual DUI driver. The driver license can be reinstated when the DMV database is updated indicating your compliance and eligibility. Some drivers have presented a hard copy of the FR44 certificate, that they received at point of sale, to the right clerk at the DMV, and got their license reinstated immediately. Naturally, a reinstatement fee will apply.

The compliance period is for three years and insurance companies are required to notify the State if a policy is terminated for any reason. If The DUI driver does not replace coverage with a new eligible policy then their license will be suspended. Reinstatement occurs only after the process is repeated and additional elevated reinstatement fees are paid. The process is fast and easy, but coverage can be costly. Drivers who are not accustomed to carrying high limits experience the greatest increase for their car insurance premiums.

Policyholders who regularly maintain high limits (100/300/50 or higher), such as those required because of a leased vehicle, may be excluded from the FR44 requirement, as long as this coverage was in effect at the time of the DUI citation. The FR44 policy imposes high liability limits and additional strict underwriting requirements.

For example, as of May 4th 2012 all insurance policies with a Florida FR44 filing are not allowed to be cancelled, and insurance companies generally will not allow driver exclusions when there is a filing. Because of these restrictions, policyholders are forced to pay premiums in full without monthly payments, and will not be able to exclude a higher rated driver such as a newly licensed teenager. Having the flexibility to make payments and exclude drivers is a benefit for any policyholder.

Interestingly, since 2007 when Florida separated DUI drivers from all other high risk drivers, by mandating the FR44 filing instead of SR22, the loss ratios from the FR44 group of policyholders have been very favorable for insurance companies.

Lower claims payouts from lower loss ratios enables insurance companies to compete for FR44 policies with lower rates. Some companies still treat DUI drivers harshly by refusing new applicants and non renewing current policyholders. If you happened to find yourself in this situation simply shop around as there are plenty of companies competing for these policies.

 

Insurance

Insurance is a way to protect against financial loss. It involves paying a premium to an insurance company in exchange for the promise of payment or reimbursement for certain losses or damages. Insurance can help individuals, businesses, and organizations manage risks and protect against unexpected events.

There are many different types of insurance available, including:

  1. Health Insurance: This type of insurance helps cover the cost of medical expenses, such as doctor visits, hospital stays, and prescription drugs.
  2. Life Insurance: Life insurance provides a lump-sum payment to the insured’s beneficiaries in the event of their death. It can help provide financial security for loved ones and cover expenses such as funeral costs and outstanding debts.
  3. Auto Insurance: Auto insurance provides coverage for damage or injury caused by a car accident. It can also provide coverage for theft, vandalism, and other incidents.
  4. Homeowners Insurance: This type of insurance helps protect homeowners against damage or loss to their property, as well as liability for injuries or damage caused to others on their property.
  5. Renters Insurance: Renters insurance provides coverage for personal property and liability for renters.
  6. Business Insurance: Business insurance provides coverage for various types of risks that businesses may face, such as liability, property damage, and employee injuries.

Insurance policies can vary widely in terms of coverage, exclusions, and premiums. It’s important to carefully review any insurance policy before purchasing it and to understand what is covered and what is not.

Insurance companies use various methods to assess risk and determine premiums, including actuarial science, statistical analysis, and underwriting. Factors such as age, health status, driving history, and location can all impact insurance premiums.

In conclusion, insurance is a way to protect against financial loss and manage risks. There are many different types of insurance available, including health insurance, life insurance, auto insurance, homeowners insurance, renters insurance, and business insurance.

It’s important to carefully review any insurance policy before purchasing it and to understand what is covered and what is not. Insurance companies use various methods to assess risk and determine premiums, and factors such as age, health status, driving history, and location can all impact insurance premiums.

 

Author: Mohammed A Bazzoun

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