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DUI in Rhode Island – What is an SR-22?

An SR-22 is a vehicle liability insurance document required by the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles. In Rhode Island after driver pleads to a DUI or alcohol related driving offense he or she usually has to secure an SR-22 in order to have a driver’s license reinstated. The SR-22 is a certificate of insurance that shows the DMV that the driver has proof of insurance.

What does an SR-22 cost?

  • An SR-22 is not a costly document on its own. However a driver with an SR-22 will likely have to pay higher insurance premiums because he or she has had a DUI or some other reckless driving offense. An insurance company will file the SR-22 with the DMV. If anything in that person’s policy changes, then the insurance company will notify the DMV of that change.

What does SR stand for?

  • It appears that SR stands for “Safety Responsibility”. However, that might just be something convenient someone made up on the internet.

What does the 22 stand for?

  • I have no idea.


In short, DUI or reckless driving cases in Rhode Island are complicated. The SR-22 is just one of a number of factors that a person charged with a DUI has to resolve.

For expert and experienced counsel in any DUI or driving offense call Callaghan & Callaghan today: (401) 294-4555.