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Mid-Columbia Insurance is Pierce County’s SR22 Insurance Agency and your source for reliable info about getting your license back.

We are the most affordable options for SR22 car insurance anywhere near Pierce County. We quote the best auto insurance companies who specialize in SR22 insurance to find who offers the least expensive quote. If you’re looking to get back on the road and want low cost SR-22 insurance, you can count on us to do all the hard work for you.

We eagerly compare each SR-22 insurance quote so you can relax and purchase cost-effective SR-22 vehicle insurance worry-free. Let us get you real insurance quotes from the leading SR-22 auto insurance companies so you can choose the policy that won’t break your wallet.

SR22 Frequently Asked Questions

What is Non-Owner SR22 insurance?

Getting an SR22 added to a new Non-Owner insurance policy can be a cheap solution if you already have all your vehicles insured with a preferred company and you don’t want to move the insurance to a high-risk insurance company. Your original policy would be your primary insurance and your SR22 policy would provide the required SR22 without switching your primary insurance.

In Washington state we have a broad form policy that is a better option for those needing a stand-alone SR22 policy than a non-owned policy because non-owned policies don’t cover many borrowed vehicles but a broad form policy will. So, if you don’t want to lose your primary insurance provider due to your SR22 requirement, buying a separate broad form SR22 policy to handle the SR22 requirement may be a smart move.

Can I get SR22 insurance without a car?

Yes, if you do not own a car but are required to have an SR22 then the solution in Washington state is either a non-owners or a broad form insurance policy. These types of policies will offer the same coverage as a regular insurance policy without limiting coverage to specific vehicles.

A broad form policy is a smart choice for someone who does not own a car but needs an SR22 and wants to be able to drive. Once you get a car you can either get a policy on that car or keep your broad form policy since it covers owned and non-owned vehicles.

What happens if my SR22 insurance cancels?

If you are required to have an SR22 filing and you allow your policy to cancel for non-payment, you could face having to pay reinstatement fees and penalties with the DOL.

When your SR22 policy cancels or lapses, your insurance company is legally required to send an SR-26 form to the state to let them know that your policy is no longer active. If not handled promptly, the state will re-suspend your driver’s license and you will need to jump through all the hoops and pay all the fees required to reinstate your license once again.

How long is an SR22 insurance form required?

An SR22 is usually required for 3 years but can vary based on the offense. You should contact the Department of Licensing (DOL) directly to find out the exact date you no longer need an SR22 since the 3-year requirement may start from the date you got the ticket, the conviction date, or the date when you finally reinstated your license.

Be sure not to cancel your SR22 before the requirement is lifted since your insurer is required to inform the DOL that you no longer have an SR22 and your license could be suspended or revoked again. A simple call to the DOL is usually all that is required to find out how long you will need to carry the SR22.

How much does SR22 insurance cost a month?

Most insurance companies charge about $5 per month to file your SR22 with the Department of Licensing. Dairyland Insurance, one of our premier insurance partners, will do the SR22 filing for free, not charging anything extra for handling the SR22 for you. Other insurers not only charge the $25 filing fee but also surcharge your policy.

This is why it is important to work with an independent agency like Mid-Columbia Insurance that partners with multiple companies to be sure you are getting more than one option to choose from.

What happens if I am late paying my SR22 insurance?

Paying late can trigger a notice to the DOL saying your policy is in danger of cancellation. Your insurance company must keep the state notified of your policy status. A notice may be sent to the state saying your policy is cancelled while you are actually in a grace period because of mail and processing delays.

Late payment frustrations can be huge. Multiple calls to the DOL and your insurance company, proving to the DOL you have coverage, and trying to get avoidable DOL fees removed just because you got behind on your car insurance premiums.

Where do you get SR22 insurance?

If you currently have insurance you can ask your agent to add the SR22 to your existing policy. If you don’t have insurance then you must start an insurance policy with an SR22 filing

Some preferred insurance carriers, if you inform them you need an SR22, might at renewal raise your rates significantly or cancel your policy. If you don’t want to jeopardize your existing coverage, talk to us about a Broad Form SR22 policy. It can be very inexpensive and should allow you to keep your preferred rates.

What’s the difference between SR22 and regular insurance?

The difference between SR22 Insurance and regular insurance is that an SR22 is simply an electronic insurance card that the insurance company sends to the Department of Licensing (DOL) to notify them that you have regular insurance. An SR22 is not insurance. It is proof of insurance.

Why is an SR22 insurance filing required?

An SR22 is normally required to reinstate your driving privileges after being convicted of a serious driving offense. You’ll know you need an SR22 and for how long when you are informed by the court. An SR22 may be required for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons an SR22 may be required include:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) (aka driving while intoxicated (DWI)) or other alcohol related violations
  • Serious traffic offense convictions, such as reckless or negligent driving
  • Several traffic offenses in a short time period
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • At-Fault accident while driving without insurance, and even
  • Driving without insurance in Oregon (even though you live in Washington)

The SR-22 requirement just means that proof of insurance has to be sent to the state and is one step towards getting your license reinstated and getting you back on the road.

What if I need an SR22 in one state but live in another state?

Normally your SR22 is required to be filed with the state where you received the ticket but your policy has to be in your home state. So you will have to find an insurance company in your home state that can file the out-of-state SR22 for you. This is another good reason to use an independent agency like Mid-Columbia Insurance since we represent a number of companies, each able to file SR22s in various states.

Do I need SR22 and regular insurance?

No, you do not need both regular insurance and SR22 insurance since an SR22 is simply a rider on a regular insurance policy. However, you may not want to jeopardize your preferred insurance policy by informing your insurance agent that you need an SR22. If this is the case you can keep you preferred “full coverage” policy and get a separate barebones policy to handle the SR22.

I don’t own a car, do I still need to file an SR22?

If your license has been suspended, whether you own a car or not is irrelevant. You will need an SR22 if you plan on getting your license reinstated. If you were told by the Department of Licensing that you need to get an SR22 to restore your driving privileges, give us a call!

If you don’t own a car and need an SR22, no problem. Washington drivers are eligible for a Broad Form insurance policy that provides coverage for any car you drive for personal use — owned or non-owned. We are the Broad Form SR22 Insurance experts.

What is an SR22 insurance policy?

An SR22 is simply a certificate sent electronically to the Department of Licensing (DOL) that documents you have active car insurance. Sometimes an SR22 is referred to as a Certificate of Financial Responsibility filing.

Although referred to as “SR-22 insurance,” An SR-22 is not actually insurance but instead is simply an endorsement to regular insurance policy. This endorsement is filed with the state as proof that you have insurance. The SR22 notifies the state that you have insurance in force and promises to notify them if your policy cancels.

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Just the Facts about Pierce County

Pierce County is a county in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 795,225, making it the second-most populous county in Washington behind King County, and the 61st-most populous in the United States. The county seat and largest city is Tacoma. Formed out of Thurston County upon December 22, 1852, by the legislature of Oregon Territory, it was named for U.S. President Franklin Pierce. Pierce County is in the Seattle metropolitan area (formally the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA metropolitan statistical area).

Pierce County is house to Mount Rainier, the tallest mountain and a volcano in the Cascade Range. Its most recent recorded carbuncle was in the company of 1820 and 1854. There is no imminent risk of eruption, but geologists expect that the volcano will erupt again. If this should happen, parts of Pierce County and the Puyallup Valley would be at risk from lahars, lava, or pyroclastic flows. The Mount Rainier Volcano Lahar Warning System was standard in 1998 to incite in the evacuation of the Puyallup River valley in warfare of eruption.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total Place of 1,806 square miles (4,680 km2), of which 1,670 square miles (4,300 km2) is land and 137 square miles (350 km2) (7.6%) is water. The highest natural point in Washington, Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet (4,392 m), is located in Pierce County.

Pierce County then contains the Clearwater Wilderness area.

As of the census of 2000, there were 700,820 people, 260,800 households, and 180,212 families residing in the county. The population density was 417 people per square mile (161/km2). There were 277,060 housing units at an average density of 165 per square mile (64/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 78.39% White, 6.95% Black or African American, 1.42% Native American, 5.08% Asian, 0.85% Pacific Islander, 2.20% from further races, and 5.11% from two or more races. 5.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.1% were of German, 8.6% Irish, 8.2% English, 6.3% American, and 6.2% Norwegian ancestry.

Source: Pierce County, Washington in Wikipedia