If you are convicted of A DUI in the state of Illinois, you may be required to file for SR-22 insurance in order to have your license reinstated and to maintain driving privileges.

When is SR-22 Required?

SR-22 is not needed when obtaining Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP)

SR-22 is needed when trying to get a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). 

DUI Definition

A person can be arrested for DUI if law enforcement believes they were driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while:

  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • If the blood alcohol content is at or above .08; or
  • If the blood alcohol content is .05 or above for a commercial driver



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How long do I keep an Sr-22 on file? 

In most cases, the Illinois Driver Services Department requires that you keep the proof of financial responsibility on file for three years.  If you cancel your policy, your driving privileges may be revoked immediately.  

Driving Under the Influence in Illinois

A person arrested for DUI in Illinois faces a number of consequences including the automatic suspension of their driving privileges if they fail, refuse to submit to or fail to complete chemical testing.  The Statutory Summary Suspension mandates that failure of chemical testing is when a driver has a BAC of .08 or more. On a first offense, a person faces a six-month driving suspension with eligibility for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP).

For more Facts and Statistics on Driving Under the Influence read the DUI Fact Book published the Secretary of State.

Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIID)

In many cases, when a person's license is suspended due to an arrest or conviction for driving under the influence in Illinois, they may be eligible for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit or a Restricted Driving Permit after the installation of a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID)The BAIID is paid for by the offender and must be installed by a certified BAIID vendor.

Losing your driving privileges can affect your entire life.  Breathe Easy Insurance is here to help.  We understand that this can be a stressful and overwhelming time for you and your family.  Our team of knowledgeable staff members are here to make the process of filing an SR-22 and reinstating your driving privileges easy and affordable.  Get started today by filling out your information below.

Penalties for DUI Conviction

Jail Time Up to 1 year 1 to 3 years
Fine(s) Up to $2,500 Up to $25,000
Driver's License Suspension 6 months 1 year

Get your Free Illinois SR-22 Quote Today

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