The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may require a driver to file proof of financial responsibility through an SR22 certificate of insurance.  An SR22 form provides the Vermont DMV with proof of Financial Responsibility Insurance.  While there are several reasons (under 23 V.S.A. § 801) that may result in a driver having to obtain an SR22, some of the most common are for:

  •         Drunk driving-related convictions or license suspensions
  •         Operating a vehicle without proper insurance
  •         Driving on a suspended or revoked license
  •         Unsatisfied Judgments

An SR22 often referred to as "high-risk" insurance must be maintained for a minimum of three (3) years.  Failure to maintain an SR22 could result in the suspension of your driving privileges.

Vermont Liability Insurance Requirements

The State of Vermont requires all vehicles to be covered by a minimum amount of liability insurance.  Under state law (statute 23 V.S.A. § 800), the mandatory minimum liability policy is: 

  •         $25,000 bodily injury per person
  •         $50,000 bodily injury per accident
  •         $10,000 property damage

If you fail to maintain the adequate amount of liability insurance, you could be assessed a civil penalty of up to $500. You may be required to file proof of financial responsibility through an SR22.


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Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Vermont

According to Vermont statute 23 V.S.A. § 1201, it is unlawful to "operate, attempt to operate or be in actual physical control of a vehicle on a highway" with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  If convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Vermont, you could be required to be fines and fees, imprisoned, required to complete alcohol and/or drug counseling, have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) and suffer a mandatory license suspension.

Vermont Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Requirements

In an effort to deter repeat drunk driving offenders, Vermont has implemented extensive ignition interlock requirements for DUI offenses.  The Vermont DMV may issue an Ignition Interlock Restricted Driver License (RDL) with the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID).  To obtain an RDL, you must pay a reinstatement fee, provide proof of Financial Responsibility through an SR-22 certificate, and provide proof of installation of the ignition interlock device by a court-approved provider.

Penalties for DUI Conviction

Jail Time Up to 2 years 60 hours to 2 years (or minimum of 200 hours community service) 96 hours to 5 years 192 hours to 10 years
Fine(s) $Up to 750 Up to $1,500 Up to $2,500 Up to $5,000
Driver's License Suspension 90 days 18 months Life (unless IID is installed and/or 3 years of abstinence from alcohol) -

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