An SR-22 filing is required when drivers have their license suspended and need to provide proof of insurance to the state. If you have been convicted of the following you will need to file an SR-22 to get your license reinstated:
- Driving on a suspended license or revoked license
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- DUI for drivers under age 21
- Hit and Run
How much does SR-22 cost in Mississippi?
The cost of the SR-22 is only $25 to $50 depending on the insurance company you choose. That is the cost to add the form to your auto policy but the actual cost of the insurance is directly related to your driving history and the reason you need the SR22. Take for example a driver who recently was convicted of a DUI, this driver's car insurance increased dramatically when he asked to file an SR22 because the company pulled his motor vehicle record to confirm the DUI charge. It is best to shop around for rates from the top companies to find the cheapest policy. Use our free service to compare companies like Amica, American Family and Progressive.
How long do I need to carry an SR-22 in Mississippi?
Most drivers will need to maintain their SR22 policy for three years from the end date of the suspension.
Mississippi Liability Insurance Requirements
The state of Mississippi requires liability insurance to protect other drivers in the event of an accident. The minimum limits are:
- $25k Per Person Bodily Injury
- $50k Per Accident Bodily Injury
- $25k Property Damage
While these limits are minimum they are rarely recommended levels of coverage. Ask your insurance agent what they recommend based on your financial position.
Mississippi now accepts electronic proof of insurance during traffic stops.
Suspended License and How To Reinstate
The first step to get your license reinstated is confirm you have fulfilled the suspension requirements. This includes the suspension period and documents have been completed. All of this information can be found in your suspension paperwork by the court.
I need to file an SR-22 to reinstate my license, where can I get one?
You can ask your current insurance company to add an SR-22 to your auto policy or we would recommend comparing rates from other companies to make sure you are not paying too much. Use our free online service to compare up to five different companies.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Mississippi
It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle in Mississippi if you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In most cases law enforcement officers will ask you to test a chemical test of your blood, urine, or breath to get your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The state has limits that define if a driver is impaired:
- All drivers = .08% BAC or higher
- Under age 21 = .02% BAC
- Commercial drivers = .04% BAC
What happens on my first DUI offense?
Your first DUI will cost you money and time but if you learn from that lesson you can be back on the road in as little as 90 days. Here is a list of fines and jail time that you can expect:
- Fines ranging from $250 to $1000
- Jail time up to 48 hours
- Completion of alcohol safety program
- License suspension of at least 90 days
Ignition Interlock Device in Mississippi
Companies that install Interlock device in vehicles in Mississippi must contact these numbers and tell them your location and they will tell you the nearest location near you.
Smart Start – (800) 880-3394
Intoxalock – (888) 283-5899
Life Safer Superior Interlock Services, Inc. – (800) 377-8750
Interlock fee to be paid when you come to get your Restricted driving license is $175.00.
Restricted driving license, with the T restriction is $56.00
Reinstatement fee for DUI’s is $175.00
MS Dept. of Mental Health – (877) 210-8513
MS Alcohol Safety Education Program (MASEP) – (662) 325-5520