Washington SR-22 Insurance: What It Is and How Much It Costs

Washington drivers who commit a high-risk traffic offense like driving under the influence (DUI) need SR-22 insurance coverage. SR-22 is the name of a form that needs to be submitted by the convicted driver’s insurer to the government. This form proves that the driver’s car insurance meets the state’s minimum liability coverage requirements. In Washington, State Farm offers the cheapest SR-22 coverage, with average annual rates of $550.

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Which Washington Insurance Companies Offer the Cheapest SR-22 Insurance?

The cost of SR-22 insurance is much higher than a standard insurance policy. While SR-22 form filing can be done for a small fee, the actual cost of SR-22 coverage is much higher because of the severity of the driving offense associated with it. SR-22 insurance can also be more costly because of the loss of good driver discounts. In Washington, minimum SR-22 coverage costs about $1,214 per year on average compared to the average annual price of $691 for drivers with a clean record.

Fortunately, there are some options available for low-cost SR-22 car insurance in Washington. MoneyGeek’s research shows that State Farm is the most affordable provider, with an average yearly cost of $550 for minimum DUI coverage.

Cheapest Companies for SR-22 Insurance in Washington

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These rates are for a policy meeting Washington’s minimum car insurance requirements or a full coverage policy covering $100,000 in bodily injury liability costs per person, $300,000 per accident and $100,000 in property damage costs. As average insurance costs can differ widely between providers, it’s advisable to compare at least three insurers' prices to find the best deals.

Key Takeaways

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You need to pay about $25 to have an SR-22 form filed.

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A severe violation like a hit-and-run can increase SR-22 insurance rates considerably.

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Convicted drivers lose good driver discounts, making their SR-22 coverage even more expensive than standard coverage.

What Is SR-22 Insurance in Washington? Who Needs It? How Do You Get It?

SR-22 insurance is not a typical car insurance policy. An SR-22 is a form filed by insurers with the government to prove that the convicted driver’s auto insurance meets the state’s minimum liability coverage standards. Some providers may decide not to provide you coverage if you need an S2-22 since you’re considered “high risk.” Keep in mind that SR-22 insurance after a DUI offense from any provider will be costly.

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WASHINGTON MINIMUM CAR INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

SR-22 form filing proves to the Washington government that the convicted driver meets the state’s minimum auto insurance requirements. These requirements include:

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

Who Needs SR-22 Insurance in Washington? And for How Long Do They Need It?

Each state has its own list of violations for which SR-22 insurance form filing is needed. In Washington, SR-22 coverage is required if you commit one of the following traffic offenses:

  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Driving without insurance coverage
  • Reckless driving
  • DUI

Drivers who commit a minor offense generally don’t need an SR-22. To find cheap insurance after a ticket or accident, shop around and compare prices. Fortunately, after a minor offense, insurance premiums won't be as high as premiums associated with SR-22 coverage.

The seriousness of the traffic violation dictates how long you need SR-22 insurance in Washington. The period is three years for most convictions. If a driver’s license has been revoked for an offense, the three-year period starts after the license is restored.

How Do You Get SR-22 Insurance in Washington?

A convicted driver’s car insurance company files an SR-22 form on their behalf. However, some insurers may deem the offense “high risk” and decline to provide this service. Once a driver does receive SR-22 coverage, they will have to pay much higher rates than before their conviction.

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Non-Owner SR-22 Insurance in Washington

Drivers in Washington who do not own a car but wish to purchase affordable car insurance should purchase non-owner SR-22 insurance. This type of insurance is meant for individuals who regularly use rented cars or borrow cars from friends and family. If you have a major traffic violation on your driving record, such as a DUI or at-fault accident, and your license gets suspended, filing an SR-22 can help you to get your driving privileges back. SR-22 insurance costs are often less than the cost of car insurance paid by car owners.

In Washington, the cost of non-owner SR-22 car insurance is $1,155 per year on average. Progressive offers the cheapest non-owner insurance coverage in the state, with an average cost of $452 per year. State Farm comes second with a cost of roughly $459 per year.

The Average Cost of Non-Owner SR-22 Car Insurance in Washington

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MoneyGeek analyzed non-owner SR-22 insurance rates in Washington using the rates of drivers with a DUI on their violations list. In this scenario, the policies cover $50,000 in bodily injury liability per person, $100,000 in bodily injury liability per accident and $50,000 in property damage liability per accident.

FAQs About SR-22 Insurance in Washington

To help you find cheap SR-22 insurance in Washington, MoneyGeek answered commonly asked questions about prices, the form filing process and the best providers to shop with.

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Methodology

MoneyGeek analyzed insurance premiums from 11 of the top insurance companies in Washington that were provided in partnership with Quadrant. Our analysis includes quotes from ZIP codes across Washington. Quotes were gathered for policies that meet the state’s minimum coverage requirements and for full coverage policies with $100,000 in bodily injury liability insurance per person, $300,000 in bodily injury liability insurance per accident and $100,000 in property damage liability per accident. Rates are for the same driver with both a clean record and a DUI.

About the Author


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Mark Fitzpatrick is a senior content manager with MoneyGeek specializing in insurance. Mark has years of experience analyzing the insurance market and creating original research and content. He graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts and Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Arts.