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Florida FR44 – What It Is and How to Get One… Cheap

How to Obtain the Lowest Price on a Florida FR44

What Is an FR44?

An FR44 may be necessary when you have a DUI / DWI / OVWI or other alcohol related violation. Similar in theory to an SR22, an FR44 will mandate that you purchase and maintain insurance coverage greater than the State Minimum Requirements. A second reason for this filing, beyond punishing the violator for his or her offense, is that the State doesn’t trust that the driver will purchase and continue to pay for their insurance policy without a “Nanny System” in place. The insurance company reports to the State DMV, on a monthly basis, that the insured is indeed covered with the required policy amounts. If at any point in time your coverage were to lapse, the insurance company immediately reports that lapse, your license is suspended, and unbeknownst to you… you’re no longer legally able to operate a vehicle. The coverage that must be maintained is 100/300/50.

The first question is whether you need an Owner or Non-Owner Policy. You’ll need an Owner Policy if you actually own a vehicle that you plan on driving. In its simplest form, if your automobile needs to be covered on the insurance policy, you need an Owner Policy. Conversely, if you don’t own a car and plan on just driving other automobiles, insured by their respective owners, you can purchase the lesser expensive Non-Owner Policy.

What Information will you Need to get a Quote on an FR44?

The information you’ll need to provide for a solid quote is as follows:

  1. Full Name
  2. Your Gender
  3. Your Physical Mailing Address (P.O. Boxes are Not Allowed)
  4. Phone Number
  5. Birth Date
  6. Relationship Status (Married, Divorced, Single, Widowed)
  7. Driver’s License Number
  8. The State You’re Licensed In
  9. The State You Need the Filing in (You Can Live In One State and Have to File in Another)

10. Whether You Need an Owner or Non-Owner Policy

11. If an Owner Policy is Needed, the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on that Automobile

12. If You Need a Florida FR44, Your Case Number (or Conviction Number), which is a 9 Digit Number (No Letters, All Numbers). You can call the DMV and Request this Number if you Don’t Know it

Quotes can be run in as little as 5 minutes and a number of different insurance companies can be shopped. Shopping the market ensures you get the best product at the best price. You can immediately purchase your FR44 with a MasterCard, Visa, or Discover Card (in most cases). It is not necessary for you to be the Card Holder; anyone can pay for your policy.

What does a Florida FR44 Cost?

It should be noted that since legislation was passed in 2008, a Florida FR44 MUST be paid for in its entirety at the time of purchase (Unlike its SR22 counterpart, which can be paid for via a monthly payment plan). This is usually the biggest issue with obtaining the insurance since the rates can span from a couple of hundred dollars to a few thousand.

Many factors play into the pricing of the plan; demographics, insurance company rates, age, gender, number and severity of violations, etc. An MVR Report will be mandatory before a quote can be generated. One of the worst things to show up on your record are “At Fault” accidents. Basically, if you’ve cost insurance companies money in the past, you’re going to pay for it… that’s if you can even be covered at all. A seriously bad driving record, one with 2 or more At Fault accidents, can actually cause most insurance companies to decline coverage altogether. However, we have ways of finding alternatives and have only met a few cases we couldn’t get coverage for.

How Does the FR44 Get Filed with the State?

I can’t speak for all Agents or Agencies, but if you obtain your Florida FR44 through us, we file everything for you. We put the paperwork together, make the policy active, notify Tallahassee of your compliance, electronically file your FR44 with the DMV, and email your policy to you within 30 minutes. Additionally, in approximately 5 business days, you’ll receive a “Hard Copy” of your policy from the insurance company.

Even though all of this happens quickly, it will still take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours before you’ll show up in the DMV’s system. Don’t think you can purchase a policy while sitting at the DMV and by the time they call your number, have your information logged into the system. On special occasions, with the right DMV personnel, they can/will process everything with a copy… it’s “Hit and Miss”. Obviously the best thing to do is give yourself at least 2 weeks before you need to have your license reinstated. This will ensure a smooth transaction.

Where Can You Obtain a Florida FR44?

While a number of insurance companies will sell you an FR44, many of them don’t really want to work with the “High Risk” driving market. Therefore, they price their products accordingly. By virtue of being able to offer the insurance, the company has been “cleared” by the State of Florida… so don’t worry about the company itself. However, if you’re going to receive 100/300/50 coverage no matter which company you choose, you may as well find the Lowest Price. Insurance pricing fluctuates throughout the year based upon win/loss ratios, financial stability, etc. so the price you received yesterday may not be the best price today. While it’s smart to request a quote for the future, if for no other reason than to gauge an estimated price for your policy, understand that the rate may change by the time you actually purchase the policy.

We would be happy to shop the market for your Florida FR44. You can call us at 1-855-678-6977 to speak with a licensed insurance agent or you can complete our on-line quoting form at www.MyFloridaFR44.com.

How Do I Get A Cheap Florida FR44?

The Buyer’s Guide to a Cheap Florida FR44

First, What is an Florida FR44?

A Florida FR44 Filing may be required when you have a DUI / DWI / OVWI or other alcohol related violation. An FR44 filing is similar in theory to an SR22, except that it may indicate that you maintain more than the State Minimum Coverage as just the minimum amount of coverage required by the of Florida.

If you need a Florida FR44, you will likely be required to purchase more than just the minimum amount of liability insurance.  Our agents can help you to determine what the requirements for insurance are for your state, based on your situation.

Do you need an Owner Policy or a Non-Owner? We can help you decide, but in general terms an Owner Policy has an automobile attached to it and a Non-Owner Policy doesn’t.

The terms “SR22 insurance” and “FR44 insurance”, much like “DUI Insurance”, are used by the general public, but are not official types of insurance.  Our agency helps with auto insurance for people who have a DUI or DWI on their records, as well as adding an SR22 or FR44 Filing to the insurance policy.  When you contact us, we can help explain in better detail what these terms mean.

What information do I need?

In many situations you may receive a case number.  This is usually a 9 digit number (no letters). Please make sure to provide us with your case number so that we can have the FR44 form issued correctly.  If you have your DUI / DWI conviction date available, that would be helpful as well. 

To obtain an estimate for the price of insurance with an FR44 only takes a few moments.  When you are ready to purchase your insurance, we can provide you with a new temporary ID card and FR44 in the same day. 

DUI & DWI Laws in Florida

 

DUI & DWI Laws in Florida

 

Because drinking and driving is so dangerous, the penalties for doing so are extremely harsh in Florida. The state is serious about curbing injuries and deaths from alcohol-related crashes. The more DUIs you receive, the worse the penalties become.

Driving under the influence (DUI) is defined as operating a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or higher, a chemical substance, or a controlled substance (316.193, F.S.). A DUI will remain on your driving record for 75 years.

First Conviction

Even your first DUI mistake can cost you more than just dollars:

  • Fines of $250 to $500. If you have a BAC of .20 or higher, or were driving with a minor in the car, your fine will be anywhere from $500 to $1000.
  • Community service. Mandatory 50 hours, or an additional fine equaling $10 per required hour.
  • Probation of no more than one year.
  • Jail time of at least eight hours, but could last up to six months. For BAC of .20 or higher, the sentence could last nine months.
  • Jail time of at least two years if you kill or injure someone.
  • Vehicle impoundment for 10 days (not counted during your incarceration)
  • Driver license revoked for a six month minimum

Second Conviction

  • Fines of $500 to $1,000. For BAC of .20 or higher, or a minor in the car, minimum $1,000 to $2,000.
  • Jail time of not more than nine months. A BAC of .20 or higher, or driving with a minor in the car, will require up to 12 months. If it’s your second conviction in five years, a mandatory 10-day jail sentence will be required.
  • Vehicle impoundment (if a second conviction in five years) for 30 days.
  • Driver license revoked for six months minimum. If it’s your second conviction in five years, you’ll lose your license for five years (but will be eligible to apply for a hardship license after one year).

Third Conviction

  • Fines of $1,000 to $2,500. If it’s your third conviction in 10 years, you’ll be charged $2,000 to $5,000.
  • Jail time. Mandatory 30 days if it’s your third conviction in 10 years. If it’s outside the 10-year limit, up to 12 months.
  • Vehicle impoundment (third conviction in 10 years) for 90 days.
  • Driver license revoked for a minimum five years. If it’s your third conviction in 10 years, a minimum of 10 years revocation will apply.

Fourth or Subsequent Conviction

  • Fines of $1,000 minimum; with BAC of .20 or higher, minimum of $2,000 fines. No maximum.
  • Jail time of up to five years.
  • Driver license revoked―mandatory permanent revocation. You won’t ever be eligible for hardship reinstatement.

Drivers Younger Than 21 Years of Age

Young drivers who are found with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to an automatic six-month suspension. For most people, even one drink will put them over that limit.

It Gets Worse

The penalties listed above may sound harsh, but they’re really the best-case scenario for a person who makes the decision to drink alcohol and then get into a car and drive. If you hurt someone while impaired or, worse yet, cause a death, the above penalties will seem like a slap on the wrist.

DUI Misdemeanor

If you cause property damage or personal injury to someone else while driving under the influence, you’ll be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. That means fines up to $1,000 and jail time of up to one year.

DUI Felony

If you receive three DUIs in a 10-year period, or receive four at any time, you’ll be committing a third-degree felony. You’ll also have a felony conviction if you cause serious bodily injury to someone else, even if it’s your first conviction. Fines can reach $5,000 and jail time can last five years.

DUI Manslaughter

If you kill someone while driving with alcohol in your system, it’s a second-degree felony, with penalties of a fine up to $10,000 and/or jail sentence up to 15 years. If you leave the scene of the accident after killing someone, it’s a first-degree felony, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or jail sentence up to 30 years.

License Reinstatements

Even if you haven’t caused injuries or served jail time, losing your license can seriously affect other areas of your life, not the least of which is your job.

In some cases, it might be possible to have your suspended license reinstated for hardship purposes, meaning to drive to and from work only. You’ll have to complete a DUI program and probably have an ignition interlock device installed on your car for six months to two years or more.

The ignition interlock device requires the driver to give a breath sample before starting the car. If the BAC is more than .05, the car will not start. The device even submits the driver to “rolling retests,” meaning an alarm will sound and the driver must give a sample while operating the vehicle.

Even if you don’t apply for a hardship reinstatement, you’ll still be required to take the DUI course and possibly use an ignition interlock device. There’s no way to recover from a DUI conviction easily or quickly. The best idea is the simplest: Don’t drink and drive, period.

For more official details and regulations concerning DUI convictions, please see the state’s website.

 

original post located at : http://www.dmv.org/fl-florida/automotive-law/dui.php