Yes you will need an SR-22. DMV can confirm this in order to drive again in California. Unfortunately, you cannot fight it now. Had you fought the DMV and prevailed initially, the SR-22 would have been avoided; a hearing would have had to been requested within 10 days by your California DUI attorney specialist.
Since you have not contacted DMV for over one year, I am wondering if you still reside in California. If you have moved out of state, then you will not need to file an SR-22 unless you plan to drive in California. Should that be the case, in order to lift the suspension the California DMV will need to correspond with an out of state address to confirm that you live out of state. You should contact a DMV attorney to assist you.
As previously posted you will be required to get the SR22. Additionally it sounds as if you may have take the DUI class to get you full driving privilege returned. This all based on that initial DMV suspension stemming from the original arrest. Though the court process stopped, DMV did not. There may be other alternatives depending on how and why the case was dismissed.
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