SR-22 insurance is high risk insurance. It is a special type of insurance required of persons who have had their license suspended for a DUI conviction, loss of a Department of Licensing (DOL) hearing, or Reckless Driving conviction. SR-22 insurance is insurance in addition to the mandated compulsory insurance. The cost of the insurance depends on your personal driving record and your individual insurance company. Not all insurance companies offer SR-22 insurance and they certainly don't all charge the same. I recommend that you get a quote from your insurance company and at least two other companies. It is possible to keep your current insurance company and add SR-22 through a different provider. Once you acquire the insurance the insurance company will provide the necessary proof of insurance to the DOL.
Have an Ignition Interlock Device Installed
An ignition interlock device (IID) is a device that is installed on your vehicle that is electronically connected to the engine. The IID is programmed to a pre-determined breath-alcohol content (BAC) limit (typically .02 %). A person must blow into the device in order to start the vehicle. As long as the person's (BAC) is under the pre-determined limit the vehicle will start without issue. In addition, to the starting requirement, a person is required to blow into the machine periodically while driving (you will be prompted). Private companies throughout Washington install the IID. They charge varying rates for installation and monthly leases. It is recommended that you contact at least three providers before having the machine installed. The company will provide proof to the DOL that the device has been installed. It can take several days to weeks to get an installation appointment. The company will provide proof of installation to the DOL.
Complete and Submit the IIL Application to the DOL
Once you have SR-22 insurance and have installed an IID you can submit your ignition interlock license (IIL) application to the DOL. The application can be found on their website http://www.dol.wa.gov/ or at this link http://www.dol.wa.gov/forms/500023.pdf. There is a 100 dollar fee that must accompany the application. On average it can take the DOL seven to ten business days to process the application. It is recommended that you submit the application in person to any DOL office rather than submit the application by mail to ensure faster processing. Remember you cannot submit the application until you first have SR-22 insurance and an ID. The IIL is a paper license. You will have the option on the application to request to receive the application via mail, email or fax. Email or fax is a quicker option than mail, but that option requires that you have the ability to print the application. If your application takes longer to process than the seven to ten days you may want to