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An SR-22, also known as SR22, sr22 bond, sr-22 bond, sr22 filing, or sr-22 filing is a form issued by an insurance company and used to prove your "Financial Responsibility" to the State Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This is a reinstatement requirement for most BMV ordered suspensions including those for 12 points, hit/skip, ticket or accident without insurance, random selection, noncompliance, DUI, and others. The SR-22 guarantees to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles that an insurance company has issued at least minimum liability coverage for the person making the filing. The filing also requires that the insurance company notify the BMV if the coverage is cancelled for any reason. This is a way for the BMV to keep tabs on whether or not someone has insurance. The BMV usually requires that you file an SR-22 for a period of 3 years from the beginning date of the suspension. Some suspensions may have a 5 year period. The Ohio BMV will accept SR22 filings showing the purchase of either an Auto Liability Insurance Policy, for vehicle owners who want more than the minimum, or a Financial Responsibility Bond, designed for those who want just the minimum coverage. The state does not care whether you purchase a policy, which follows your car, or a FR Bond, which follows you and covers you while driving any car, owned or non-owned.


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