Proof of Financial Responsibility & Penalties
Under Tennessee law, you are required to provide documentary proof of Financial Responsibility in the following circumstances:
- At the request of a law enforcement officer at the time of an accident or traffic stop
- When registering a vehicle
Penalty for Failure to Comply with Tennessee's Financial Responsibility Requirements:
Failure to maintain proper insurance could lead to the suspension of your driver's license and a $100 fine. If your driver's license is suspended, there may also be a STOP placed on your vehicle registration until you reinstate your license by showing evidence of Financial Responsibility and meeting all other requirements. If a STOP is in place, you may not be allowed to register or renew your vehicle.
Certificate of Financial Responsibility (SR-22):
An SR-22 is a certification of proof of future Financial Responsibility issued by your insurance company to the Tennessee Department of Safety providing proof that you purchased liability insurance. The following circumstances may require a person to have an SR-22:
- To reinstate a license suspended after the person fails to pay an accident judgment
- To reinstate a license suspended after the person fails to maintain proof of Financial Responsibility
- To reinstate a license suspended for excessive points
- To reinstate a license suspended for Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
If you are required to maintain a certificate of Financial Responsibility, your insurance company must provide the Department of Safety with at least ten (10) days advance notice before termination.
SafeAuto will only issue a Tennessee SR-22 to Tennessee residents.
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Tennessee Department of Safety
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