An SR22 (sometimes called “pink slips”) and an SR22a (“green slips”) are known as Financial Responsibility Filings. They are simply a guarantee to the state of Georgia that you have insurance for at least six months, and that it can’t be cancelled for any reason during that period. If your license has been suspended, the judge can require you to obtain a filing to get your license back, in addition to any fines or requiring Driver Improvement classes.
The SR22 is typically for drivers with a DUI, a Habitual Violator, or someone with multiple suspensions. It is very uncommon to see an SR22 required in the state of Georgia these days. The SR22a is by far the more common of the two, and is generally for drivers who have been caught driving without insurance or driving under a suspended license. The SR22a policy must be paid in full for six months, and cannot be cancelled for any reason. The court can require you to have it just once, for six months, but occasionally may try to throw the book at someone by requiring a particularly naughty driver to have the SR22a for three years, or six six-month policy terms.
Because the insurance company cannot cancel the policy for any reason once the slips have been issued, most companies will not permit agents to issue the slips on the spot. They want to confirm the driving record and pull any additional reports before they will issue the slips, so they reserve the right to issue the slips from the home office. Our office can issue green slips immediately. We can mail them directly to the DMV but it sometimes takes weeks for the DMV to match them up to your driver’s license.
Or, you may choose to go to the DMV and let us fax them to you there or take your copy down to the DMV to get your license back. This is by far the fastest way, because they will release your license to you on the spot (provided you’ve met all their other requirements, of course!). It is not necessary to own a vehicle in order to get an SR22 or SR22a filing. If you need your license back in order to keep a job, you may purchase a special “Non-Owners” policy.