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Insurance Question from Bedford Heights, OH

Asked on 01/27/2014

Auto Insurance Company failed inform proper authorities of my SR 22 and thus my license was suspended. Can insurer write to Court 2 resolve case? I did not know my license was suspended until the officer told me. Contacted auto insurance company and they had failed to complete the paper work though I had paid and done necessary paper work on my end well before the officer stopped me. Insurance company acknowledged their error and said they apologized. Now I get paper in mail saying license was suspended and I owe $275+ court costs. Shouldn't the insurance company pay this fine?

Answer given on January 27, 2014

If your license was suspended due to an incident that requires an SR22 be filed by your insurance company, then the insurance company needs to follow up with the DMV about the filing.If you actually had liability insurance at the time required by the DMV, then your insurance company can probably work with the DMV to back date the SR22 as required and then your license will be reinstated back to the date in question.Talk to the insurance company, or your agent, and have them contact DMV to see what they need. This should be a pretty simple correction since the insurance company acknowledges that they had the necessary funds and paperwork from you and they simply failed to file it with DMV.Once the insurance company and DMV work this out, the fine should be dismissed and your license will be reinstated. You should make sure the insurance company follows through with everything and ask for copies for your records.


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