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2017 UPDATE: There is a relatively new rule in Oregon that says if you need an SR22 and even if you turn it in to the Oregon DMV, you are required to carry a copy with you at all times. Twice now in the last two years I've had customers complain about being sited for not carrying a physical copy of the SR22 on them. That was news to me. I looked it up. Yep. You are required. Rarely does a police officer ask for it, but they might, and if you don't have a copy of your SR22 with you, you might be cited. Just ask. We'll be happy to print an extra copy to keep with you.
No. Not usually. The SR22 certificate must be turned in to the DMV before you get proper credit. Many drivers who are required to file an SR22 like to keep a copy on hand. Ask your agent for a copy. Keep it with your Oregon Auto Insurance Identification Card just in case an officer asks for it if you get pulled over. Rarely does a police officer ask to see the actual SR22 certificate, but it does happen. Usually they can see in the computer system or call in to dispatch to confirm the status of your driving privileges. That's most often enough to confirm you have a current SR22 on file at the Salem, Oregon DMV.
If you do decide to keep a copy of an SR22 certificate with you when you are driving, be sure and keep it in a safe place. It has all of your personal information and is a source for identity theft. If you car gets stolen or broken in to and you have left your SR22 certificate in the glove box, you just might get more stolen than your car!