I live in California and am above the age of 18.

My car bumped into another car in the beginning of January and I was uninsured at the time of the accident. The damage to the other car was minimal and I did not file an SR-1 form.

I got a reminder from DMV to file for an SR-1 last week and I did so declaring that myself as uninsured during the time of the accident. Yesterday I received an "Order of Suspension" from DMV and learned that my license is set to suspend next month. I have 14 days from now to file for a hearing.

These are the facts:

My insurance expired at the end of December and I left the country for Christmas. I returned to the US on January 5th and the accident happened the day after.

My new insurance was set to kick in on the 10th of January.

The damage to the car was minimal (no visible bumper damage).

My goal is to avoid this suspension. If this is not possible, I would like my sentence to be reduced.

What can I do?