How to Switch Car Insurance Companies When You Move to a New State

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    When moving from state to state, car owners need to switch car insurance to comply with the regulations in the state they plan on moving to. Due to the difference in minimum coverage requirements, population levels, and crime in an area, car insurance premiums vary by state. And while in an ideal world you could keep your old coverage when you move, state laws require that you switch to a particular state's insurance policy upon taking up residence there.
    The following information details what you need to do to update your car insurance when moving to a different state.

    How long do you have to switch car insurance upon moving?

    Depending upon the laws within each U.S. state, you have between 10 to 30 days to register your car within the new state. To successfully register a car in many states you also need to have an insurance policy within that state first. So, you need to switch insurance companies by either transferring your account from company offices in your old state to an office within the new state or purchasing insurance from a new company altogether.
    Failure to provide proof of coverage can result in the suspension of your car registration, so make sure to get the proper insurance within the time limit provided by state regulations. When securing insurance in a new state, you basically have two options, as detailed below:
    • Finding coverage with the same car insurance company: You can find coverage with your original insurance company from your former state. This might represent the easiest way to keep continuous coverage on your car. An agent at an office in your area simply switches you over to your new area, which might cause your premium to go up or down depending on factors such as area population, traffic level, where you park your car, or the chance of theft or vandalism.
    • Finding coverage with a different car insurance company: Switching car insurance companies represents another option. Moving to a new state also provides the perfect opportunity for you to compare rates between insurance companies and switch to a new insurance provider, which could save you money.
    Whether you transfer your policy to your current provider in your new state or switch to a new insurance company altogether, make sure that you have the minimum coverage requirements according to your new state laws. And, whatever you do, do not cancel your old insurance before obtaining or transferring to a policy at your new car insurance company.
    The following table shows state requirements for liability coverage:
    StateDrowsy Driving Laws and Initiatives
    AlabamaNone; observes Drowsy Driver Awareness Day on November 19 each year
    AlaskaNone
    ArizonaNone
    ArkansasClassified as an offense under negligent homicide; class A misdemeanor
    CaliforniaNone; proclaimed Drowsy Driver Awareness Day on April 5, 2005
    ColoradoNone
    ConnecticutNone
    DelawareNone
    D.C.None
    FloridaNone; proclaimed Drowsy Driving Prevention Week for the first week of September
    GeorgiaNone
    HawaiiNone
    IdahoNone
    IllinoisNone
    IndianaNone
    IowaNone
    KansasNone
    KentuckyNone
    LouisianaNone
    MaineNone
    MarylandNone
    MassachusettsNone
    MichiganNone
    MinnesotaNone
    MississippiNone
    MissouriNone
    MontanaNone
    NebraskaNone
    NevadaNone
    New HampshireNone
    New JerseyConsidered reckless driving
    New MexicoNone
    New YorkNone
    North CarolinaNone
    North DakotaNone
    OhioNone
    OklahomaNone
    OregonNone
    PennsylvaniaNone; proclaimed the month of April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month
    Rhode IslandNone
    South CarolinaNone
    South DakotaNone
    TennesseeNone
    TexasNone; proclaims the week of November 6 to 12 as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
    UtahNone; installing road signs warning against the dangers of drowsy driving
    VermontNone
    VirginiaNone
    WashingtonNone
    West VirginiaNone
    WisconsinNone
    WyomingNone
    Source: ValuePenguin
    When moving to a new state, keep in mind what type of coverage you need and how much you must carry according to the new state's laws.

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