Can I look up someone’s insurance policy?

How do I trace a car insurance policy? I live in California and recently got into a hit-and-run car accident where the other driver was at fault. He refused to show me proof of insurance or his insurance card and fled the scene. I want to find out if he has insurance so I can receive compensation.

Answer
“If you were unable to obtain proof of insurance from the other driver at the scene of an accident, don’t worry, you have options. You can look up someone else’s insurance a few different ways.
You can ask the police for help. If you have the other driver’s license plate number and/or a description of the other driver’s vehicle, the police should be able to obtain insurance information on your behalf. They will add this information to the police report, which you will usually receive in the mail within 14 days.
Another option is to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you have a legitimate reason—like you were the victim of a hit-and-run accident—your local DMV may provide you with the other driver’s insurance information.
Once you’ve identified the other party and accessed their insurance info, pass it along to your insurance provider. They will contact the at-fault driver’s insurance company for you.
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Phoebe Mah
Answered on Jan 05, 2022
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