Can I use an international license to get car insurance in the US?

I just moved to the US and will be buying a car and I have an international license. Will that count as a valid license for me to get car insurance?

Answer
“Moving to another country is a huge step, so congratulations! Although it can be difficult adjusting to a new place, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting car insurance with an international license.
That said, every state and insurance company is different. Not all insurance companies offer insurance with international licenses and some states may require a valid US license to register and insure a vehicle. You should first look into your state’s requirements.
The DMV can provide you with up-to-date information on licensing and registration requirements. If you can register a vehicle with an international license, you can most likely look into car insurance companies that will accept your license.
Some popular companies that offer car insurance for international licenses are Progressive and The General. However, this can vary depending on where you live, so you’ll want to check with the company first.
Since you have an international license, you may not be able to request car insurance quotes online. You may need to visit a local agent or work with a car insurance broker to determine what the best policy and company is for you.
If you want to make shopping for insurance easier, try using Jerry. We’ll get you multiple customized quotes from different providers instantly so that you can choose the best price for the coverage you need.
Good luck settling into your new life!”
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Emily Maracle
Answered on Sep 10, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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