Does the name on a vehicle's registration and insurance need to be the same?

I just bought a car and the title hasn't been transferred over yet. I have to get insurance before I can register it in my name. Will I be able to get insurance if the vehicle isn't in my name yet?

Answer
“You can’t get insurance if the vehicle isn’t in your name, so you’ll want to get the title transferred to your name as soon as possible.
Some car insurance providers will have a grace period between seven and 30 days where the insurance on your prior car will carry over to the new car. If you didn’t have a car prior to this purchase, you’ll have to shop around beforehand.
To get a quote on the car, use the Jerry app, which provides you with rates from over 40 insurance companies. When you purchase the insurance, you can also choose which date you want coverage to start. This should coincide with the date you officially hand over the money and get the original title in hand. Keep your insurance card and all of the paperwork in the vehicle until you have time to go to the DMV so you can show them to a police officer if you’re pulled over.”
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Emily Maracle
Answered on Jul 30, 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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