How do I get my car insurance policy number?

I called my insurance company to make a claim earlier, but when they asked for my policy number, I realized I don't know how to find it. Help!

Answer
To get your car insurance policy number, consult your insurance card or online account.
Since most of us don’t use them often, it’s understandable if you don’t have your card on hand. However, it should always be kept in your vehicle to use as proof of insurance in the event of a car accident. Note that some carriers and states give you the option of storing a digital card on your smartphone, as well.
So, where is your policy number on your insurance card? Well, that differs for each insurance provider. Most policy numbers will be 8 to 10 digits and a combination of numbers and letters. Carriers tend to put it in the middle or top of the card following the phrase policy number.
Most providers will issue you two insurance cards. One should be kept in your glove box and another safely at home. If you lose your cards, your provider can mail you new ones free of charge. Most also allow you to print new cards online.
Another option for finding your policy number is to log in to your online account on the insurance provider’s website or mobile app. Often, you will be greeted with your policy number on the homepage.
Remember that your policy number is different than your VIN, which may also be listed on your insurance card. The VIN is used to identify your vehicle—not you or your insurance policy.
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Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Oct 20, 2021
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