How long does car insurance take to register?

I want to get my insurance fast so I can get out on the road. How long does car insurance take to register?

If you want to get insurance fast, you’ll need to be ready to hit the ground running. Usually, there are three ways to go about getting car insurance:
  • Call
  • Go in person
  • Online (about 30-minute process)
To speed up the process, make sure you have the following information handy:
  • Name of the vehicle’s owner
  • Date you purchased the vehicle
  • The unique VIN (vehicle identification number) for the vehicle to be insured
  • Mileage on the vehicle
  • Your driver’s license number
  • Your date of birth
  • Your address
  • Marital status
  • Recent driving history (claims, accidents, or driving courses)
  • Your history of car insurance coverage
Once you purchase a policy, your car insurance will be effective immediately, as long as you set your policy start date to the same day. In most states, your car insurance company will also send your information to the DMV. Their database should update within 24 to 48 hours, but you can begin driving as soon as you have an active insurance policy.
Since you want the fastest method, I recommend getting insurance online. The quickest way to do this is to compare quotes with Jerry. Jerry is an app that generates competitive quotes from top providers in less than a minute.
Once you find a policy you like and complete your purchase, you’re ready to get on the road!
Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 02, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.

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