Is it illegal to drive without insurance in California?

I just moved to the state and the cost of living is so high. If I don't purchase a new policy here, will I face legal consequences?

“While car insurance is required in the state of California, you do have the option to self-insure, which requires a certificate from the Department of Motor Vehicles and evidence of a $35,000 cash deposit.
Drivers that are caught without valid insurance or a self-insurance certificate will be fined anywhere from $100 to $200 for a first offense and more with each subsequent offense. If you get into an accident, you could have your license suspended and be forced to purchase SR-22 car insurance.
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Sophie Newman
Answered on Aug 03, 2021
Sophie Newman is a writer from California. Her hobbies include brewing her own kombucha, riding horses, and taking long road trips.

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