In many states, automobile coverage is required in order to register or operate a motor vehicle. Often, this means that motorists must also carry proof of their one sure insurance. Within these states, if a vehicle owner is caught without the necessary documentation then there is a chance that the offending driver could experience penalties ranging from a fine to a suspended license, or even possible jail time under certain circumstances. No matter the consequence, being caught unprepared and uninsured almost always has negative results. One of the easiest ways to obtain proof of coverage is first to acquire an automobile protection plan.
If a person is in need of coverage a good place to begin searching is often the Internet. In order to find a policy that offers the highest levels of protection for the lowest price, motorists are encouraged to shop around as much as possible. To increase the speed and efficiency of this process, vehicle owners may wish to complete an online quote comparison. Doing so can quickly produce quotes from many different companies in one convenient location. Insurers that offer services over the Internet often allow clients to print instant proof of insurance or save the documents in the form of a Personal Data File (PDF). Although not available in every state, coverage provided online can save a motorist a considerable amount of time and allow for more accurate documentation, a quality that is necessary when providing coverage verification.
Keeping Current Proof of Auto Insurance
It is often necessary to keep one’s proof of coverage within the insured automobile, something that is also commonly required by law. Having this information up to date and accurate is important in order to avoid any potential complications. If a motorist’s documentation is not accurate then there is a chance that the vehicle could be listed as uninsured if a motorist is pulled over, which may result in the previously listed consequences. When an insurer provides a client with the necessary coverage verification, policyholders should take the time to ensure that all of the information that is listed is correct. Such documentation usually includes the name of the insurer, policy number, effective and expiration dates, names of those who are insured, the current year, make and model of the automobile, and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
In order to improve accuracy and decrease the likelihood of mistakes, some states require coverage providers to communicate directly with the state department of motor vehicles in order to keep such information up to date. For example, among the Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Coverage Owner(s)’ Responsibilities in Georgia, a resident’s insurer is required by law to submit all coverage information to the state department’s GEICS insurance database. This database, and similar programs in other states, are designed to ensure that a motorist’s vehicle identification number matches the state’s records, allowing the DMV to know whether or not a vehicle is insured and when such coverage is changed or canceled. Although such programs exist, vehicle owners are still encouraged to check for themselves whether all of their information is correctly listed in order to avoid any future complications.