If you live in California, you know that it is not always sunny and glamorous driving from point A to B on any given day. To make sure that your vehicle is insured if an accident ever occurs, Good2Go Insurance, Inc. is here for your coverage needs.
Failure to have proper car insurance may result in a suspension of your driver’s license, or worse.
In the state of California, it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle without proof of insurance or financial responsibility. The driver must maintain proof of continuous insurance throughout the registration period. If the driver does not and cannot provide proof of new insurance within 45 days, a one-year license suspension is automatic. In order to reinstate the vehicle registration, the driver must provide proof of insurance and pay a fee.
Driving a car while uninsured risks severe fines as well as license suspension.
California‘s car insurance laws require all drivers to present proof of liability insurance when they register their vehicle. California vehicle owners with cars registered in their name must be able to certify that they have insurance and that it meets state minimum requirements for liability insurance. In California, the minimum requirements for car insurance are as follows:
Low income drivers who qualify for California‘s Automobile Assigned Risk Plan have lower limits of $10,000, $20,000, and $3,000. Unlike some states, California does not require drivers to purchase additional coverage for uninsured or underinsured drivers who may also be involved in your accident.
California DUI laws state that drivers with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more are considered to be driving under the influence. Minimum punishments for a misdemeanor first conviction are as follows:
Maximum penalties for a misdemeanor first DUI conviction in California nearly $4,000 in fines, six months’ imprisonment in the county jail, a six-month license suspension, an interlock device and vehicle impoundment.
California prohibits all drivers from using handheld wireless phones or cell phones and prohibit drivers under 18 from using hands-free cell phones. California also bans texting while driving. These are primary enforcement laws, meaning that police can pull a driver over for violating them.
California SR-22 insurance documents are required for drivers who have been convicted of driving without auto insurance and/or in some instances, a DUI. An SR-22 form may need to be filed for three years with the DMV, showing proof of financial responsibility. This filing is usually required after the suspension of your driving privileges has been lifted. Your insurer can electronically file SR-22 insurance documents to the state of California for drivers that are required to keep and show valid auto liability insurance.
More information on additional costs and frequently asked questions for purchasing a new policy can be found on our commonly asked questions page.