Driving in the first state has a wide variety of drivers: older folks, college students, and even vacationers. To make sure you’re protected in case of an accident, you need quality insurance at a cheap price.
Failure to have proper car insurance may result in a suspension of your driver’s license, or worse
In the state of Delaware, it is against the law to operate a motor vehicle without minimum liability auto insurance. The penalties for driving without car insurance in Delaware include:
If your auto insurance is canceled or lapses for any reason, then the Delaware DMV will receive a notice from your insurance provider. License plates must be surrendered to the Division prior to canceling insurance for any reason on vehicles with active registrations. Tags will be returned at no charge if proper insurance is provided and the registration has not expired.
In the state of Delaware, it is required that all registered vehicles have minimum auto liability insurance, according to the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles. All drivers must carry proof of insurance coverage at all times and maintain the following minimum levels of auto insurance coverage:
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage helps protect you if you’re involved in an accident with a driver that doesn’t have any auto insurance or has too little. And while Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Coverage is not required by law in the state of Delaware, insurance companies may offer you this type of coverage as additional protection.
It is illegal to drive, operate or control a motor vehicle, off-highway vehicle or moped while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The penalties for a DUI in the state of Delaware are severe and increase significantly based on your BAC (blood alcohol concentration). If you are caught behind the wheel with a BAC of 0.08% of higher, you may be arrested. The penalties for a BAC over 0.15% include:
Delaware has a “zero tolerance” law meaning it is illegal for someone under the age of 21 to drive or operate a motor vehicle or moped with any measurable intoxicants in her or her system. Violators will have their driver’s license revoked for two months for a first offense and up to 12 months for any following offenses
Delaware also has an “implied consent” law which means if you drive in Delaware and are suspected of DUI, you must submit to a chemical test to determine the degree of impairment. Failure to take the test carries a penalty of loss of license and/or driving privileges for one year for a first offense, 18 months for a second offense and 24 months for the third subsequent offense.
The state of Delaware has banned the use of handheld cell phones, laptops, games or portable computers while driving. Drivers are also not permitted to read, write or send text messages, email or use the Internet while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers caught using a hand-held device to speak or text will be fined $106 ($50 base fine with fees) for their first offense, with subsequent penalties reaching up to $350 with fees.
An FR-19 insurance document certifies that a vehicle has been continuously insured since the verification date and that coverage is currently active. This FR-19 is required by drivers that are convicted of a serious violation, involved in a serious accident without insurance coverage, or failed to satisfy a judgment resulting from an accident. Your insurer will help you file the FR-19 by notifying the state in the event that your policy was cancelled or non-renewed for any reason. The FR-19 is usually in effect for 3 years.
Luckily for you, Good2Go Insurance, Inc. can connect you with an insurer who will file the FR-19 insurance documents to get you driving on the road legally as quickly as possible.
More information on additional costs and frequently asked questions for purchasing a new policy can be found on our commonly asked questions page.