If your driving privileges have been revoked, it's difficult to get insurance — but not impossible.
Finding car insurance with a suspended license can be tricky. Depending on the reason your license was suspended, you could find a workaround — namely via a restricted driver’s license. It can be confusing if your license was suspended when you are carrying active car insurance. Let’s explore the ins-and-outs of auto insurance for drivers with a suspended license.
Most auto insurance companies won't issue a new policy to a driver with a suspended license. First, you’re not legally allowed to drive. Second, it would be a risky investment to insure a driver with a suspended license. Although there are non-driving related reasons a license can be suspended, many are related to driving recklessly or violating the rules of the road in one of the below ways:
To an auto insurance company, a client exhibiting reckless driving habits is a claim payout waiting to happen, i.e., money lost. As a result, insurance companies charge potentially risky clients higher premiums — or deny coverage altogether.
Depending on your location, you might be able to apply for a restricted license. A restricted license allows drivers with a suspended license to drive to the following places:
Restricted licensing is subject to state regulations and is offered on a case-by-case basis. The reason for your license suspension, the reason for your restricted license request, and your driving record are all considered as part of the application process. Restricted licenses are sometimes called occupational licenses, hardship licenses, or work licenses.
Not all car insurance companies will write a policy for a driver with a restricted license. If you run into issues, speak to an insurance agent directly: if major insurance companies deem you too high-risk, one of their subsidiaries might approve you. Also consider non-standard insurance companies. These smaller companies often work with high-risk drivers to get them insured.
The Zebra's licensed insurance agents can connect you with non-standard and standard companies. Call us at 1-833-768-7789 to see if we can find you insurance with a suspended license.
Nationally, a citation for driving with a suspended license is the fifth most expensive violation a driver can receive — behind hit-and-run, racing, DUI, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. On average, you can expect your rate to jump by over 67% with a suspended license citation. Getting a ticket for a suspended license will certainly cost you over the long run, as you're typically rated on it for three years. Let's explore what the cheapest insurance companies are with this violation on your driving record, using the standard driver profile we use in our methodology.
|Company||No violations||After driving with suspended license charge||Premium increase: % and $|
|Allstate||$944||$1,269||34% or $325|
|Farmers||$762||$1,386||81% or $623|
|GEICO||$638||$1,109||73% or $470|
|Liberty Mutual||$823||$1,258||52% or $434|
|Nationwide||$673||$1,517||125% or $844|
|Progressive||$802||$1,191||48% or $389|
|State Farm||$656||$950||44% or $293|
|USAA||$474||$817||72% or $343|
If you can't qualify for USAA, State Farm was the second-cheapest insurance option for drivers with a suspended license citation. Every insurance company is different in how much exactly a certain violation will increase your premium. As you can see, there is quite a bit of variance between them for the same violation. This is why it's important to shop around with as many insurers as you can for the most affordable rate. Use our data as a starting point in your search for car insurance after a suspended license violation.
If you were already insured when your license is suspended, your insurance situation can get complicated. Although the short-term cost savings could be tempting, do not cancel your insurance coverage. Depending on the reason for your license suspension, maintaining insurance coverage will probably be a requirement of lifting your license suspension and returning to the road.
Some drivers with a suspended license might be required to carry an SR-22 form. An SR-22 can be required by your state for such infractions as a DWI, a hit and run, or other serious traffic violations. You are required to carry an SR-22 form for a term that usually ranges from 3-5 years. It is a form that is sent to your state by your insurance company that essentially works to provide proof of insurance coverage. Even if you have a suspended driver's license, you must still fulfill these requirements by carrying an auto policy from an insurance provider. Check with your department of motor vehicles (DMV) to find out more about the reinstatement of your license.
This depends. If you have a loan or lease on your vehicle, you most likely cannot. Because another entity — such as a dealership or bank — technically owns the vehicle, they will usually require high levels of coverage. If you lower your coverage, your bank or dealership might add "forced coverage." If your dealership opts to force coverage, the insurance you removed will be re-purchased, and you'll foot the bill. Forced coverage is usually more expensive than maintaining your coverage.
If you own the vehicle outright, you can make changes to your coverage. If you’re absolutely not going to be driving your vehicle during your license suspension, consider removing your collision coverage. This coverage is designed to protect your vehicle if it is damaged when colliding with a fixed object. If you won't be driving the vehicle, you won't need this coverage.
Depending on where the vehicle will be stored, your comprehensive coverage might not be necessary either. Comprehensive coverage insures your vehicle against damage caused by weather, animals, theft, and vandalism. If you’re going to store your vehicle in a locked garage and you’re not worried about severe weather, this might be another option for you. This type of protection is called storage insurance/storage coverage. More information can be found here.
Removing your liability insurance will not be an option, however. Because liability coverage is required in nearly all states — New Hampshire being the exception — removing it would risk having your vehicle’s registration suspended. Considering you’re already dealing with your suspended license, this isn’t ideal.
Getting your driving privileges revoked can be a major setback. Finding affordable car insurance with a suspended license is going to take some work, and even then expect to see your insurance rates go up. While most insurance companies will not issue you a policy with a suspended license, you might find some help from a restricted license. Furthermore, online car insurance shopping might be difficult for you, which is why we recommend speaking to an insurance agent directly. You can ask them directly for recommendations for your situation. The Zebra can help you compare insurance quotes from companies that may be willing to work with you. This can help you find cheaper car insurance rates. Feel free to give us a call at 833-768-7789 for personal assistance.
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