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UPDATED: Jun 24, 2020

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  • Car insurance or proof of financial responsibility are required in every state
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What is the penalty for not carrying auto insurance coverage? There are smart ways to save money on car insurance, but dropping it completely is not one of them.

The penalties for driving without car insurance vary across the United States, ranging from a fine of $500 all the way up to months in jail.

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The department of motor vehicles in your state will be able to provide you with all the details related to minimum levels of required car insurance as well as the penalty for not having it.

Some states will give first time offenders a slap on the wrist while others reserve the right to suspend a driver’s license upon the first conviction for driving without car insurance.

In Delaware, a conviction for driving without liability car insurance of at least $15,000 in bodily injury liability per person, $30,000 in bodily injury liability per accident, and $5,000 in property damage liability will get you a fine as high as $1,500 for the first offense and $3,000 for each new conviction within three years.

The punishment in California is more lenient, with fines of up to $500 and the possibility of the impoundment of your vehicle and a suspended license.

Missouri outlines a series of potential repercussions for anyone who fails to furnish proof of insurance to any law enforcement officer requesting it.

The first and most common punishment takes the form of four points added to the driving record of the convicted party.

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