How to Get Car Insurance While Visiting US on a Visa

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Learn driving and parking rules that are effective in the United States. You can get this information from the Department of Motor Vehicles in any city.

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Get an international driver's license from your country of residence. Without this you are not allowed to drive or get insurance in a country you visit. Carry this license with you, as you will need to show it before you can get coverage.

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Go online and look for insurance companies who specialize in providing insurance coverage to foreigners. Progressive, Allstate, Geico and AIG are some of the top companies in auto insurance.

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Contact the insurance companies and collect information about the kind of coverage you want.

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Ask the insurance company if you are eligible for a comprehensive policy that covers most of the risks of driving a car.

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Ask the insurance agent if your name can be added to the policy of a relative or friend who resides in the United States. This can be an easier way to get insurance and may be cheaper too.

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Get insurance from the car rental agency if you rent a car. This may be the easiest and the best option. However, do not forget to compare rental and insurance rates of different agencies.

Tips and Warnings

  • Check to see if your credit card can provide you with auto insurance coverage.
  • You can add auto insurance coverage to a travel insurance policy obtained from your country of residence. Find out if the premium is cheaper than the options available in the US.
  • An international driver's license is only valid for up to one year. Apply for a learner's permit and a state driver's license if your visa period exceeds this duration. It takes a few weeks to get a driver's license in any state. Your insurance policy will terminate when your permit expires.
  • If you plan to rent a car, it may be a good idea to rent the car online. Usually the rental and insurance rates provided online are much cheaper.
  • Be sure to mention the type of visa you have to the insurance company. If you are on a temporary visa - 90 days to six months- then renting a car from an agency and buying insurance through them can be one of the options.