VIRGINIA MINIMUM INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

Virginia state law requires you to carry a minimum amount of car insurance. Failure to do so can result in severe penalties that may include monetary fines. Virginia has a tort system, which means that if you are found to be at fault in a car accident, you can be sued for actual damages (expenses associated with property damage and medical costs), economic damages (lost wages and earning capacity) and emotional and physical pain and suffering. However, Virginia also allows you to purchase personal injury protection.

The bare minimum car insurance requirement for Virginia drivers is:

  • $25,000 bodily injury per person per accident
  • $50,000 bodily injury for all persons per accident
  • $20,000 property damage liability
  • $25,000/$50,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury
  • $20,000 uninsured motorist property damage with a $200 deductible for hit-and-run accidents
  • Virginia does not require you to carry additional coverage such as personal injury protection or Collision and Comprehensive. However, if you own property or other valuable assets, supplementing the minimum requirements can help you protect yourself from monetary loss.

PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO CARRY VIRGINIA AUTO INSURANCE

Virginia requires you to carry minimum liability insurance or proof of financial responsibility and provide proof if a law enforcement officer asks to see it. Failure to do so can carry severe penalties. Your driver’s license can be suspended and you will have to pay a $500 statutory fee and a $30 reinstatement fee.

Your insurance company must provide the Virginia DMV with electronic updates when they write a new policy for a vehicle registered in Virginia and when a policy is canceled.

Virginia law also required that your insurance company offer you a reduced premium if you are 55 or older and have successfully completed an approved accident prevention course. Your premium reduction remains in effect for 3 years thereafter.

VIRGINIA CAR INSURANCE PREMIUMS

Vehicle insurance premiums are regulated by the Virginia Bureau of Insurance. Insurance companies are allowed to charge premiums and award discounts based on a number of factors that can include:

  • The type of car you are insuring
  • Prior auto insurance coverage
  • How much you drive
  • Your driving record
  • Your age
  • Your gender
  • Your marital status
  • Your geographic location
  • How long you’ve been driving
  • Whether or not you use your car for business

Virginia also allows insurers to consider your credit rating to determine your premium.

HOW TO GET THE CHEAPEST VIRGINIA CAR INSURANCE POLICY

You may be able to lower the cost of your premiums in the following ways:

  • Ask about available discounts for good driving habits, anti-theft devices, multiple cars on one policy, bundling your car insurance with your homeowners or renters policy, automatic or online payments and driving a hybrid or electric car
  • Compare quotes from a variety of providers on this website
  • Eliminate unnecessary coverage
  • Check to see if you qualify for any low-cost auto insurance program your state may offer