You can add licensed drivers who live with you or are related to you to your car insurance policy. Adding a driver to your policy is usually quick and can be done online or over the phone.
Updated May 10, 2021|3 min read
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Adding a new driver to your existing car insurance policy is usually a quick and easy process. Much like adding a new vehicle to your existing policy, adding someone to your car insurance policy as a named driver involves contacting your auto insurance company and giving them some basic information about you, your vehicle, and info about the new driver you want to add to your policy.
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Before you add a new driver to your insurance policy, it’s important to consider who needs to be listed on your policy and how much adding a new driver will affect the cost of your monthly premiums.
Your insurance company may require you to add any licensed drivers in your household to your auto insurance policy
If someone who doesn’t live with you occasionally borrows your car, you don’t need to add them to your policy, they’ll be covered automatically
Most insurance companies allow you to add drivers to your policy either online or over the phone
Adding a driver to your policy may or may not affect your premiums, but if you add an inexperienced or teenage driver, expect your rates to go up
Generally, if you live with any immediate family members of driving age, they should be listed on your car insurance policy as named drivers. In some states, it’s required that the other members of your household be listed on your policy. That includes your partner or spouse and any children of driving age.
People who don’t live with you but borrow your car occasionally don’t usually need to be added to your policy, they’ll likely be covered under what is called “permissive use”, which extends your car insurance coverage to other drivers provided you gave them permission to use your car. If you lend your car out to another driver who uses it every once in a while, permissive use means they’ll be covered if they get into an accident when they’re driving your vehicle — as long as they’re not an excluded driver. An excluded driver is a driver who is specifically excluded from your policy, often because they would be too costly to add, either because of their age or a poor driving record.
If you and your roommate each have your own vehicle, you probably don’t need to be listed on each other’s policies (although some insurance companies require you to include everyone who lives with you, so you should double check with your insurer).
However, if your roommate does drive your car frequently, it’s a good idea to add them to your policy even if it’s not specifically required. If your roommate borrows your car and gets into an accident, and your car insurance company decided that they should have been listed on your policy and weren’t, then the damage may not be covered.
Updating your current car insurance policy to include another driver is a fairly simple process, and most major insurers make it possible for you to make changes to your policy online or over the phone. To add another driver to your car insurance policy, you’ll need some basic information on hand about the driver you’re adding, including their:
Full name and date-of-birth
Social Security number
Driving record, including any of their recent previous accidents and traffic violations
Car insurance premiums are determined by a number of factors, including where you live, what kind of vehicle you drive, your credit history, driving record, and even your age and gender. All of that means it’s hard to guess what effect adding a new driver to your insurance policy will have on your monthly premiums.
But, while it seems counterintuitive, adding a new driver to your policy can often have little to no effect on your premiums. In fact, if the added driver is an adult with a clean driving history, adding them to your coverage can sometimes even lower your insurance premiums.
One instance in which adding a driver to your policy will likely raise your rates is when you’re adding a teen driver or a newly licensed young driver to your coverage. Car insurance companies see teens and young drivers as high-risk because of their age and inexperience, meaning they can be very expensive to insure.
When you’re adding a teen to your coverage, make sure to look into discounts specifically for teenage drivers, like good student discounts or discounts for taking extra driver’s education courses. Some insurance companies even offer special programs for teen drivers that track their driving and provide feedback.
Learn more about finding affordable coverage for teens.
It depends on the driver, but adding someone new to your insurance policy may not change your car insurance premiums. In fact, if the driver has a better driving record than you, adding them to your policy could earn you new discounts. However, if the person you add to your policy recently got their license, or has a history of car accidents or traffic violations, your rates will likely go up when you add them.
Usually, yes. Car insurance follows the car, not the driver. That means when someone borrows your car, they’re basically borrowing your car insurance, too. If they get into an accident while driving your car, they’ll be covered by your insurance. Car insurance companies know that people borrow each other’s cars here and there, which is why “permissive use” is built into auto insurance policies.
Typically, someone needs to live with you or be related to you to be added to your car insurance policy. If your child moves away for college, you can usually keep them on your insurance policy even if they aren’t currently living at your address. If you and your partner live at separate addresses, depending on your insurance company, you may also be able to share coverage even if you’re not living in the same place.
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