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Maryland Auto Insurance Fund

Also known as MAIF, the Maryland Auto Insurance Fund provides insurance for drivers who were denied coverage or canceled by private car insurance companies.

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Every driver in the state of Maryland is required to have at least the minimum levels of liability insurance, but some drivers are considered too high risk and can’t find coverage through a standard insurance company. Enter the Maryland Auto Insurance Fund (MAIF).

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Drivers who are unable to find insurance through more traditional means are able to sign up for coverage through MAIF.

Key takeaways

  • The Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund (MAIF) provides insurance for drivers who are turned down by private insurance companies.

  • MAIF does not compete as part of the larger insurance market.

  • If you have at least two rejections from private insurance companies or your insurance policy was canceled for reasons other than non-payment, you’re eligible for MAIF.

  • The minimum car insurance requirements in Maryland are 30/60/15 for liability, 30/60/15 for uninsured motorist coverage, and $2,500 in personal injury protection coverage.

What is the Maryland auto insurance fund?

The Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund provides insurance for people who can’t get a private insurance policy. The fund is subject to regulation by the Maryland Insurance Commissioner, just like any private insurance company, but it is designed for those who can’t find insurance elsewhere.

To be eligible for the fund, drivers must:

  • Have at least two rejections from private insurance companies, or

  • Have their insurance policy canceled for a reason that isn’t non-payment of premiums

Does Maryland Auto compete with standard insurers?

MAIF does not compete as part of the larger insurance market. An average driver in the state of Maryland can’t just sign up for a policy through the fund if they’re eligible for coverage through other insurance companies. If the private insurers in the state won’t sell you a policy, that’s when you’re eligible to reach out to the Maryland Auto Insurance Fund for car insurance.

MAIF provides more than just insurance policies for people who are otherwise uninsurable; it also processes and pays claims for residents who are hit by uninsured motorists or involved in a hit-and-run accident where the other driver can’t be identified.

What is the state minimum for car insurance in Maryland?

The minimum car insurance requirements in the state of Maryland are broken down into three parts:

1. Liability coverage: This is the damage you cause to someone else, including both bodily injury and property damage. 

The minimum level of liability coverage in Maryland is:

  • $30,000 for bodily injury

  • $60,000 for bodily injury to two or more people

  • $15,000 for property damage

2. Uninsured motorist coverage: This is the damage an uninsured driver causes to you, including both bodily injury and property damage. 

The minimum level of uninsured motorist coverage in Maryland is:

  • $30,000 for bodily injury

  • $60,000 for bodily injury to two or more people

  • $15,000 for property damage

3. Personal injury protection: Also called PIP, this is coverage to pay for medical expenses for you and your passengers. 

The minimum level of PIP coverage in Maryland is:

  • $2,500 per person

Is car insurance higher in Maryland?

Car insurance rates in Maryland are on the high side, but they aren’t nearly as expensive as some other states. We break down the 15 most expensive — and least expensive — states for car insurance below.

15 most expensive states for car insurance

State

Average annual premium

Florida

$2,914

Louisiana

$2,906

Michigan

$2,377

New Jersey

$2,259

Kentucky

$2,158

New York

$2,172

Nevada

$2,137

Delaware

$2,110

Oklahoma

$1,928

Montana

$1,888

South Carolina

$1,864

Rhode Island

$1,860

California

$1,857

Texas

$1,840

Maryland

$1,798

15 least expensive states for car insurance

State

Average annual premium

North Carolina

$1,009

Ohio

$1,038

Wisconsin

$1,062

Idaho

$1,109

Vermont

$1,124

Maine

$1,147

Iowa

$1,152

Hawaii

$1,200

Indiana

$1,219

New Hampshire

$1,224

Virginia

$1,314

Tennessee

$1,329

Alaska

$1,345

North Dakota

$1,397

Wyoming

$1,398

Frequently asked questions

What is the Maryland Uninsured Motorist Fund?

Also known as the Uninsured Motorist Education and Enforcement Fund, this fund is designed to educate drivers about the importance of carrying car insurance and help enforce motor vehicle security requirements under state law. It’s not part of MAIF.

Does Maryland have uninsured motorist coverage?

Yes, uninsured motorist (UM) coverage is available in Maryland. In fact, the state requires you to purchase uninsured motorist coverage as part of its mandated minimum insurance levels. The amount of UM insurance you can have is tied to your levels of liability coverage, which means the more liability coverage you have, the more UM protection is available to you.

What is MVA amnesty?

In 2019, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) arranged an amnesty plan for drivers with unpaid insurance fines. The program waived 80% of the fees and allowed drivers to pay off the balance in one lump sum. The program was not extended, but it’s possible the program could be reinstated in the future. You can check the Maryland MVA website to verify what programs, if any, are available and how to pay your fines.

Methodology: How we calculated the average annual insurance premiums by state

Policygenius has analyzed car insurance rates provided by Quadrant Information Services for every ZIP code in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. 

For full coverage policies, the following coverage limits were used:

  • Bodily injury liability: 50/100

  • Property damage liability: $50,000

  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist: 50/100

  • Comprehensive: $500 deductible

  • Collision: $500 deductible

In some cases, additional coverages were added where required by the state or insurer.

Rates for overall average rate, rates by ZIP code, and cheapest companies determined using averages for single drivers age 30, 35, and 45. Our sample vehicle was a 2017 Toyota Camry LE driven 10,000 miles per year.

Rates for driving violations and “poor” credit were determined using average rates for a single male 30-year-old driver with a credit score under 578.

Some carriers may be represented by affiliates or subsidiaries. Rates provided are a sample of costs. Your actual quotes may differ.

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Senior Editor & Licensed Auto Insurance Expert

Rachael Brennan

Senior Editor & Licensed Auto Insurance Expert

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Rachael Brennan is a senior editor and a licensed auto insurance expert at Policygenius. Her work has also been featured in MoneyGeek, Clearsurance, Adweek, Boston Globe, The Ladders, and AutoInsurance.com.

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Maria Filindras

Financial Advisor

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Maria Filindras is a financial advisor, a licensed Life & Health insurance agent in California, and a member of the Financial Review Council at Policygenius.

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