Step 1: Get Settled in Your New State
Moving to a new state can be overwhelming, so it’s important to give yourself some time to settle in before tackling the task of transferring your car insurance and registration. Luckily, most states offer a grace period, allowing you to obtain a new license, registration, and insurance documentation for your vehicle within 30-90 days of your move. Make sure to complete these tasks within the specified period to avoid fines and delays.
Step 2: Get a New Car Insurance Policy
Once you’ve had a few days to adjust to your new home, it’s time to start the process of transferring your car insurance and registration paperwork. Many states require proof of insurance before you can register your vehicle, so it’s important to start with changing your auto insurance policy.
Stick with Your Current Insurer or Switch?
If your current insurance company provides coverage in your new state, you may be able to stay with them. However, keep in mind that your rates and coverage might change to reflect the risks associated with your new neighborhood and the minimum insurance requirements of your new state. Give your insurance agent a call, ask if they cover your new state, and request a quote to compare rates.
It’s also a good idea to get quotes from a couple more insurance carriers to compare rates and coverage. By doing this, you can find the best rates and coverage that fit your needs. Once you’ve selected an insurance company, make sure to cancel your previous policy to avoid overlap.
Step 3: Register Your Vehicle in the New State
After obtaining insurance coverage in your new state, it’s time to register your vehicle and get a new license plate. The required documents for registration may include:
- Vehicle title
- Current registration
- Proof of insurance
- Proof of identity
- Proof of residence
Check your state DMV website for a complete list of approved documents. If your insurer has provided you with temporary proof of insurance, use that until your insurance card arrives in the mail. Once you have all the necessary documentation, complete your vehicle registration and send your old license plate to the DMV of your previous state.
Step 4: Apply for a New Driver’s License
Lastly, you’ll need to apply for a new driver’s license. In most cases, you can do this at the same location where you register your vehicle. However, if necessary, ask the registration office for information on where to apply for a new driver’s license. Make sure to bring the required identification and proof of residency documents, and have your photo taken. Once this process is complete, you’ll be officially registered as a driver in your new state.
Moving to a new state comes with a lot of administrative tasks, but by taking these steps to transfer your car insurance and registration, you’ll be on the right track to staying compliant with your new state’s requirements. Happy moving!