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GA Minimum Insurance Requirements

Georgia 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 and jail time. Under Georgia’s tort system, you may also be liable 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.

The bare minimum car insurance requirement for Georgia drivers is:

  • $25,000 bodily injury per person per accident
  • $50,000 bodily injury for all persons per accident
  • $25,000 property damage liability

Georgia does not require you to carry additional coverage such as Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist, personal liability 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 Georgia Auto Insurance

Georgia law requires that you carry proof of Georgia auto insurance in your car and show it if a law enforcement officer asks to see it. A conviction can carry a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $1,000, imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both. You will be required to appear in court and show proof of insurance, at which time the court may impose a fine not to exceed $25.

If you are convicted for driving while your license is suspended, your privileges will be suspended for an additional 6 months.

Your license can be revoked for 5 years if you are declared a habitual violator for any third conviction of a mandatory suspended offense within a 5-year period.

Georgia insurers are required to electronically report insurance information including terminations, additions and deletions of vehicles from existing policies to the Department of Revenue.



Georgia Car Insurance Premiums

Vehicle insurance premiums are regulated by the Georgia Office 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

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



How to Get the Cheapest Georgia 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
  • New Georgia Driving Laws

    Laws regarding driving and car insurance can change frequently. It is your responsibility to stay current about the legal requirements in Georgia. The following laws have recently been enacted in Georgia and may affect your insurance coverage decisions.

    • There is a ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers.
    • There is a ban on texting for all drivers.
    • Since 2012, Georgia drivers seeking new or renewed drivers’ licenses have been required to provide three forms of identification including an original or certified birth certificate, social security card and proof of address.
    • Georgia drivers convicted of repeat DUI offenses are required to install and maintain an ignition interlock device, and are responsible for any and all costs associated including installation, leasing, maintenance and removal.


    Georgia Regulating Agencies and References

    Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commission

    Georgia Department of Driver Services

    Insurance Information Institute

    National Association of Insurance Commissioners

     

     

    Last Updated: 3/7/2014