What is proof of insurance?

Proof of insurance is documentation from your insurer proving you have an active insurance policy that meets state requirements. It's used when you're pulled over, in an accident, leasing a vehicle, or otherwise requested to show it. Proof of insurance is often in the form of an ID card, printed or electronic, provided by your insurer.

What's included on your auto insurance card?

Most insurers, including Progressive, will display some basic information on your car insurance card, such as:

  • Name and address of the insurance company
  • NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) number or "Company Number"
  • Effective date and expiration date
  • Policy number
  • First and last name of the "named insured"
  • Year, make, model, and VIN for the insured vehicle(s)

Your proof of insurance card generally represents that you carry at least the minimum amount of coverage your state requires by law. However, your insurance card will not show your coverage selections and limits. That information can be viewed on your policy's declarations page, which lists your policy's key details like coverages, limits, and deductibles.

Ways to obtain your Progressive auto insurance card

Online: Get a car insurance quote, and within minutes of purchasing a Progressive policy online, over the phone, or through an agent, you'll receive an email with a link to your proof of insurance card. You can also log in to your account to print or download your ID cards anytime.

Fax: Call us at 1-866-749-7436, and we can fax your insurance card to your home, office, car dealership, DMV/BMV, or anywhere you choose.

Mail: If you don't have access to a computer or fax machine, we're happy to mail your insurance card. Keep in mind that you could lose your paperless discount if you elect to receive your car insurance card via mail.

Progressive lets you access your insurance card and coverage information right from our app.

How to show proof of insurance

In all states, you can show a hard copy of your proof of insurance when requested by police officers, the DMV or BMV, and others. Most states also allow you to show digital ID cards as proof of insurance. If you carry a printed version of your card, be sure to replace it with the most updated version when your policy renews.

Can you show proof of insurance on your phone?

Some insurers, including Progressive, provide a digital insurance card that you can access on a smartphone or tablet via an app or by logging in to your account. Nearly every state allows you to show that electronic proof of insurance on your phone (your digital ID card).

Digital insurance cards give you the ability to show proof of insurance directly on a mobile device if you are in a car accident, pulled over, registering a car, etc. While not all insurers provide digital insurance cards, their legalization by state typically means that if you have one, you don't have to worry about carrying a piece of paper in your wallet or glove compartment.

Can you show proof of insurance on your phone at the DMV?

Yes, you can show proof of insurance on your phone at the DMV or BMV in all states that accept digital proof of insurance. Whether you need to show proof of insurance or not will depend on the purpose of your visit. For instance, you'll likely need to show proof of insurance to register a vehicle, but you may not need it to renew a driver's license. Always check with your local DMV or BMV office to find out what documentation you should bring with you.

Other FAQs

Is an SR-22 or FR-44 the same thing as proof of insurance?

Not really. While an SR-22 or FR-44 is also a document that proves you have insurance, it's filed with your state's department or bureau of motor vehicles as a form proving financial responsibility. Proof of insurance should be carried by every driver, while SR-22s and FR-44s may be required only after certain violations. An auto insurance card certifies that you're insured, but it's not a substitute for an SR-22 or FR-44.

Do I need proof of insurance for a home, apartment, or condo?

If you have a renters insurance policy, you may need to provide proof of insurance to your landlord. If you have a homeowners insurance policy or condo insurance, you may need to show proof of insurance to your home lender or condo association but you usually won't need an insurance card for property insurance policies. Your insurance policy's declarations page will have that information and can be sent wherever you'd like.

Do I need proof of insurance for driving a motorcycle, boat, or RV?

Yes, you should always carry proof of insurance when operating any vehicle that requires insurance, including motorcycles, RVs, and some boats in certain states. If you're requested by authorities to show you have the minimum required coverage and you don't have your proof of insurance, you may be required to show it in court. If you don't, you can face the serious consequences of driving without insurance. Learn more about the basics of insurance for boats, RVs, and motorcycles.

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