Car Insurance for Non-US Citizens

The United States attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Some of them stay for a just a couple of weeks and some for a lot longer. One of the things that all visitors to the US have in common, however, is that if they intend to drive a car in the states, they must have some type of car insurance. There are no exceptions to this rule. Short term visitors will usually either rent a car or borrow one from friends or family. In either case, it is the responsibility of the renter or lender to make sure that the visitors will be legally covered by insurance. Visitors staying longer-term may buy a car to get around in. In this case, it is the visitor’s responsibility to ensure that the car has enough car insurance to legally drive in America.

Car Insurance for Non-US Citizens… Is it a must?

Any vehicle on the US road system must have insurance. This includes cars on the road that are not owned by Americans. The United States law clearly states that drivers who arrive in the US from a foreign country can drive on US roads as long as they have taken the necessary steps to ensure that their insurance has been extended to cover driving in the USA.

For drivers entering the country from Canada or Mexico, this is certainly something to take into consideration. If you are from either of these countries, make sure that your existing car insurance coverage will cover you for when you drive over the border. The patrol guards at the border check-points will often times check to make sure that you have valid insurance before entering the country. They will also make sure that you have a valid drivers license.

Canadian and Mexican drivers licenses will be valid to use in the United States, but drivers entering the country that are citizens of other countries might need to have an international driver’s license to drive in the US.

For visitors entering the country by plane or boat, and not driving their own vehicle over the border (not from Canada or Mexico), you will need to buy auto insurance on your own, as your car insurance coverage back home most likely will not cover you in the US. Continue reading below to find out what car insurance coverage you will need.

What kind of insurance policy should I get?

The extent of car insurance coverage that a non-US citizen will be required to buy depends on the type of vehicle, who owns it, and its value. The law states that all vehicles must have liability coverage only, or liability coverage with fire, theft, property damage coverage, bodily injury coverage, and personal injury protection (PIP). These coverage requirements apply to private passenger vehicles, motorcycles, and light passenger vans.Car insurance for non US citizens

If a non-US Citizen is renting a car, the rental car company will be sure to take care of the insurance requirements before renting it to the visitor. Rental car companies want to protect their product, so they will go over every insurance detail with a fine-toothed comb before renting it away. Before purchasing insurance from a rental car company, however, first check to see if your credit card company will provide insurance coverage for rental cars.

If a non-US Citizen is borrowing a car from a friend or family member, then the value of the vehicle has to be taken into account. If the owner has “full coverage” insurance on their vehicle, then it should be safe to drive regardless. If the car owner has liability insurance that meets his/her state’s minimum requirements, then it might not be necessary to take out a policy with higher coverage, but it still might be a good idea. To be 100% safe, a relatively low-cost method of ensuring that the car is fully covered is for the policyholder to add the foreign guest as a temporary additional driver on the owner’s policy.

If a non-US Citizen is buying a car in the United States, then the value of the car will again play a role in determining how much insurance coverage is needed. If the car is of low-value, then liability-only or liability coverage with fire, theft, property damage coverage, bodily injury coverage, and personal injury protection coverage will probably be sufficient. If the car is of a higher value, then comprehensive insurance will be a must.

A few final things to be aware of about applying for auto insurance in the United States are:

  • Unless you are entering from Canada or Mexico, an international driver’s license might be required and it will need to be applied for and issued in the visitor’s country of origin.
  • Contrary to many reports, visitors to the US are NOT required to have a local social security number (SSN) in order to apply for car insurance in America. Just let the insurance company know that you do not have one and it should not be a problem.
  • For a foreign visitor, taking out a short-term auto insurance policy (under 6 months) can be an expensive endeavor, and it may be more cost effective to take out long-term insurance and then cancel the policy before the end of the visit.

Some final words regarding car insurance for non-US residents…

Before arriving in the United States, non-US Citizens, who intend to drive a car during their visit, should make a few inquiries on the steps involved before arriving. Asking friends and acquaintances for tips is always a good idea. Contacting an American insurance broker, however, is probably the most recommended thing to do before stepping foot on US soil and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Buying car insurance for a non-US citizen who is visiting the country does not need to be a complicated matter. All that is needed is some local knowledge and a little common sense, both of which are things that a local insurance broker can help with.

Renting a car is usually the first option for most short-term visitors, in which case the rental company will take care of all of the details before renting-out the car. Borrowing and buying a vehicle is a more complicated issue that would require the visitor to contact a local car insurance company on their own accord.

No matter what, it is of extreme importance that the visitor follows all local laws and meets the local insurance requirements of whatever place they intend to travel to. The United States is a great place to visit, but has a vast, complex legal system that is not always forgiving to foreign visitors who do not respect the law.

Bon voyage!

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  Comments: 95

  1. Debbie Trunks


    Hi
    i am requesting information on auto liability insurance for a hire vehicle in USA for non US resident.
    We are a party of travellers from Australia and the van hire company we want to go through does not have auto liability insurance we can purchase with the hire vehicle , we require 20 days of insurance , 3 drivers over the age of 25
    ( 53 , 52 & 49 ) all current auto insurance holders with A1 rating in Australia….can you please advise me on insurance costs and availability.
    We plan to drive from New York to Toronto , Detroit , Chicago , Dayton , Nashville, Memphis , New Orleans and finish in Austin TX.
    Any help or advice would be appreciated.
    Thank You,
    Debbie


    • What did you find was the best way to get the insurance you needed? Like you I wish to hire a van from a company that does not have its own auto insurance. The region would only be Montana & Wyoming.

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Debbie, I hope you had a wonderful U.S. vacation. It’s surprising the car rental company did not offer vehicle insurance for foreign tourists. Glad to hear you have great auto coverage in place back home. Many times your existing auto coverage will transfer to a rental vehicle. So, please contact your home insurance company to find out if your current policy will cover your rental. If not, you may want to purchase a minimal cost rental policy from online resources like Protect Your Bubble or Insure My Rental Car. Or, if you set up your vacation through a large online travel agency such as Priceline or Expedia, you may be able to get specific types of auto coverage such as CDW for as low as $10 per day. A third auto coverage option you may not know about: your credit card company! Many credit card companies (like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) will offer auto coverage for rental vehicles that are paid for using their card. If you have an account with one of these large creditors then you might want to give customer service a call to find out what is available to you. Take care!


  2. Hi,
    I am a New Zealand resident and wanting to insure a leased vehicle whilst travelling in the US. The leasing vehicle company does not offer insurance for non residents to the USA.
    The vehicle details are 2016 Ford Transit cargo van XLT valued at US$31,000.
    My wife would be the main driver, she is aged 55 years has held auto insurance for the last 15 years or more, has made no claims and has no citations/convictions. My details are similar. We are currently insured for our NZ vehicles.
    We are wanting to insure the van for a one way rental (lease) pick up Savannah GA or nearby on 25th of July 2016 and drop off in Los Angeles. 42 days insurance duration. Fully comprehensive insurance with no excess, personal driver liability cover and breakdown insurance required.

    Thanks,
    Jim Denham.

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Jim, How was your USA road trip? I hope you and your spouse enjoyed your vacation. I’m surprised to hear the car rental company is not offering vehicle insurance for foreign tourists. That’s unusual. Many times your existing auto coverage will transfer to a rental vehicle. So, please contact your home insurance company to find out if your current policy will cover your rental car here. Another option, many credit card companies (like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) will offer auto coverage for rental vehicles that are paid for using their card. If you have an account with one of these large creditors then you might want to give customer service a call to find out what is available to you. Also popular right now is for travelers to purchase a minimal cost rental policy from online resources like Protect Your Bubble or Insure My Rental Car. Finally, if you set up your vacation through a large online travel agency such as Priceline or Expedia, you may be able to get specific types of auto coverage such as CDW for as low as $10 per day. Take care!


  3. I am a non-US citizen about to purchase a 1972 Gran Torino Elite in STL, Mo. I can buy car in my name or in US-citizen name.

    Which was can i go to get suitable insurance cove on car and drivers?

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Paul, That sounds very exciting! How did everything work out with your car purchase? In Missouri, I believe the department of motor vehicles can issue a temporary permit authorizing the operation of a motor vehicle by a non-resident buyer for not more than 15 days from the date of purchase. Proof of ownership must be presented to the department of motor vehicles and the application for the permit should include a full description of the motor vehicle, including Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You can (and should) purchase auto insurance for the car as well. There are dozens of American insurance companies that will issue an auto policy to you even though you are not a U.S. citizen. To get started looking for car insurance, please feel free to run a no cost auto quote on this site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com) or check out Compare, Zebra, or Esurance. Or you can reach out to an independent insurance agent in the Saint Louis area that can help you figure out the best auto insurance for you. Hope everything worked out great!


  4. Hi. I will be visiting the USA/Canada for 2 months in 2016. I am a UK passport holder and want to freight my UK registered vehicle to drive in USA/Canada. Can you please advise on insurance?

    Thanks, Kevin

    • Jorgen Svenstrup


      I need insurance for my VW-Camper Van valid in Canada and USA for 3 Month. I’m a tourist and will travel for 3 month prior crossing the border to Mexico and South America.
      Vehicle is registered in Denmark.

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Kevin, This road trip sounds like a lot of fun! How did your trip go? I can only advise how things are here in the United States. People who drive in the U.S. must have a valid driver’s license and some states also require an International Driving Permit (IDP) for foreign tourists. Since you will be traveling through many U.S. states, I recommend you do get an IDP before you leave home. Is your vehicle already insured in the UK? If so, please contact your insurance company to find out if the existing coverage will be sufficient for your travel plans. The main objective of U.S. officials is that you have auto insurance in place to cover the vehicle repairs, medical costs, and attorney fees should there be an accident. Check with your home insurance company for more information. Finally, I always recommend foreign tourists check with U.S. Customs to find out what they will require when driving through the U.S. checkpoints along their travel route. Please comment back with how your road trip went. Take care!


  5. Hi,

    I am an Australian wanting to buy a car and drive it across North America to export home to Australia. Can you please advise what is required for me to insure the vehicle. I am hoping to buy a car in Milwaukee and drive it to San Francisco over a 4 week period.

    The car will cost me $22000 USD.

    Look forward to hearing from someone soon.

    Cheers
    Adrian Deede.

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Adrian, How was your American road trip? Were you able to obtain insurance for the vehicle? U.S. vehicle registration and auto insurance can get a bit tricky. For starters, it helps to know the make and model of the vehicle you are purchasing since that will influence the auto insurance premium. Another factor that contributes to insurance costs is the home zip code. Since you don’t have a permanent U.S. address, that can be a bit of a challenge. To get an estimated cost, you can certainly run some auto insurance quotes online at this site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com) or by visiting other sites such as Compare, Zebra, or Esurance. You can use the make/model/year of vehicle you wish to buy and the address where you will be staying in Milwaukee, WI. When it comes time to actually purchase a vehicle, I would recommend you contact an insurance agent in the Milwaukee area to walk you through the entire process. Finally, you may want to get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Many U.S. states require the IDP along with a valid license from the tourist’s home country. Safe travels!


  6. Hi, I require insurance for a 1964 Buick Riviera which I have purchased in Maine US. I am an Australian citizen and plan completing route 66 in May’16. I attempted to hit the Quote button however the screen kept freezing.

    Regards David


    • Hi David, did you get an answer to your query and if so what was it and what did yu eventually end up doing abut classic car insurance.
      I’m doing similar and buying a Camaro in PA and wish to drive it back to LA to ship, a trip of about 17 days driving. thanks for any advice regards kevin

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi David, Sorry you experienced technical difficulties. How did everything work out with your Route 66 road trip? Did you plan to ship the vehicle home to Australia and register the car there? If so, purchasing an auto policy from your home country might be the easiest option. I say this because you don’t have a permanent U.S. address and do not plan on staying in the U.S. for an extended time. This can make things a little tricky for American insurance carriers. However, we always recommend you explore various options. As you know, you can get comparison quotes online at this site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com) or by visiting Compare, Zebra, or Esurance. The cost of auto insurance is influenced by numerous factors (such as vehicle value, driver age, driving record) and, therefore, the cost of the insurance is unique to each individual. Also, I usually recommend foreign tourists going on a U.S. road trip obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP). Many U.S. states require the IDP along with a valid license from the tourist’s home country. Safe travels!


  7. Kevin,

    i am in a similar situation to yourself. Please let me know if you find an answer to this problem. i am struggling to find the answer.

    Richard

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Richard, How did everything work out with your American road trip? Since I do not know all the specifics of your situation, I can only reiterate what I advised David. Purchasing an auto policy from your home country might be the easiest option. I say this because not having a permanent U.S. address can make things a little tricky for American insurance carriers. However, we always recommend you explore various options. As you know, you can get comparison quotes online at this site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com) or by visiting Compare, Zebra, or Esurance. The cost of auto insurance is influenced by numerous factors (such as vehicle value, driver age, driving record) and, therefore, the cost of the insurance is unique to each individual. Also, I usually recommend foreign tourists going on a U.S. road trip obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP). Many U.S. states require the IDP along with a valid license from the tourist’s home country. Take care!


  8. hello

    Can you insure a car of canadian citizen in Canada?

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Jerome, This is an interesting question. If you are simply looking for an auto policy for use while driving your vehicle in Canada, I don’t believe a U.S. insurance company will be much help. Bottom line: to issue a typical U.S. policy the insurance company will usually want you to have a U.S. address and use the vehicle mostly in the U.S. If you are planning on taking a road trip through the United States, you don’t need to buy a separate auto policy. Canadian and American auto policies are considered reciprocal. This means you may travel throughout the United States for a short trip (not a permanent stay) and your Canadian policy will work the same here as it does at home. Of course, please be sure to verify this information with your own insurance company. Something to keep in mind, some U.S. states require an International Driving Permit (IDP) from foreign nationals, in addition to a valid license from their own country. If you will be traveling through several states then I recommend you get an IDP – better safe than sorry. Hope this information helps!


  9. Hello, i am italian resident with an italian car. I need an insurance for 3-6 months for Usa and Canada.
    Tank you

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Ugo, This road trip sounds like a lot of fun! Did you already take the drive or are you still planning to do so? I can only advise how things are here in the United States. People who drive in the U.S. must have a valid driver’s license and some states also require an International Driving Permit (IDP) for foreign tourists. Since you will be traveling through many U.S. states, I recommend you do get an IDP before you leave Italy. Is your vehicle already insured in Italy? If so, please contact your insurance company to find out if the existing coverage will be sufficient for your travel plans. The main objective of U.S. officials is that you have auto insurance in place to cover the repair costs, medical costs, and attorney fees should there be an accident. Check with your home insurance company for more information. Finally, I always recommend foreign tourists check with U.S. Customs to find out what they will require when driving through the U.S. checkpoints along their travel route. Please comment back with how your road trip went. Take care!


  10. Hi 4Auto Insurance

    It says on you web page that you provide auto insurance for foreigners.

    I’m a Danish person living in Denmark, that want’s to know about RV insurance for a converted bus located in Indiana.

    I would like to get an estimated price for the legal insurance and optional full covered insurance.

    The vehicle is a 1997 converted bus International Thomas build RV – price for the vehicle is 2350$

    Probably a three or six month temporary insurance is most interesting for me. If possible I would also like to know about price for insurance that allows driving in Mexico.

    Best Regards – Anders

    • Christian Söderblom


      Hi Anders!

      Last time I bought a car in Los Angeles we got our insurance through a 3rd party and a mexican insurance company. It was a crappy insurance of up to 50 000$ liability only but got us going. I am coming back to the states and was thinking of buying a second car in the same ballpark of about 2000-2500$. Did you get a quote for an insurance and with what terms?


      • Did anyone get a reply about any of these questions? I’m buying a car in the us (I’m British) and would like to drive it while I’m there.

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Anders, Converted buses are a fantastic way to travel! There are dozens of insurance companies that will sell auto or RV coverage to a non-resident. You can often get comparison quotes online at this site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com) or by visiting Compare, Zebra, or Esurance. The cost of auto insurance is influenced by numerous factors (such as vehicle value, driver age, driving record) and, therefore, the cost of the insurance is unique to each individual. Again, you can start your search for insurance by using our site to enter some information and receive an estimated cost. Keep in mind, typical U.S. auto insurance policies will not cover Mexico. So, if you’re heading south of the border, you’ll need additional coverage. You can obviously “google” your way to a Mexico policy or ask your U.S. insurance carrier/agent for some assistance in getting properly covered. Please drop us a line so we know how your RV bus trip went! Take care.


  11. 2009 Mazda CX-9 insurance quote for a year in west Hollywood driver female 30 driving 12 years in Canada no accidents or tickets

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Joe, Did you use our site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com) to run your auto quote? I hope you did and were able to find coverage as a result. To clarify, does the Canadian driver own the Mazda? If so, is the Mazda already registered in California? Or is the Canadian a guest that’s planning to borrow the Mazda? If it’s the latter situation then it’s best for the Mazda’s owner to have the Canadian visitor added as a temporary driver on the existing auto policy. This is called an “endorsement” to the policy and, after the Canadian driver leaves the U.S., the vehicle’s owner can have her removed from the policy. Also, did you check with the California motor vehicle department to find out if the Canadian driver needs an International Driving Permit (IDP)? Some states require both the IDP and a valid foreign driver’s license. Please let us know how everything worked out for your friend. Thanks!


  12. I am a 18 years old student from Germany and just started at a University in Florida. I will stay for a couple of years in Florida.
    I would like to buy a car and have a German licence. Can you please advise on insurance?
    Best regards
    Till

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Till, How are your studies going? In America, each state has their own rules for registering vehicles, obtaining insurance, and foreign drivers. First, you should contact the Florida motor vehicle department to find out what the rules are for a foreign driver purchasing a vehicle in their state. You should also clarify with the Florida motor vehicle department if they require you to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). Some U.S. states ask that foreign drivers have both a valid hometown license and the IDP. You will want to check on that. To get started looking for auto insurance, feel free to run a quote here on our site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com). You may also contact an independent insurance agent near the University for help in securing an auto policy for your vehicle. To do so, the insurance company will want information such as your permanent U.S. address, as well as the vehicle’s make & model. Best of luck to you!


  13. I am a New Zealand Citizen who is buying a new car in Texas to drive in the USA for around 12 months.
    Do you offer a comprehensive car policy?

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Dave, How did you enjoy your time in Texas? In America, each state has their own rules for registering vehicles, obtaining insurance, and foreign drivers. First, you should contact the Texas motor vehicle department to find out what the Texas rules are for a foreign tourist purchasing a vehicle in their state. You will also want to clarify with the Texas motor vehicle department their rules for foreign drivers. Some states require the foreign tourist have a valid license from their hometown and an International Driving Permit (IDP). You’re right that you’ll need to get auto coverage too. It sounds like you are seeking “full coverage” which encompasses comprehensive, collision, and liability coverage. I’m guessing it should not be too difficult to secure a policy since you will be staying for an extended time and will have a U.S. address. To get started looking for auto insurance, feel free to run a quote here on our site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com). Best of luck to you!


  14. Insurance for two weeks in texas

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Jamie, I would love to find out a lot more details about your plans. Are you a foreign tourist driving through Texas? Will you be renting a car or driving your own vehicle or borrowing a friend’s car? Do you have a valid driver’s license from your hometown and an International Driving Permit (IDP)? By now I’m sure you made the trip to Texas. I hope everything went well and you enjoyed your visit!

  15. Michaela Oberger


    Hi from Austria,

    we are planning to ship our car from Europe to Halifax/Canda and will stay about 6-9 months in Canada and USA. We are leaving the country to Mexico by car. We are looking for a liability insurance for the car and for us. We both are Austrians and the car has an Austrian registration. Do you know which insurances can make this for us?
    Thanks in advance to your reply
    Regards from Austria
    Michaela

    • Cornelia Suttner


      Hi Michaela,

      Did you find a insurance for your car? Is it a car or RV? We do the same trip in April. We had a offer from a company (lions group) for our RV/Motorhome but suddenly they said our motorhome will be not accepted as a motorhome anymore, just like a normal cat. That means four times more expensive. But it is definitely a motorhome.

      Thanks,
      Cornelia

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Michaela, What a fantastic trip you planned! Did you already take the drive or are you still planning to do so? I can only advise how things are here in the United States. People who drive in the U.S. must have a valid driver’s license and some states also require an International Driving Permit (IDP) for foreign tourists. Since you will be traveling through many U.S. states, I recommend you do get an IDP before you leave Austria. Is your vehicle already insured in Austria? If so, please contact your insurance company to find out if the existing coverage will be sufficient for your travel plans. The main objective of U.S. officials is that you have auto insurance in place to cover the repair costs, medical costs, and attorney fees should there be an accident. Check with your home insurance company for more information. Finally, I always recommend foreign tourists check with U.S. Customs to find out what they will require when driving through the U.S. checkpoints along their travel route. Please comment back with how your road trip went. Take care!


  16. I AM a mexicana citizen who will be staying in CALIFORNIA for 2 weeks and will be borrowing a friend’s car. Does the insurance cover me ifI Drive with a m xican drivers license?

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Jose, How did you enjoy California? The short answer: no, your friend’s insurance will not automatically cover you. Your friend (and owner of the vehicle you’ll be using) must phone his auto insurance company or insurance agent to have you put onto the policy as a temporary driver. This is called an “endorsement” to the policy and, after you leave, your friend can have you removed from the policy. For the time being, your friend’s insurance payment will be a bit higher but this will be the easiest way to get auto coverage in place. Plus, the extra money your friend will pay in premium is worth it! Just think, if there were an accident while you are driving, it could cost thousands of dollars in repairs, medical bills, and attorney fees. You’ll also want to check with the California motor vehicle department to find out if the state requires you have an International Driving Permit (IDP), as well as your driver’s license from home. Each state in the U.S. has different rules about the IDP. Safe travels!


  17. Im a non u.s citizen with a valid international and local driver’s license in the Philippines. Will be buying a cheap car of around $3000 and will be needing car insurance for about 3 months. I can’t transfer the title onto my name can I? How to get some insurance need help

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Edward, Glad to hear you already have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) and Philippines driver’s license. You are on the right track! In America, each state has their own rules for registering vehicles, obtaining insurance, and foreign drivers. First, you should contact the motor vehicle department for the state where you will be purchasing the vehicle to find out what the rules are for a foreign tourist purchasing a vehicle in their state. You will also need to contact an independent insurance agent or an insurance company to obtain auto insurance coverage. Auto insurance is a requirement in just about every U.S. state and, if you don’t have the proper coverage, you could get yourself in some trouble. It’s best to avoid that at all costs. To get started looking for auto insurance, feel free to run a quote here on our site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com). Take care!


  18. Where can one purchase insure for a vehicle registered in Belize? I will be touring Canada and US with no fixed address.

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Derrick, This sounds like a great adventure! To be honest, it will be difficult to secure an auto policy with a U.S. insurance company because you are a foreign national driving a foreign vehicle with no intent to stay in the country (so no American address as you mentioned). These factors make it hard to issue American auto coverage. Do you have a Belize auto policy in place already? If so, please contact your insurance company or insurance agent to find out if your policy will cover you while traveling. In many cases, the policy from your home country should be sufficient coverage. The main point is that U.S. officials want to be sure you have some type of insurance in place to protect yourself and other drivers in case of an accident. I would also recommend you obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP), if you don’t already have one. Finally, it may be best to check with U.S. Customs to find out what the will require when driving through the U.S. checkpoints along your route. Have wonderful journey!

  19. Steven Christen


    Hello

    We will be in California, Nevada, Arizaona and maybe New Mexico. We rent a car (Chev. Suburban) at Entrerprise RENT a car. As the insurance there is so expensive for 28 days more than 2000 US $ I am asking you if it is possible to make an insurance with YOU. Enterprise rent a car confirmed me, that it would be possible if it contains for EVERYTHING (full coverage). Is it possible to make an insurance with you for 4 Weeks and for a Tourist from OUTSIDE of the US???
    For a fast answer I would be very happy! If you don’t do it – I am asking – do you know if this is possible in the US or isn’t it possible with any inusrance???
    Thank you in advance
    Steven

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Steven, Did you already enjoy your vacation or are you still planning the trip? The question you ask is one of the most common questions we receive. I agree auto insurance from the rental company can be quite costly for an extended stay. There are a few different options to explore. Many credit card companies (like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) will offer auto coverage for rental vehicles that are paid for using their card. If you have an account with one of these large creditors then you might want to give customer service a call to find out what is available to you. Also popular right now is for travelers to purchase a minimal cost rental policy from online resources like Protect Your Bubble or Insure My Rental Car. Finally, if you set up your vacation through a large online travel agency such as Priceline or Expedia, you may be able to get specific types of auto coverage such as CDW for as low as $10 per day. Of course, our site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com) can also point you in the direction of various U.S. insurance companies that might be able to assist. Take care!


  20. Hi,
    My girlfriend and I are planning a US roadtrip from NY to LA. We are both 21 years old and the carhire is so expensive because of our age (young drivers fee) and oneway-fee that we are thinking about buying a car in the US. We will be travelling by car for 38 days and we will of course need car-insurance and roadside assistance. We will buy a used car with a price from 3-5000 $. Which insurance would you recommend for us and what are the costs?
    Thank you! 🙂
    Kind Regards
    Mikkel Boye

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Mikkel, Road trips across America are wonderful! Did you and your girlfriend already set off on this amazing adventure? Most visitors make their lives a lot easier by simply renting a vehicle or taking a train or bus across the country. The reason is because being a foreign driver purchasing a vehicle can get very complicated here. In America, each state has their own rules for registering vehicles, obtaining insurance, and foreign drivers. I would first recommend that you both obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP), if you don’t already have one. Many states you’ll travel through prefer foreign tourists have their own valid license from home and the IDP as well. Second, you should probably contact the motor vehicle department for the state where you will be purchasing the vehicle to find out what the rules are for a foreign tourist purchasing a vehicle in their state. You will also need to contact an independent insurance agent or an insurance company to obtain auto insurance coverage. Auto insurance is a requirement in just about every U.S. state and, if you don’t have the proper coverage, you could get yourself in some trouble. It’s best to avoid that at all costs. To get started looking for auto insurance, feel free to run a quote here on our site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com). Take care!


  21. I am a Canadian living in Belize , my truck is now with Belize plates and I need to drive back to Canada to pickup a trailer of my belongings to bring down . I have been searching for over a year and cannot find a company that will insure me through the States. Every other country is simple and easy to obtain but it seems it is impossible in the US , although I am sure it has been done. Your help would be appreciated.

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Walter, Did you end up making the road trip through the U.S.? If so, how did everything go? You are right that this type of trip has been done before. However, it doesn’t surprise me that you haven’t been able to secure an auto policy with a U.S. company because you are a foreign national driving a foreign vehicle with no intent to stay in the country (so no American address). These factors make it hard to issue a policy. I would recommend you apply for a Canadian auto insurance policy. It should be much easier to secure. It’s my understanding both American and Canadian citizens have the luxury of driving through their neighbor’s country for short trips (i.e. less than 6 months) while still relying on the insurance coverage from their home country. So long as you have a Canadian auto policy in place, you should have no troubles motoring along our beautiful highways. I would also recommend you obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP), if you don’t already have one. Finally, it may be best to check with U.S. Customs to find out what they will require when coming through the U.S. checkpoints along your route. Safe travels!

  22. Helena Kubickova


    Hello,

    I am Czech Republic resident, I would like to hire a car for 20 days in May. I am an international driving license holder, of course.
    Actually, a price per insurance from my rental company is ridiculously high.
    I am seeking for other options, some insurance package, or simply SLI/SLP or CDW/LDW.

    Please, help me. I am a really desperate.

    Thank you, Helena

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Helena, How was your trip to the U.S.? Did you end up getting auto coverage through the rental car company? You are right that auto insurance from the rental company can be quite costly. Many credit card companies (like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) will offer auto coverage for rental vehicles that are paid for with their card. If you have an account with one of these large creditors then you might want to give customer service a call to find out what is available to you. Also popular right now is for travelers to purchase a minimal cost rental policy from online resources like Protect Your Bubble or Insure My Rental Car. Finally, if you set up your vacation through a large online travel agency such as Priceline or Expedia, you may be able to get specific types of auto coverage such as CDW for as low as $10 per day. It’s always a great idea to shop around as you did. Hope you enjoyed your vacation!

  23. Linda M. McIntosh


    Own a vehicle in Florida. Due to illness have not been there in 2 years. Am looking for insurance on my car for a 4 week period. I am from Nova Scotia but car is registered in Florida to my address there! Please help!

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Linda, Sorry to hear you haven’t been well enough to visit! First, it’s my understanding that Florida doesn’t require non-residents to register a vehicle with the state if the vehicle is registered or licensed under the laws of some other state or foreign country. Is it possible for you to both register and insure the vehicle in Nova Scotia going forward? Would that easier and more cost effective for you? Of course, if changing the registration is something you wish to avoid, there are plenty of U.S. insurance companies that will insure your vehicle. The typical policy term is 6 months or 12 months. Talk with the insurance company about your needs and they should be able to offer different solutions based on the vehicle’s value, your budget, and state insurance requirements. To get started in finding an auto insurance company, please feel free to run some no cost quotes on our site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com). Hope you are able to visit Florida again very soon!


  24. I will come from Turkey and rent car before in CAlifornia and pay crazy high rates to rental companies.

    So is it possible to have a full coverage insurance from your company ?

    I have IDB and i am 35 years old with 18 year driving experience.

    Also how much such an insurance will cost ?

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Berk Onal, California is a great state for vacationing! Normally I would recommend that you stick with the rental company’s auto insurance. It’s the least hassle in getting set up but, you are right, it can be very expensive. There are dozens of insurance companies that will sell auto coverage to a non-resident. You can often get comparison quotes online at this site, or by visiting Compare, Zebra, or Esurance. The cost of auto insurance is influenced by numerous factors (such as driving record, age, gender) and, therefore, the cost of the insurance is unique to each individual. Again, you can start your search for auto coverage by using our site to enter some information and receive an estimated cost. I hope this information helps!


  25. Hi. Regardless for example some countries allow to use your local driver license to drive (US for example)… my question is… in case if some issue (accident) happens while driving in other country than yours…could be requested (international license) by the insurance company to cover you?
    Since the confusion is to be ok to drive if police request documents, and other in case something happens and what insurance can request to be covered.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Federico, This is an excellent question! In the United States, the answer depends on the specific state you are visiting. Some U.S. states require a foreign tourist to have a current, valid license from their home country AND an International Driving Permit (IDP). Other U.S. states are okay with just a driver’s license issued by the home country. So a foreign tourist will want to contact the motor vehicle department of the state(s) they will be visiting to confirm what is needed. Complying with the state’s rule should satisfy any police questions (should there be an accident or violation). Complying with the state’s rule should also be sufficient for the insurance company but some companies can be more selective and require the IDP. The U.S. insurance company a foreign tourist selects for auto coverage will be able to tell him/her their expectations at the time of application. I hope this information helps answer your question. Safe travels!


  26. i am non us citizen and i am staying here for 3 month and i would like to have vehicle insurance
    how do i get tourist vehicle insurance ? one of my friend is lending me car so can i drive his car and having insurance on his vehicle…….

    your early reply will be great help

    Thanks & Regards

    Ritesh

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Ritesh, How did your trip go? I hope you enjoyed visiting the U.S. It sounds like your friend (and owner of the vehicle you’ll be using) already has auto coverage in place. I would recommend your friend contact his insurance company and have them add you as a temporary driver. It’s called an “endorsement” to the policy and, after you leave, your friend can have you removed from the policy. For the time being, your friend’s insurance payment will be a bit higher but this will be the easiest way to get auto coverage in place. You’ll also want to check with the motor vehicle department in the state where you will stay. You’ll want to find out from the motor vehicle department if their state requires you have an International Driving Permit (IDP), as well as your driver’s license from home. Each state in the U.S. has different rules about the IDP. Safe travels!

  27. Peter Darnell


    Hi I am a UK citizen and would like to drive in Mexico, US and Canada for about 5 months in my UK vehicle could you help me with insurance?
    I would ship me RV over to Canada.

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Peter, This sounds like an amazing adventure! Did you already take the drive or are you still planning to do so? I can only advise how things are here in the United States. People who drive in the U.S. must have a valid driver’s license. Some states require an International Driving Permit (IDP) for foreign nationals, in addition to a valid license from his/her own country. I recommend you contact the motor vehicle department of each state you will drive in for its requirements. Your road trip idea is unique since most foreign tourists only visit one state when they come to America. To be sure you have the proper insurance for your travels, I recommend you contact The Sunrise Group by googling their site. The Sunrise Group is a national, insurance broker that can help you get the proper auto insurance for your travel plans. They are a specialized organization and should be able to assist you. Be sure you make the insurance broker aware that you need auto insurance for a vehicle and an RV. Please comment back with how your road trip turns out. Safe travels!

  28. Janell Johnson


    I need to obtain coverage for our employees, some of which have a license from Mexico, but live and work here. Which companies do you recommend for business coverage.

    Thank you!

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Janel, Were you able to obtain the proper auto insurance for your business? I hope so! My recommendation is to contact the Commercial Insurance Broker currently handling all your other business (aka commercial) insurance needs such as workers compensation, general liability, and any additional business policies. Your commercial insurance broker is there to answer every question you have about your business insurance, as well as obtain the proper coverage to protect your organization. If you do not have a dedicated Commercial Insurance Broker then you can phone the actual insurance companies you use for business insurance. The insurance companies will provide you with someone that can answer questions, provide information, and run quotes. In what state is your business based? Some states require an International Driving Permit (IDP) from foreign nationals, in addition to a valid license from his/her own country. You can certainly contact the motor vehicle department of your state to determine if your employees will need IDPs. Wishing you much success!


  29. Hello, i am from Brazil , and I am doing a motorcycle trip from Ushuaia to Alaska. What kind of insurance should I get in USA and Canada ? My bike is a BMW and is licensed in Brazil .
    Thanks !

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Gustavo, This sounds like an amazing trip! Did you already take the drive or are you still planning to do so? I can only advise how things are here in the United States. People who drive in the U.S. must have a valid driver’s license. Some states require an International Driving Permit (IDP) for foreign nationals, in addition to a valid license from his/her own country. I recommend you contact the motor vehicle department of each state you will drive in for its requirements. Your road trip idea is unique since most foreign tourists only visit one state when they come to America. To be sure you have the proper insurance for your adventure, I recommend you contact The Sunrise Group or google their site. The Sunrise Group is a national, insurance broker that can help you get the proper auto insurance for your travel plans. They are a unique organization and should be able to assist you. Please comment back with how your road trip turns out. Safe travels!


  30. Hi, my husband & I will be visiting the US next year and looking at buying a car to drive around while we are there and wondering if we can get insurance.
    Can you please let me know if this is possible.
    Thank you
    Shirley

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Shirley, Did you already get to enjoy your U.S. trip? Most visitors make their lives a lot easier by simply renting a vehicle and insuring the car through the rental company. The reason is because being a foreign driver purchasing a vehicle can get very complicated here. In America, each state has their own rules for registering vehicles, obtaining insurance, and foreign drivers. I would recommend you research the specific state where you will be staying. You’ll want to contact the motor vehicle department for that particular state and find out what the rules are for a foreign tourist purchasing a vehicle in their state. You’ll also want to ask the motor vehicle department if their state requires an International Driving Permit (IDP) & how to go about registering (if necessary) the vehicle you are buying. You will also need to contact an independent insurance agent or an insurance company to obtain auto insurance coverage. Auto insurance is a requirement in just about every U.S. state and, if you don’t have the proper coverage, you could get yourself in some trouble. It’s best to avoid that at all costs. Thanks for your question!


  31. Hi there,
    I’m looking to rent a car for 5-6 weeks with a car rental agency. Can I buy all my coverage through you? I’m on a budget, so will probably rent their basic car type. I want cover for the car, my passengers and myself.
    Thanks
    MB

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Mi Ba, Did you end up getting auto coverage through the rental car company? The type of coverage you describe is full coverage and is more costly than liability (the most basic policy type). Most car rental companies will require full coverage anyway since they are renting newer vehicles in good condition (which means a higher value $$). If you already have a full coverage U.S. auto policy then you can usually waive the rental car insurance and rely on your personal auto policy. Many credit card companies (like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) will offer auto coverage for rental vehicles. If you have an account with one of these large creditors then you might want to give customer service a call to find out what is available to you. Also popular right now is for travelers to purchase a minimal cost rental policy from online resources like Protect Your Bubble or Insure My Rental Car. Finally, if you set up your vacation through a large online travel agency such as Priceline or Expedia, you may be able to contact the online travel company and get a CDW for as low $10 per day. Thank you for sharing!


  32. Hello

    Im in Michigan with my wife. She’s on work visa and I’m on no work visa. Its difficult for us to survive here without a car. Till the moment I get license and buy a car, we rent a car (Tucson Hyundai) at Entrerprise RENT a car. As the insurance there is so expensive for I am asking you if it is possible to make an insurance with YOU. Enterprise rent a car confirmed me, that it would be possible if it contains for EVERYTHING (full coverage). Is it possible to make an insurance with you for 4 Weeks and for a Tourist from OUTSIDE of the US???
    For a fast answer I would be very happy! If you don’t do it – I am asking – do you know if this is possible in the US or isn’t it possible with any inusrance???
    Thank you in advance
    ViV

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Viv, Are you and your wife still in Michigan? Did you find a full coverage auto policy? Normally I would recommend that you keep the rental company’s auto insurance. It’s the least hassle in getting set up but, you are right, it can become very costly. It is especially pricey if you need the coverage for an extended amount of time. If you are still looking for your own auto policy, there are dozens of insurance companies that will sell auto coverage to a non-resident. You can often get comparison quotes online at this site, or by visiting Compare, Zebra, or Esurance. It’s also an option to contact an independent insurance agency in the area where you live. The insurance agency can do the leg work for you and find some coverage options. If you want, please drop us a line so we know how you handled this situation. Thank you!


  33. My wife and I will be arriving in Honolulu AUG30, 2017 and the rental company requires proof of both liability and collision insurance for each driver. The rental period is from AUG30-SEP14.
    What companies offer this type of insurance and what would be the approximate cost??

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Jim, How did you go about obtaining the necessary coverage for your rental? To clarify, are you a foreign tourist or a U.S. citizen? If you have your own U.S. auto insurance (full coverage) policy then that should be sufficient obviously. You can waive the rental coverage and rely on your personal policy. If you do not have your own policy or are a foreign tourist then you can usually purchase coverage through the rental car company. Yes, it can sometimes be costly but is a lot less hassle. Another popular option is to purchase a minimal cost rental policy from online resources like Protect Your Bubble or Insure My Rental Car. If you set up this vacation through a large online travel agency such as Priceline or Expedia, you may be able to contact the company and get a CDW for as low $10 per day. Please leave us a comment to let everyone know how things worked out for you. Aloha!


  34. My son arrived in California to discover his paid-for car rental did not include any insurance. The price for damage waiver at $35/day was too much and he was forced to take 3rd party liability. Is there a way he can take out comprehensive cover for this car and a car that he plans to hire later in the visit – a total period of 3 months.

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Bill, What did your son end up doing to make sure he had collision coverage? Most travelers rely on the collision coverage offered by their credit card companies rather than purchasing the rental company’s expensive collision damage waiver (CDW). Does your son have a credit card from American Express, Visa, or MasterCard? If so, he should call the credit card company to find out if they will sell him collision coverage for the rental. Keep in mind this credit card coverage is secondary to his own auto insurance policy. So if your son wants to avoid taking a potential hit on his personal vehicle coverage then he will want to skip the credit card coverage. Another popular option is to purchase minimal cost collision coverage from online resources like Protect Your Bubble or Insure My Rental Car. If your son set up his trip through a large online travel agency such as Priceline or Expedia, he may be able to contact either company and get a CDW for as low $10 per day. Please leave us a comment to let everyone know how things worked out for your son. I hope he had a wonderful trip!


  35. Hi,
    I am non US Residents. I am getting a car around $8000, and gonna stay in Las Vegas for 6 months. I need liability and collision insurance. What companies offer this type of insurance and what would be the approximate cost??
    Thanks!

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Gillian, How was your Las Vegas trip? How did things work out with the vehicle you purchased? It’s my understanding that tourists need not register their vehicles in Nevada until they have been driving the vehicle in Nevada for more than an aggregate of 30 days. It sounds like you were planning to be in Las Vegas long enough to go ahead and do the registration. How did that go for you? Of course, Nevada does recognize a drivers license issued from a foreign country and the state does not require an International Driving Permit (IDP). So the only thing left would be to get the proper auto coverage for your vehicle while visiting the U.S. Who did you purchase insurance from? Please drop us a reply comment when you have time. I hope you won big in Las Vegas!


  36. Need liability insurance for a rental car in Florida. How can a non-resident purchase such coverage outside of the rental car companies?

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Gordon, I hope you enjoyed your visit to Florida! Where did you end up purchasing your liability coverage? In almost all cases, I recommend the non-resident purchase the auto insurance coverage offered by the rental car company. By doing so, you save yourself the extra headache of researching the proper coverage and making sure it’s in place. Plus, you can be fairly certain the rental company will have the vehicle covered correctly since it’s their property. Of course, if you still wish to find your own auto policy, there are dozens of insurance companies that will sell an auto policy to a non-resident. You can often get comparison quotes online on this site, or by visiting Compare, Zebra, Esurance, or Netquote. It’s also an option to contact an independent insurance agency in the area where you will be staying. The insurance agency can do the leg work for you and find some coverage options. Please drop us a line to advise how everything worked out on your Florida trip. Thanks!


  37. Looks like there are many questions here, but no answers.
    We live in Canada and have bought a car in California. We want to use the car from time to time on visits until we drive it home in the summer. No one will insure it in either country. Canada: Sorry the car is not here. California: Sorry you don’t live here.
    Finally we called an insurance BROKER not a an insurance company in California and they are getting it covered.


    • I’d be happy to receive the name of the broker that helped you out,

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Kelly, What did the broker do to resolve this matter? It’s my understanding that a vehicle must be registered in California if the vehicle is operated or located in the state for a greater amount of time than it is located or operated anywhere else. In your case, it sounds like California should have allowed you to register the vehicle since you would be garaging it in the state for six months. Then the only other requirement would be to obtain the proper insurance coverage. There are many auto coverage options available to foreign drivers so long as you have a valid driver’s license from your home country (it seems California does not require non-U.S. drivers to obtain an International Driving Permit known as an IDP). How did everything work out for you? I hope you had the opportunity to drive your car along the beautiful California coastline!


  38. hi , I m french, i have buy and insure a chrysler voyager 98 in british colombia in canada 6 months ago,for usa inclued. it was over the day before to cross the border of mexico, where i planned to take a new one.
    Entering in Tijuana they told me that i was not on the internationnal vehicle registration because of this… In Bc, the vehicle registration is directly linked to the insurance.
    So the border officers in mexico cannot give me the sticker of temporary importation for turists, obligatory, that you have to stick on your frontglass.
    impossible for a non resident to extend the insurance online or by phone in british colombia, it s the law….
    impossible to be insured in california, because non resident and canadian car, and more online or by phone…
    impossible to do a real importation of a car in mexico because 1)im not mexican 2)prohibited to import cars older than the year 2006
    and of course impossible to take an insurance in mexico cause im not registred anymore!
    well, it would be a miracle if somebody could give me a solution, i have all try…

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Gi, This is a tough situation! How did everything work out for you? I normally discourage foreign visitors from traveling with their own vehicle because it can so complicated. There is a lot of red tape in each country and that can really ruin the fun of a road trip. I would appreciate you dropping us a comment back to tell us what happened. Thank you for sharing your experience!


  39. There was nothing I could use in this article. Like – which company offers icar insurance for non-US citizens?
    None of the companies I have contacted do this…

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Bob, I’m sorry you didn’t find all the answers you needed in this article. Which insurance companies have you contacted so far? There are dozens of different insurance carriers that offer auto coverage for foreign drivers. Have you tried running some quotes through insurance sites like this one (4autoinsurancequote) or Compare, Zebra, Esurance, or Netquote? It also can be helpful to work directly with a local, independent insurance agent that can do the leg work for you. Another option is to contact a specialized agency such as The Sunrise Group. For more than 20 years, The Sunrise Group has operated as a large independent insurance broker licensed in most U.S. States and specializing in insurance for foreign drivers. On a separate note, please be sure to check with your state’s motor vehicle department to determine if the foreign driver will need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to a valid driver’s license from their home country. I hope this information helps!


  40. Hello,
    Our Motorcycle Sport Touring club (Concours Owners Group) will be hosting a visitor for several weeks this year. A major motorcycle manufacturer is being gracious enough to be lending us the use of one of their “test drive” motorcycles (as they have done in past years). They have changed their procedures, and now require the rider to have liability insurance to limit their exposure.
    In this case, the motorcycle will not be covered by the owner, and the rider will not own the motorcycle.
    Do your available policies include this type of coverage?
    If yes, how do we get a quotation?
    The rider is a very experienced licensed rider, is 57 years old, and lives in Austria.

    Thank you in advance,

    Jorge Silva
    OtP (Over the Pond) Manager
    Concours Owners Group

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Jorge, This sounds like an exciting opportunity! It sounds like the type of policy your Austrian visitor will need is called a “non-owners” policy. A non-owners policy will provide the basic liability coverage needed to protect your visitor and his assets after an accident for which he is at fault. To receive a personalized quote, it would be best to contact a local, independent insurance agent that can provide more specific advice and information. Or you can also contact different insurance companies that offer motorcycle insurance such as Dairyland, Geico, Nationwide, Allstate, or State Farm for policy information and quotes. It’s probably best for the Austrian driver to purchase a full term (either 6 or 12 months policy) up-front then cancel the policy when he leaves the U.S. Hope you have a wonderful time with your visitor and the loaner bike!


  41. I am in Australian and wishing to bring a car to America to drive around for three months can you advise me on what insurance I need and how I go about getting that before I import the car into America

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Rode, It’s wonderful you’ll be coming to visit America! Most visitors make their lives a lot easier by simply renting a vehicle and insuring the car through the rental company. The reason is because being a foreign driver with a foreign vehicle can get very complicated here. However, if you still wish to bring your vehicle to the U.S., you will first want to contact the motor vehicle department of the state you will be visiting. For example, if you are staying in California then google the California Department of Motor Vehicles and give that agency a call. You’ll want to ask the motor vehicle department if their state requires an International Driving Permit (IDP) & how to go about registering (if necessary) the vehicle you are bringing over. You will also need to contact an independent insurance agent or an insurance company to obtain auto insurance coverage. Auto insurance is a requirement in just about every U.S. state and, if you don’t have the proper coverage, you could get yourself in some trouble. It’s best to avoid that at all costs. Hope you have a wonderful, safe trip!

  42. Vaibhav Vohra


    Hi,

    I am a 32 year old male visitng the US from India for a month and wanted to look at my options for the third party liability cover @ $ 1M and complete auto insurance from June 10th till July 20th. I can rent a car from any company but am not very keen on taking the insurance cover from the rental companies as they are charging a very high premium. Can I get a competitive quote for the same? Thanks

    Vaibhav

    • Christina@4AutoInsuranceQuote


      Hi Vaibhav, It’s great that you are planning ahead for your trip! There are a few options to explore. First, many travelers are now purchasing rental auto coverage from online resources like Protect Your Bubble or Insure My Rental Car. Second, if you are booking your U.S. visit through a large online travel agency like Priceline or Expedia, you can contact the travel company and find out the cost for their rental vehicle policies. A third alternative are large creditors like American Express, Visa, or Mastercard. If you have one of these credit cards and plan on putting the rental charge on the card, please call your creditor’s customer service department to see what they can do to help. Finally, you can certainly run some online auto quotes through our site (www.4autoinsurancequote.com) or Compare, Zebra, Esurance. These sites should be able to point you towards dozens of insurance companies that are glad to assist foreign tourists like yourself. I hope you have a safe trip!

  43. Andreas Wacker


    Hi
    I‘m from Switzerland and bought a motorcycle in NY so I can use it during my further holidays. I have an address in Niagra Falls and need an insurance to register the bike. The problem is that I have only a Swiss driving licence (and IDL) an no insuranceis wiiling to sell an insurance without US driving licence. I tried Progressive and insurance agents without success. Any hint?

  44. Dietmar Groever


    Hi there,

    I am looking for a temporary motorcycle insurance for non-US Citizens, as I am going to bring over my bike for a 4 week trip along the east coast from Germany.
    The market for these insurances is pretty dim since the new european privacy regulations have been activated.
    Can you point me in the right direction where I might be able to purchase such an insurance for the USA and Canada?

    All the best,
    Dietmar


  45. Hello there! I have a couple of friends who are coming from France to the USA for 10 days. They want to purchase a used car in California, drive it to Texas, and ship the car to France. The question is: What would be the best options for them to both have legal insurance coverage for their 10 day road trip?

    Thank you


  46. Hi
    I’m Canadian citizen. And I’m staying in San Diego, California for couple of moths. And I’m planning to buy used car. Can I register the car under my name. And how I will get insurance for that? I don’t have address here in California, staying at my cousin’s house
    Thank you

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