How to Insure & Register a Car

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Vehicle insurance and registration is required in all states before anyone drives a car. Obtaining insurance is a way to ensure that in case of an accident or emergency, drivers are protected. Registration ensures that all vehicles on the road are safe to operate. Insurance is required before registration. Both of them are mandatory before operating a vehicle.

Things You'll Need

  • Car Title
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle
  • Find insurance from an insurance agency. Take your title, proof of residency, driver's license and payment. Expect the insurance price to vary according to the year of your vehicle, your age, driving record and location. Make sure the agent prints you a proof of insurance once you have made your purchase.

  • Ensure there is no lien on the vehicle. Vehicles that hold liens cannot be registered until the lien is resolved. Contact previous owners or your dealership to ascertain the lien.

  • Make sure the vehicle is in your name. Ensure that your car's condition will pass state regulated inspection. Locate your local department of motor vehicles (DMV) office. Take your title, proof of residency, driver's license and Social Security card.

  • Fill out a registration form. Give the clerk all of your information and documentation. Pay any taxes that the clerk tells you to pay.

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