When you add someone to your car insurance, you can call your car insurance company or log in to your online account to add a new driver to your policy. Your insurance company will generally need the name, date of birth, driving history, license information, and vehicle identification number (VIN) if you also plan to share a policy that covers both vehicles. Most insurers will also allow you to share a single car insurance policy with someone if you live with that person. If you're currently insured with another insurance company, you can simply start a new policy with your new car.
This information is not an insurance policy, does not refer to any specific insurance policy, and does not modify any provision, limitation, or exclusion that is expressly stated in any insurance policy. Adding a driver to your insurance policy means that they are an insured driver under your policy when driving your car. In the insurance world, claims are commonly referred to as losses, and the amount of losses a particular brand and model has can affect the cost of insuring. Most insurance companies allow (and may require) you to add another driver to your car insurance policy if the person drives the insured cars regularly or shares the same permanent residence.
Keep in mind that other factors may affect your car insurance rate if you're starting a new car insurance policy. If you don't have physical damage coverage and your new car is stolen, wrecked, or damaged in an accident because of you, you won't receive money from your insurance company. Whether it's a roommate, a spouse or partner, or even a teenager or a college student, there are many situations where it makes sense to add a driver to your car insurance. For example, Progressive allows 30 days, which means that if you file a claim within that period, your new car will continue to be covered in the same way as your old vehicle.
You should add any regular driver of your car to your insurance policy to cover damage caused by accidents. Since most insurers offer a grace period to update your policy with your new vehicle, your dealer will usually only need proof of insurance before giving you the keys. For example, married couples who live together and share car insurance can add both of their cars to their policy, even if the vehicles aren't jointly owned by the couple. The cost of adding a driver to your car insurance or sharing a policy varies depending on factors such as the driver's age and motor vehicle history.