Florida is known as the Sunshine State. QuoteWizard has compiled useful insurance information from industry and government sources to help Floridians shine some light on their car insurance policies.
This page will show you which types of coverage are legally required in Florida, inform you about important insurance laws, and provide both information about the cost of driving, and some insights about insurance risk in Florida, all to help protect you and your family.
How much is car insurance in Florida? The average cost of car insurance in Florida is much higher than what most Americans pay. On average, auto insurance in Florida costs $1,143.83 per year. The national average cost is $841.23.
Prices will vary depending on your driving history, limits, coverage, and total number of claims filed in your zip code.
|Total Cost Per Year||$1,143.83|
|Price Per Month||$95.32|
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Last year, 228,724 people used QuoteWizard to compare car insurance quotes in Florida from top companies and find the cheapest car insurance rates.
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If you drive a vehicle registered in Florida, you must maintain a minimum level of insurance coverage of 10/20/10. This means that you must have:
In Florida, if you're in a car accident involving property damage or bodily injuries, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will send an inquiry notice requesting proof that the state’s minimum insurance requirements were met when the incident occurred.
If you can't prove that you had the required minimum coverage, you must purchase it from an insurer and have it certified on form SR-22 for 3 years. You must also obtain a release from each accident victim indicating they were compensated in full for their injuries and property damage.
Failure to comply before the suspension date on the inquiry notice will result in the suspension of your tags, vehicle registration, and driver's license for 3 years. You'll also be required to pay a $15 reinstatement fee to regain your driving privileges.
Florida requires an FR-44 from anyone caught driving with a suspended license or after being convicted of a DUI. The FR-44 is a form that certifies a driver has the following minimum insurance coverages:
Florida state law requires drivers to carry an FR-44 for 3 consecutive years after their first offense. If your insurance lapses for any reason during this period, your insurer is required to notify the state. For this reason, some insurance companies require that the policy be paid in advance for its full term.
Florida has few restrictions on driver use of cell phones. Both handheld and hands-free devices are allowed for all drivers, including teens and bus drivers. There is, however, a statewide ban on texting while driving for everyone.
Florida’s Implied Consent law requires that any driver submit to testing to determine the alcohol or drug content of their blood, breath, or urine when arrested by law enforcement for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). Refuse the test and you’ll face the following penalties in addition to the penalties for a DUI:
If you drive or operate a motor vehicle in the Florida with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you are guilty of Driving While Under the Influence (DUI).
The penalties for a first offense DUI conviction are:
The penalties for a second offense DUI conviction are:
The penalties for a third offense DUI conviction are:
Florida requires that all children who are 5 years of age or younger be secured with crash-tested, federally approved child restraint devices. For children under 4 years of age, these devices must be a separate carriers or integrated child seats. Children 4 or 5 years of age may ride in separate carriers, integrated child seats, or booster seats.
Children 6 years of age and older must wear seat belts at all times.
If you're pulled over by law enforcement and it’s discovered that children are not legally secured, you'll be fined $60 for a first offense and have 3 points assessed against your driver's license unless you participate in a child restraint safety program.
Florida has implemented a 3-tier graduated driver's license program beginning with a learner’s permit and ending with full driver privileges once all conditions are met.
Teens are allowed to apply for a learner’s permit once they're 15 years old. The learner’s permit stage lasts for a minimum of 12 months. During the learner’s stage, teens are required to complete 50 hours of supervised driving. At least 10 hours of this driving must be at night. Once these conditions are satisfied, and the driver has reached the age of 16, the driving test can be taken. If the driving test is passed, a license is issued and the driver enters the intermediate stage.
Young drivers must abide by the following rules until they turn 17:
Young drivers must abide by the following rules until they turn 18:
Florida does not restrict either the number or age of passengers an intermediate driver can have in the vehicle with them.
Drivers receive full passenger privileges when they turn 18 if all other conditions have been met.
Florida requires all drivers to renew their licenses every 8 years. Once a driver reaches their 80th birthday they must renew their license every 6 years, and pass a vision test.
Florida requires that passengers 16 years of age and older wear seat belts at all times. The maximum seat belt violation fine is $30 for a first offense.
When you drive a vehicle in Florida that’s required to be registered in another state, you must have the type of insurance required by that state. You must be able to provide proof of this insurance to law enforcement upon request.
The average cost of car insurance in Florida in 2013, the most recent year for which data was available, was $1,143.83 compared to a national average of $841.23. Florida is ranked the 5th most expensive state for car insurance.
As of January 2016, the state of Florida taxes gasoline at 36.58 cents per gallon. When added to the Federal fuel tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, residents of Florida can expect to pay a total of 54.98 cents per gallon in taxes every time they fill up at the gas station. Florida taxes diesel fuel at 33.77 cents per gallon. When added to the Federal diesel tax of 24.4 cents per gallon, Floridians will pay a total of 58.17 cents at the pump in taxes for diesel fuel.
According to our nationwide study we found that Florida is one of the best driving states coming in at no.49. To find out which Florida cities had the best drivers we ranked the most populous cities in Florida using data from our quote tool to compare drivers in each city based on accidents, speeding tickets, DUI's and citations.
In 2012 it was estimated that 23.8% of all drivers on Florida roads had no car insurance. This number is much, much higher than the national average of 12.6% and ranks Florida 2nd in the nation for uninsured motorists.
In 2013, there were 2,407 traffic fatalities in Florida, a 1% decrease from the 2,431 traffic fatalities reported in 2012.
Florida had 42,579 vehicle thefts reported in 2014, a 22% increase compared to 2013 when 34,911 vehicles were reported stolen. In 2014, the vehicle theft rate was 214 per 100,000, a 20% increase from the 2013 rate of 178.1 per 100,000.
The vehicle theft rate in Florida is almost equal to the overall US vehicle theft rate, which was 216.2 per 100,000 in 2014.
Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau - Hot Wheels Report 2014
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