High-risk drivers in New Jersey can use the Personal Automobile Insurance Plan to get state minimum insurance coverage.
The New Jersey Personal Automobile Insurance Plan – or NJ PAIP – helps high-risk drivers get the state minimum amount of car insurance coverage.
This article will tell you all you need to know about NJ PAIP eligibility and coverage requirements, plus:
To qualify for the New Jersey Personal Automobile Insurance Plan, you must have tried and failed to obtain car insurance coverage at least twice in the last 60 days.
Insurance companies in the private or voluntary market may refuse to sell you coverage if you rack up too many New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) or insurance points. These points are added to your driving or insurance record when you’re convicted of certain driving offenses, such as:
|Traffic Violation||NJMVC Points|
|Passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk||2|
|Failure to stop for traffic light||2|
|Leaving the scene of an accident that results in a personal injury||8|
New Jersey insurance providers also can deny you coverage if you:
After you’re denied coverage and placed in the state’s “assigned risk” pool, you’re eligible to buy a policy through the NJ PAIP.
You don’t buy car insurance from the NJ PAIP, however. You buy it from an insurance company the NJ PAIP assigns to you.
That insurer must agree to cover you for three years – as long as you pay your policy premiums on time. It doesn’t have to continue covering you once those three years are up, though it may do so anyway.
If an insurance company drops you at this point and you can’t find coverage elsewhere because of your high-risk status, the NJ PAIP will assign you another insurer.
Assuming you keep up with your premium payments and avoid driving violations, though, you should be able to find cheaper car insurance on the private market after – or even during – your initial three-year period.
New Jersey is a no-fault car insurance state, which means it requires drivers to carry at least a minimum amount of personal injury protection and liability coverage.
The state’s drivers – high-risk or not – can meet this requirement by buying either a Basic Policy or a Standard Policy. Here’s how the two coverage options differ:
|Type of Coverage||Basic Policy Coverage Limits||Standard Policy Coverage Limits|
|Personal Injury Protection||At least $15,000 per person or accident||At least $15,000 per person or accident|
|Bodily Injury Liability||Not offered||At least $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident|
|Property Damage Liability||$5,000 per accident||At least $5,000 per accident|
New Jersey drivers who choose a Standard Policy don’t have to stick to the limits listed above. If they want, they can buy:
Also, New Jersey drivers who choose a Basic Policy can buy bodily injury liability coverage of $10,000 per accident.
Standard Policy buyers can add uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage up to the amounts they selected for liability coverage, too. Basic Policy buyers can’t add this coverage.
Both groups can buy optional collision and comprehensive coverage, though.
Although it’s impossible to say exactly what you’ll pay for NJ PAIP coverage, you should expect to pay more than you would if you bought a car insurance policy on the private market.
Also, you’ll pay more for a Standard Policy in New Jersey than you’ll pay for a Basic Policy.
The insurance companies that provide coverage through the NJ PAIP will consider the following while setting your rates:
Something to keep in mind here is you’ll probably continue to pay a lot for auto coverage after you leave the state’s assigned-risk pool. That’s because New Jersey drivers often have to deal with the highest car insurance premiums in the US.
In fact, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners recently reported that New Jersey motorists pay an average of $1,263 per car, per year. The national average for the same time period: $866.
To buy car insurance as a high-risk driver in New Jersey, your first step should be to contact the NJ PAIP.
They will then assign you an NJ PAIP Certified Producer. This is just a fancy way of saying they’ll pair you with an insurance company that will sell you a policy that meets the state’s minimum coverage requirements.
Before an NJ PAIP Certified Producer can sell you a policy, though, you need to show them:
The NJ PAIP Certified Producer also has to prove any other drivers in your household are insured.
The NJ PAIP offers two payment options to the state’s high-risk drivers: an Advance Premium Payment option and an Installment Payment option.
If you choose the Advance Premium Payment option, you pay the full premium when you apply for coverage through the NJ PAIP.
If you choose the Installment Payment option, you pay 30 percent of the premium when you apply for coverage. Then you pay the remaining 70 percent in six installments over the next nine months.
To learn more about the New Jersey Personal Automobile Insurance Plan, call 856-352-2349. Or visit the NJ PAIP website.
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