If you're a Missouri driver, it's important to have the right car insurance in place. Not only is it the law, but it can also help protect you and others on the road. The most expensive coverage doesn't necessarily mean the best coverage, so here's a breakdown of all there is to know about cheap car insurance in Missouri.
If you're planning on hitting the roads in Missouri, there are a few things you'll need to drive legally. First, you'll need a valid Missouri driver's license. This is a standard requirement in all states, but it's especially important in Missouri to ensure you can safely navigate the roads and follow all traffic laws.
To obtain a driver's license in Missouri, you must be at least 16 years old. If you're under 18, you'll also need to hold a learner's permit for at least six months and complete an approved driver education program. In addition, you'll need to log at least 40 hours of supervised driving, including 10 hours of night driving.
Once you've met these requirements, you'll need to:
Pass a vision test and a written knowledge test
Pass a road test to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to drive safely in Missouri
Remember, a driver's license is just one part of being a responsible, legal driver in Missouri. Your vehicle must be registered and insured, and you have to be familiar with all state traffic laws. Following these guidelines helps keep you and other motorists safe.
Missouri requires all drivers to have a minimum amount of car insurance coverage. The minimum coverage requirements in Missouri are:
$25,000 for bodily injury liability or death of one person in an accident
$50,000 for bodily injury liability or death of two or more people in an accident
$25,000 for property damage liability in an accident
These minimum coverage amounts are known as 25/50/25 coverage. In addition to these personal liability coverage amounts, Missouri also requires you to carry uninsured motorist (UM) bodily injury coverage with the same minimum limits. If you're in an accident with an uninsured driver, this coverage can help protect you from paying out-of-pocket for your injuries.
It's important to note that the minimum car insurance requirements in Missouri are just that—the minimum. You may want to consider purchasing additional coverage to better protect yourself if you’re involved in an accident.
We encourage you to speak with an insurance provider to determine the coverage options that make sense for you financially.
In addition to these state-required coverages, you can also choose to purchase additional coverage for more protection. Here are several of the optional auto insurance coverages we offer in Missouri:
Collision coverage helps cover damages to your own vehicle if you’re in an accident with another vehicle or a stationary object. You’ll need to first purchase collision insurance before purchasing comprehensive.
Comprehensive coverage helps cover damages to your vehicle from non-collision events, such as theft, vandalism, and natural disasters like hailstorms.
Underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) can help protect you if you’re involved in an accident with a driver who has auto insurance, but not enough to pay for your covered expenses. This coverage isn't required, and isn’t available if you haven't also purchased UM coverage.
Special equipment coverage can help pay to repair or replace customizations you’ve made to your vehicle if you’re involved in a covered loss. This coverage is only available if you’ve purchased collision and comprehensive coverages first.
This coverage helps reimburse you for rental expenses if your vehicle is in the shop for repairs due to a covered loss. Like special equipment coverage, rental reimbursement is only available if you’ve purchased collision and comprehensive coverages.
Named non-owner coverage can help protect you with liability coverage if you cause an accident while driving a vehicle you don’t own.
Roadside assistance provides 24-hour emergency towing and roadside service if your vehicle is disabled due to a mechanical or electrical breakdown, a flat tire, or low fuel, oil, or other fluid. It can even help if you lock your keys in your car.
Have more than one vehicle at your house? Do you own your home? You could qualify for money-saving car insurance discounts like these:
Paid in full
These state resources can help you ensure you’re set up to legally drive in Missouri.