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I am a Canadian, and would like to purchase a car in Florida for use during the winter months. My plan is to bring it home to Ontario for the summer months. Can I buy insurance in Florida that will cover both places?


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To register and insure a vehicle in Florida you will need to obtain a Florida driver's license. According to the FL Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles - Canadian citizens are non-immigrants and are allowed to stay in the US without obtaining INS documentation. Canadians without INS documents must provide proof of Canadian citizenship to be issued a Florida driver license by presenting 2 of the following documents: Canadian passport, Canadian driver license, Original or certified Canadian birth certificate, Canadian Naturalization certificate.

As for obtaining car insurance, the mandatory liability insurance purchased in Florida is different than what is required in Ontario and because of this it would likely be difficult to find an insurance company that could cover your vehicle in both places. There is a Canadian Snowbird Association, snowbirds.org, which might be able to help you see if as a seasonal Florida resident you can obtain auto insurance for both Florida and Canada. You might also discuss this issue with your current Canadian auto insurance company.

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1 Responses to "I am a Canadian, and would like to purchase a car in Florida for use during the winter months. My plan is to bring it home to Ontario for the summer months. Can I buy insurance in Florida that will cover both places?"
  1. Anonymous

    It is not necessary to get a Florida licence for a Canadian, this is from experience. The only reason that it is suggested is for the insurance companies to have a US licence to search for accidents and tickets.

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