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Las Vegas drivers pay by far the highest state car insurance rates in Nevada, with bills twice as high as they would pay in more remote parts of the state. Comparable rates for every ZIP code in Nevada are mapped below.

Nevada car insurance requirements

Nevada state law requires the following minimum car insurance coverage:
Minimum bodily injury liability $15,000/$30,000
Minimum property damage liability $10,000

What you need to know about car insurance in Nevada

Penny Gusner
Consumer Analyst

Nevada Car Insurance Laws

Nevada's liability insurance limits of $15,000 per person ($30,000 per accident) for bodily injury and $10,000 for property damage -- written as 15/30/10 -- are low. You don't want to have to dig into your personal savings because your basic car insurance didn't give you enough protection.

We recommend raising those liability levels as you can; most experts consider 100/300/50 appropriate coverage for a family with a home and some savings.

While uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage must be offered to you, you can decline it if you believe your health insurance will be sufficient or if you're trying to save money on your policy.

Hang up: Nevada's law against handheld cell phone use and texting is among the nation's most stringent. While the first offense isn't considered a moving violation and thus doesn't hit your motor vehicle record or insurance, the second offense carries four points -- the same as for a conviction for doing 40 mph over the speed limit.

Usage-based insurance: Nevada allows auto insurance providers to offer usage-based insurance plans (pay as you drive) so that motorists can receive discounts. However, Nevada forbids auto insurers from using GPS technology to track the exact location of the user.

Uninsured motorist penalties for Nevada: Driving without insurance in Nevada, even for a temporary lapse in insurance, carries heavy penalties. You may be fined $600 to $1,000, your license and registration may be suspended, your plates confiscated and your car impounded. You may be required to file an SR-22 form.

Extraordinary life events: State laws permit Nevada car insurance companies to take into consideration your credit for eligibility (underwriting) and rating purposes. However, if you've experienced certain extraordinary life events (ELFs), Nevada law has been updated to allow you to request in writing that your credit information not be considered. The following circumstances are considered to be ELFs:

1. A catastrophic event, as declared by the state or federal government

2. Identity theft

3. Military deployment overseas

4. A serious illness or injury to you or an immediate family member

5. The death of a spouse, child or parent

6. Divorce or involuntary interruption of legally owed alimony or support payments

7. Temporary loss of employment for a period of three months or more, if it results from an involuntary termination

Largest car insurance companies for Nevada by market share

Rank Company / Group Direct Premiums Written ($) Market Share (%)
1 State Farm Group 299,709 17.24
2 Farmers Insurance Group 190,563 10.96
3 Progressive Insurance Group 182,245 10.49
4 Allstate Insurance Group 179,159 10.31
5 Berkshire Hathaway Insurance 163,167 9.39
6 CSAA Insurance Group 100,681 5.79
7 USAA Group 98,775 5.68
8 Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies 92,492 5.32
9 Amer Family Insurance Group 61,591 3.54
10 Hartford Insurance Group 54,236 3.12
Source: A.M. Best market share Rankings are based on direct premiums written in 2013.

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