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Rhode Island Car Insurance


On average, state car insurance rates in Providence are twice as much as those in Rhode Island's East Bay and other cities. But every ZIP code has a high-cost insurance carrier and a low-cost insurance carrier. We've got the potential savings mapped out below for every city and town in Rhode Island. Average car insurance rates, plus the highest and lowest rate culled from major insurers, are shown in the tool below once you enter your ZIP code.

Rhode Island Car Insurance Requirements
Average Car Insurance Rates in Rhode Island
Car Insurance Companies in Rhode Island

Rhode Island car insurance requirements

Rhode Island state law requires the following minimum car insurance coverage:
Minimum bodily injury liability $25,000/$50,000
Minimum property damage liability $25,000

Rhode Island Car Insurance Laws

Penny Gusner
Consumer Analyst

The cheapest insurance policy you can buy in Rhode Island will pay up to $25,000 to anyone you injure and up to $25,000 to repair or replace whatever you hit. Any damage above those amounts will have to come out of your own pockets. We recommend those with a home, a business or much in savings increase liability insurance limits when possible.

Rhode Island requires that insurance companies offer you uninsured and underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage, plus uninsured motorist property damage, but you may decline.

A mandatory option: If you choose to buy liability coverage that is higher than the state minimum of 25/50/25 -- a good idea, we think -- you no longer have the option of declining uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage.

Insurance needed for registration: Rhode Island requires the name of your insurance company and your policy number to register a car or renew its registration.

Uninsured motorist penalties for Rhode Island: You may be fined $100 to $500, your license and registration may be suspended and you may be required to file an SR-22 form.

When no one will insure you: The Rhode Island Automobile Insurance Plan is the state's solution for high-risk drivers. Any licensed agent can sign you up, and you will pay exorbitant rates to the insurer that draws your name. But after three years with a clean record, that insurer must offer you a standard -- and much cheaper -- policy.

Double accident reporting: You will need more than a police report for a serious car accident in Rhode Island. You must file a separate report with the state DMV for any crash with damage of more than $1,000.

Largest car insurance companies for Rhode Island by market share

Rank Company / Group Direct Premiums Written ($) Market Share (%)
1 Progressive Insurance Group 120,461 16.61
2 Allstate Insurance Group 92,862 12.80
3 Amica Mutual Group 84,479 11.65
4 Berkshire Hathaway Insurance 82,393 11.36
5 MetLife Personal Lines Group 64,252 8.86
6 Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies 57,306 7.90
7 Nationwide Group 50,651 6.98
8 USAA Group 35,279 4.86
9 MAPFRE North America Group 26,358 3.63
10 Travelers Group 25,418 3.50
Source: A.M. Best market share rankings are based on direct premiums written in 2013.