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Virginia Car Insurance

Virginia cities surrounding Washington, D.C., pay much higher car insurance rates than the rest of the state. You can see how all Virginia ZIP codes compare by clicking around the map below. No matter what neighborhood you live in, though, you'll find that different car insurance companies will charge the same driver very different state car insurance rates.

Virginia Car Insurance Companies
Average Car Insurance Rates in Virginia
Virginia Car Insurance Laws
Car Insurance Companies in Virginia

Virginia car insurance requirements

Virginia state law requires the following minimum car insurance coverage:
Minimum bodily injury liability $25,000/$50,000
Minimum property damage liability $20,000
Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury $25,000/$50,000
Uninsured/underinsured motorist property damage $20,000

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What you need to know about car insurance in Virginia

Penny Gusner
Consumer Analyst

Virginia Car Insurance Laws

To drive legally, Virginia mandates every motorist have at least $25,000 in bodily injury liability coverage ($50,000 per accident) and $20,000 to pay for property damage. Virginia also requires drivers to buy uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, both for bodily injury and property damage.

Stringent speeding laws: Virginia is tough on speeding. For example, a conviction for speeding above 80 mph can be considered reckless driving -- a six-point offense -- and stay on the driver's motor vehicle record for 11 years, long after the points have disappeared.

A "super speeder" law added fines of as much as $1,050 to tickets before that provision of the law was repealed in 2008.

Bank some safety points: For every year without incident, a Virginia driver can accumulate a "safety point" that offsets a demerit point. Drivers can also get an additional safety point for taking a defensive driving class. In total, you can't accumulate more than five, though.

Pay $500 a year and drive anyway: Virginia has an unusual "Uninsured Motor Vehicle" fee that allows a car owner to register an uninsured vehicle and drive at his or her own risk. The owner is still legally liable for any damages he or she causes.

Uninsured motorist penalties for Virginia: If you don't register and pay the fee to drive uninsured, you may be fined $500, have your license and registration suspended and be required to file an SR-22 form.

Electric vehicle tax: To make up for lost gasoline tax revenue, owners of electric vehicles face an additional $50 cost at registration time.

DUIs in Virginia: Driving under the influence and other drug- and alcohol-related violations in Virginia add six points to your license and will stay on your driving record for 11 years.

No age restriction for insurance, title or registration: Virginia allows minors to own, register and insure vehicles, but it is up to an insurance company to decide if they will write a policy for a minor.

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Largest car insurance companies in Virginia by market share

Rank Company / Group Direct Premiums Written ($) Market share (%)
1 State Farm Group 760,683 16.76
2 Berkshire Hathaway Insurance 732,731 16.14
3 USAA Group 576,662 12.71
4 Allstate Insurance Group 459,535 10.13
5 Nationwide Group 439,835 9.69
6 Progressive Insurance Group 384,024 8.46
7 Erie Insurance Group 157,420 3.47
8 Liberty Mutual Insurance Cos 147,223 3.24
9 VA Farm Bureau Group 108,529 2.39
10 Travelers Group 85,236 1.88
Source: A.M. Best market share rankings are based on direct premiums written in 2013.