An additional insured (sometimes called an additional interest) is a person, business or organization besides yourself protected by your car insurance policy and receives notifications and updates from your insurance company. They will receive a copy of the declarations page and any status forms. They will be notified if you cancel your coverage or change coverage levels.

Usually, you add an additional insured to your insurance policy because:

Your car is financed or leased. Your lender or leasing company is the legal owner of your car and the loss payee on your car insurance policy. By adding the leasing company or lender as an additional insured, you protect it with your own policy if it is named in a lawsuit for an accident that you cause. Your lender will want to ensure that you have comprehensive and collision coverage that ensures the value of the car, which is collateral for your loan. It also may require certain coverage levels or maximum deductibles.

You regularly use your car for business.  If you use your car to make sales calls, for example, your employer will want to ensure it is protected if you cause an accident on the way to an appointment.

— Michelle Megna contributed to this story.

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Shivani Gite is a personal finance and insurance writer with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She is passionate about making insurance topics easy to understand for people and helping them make better financial decisions. When not writing, you can find her reading a book or watching anime.