Insurance companies typically require that all licensed drivers in a household be listed on the auto insurance policy except unlicensed teenagers or younger members under 14.

You should have a comprehensive auto policy to cover everyone who drives in your household, including those who don’t live with you but drive your car occasionally. This could include roommates, spouses, live-in nannies, older licensed children and other family members.

Kerry Sherin Consumer advocate with BeenVerified
Kerry Sherin
Consumer advocate with BeenVerified

“Not every person in your household needs to be listed on your auto insurance policy, but that typically only includes unlicensed or younger members of the house, under the age of 14,” says Kerry Sherin.

“Otherwise, a policy should cover everyone who drives in your household, including those outside your household who frequently use your vehicles.”

Most people have no idea who needs to be listed on their policy. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. This guide breaks down everything you need to know about listing drivers on your policy. We explain who needs to be listed so you can make the best decision for your family.

Key Highlights
  • Auto insurers base premiums on the policyholder’s driving history other than age, credit score, and vehicle’s make and model.
  • If your child lives with you and is a licensed driver, they need to be listed on your policy in order for you to be adequately covered.
  • Your auto insurance policy should cover everyone who drives, including people outside your household who frequently use your vehicles.

Do all household members need to be on car insurance?

All household members should be known to the car insurance company but do not necessarily have to be listed as covered drivers depending upon the situation. For instance, if you have a son who is 16 but is not yet licensed and he doesn’t drive, they may require that you list him on the policy but will not rate him until he is licensed.

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Who needs to be listed on my car insurance policy?

When you purchase car insurance, you will need to list anyone in your household who has access to your car. Insurance companies use this information to analyze the risk and determine your yearly insurance premium. Insurers generally expect the following people to be listed as drivers on the car insurance policy:

  • Significant others.
  • Friends, neighbors, or live-in nannies who borrow your car on occasion.
  • Roommates.
  • Older licensed children.
  • Other family members who live with you, such as your parents.

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Do I have to add my child to my car insurance?

If your child lives with you and is a licensed driver, they need to be listed on your policy in order for you to be adequately covered. If your child has already moved out of your residence, you do not have to list them on your policy but they would have to get their own car insurance policy.

If your children do not live with you but still occasionally drive your vehicles, you will need to inform your car insurance company. Your insurer then may or may not require you to have them as occasional drivers on your car insurance policy. It depends upon the insurer’s internal guidelines.

Kerry Sherin Consumer advocate with BeenVerified
Kerry Sherin
Consumer advocate with BeenVerified

“In the event that your child gets into an accident in your car and you fail to disclose to your auto insurance company that there are children in your household, it is possible that you may be denied coverage due to misrepresentation,” Sherin says.

“In this case, you could be responsible not only for the damage to your car but for any others involved in the accident if the driver in your vehicle was at fault or the other driver doesn’t have insurance.

Check out our detailed Parents’ guide: The best and cheapest way to insure teenage drivers

Do all drivers in a household have to be insured?

No, only those who expect to drive and be covered in an accident must be insured. Your insurance company will ask about everyone of driving age in the household. If anyone is not on your policy, they will not be covered. Furthermore, car insurance companies want to know if they could potentially drive your car.

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Kerry Sherin Consumer advocate with BeenVerified

Kerry Sherin

Consumer advocate with BeenVerified

“If there’s a possibility or high probability that the person will be driving your car, they should be listed on your car insurance policy just in case – you will want to avoid any risk of severe financial consequences, Sherin says.

“Without knowing who drives your car regularly and who lives with you, an insurer cannot accurately calculate the risk and charge you a premium.”

Why do insurance companies ask about all household members?

Car insurance companies ask about all household members because they want to know if someone could potentially drive your car. Without having the information about all household members and the cars they drive, the insurance company cannot correctly calculate the risk and charge them for the insurance policy.

Does car insurance premium go up after listing a new driver on the policy?

Your car insurance premium does not necessarily go up when you list household members on the policy. You can disclose your teenager to the insurer, but it will not affect your premiums until they get a driver’s license. If your older licensed children live with you and have their own insurance policy, they will have to show proof of that coverage to your insurance company.

“Typically, there is no effect on your premiums when household members are just listed on your policy,” Sherin says. “Teenagers may be disclosed to your insurer, but they won’t have an impact on your premiums until they obtain a license. In the event that you live with a licensed driver who has a car insurance policy, your company may ask to see proof of coverage.”

Check out our guide on How much is insurance for new drivers?

Does the policyholder have to be the main driver?

Insurance companies require the policyholder to be the main driver of the insured vehicle. Insurers base the premiums on the policyholder’s driving history, credit score, and vehicle’s make and model. It’s illegal for someone other than the main driver to be the policyholder, which is known as fronting.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to list all drivers on my insurance?

Most car insurance companies require policyholders to list all licensed drivers in their household on their auto insurance policy. If anyone in the family has an accident while driving your car, your insurance will help pay for damages, as long as your policy covers them.

In some cases, you may be able to exclude certain drivers, but this typically only applies to people who don’t live with you, such as a grown child who has moved out of your home. If you exclude someone from your policy and get into an accident while driving your car, your insurance company may refuse to cover the claim.

So, it’s generally best to err on the side of caution and list all licensed drivers on your auto insurance policy.

Do I have to list my roommate on my car insurance?

If your roommate uses your car often, it’s good to list them on your car insurance. It will help cover the repair cost and medical bills if they ever meet with an accident while driving your car.

However, if your roommate does not drive your car, you don’t need to have them listed on your policy. Although most insurers insist on including all the licensed drivers who live with you, you can check with your insurance company.

Do I need to list people on my policy who are not living in my household?

If you let someone who doesn’t live with you use your car regularly, they’ll need to be listed as an insured driver on your car insurance policy. Failing to add them to the policy could result in severe financial consequences. If they ever get involved in an accident, the insurer may refuse to cover the damage, and you’ll have to pay for the repairs out of pocket.

– Michelle Megna contributed to this story.

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Shivani Gite
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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.