UPDATE: Michigan’s New No-Fault Law went into effect July 1, 2020. The information on this page was written prior to the change in the law and may be out of date. Please visit https://callsam.com/No-Fault-law/ for updated information on the new No-Fault law in Michigan.
Chances are, you’ve experienced the sinking feeling that comes from seeing the flashing lights of a police car in your rear-view mirror. You may not even know why you’re being pulled over. You wonder if you were speeding, or whether one of your brake lights has burned out. The police officer approaches and asks for the usual documents; driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. When you realize you forgot to put your new insurance certificate in your car, the sinking feeling quickly turns into a panic. What should you do if you are pulled over without proof of insurance? Here are some helpful tips.Do You Have a Case?
State law requires all motor vehicle owners to carry Michigan No-Fault insurance in order to register a vehicle with the Secretary of State. Without proof of insurance, you will not be able to renew, transfer, or replace your vehicle’s license plate. Vehicles covered by out-of-state insurance policies can be driven but not registered in Michigan.
In addition, drivers are required to keep a current certificate of insurance in their vehicles at all times. If you are stopped by law enforcement, you must be able to produce your proof of insurance.
Failing to provide proof of insurance to law enforcement is a civil violation. The driver will typically have to pay a fine, which can vary according to the municipality and the individual circumstances.
In addition, if you receive a citation and subsequently fail to provide proof of insurance in a timely manner, the following could occur:
If you had insurance at the time you were pulled over, bring your insurance certificate to the district court indicated on the ticket. The fine will usually be reduced if you do this within 14 days.
However, if you did not have insurance at the time of the ticket, you should purchase a No-Fault policy as soon as possible. If you provide proof of insurance to the court within 14 days of the ticket, your fine could be reduced.
Yes. However, the insurance requirements are different because motorcycles are not considered motor vehicles under Michigan law. While motorcyclists are not required to purchase No-Fault insurance, they must carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. Like automobile drivers, motorcyclists have to show proof of insurance if stopped by a police officer.
Michigan has an Electronic Insurance Verification program that allows certain vehicle owners to renew their registration online. You are eligible for online renewal if your renewal notice says “insurance verified electronically” near the bottom left-hand corner. This means your insurance company has electronically verified your coverage with the Secretary of State. However, only certain insurance companies participate in this program.
If your renewal notice states “proof of insurance required,” you will have to renew your registration by mail or in person at any Secretary of State office. You must include proof of your current insurance with your mail-in paperwork or bring it with you to the Secretary of State. If you provide proof of insurance that is fraudulent or invalid, your registration will be canceled.
Michigan’s No-Fault insurance law is complicated, but finding the right attorney is simple.
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