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Car Insurance for California Drivers

Welcome to the AARP® Auto Insurance Program from The Hartford!1 Are you traveling along the San Francisco Bay, fishing off Lake Arrowhead, or soaking up the sun in Palm Springs? We’ve been protecting AARP members in California and their families since 1984, and have earned a reputation for integrity and trust, as well as high customer ratings for claims services. You can count on The Hartford to be there when you need us most.
If you’re looking to get a car insurance quote or just need information about buying car insurance in the state of California, you’ve come to the right place.

Car Insurance Benefits Offered to California Drivers

California drivers could receive valuable car insurance benefits from the AARP Auto Insurance Program from The Hartford, including:
  • 12-month Rate Protection
  • Lifetime Renewability
  • New Car Replacement
  • 24/7 Claim Service

Required Car Insurance Coverages in California

California state law requires liability car insurance at the following minimum limits:2
  • $15,000 for bodily injury, per person per accident.
  • $30,000 for bodily injury, total per accident.
  • $5,000 for property damage per accident.

Proof of Car Insurance for California Drivers

It’s smart to keep a copy of your car insurance ID card in the vehicle with your registration, so that you have it available when needed.  California is also among several states that now accept electronic proof of insurance, and with The Hartford’s mobile app, you can store your ID cards right on your mobile device. Visit the App Store™ or Google Play™ for more information.

California Uninsured Driver Facts

According to a 2012 Insurance Research Council report, 14.7 percent of California drivers are uninsured. This is above the national average of 12.6%.3
The state of California does not require drivers to carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, but The Hartford offers this coverage which will protect you from financial loss if you are involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist.

Additional Car Insurance Coverages and Benefits Available to California Drivers

For added protection, California drivers may also be eligible for the following coverages from the AARP Auto Insurance Program from The Hartford:
  • Transportation Expense
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Medical Payments

Staying Safe on California Roads

As you travel through California, there are a number of safe driving laws meant to protect you on California’s highways and byways. Here are just a few:4

California Seat Belt Laws:

California is one of many states that have a primary seat belt law – which means that law enforcement can ticket a driver or passenger for not wearing a seat belt without any other traffic violation.

California Distracted Driving Laws:

Texting while driving is banned for all drivers in the State of California.

California Teen Driver Laws:

Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for all teenagers, and California wants to be sure they stay safe in the process! California has implemented graduated licensing laws to ensure that teenagers gain the experience and maturity that’s required to be safe behind the wheel. Graduated licensing laws limit nighttime driving, restrict teen passengers and ensure an adequate amount of supervised driving practice.
§ Availability of RecoverCare benefit and benefit levels vary by state. The Hartford RecoverCare Advantage® is a registered mark of The Hartford.
If you are age 50 or older, once you’re insured through this Program for at least 60 days, you cannot be refused renewal as long as applicable premiums are paid when due. Also, you and other customary drivers of your vehicles must retain valid licenses, remain physically and mentally capable of operating an automobile (not applicable in MA), have no convictions for driving while intoxicated and must not have obtained your policy through material misrepresentation. Benefit currently not available in HI, MI, NH, NC and TX.
§§ Limitations apply.
‡‡ One Deductible applies for any Home policy (Home Advantage or not) if Auto policy is also insured with The Hartford and includes the Advantage Plus package coverage.
Additional disclosures below.
AARP and its affiliates are not insurers. Paid endorsement. The Hartford pays royalty fees to AARP for the use of its intellectual property. These fees are used for the general purposes of AARP. AARP membership is required for Program eligibility in most states.

The AARP Auto Insurance Program is underwritten by Hartford Fire Insurance Company and its affiliates, One Hartford Plaza, Hartford, CT 06155. It is underwritten in CA by Hartford Underwriters Insurance Company; in WA, by Hartford Casualty Insurance Company; in MN, by Sentinel Insurance Company; and in MA, MI and PA, by Trumbull Insurance Company. The AARP Homeowners Insurance Program from The Hartford is underwritten by Hartford Fire Insurance Company and its affiliates, One Hartford Plaza, Hartford, CT 06155. In CA, it is underwritten by Property and Casualty Insurance Company of Hartford; in WA, MI, MN, by Trumbull Insurance Company; in MA by Trumbull Insurance Company, Sentinel Insurance Company, Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest, Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company; and in PA by Hartford Underwriters Insurance Company. Not available in all states, including FL. Specific features, credits and discounts may vary and may not be available in all states in accordance with state filings and applicable law. Applicants are individually underwritten and some may not qualify. Auto and Home are currently unavailable in Canada and U.S. Territories or possessions.

1 In Texas, the Auto Program is underwritten by Southern County Mutual Insurance Company through Hartford Fire General Agency. Hartford Fire Insurance Company and its affiliates are not financially responsible for insurance products underwritten and issued by Southern County Mutual Insurance Company. The Home Program is underwritten by Trumbull Insurance Company.