You can check how many points are on your license in Maryland by going to the Motor Vehicle Administration website. Checking your license points in Maryland will cost you $9 for a non-certified copy or $12 for a certified copy, since you will need to pay for a copy of your driving record.
Maryland uses driver’s license points to track violations. Accumulating eight points in two years will result in a suspended license. Insurance companies also check customers’ driving records for points, since having a poor driving record is associated with an increased risk of filing a claim. Consequently, license points will result in higher premiums. For instance, one DUI conviction will raise your premium by an average of 71% in Maryland.
Here’s How Much Car Insurance Drivers Need in Maryland:
Minimum Coverage Limit
Bodily Injury Liability Coverage (per person)
Bodily Injury Liability Coverage (per accident)
Property Damage Liability
$30,000 per person ($60,000 per accident)
Uninsured Motorist Property Damage
If you lease or finance your car, you may be required to carry coverage types that are not mandatory under Maryland law. Lenders usually require comprehensive and collision insurance. Collision insurance covers repairs to your car when you hit another car or object. If the damage to your vehicle was caused by something other than a collision—like a natural disaster, vandalism, falling objects, or animals—it is most likely covered by comprehensive insurance. Lenders may also require gap insurance, which covers the difference between what you owe on your loan or lease and what the vehicle was worth if it gets stolen or totaled.
Two points will increase a driver’s insurance costs by roughly 20% to 100%, depending on the state, insurance company and type of violation. Two points are assigned for relatively minor traffic violations, like driving at night with no headlights or making an illegal U-turn. Two points might even be the minimum number of points you can get, depending on where you live. Some states assign points by a factor of two, skipping odd numbers in their points system. The specific cost increase will vary depending on the driver’s insurance company and home state – insurance companies don’t count license points specifically, so a driver can’t be sure how much their insurance company will charge them for the violation.… read full answer
Instead, license points are tracked by your state’s department of motor vehicles in 41 of the 50 states. You get points for different traffic violations, such as speeding and driving under the influence. The other nine states (Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wyoming) keep track of the number of traffic violations you have and suspend your license if you have too many.
The long-term effects of 2 points on your license
Your insurance company doesn’t track your state license points, but they definitely care about the traffic violations that earn you those points. So your license points and your insurance costs are related. In fact, insurance companies have their own points systems for policy pricing, which take into account serious traffic violations, claims history, and more. Any additional violation or claim can further raise your insurance rates by up to 50% or more, on top of your already increased rate.
However, your state’s tracking system has far greater consequences than your insurance company’s. If your company penalizes you for a violation, the worst thing that will happen is you pay a lot of money for car insurance. If you earn too many license points, you can expect to lose your license completely.
Additional points on your record increase the odds that your next violation will result in license suspension, by bringing you closer to exceeding your state’s point limit. Two points will stay on your license anywhere from one to six years, depending on state laws – three to five years is typical.
If you have two points on your license, be extra careful in the future to avoid another violation. In some states, a defensive driving course can get two points (or more) wiped off your record, but not all states have a point reduction program. And you’re limited in how often you can use the driving course to remove points – it’s normal to have to wait at least one year before you can get more points removed. That means it’s still important to pay your ticket(s) on time and do your best to abide by all traffic laws. Doing so will increase your chance of avoiding more state or insurance penalties.
Car insurance in Maryland costs $89 monthly ($1,069 per year) for minimum coverage, on average, and around $200 per month ($2,401 annually) for a full-coverage policy. The cheapest insurance companies in Maryland are Travelers, Geico, and Erie, but insurers calculate premiums differently, so it’s a good idea to get quotes from more companies to find the best deal.… read full answer
Average Cost of Car Insurance in Maryland by Category
Clean driving record: $93 per month
After an at-fault accident: $141 per month
Driver with poor credit: $146 per month
Teen driver: $320 per month
After a DUI: $157 per month
The average cost of car insurance in Maryland is 48% higher than the national average auto insurance premium, and Maryland ranks 43 out of 50 for the most affordable car insurance rates in the U.S.. There are several factors that affect how much you’ll pay for car insurance in Maryland, including your driving record, age, location, the amount of coverage that you purchase, and the insurance company you buy it from.
Finally, it’s worth noting that car insurance premiums in Maryland are average, compared to the cost of coverage in neighboring states like Delaware and Virginia. You can find more details in the table below.
Cost of Car Insurance in Maryland vs. Neighboring States
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