If you’re planning on visiting the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) next year, you better ensure you’re insured first.
A new law passed in the North Star State expands the number of transactions that will require proof of car insurance.
The legislation affects those who need to:
- Register a car or motorcycle.
- Renew license tabs.
- Transfer ownership of any motor vehicle or motorcycle.
Taking effect January 1, 2016, the law requires anyone making those transactions to provide:
- The name of their insurance company.
- Their insurance policy number.
- The expiration date of the policy.
Drivers will need to provide the information regardless if they decide to apply online, in person, or through the mail.
Previously, car owners could simply tell state employees that he or she had current car or motorcycle insurance. The new law was established after a Motor Vehicle Task Force created in 2014 recommended that the state should seek ways to reduce the number of residents driving without insurance.
A report created by the task force this year estimated that 10.8% of Minnesota drivers were uninsured.