Insurance Car Insurance Car Insurance Basics Penalties for Driving Without Insurance in Louisiana By Emily Delbridge Emily Delbridge Twitter Emily Delbridge is an authority on car insurance and loans who contributed to The Balance for nine years. Delbridge is a licensed Personal Lines Insurance Agent who has been in the insurance business since 2005. Since joining the industry, she has significantly contributed to the book of business for independent agency, Great Michigan Insurance. learn about our editorial policies Updated on March 12, 2022 Reviewed by Eric Estevez Reviewed by Eric Estevez Eric is a duly licensed Independent Insurance Broker licensed in Life, Health, Property, and Casualty insurance. He has worked more than 13 years in both public and private accounting jobs and more than four years licensed as an insurance producer. His background in tax accounting has served as a solid base supporting his current book of business. learn about our financial review board Fact checked by Aaron Johnson Fact checked by Aaron Johnson Aaron Johnson is a researcher and qualitative data/media analyst with over five years of experience obtaining, parsing, and communicating data to various audiences. He received a Master of Science in Social Anthropology from The University of Edinburgh, one of the top-20 universities in the world, where he focused on the study of emerging media. learn about our editorial policies Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: LukaTDB/E+/Getty Images Do you know the risks involved if you are caught driving without car insurance in Louisiana? The penalties might surprise you. Not providing proof of insurance promptly could lead to the loss of your vehicle and even more fines. Take a look at what you could face. Louisiana No Proof of Insurance Penalties Failure to abide by minimum car insurance laws in Louisiana could lead to fines, limited recovery of damages, or impoundment of your car. If you don't have insurance, you'll be fined between $500 and $1,000 for the first offense. Even neglecting to carry proof of insurance—meaning you forget your insurance card at home when you’re out driving on the road—can quickly cause you to have your car impounded and the license plates removed. After you are pulled over and fail to provide proof of car insurance, you have three days to provide proof of insurance to the motor vehicle office. If you fail to do so and/or are stopped again, the license plates will be destroyed, and you will have to pay hefty fees to re-register your car. Car Accident with No Car Insurance If you’re in an accident, and you don’t have car insurance, you’re going to be in severe financial trouble—whether or not you were at fault in the crash. If you fail to carry insurance and are in a collision with another person who does have proper coverage, Louisiana's "No Pay, No Play" law stops you from collecting the first $25,000 in property damage and $15,000 of personal injuries, even if the other person caused the accident. Despite the danger of driving without insurance in Louisiana, it's not hard to see why some drivers choose to take the risk. Louisiana has the highest car insurance rates in the country. According to a study of over 40 million insurance quotes in Insurify's database, in 2022, Louisiana residents can expect to pay an average of $2,712 annually for full coverage. This is over $1,000 more than the national average of $1,707. Note Car insurance prices may be so high in Louisiana due to the frequency of lawsuits, many uninsured or underinsured drivers, high volumes of traffic and accidents, or severe weather, among other reasons. For many people, it can be hard to make ends meet when mandatory expenses are so high. Unfortunately, even though monthly premiums can be difficult to afford, it is even more expensive if you're ever caught driving without the proper coverage—particularly if you get into a car accident. Lowering Car Insurance Costs To make auto insurance more affordable, shop around for the best rate. Ask friends and family to recommend an insurance agent to you. In addition to the fact that your friend will often end up getting a referral bonus, there are often enticing offers for those looking to sign on to a new insurance company. Note Insurance companies like to recruit customers and keep them happy. In some cases, you might be able to get a discount if you choose the same carrier that provides your home, rental, life, or health insurance policies. This is sometimes known as a "bundling" or "multi-policy" discount. It also helps if you keep your driving record as clean as possible. When you are accident- and ticket-free, your car insurance premiums will be much more affordable. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Louisiana State Legislature. "RS 32:865." Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. "Class D & E Driver’s Guide," Page 143. Louisiana Department of Insurance. "Consumer’s Guide to Auto Insurance," Page 9. Insurify. "Trends in Auto Insurance Costs and Coverage."