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New York Insurance Lapse Attorney

Fighting to Protect Clients’ Driving Privileges for 30+ Years

The NY DMV takes insurance lapses seriously because driving without liability insurance can be costly for both you and other drivers should you get into a car accident. It also gives your insurance company and the DMV an impression that you’re risky on the road and pose a threat to public safety.

Driving a registered vehicle without liability insurance, also called an insurance lapse, is illegal in New York. An insurance lapse can occur between the date your insurance is canceled and the date:

  • your new insurance begins
  • you surrender your vehicle plates
  • your registration expires
  • other proof of insurance is valid
  • your insurance company reinstates your insurance coverage

An insurance lapse can also occur during the time between your vehicle registration and the beginning of your insurance coverage. If you can’t prove that you can take financial responsibility for the damages that you may cause from negligent or reckless driving, then you can’t get behind the wheel. If you do drive on an insurance lapse in New York, you could face serious penalties.

If you’re facing accusations for driving with an insurance lapse, or without liability coverage, you need to protect your driving privileges at all costs and contact (212) 235-1525 to retain legal representation.

How to Best Avoid an Insurance Lapse

The DMV can impose harsh penalties if it is discovered that you were driving without insurance. To best prevent suffering the loss of your license and other serious punishments, the New York State DMV recommends you comply with the following tips:

  • ensure your address for your vehicle registration and driver license is updated in the DMV system
  • have liability coverage from a company licensed by the NYS Department of Financial Services and authorized by the NYS DMV (out-of-state coverage is never acceptable on any vehicle registered in New York)
  • have your insurance company report any changes to the DMV immediately
  • maintain vehicle insurance coverage for as long as it is registered in New York
  • respond to DMV Insurance Letters and Orders immediately
  • surrender your vehicle registration and license plates to the DMV before your coverage ends

NY Penalties for Driving with Lapsed Insurance

A common misconception is that drivers won’t get caught for operating a registered vehicle in New York without insurance liability coverage unless they get pulled over or into a car accident. That is simply untrue.

Your insurance company must notify the DMV every time you obtain motor vehicle insurance liability coverage, your coverage has ended, you have changed your insurance company and you registered a replacement vehicle. If it doesn’t electronically alert the DMV properly, your vehicle registration and license could get suspended. In other words, the DMV will learn about your insurance lapse regardless of whether or not you get pulled over or into a collision.

Other punishments you could face for driving with an insurance lapse include:

  • Revoked driver license and vehicle registration for at least 1 year
  • Suspended vehicle registration
  • Traffic court fine of up to $1,500
  • Civil penalty fine of $750 to retrieve your license after revocation
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • If the insurance lapse is 90 days or less and your vehicle registration hasn’t been suspended in the past 36 months, you may opt for a civil penalty:
    • 1-30 days insurance lapse: $8 per day
    • 31-60 days insurance lapse: $10 per day
    • 61 to 90 days insurance lapse: $12 per day

Notified of an Insurance Lapse? We Can Help.

Our New York insurance lapse attorney at Martin A. Kron & Associates, P.C is serious about helping you overcome your insurance lapse accusations because we know how crucial your driving privileges are. Without a car, you may suffer serious inconveniences and problems such as losing your job, missing appointments and meetings, being unable to support your children’s needs and many more.

This nightmare can best be prevented when you equip yourself with legal protection. With over 30 years of experience and counting, our New York insurance lapse lawyer knows exactly what it takes to handle your situation and deal with your insurance company and the NYS DMV properly. As a former NY traffic court judge, our attorney is the best choice for legal representation on your behalf.

When you work with us, we work tirelessly for you. Find out how our NY insurance lapse attorney can defend you by contacting usat (212) 235-1525 now.

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