Arizona Car Insurance Laws, Rates, and Minimums
Drivers are required by law to buy auto insurance in Arizona, and they have about 19 major car insurance companies to choose from. If you're shopping for a policy, it's important to understand that no two insurers will give you the exact same price on coverage. You're going to have to compare multiple quotes from different providers to get the cheapest rates available. Luckily for you, OnlineAutoInsurance.com can help you do that quickly and efficiently. Just enter your ZIP code and hit "GO" in the form below to start getting Arizona auto insurance quotes.
If you want to learn about Arizona's coverage laws, minimum coverage requirements, and how your rate is determined, keep reading.
Mandatory Arizona car insurance law
Required minimum coverage
Arizona drivers are required to carry only a basic liability policy. Liability coverage won't pay for the medical bills of the driver who crashed your car, and it won't pay to have your car fixed. Instead, it pays for other people's medical and repair bills after an accident caused by the driver of your car. If you don't have insurance to pay for those bills, you could be held personally responsible for them and have to pay them yourself.
Minimum Arizona car insurance policies must provide $30,000 worth of coverage for all injuries caused by an insured driver in a single accident. They also must provide $10,000 worth of coverage for all property damages caused by the insured driver.
AZ car insurance requirements
|Coverage type||Minimum amount|
|Bodily injury liability||$15,000 for each person per accident|
|Bodily injury liability||$30,000 total per accident|
Penalties for driving uninsured
Arizona insurance law says that residents who are on the road without at least the minimum liability coverage are subject to the following penalties:
|Violation||License & registration suspension period||Minimum fine|
Proving you have coverage electronically
As of August 2012, Arizona drivers can prove to police or government officials that they have coverage in place by showing them an electronic proof of insurance card on a device such as a smartphone or a tablet. Previously, drivers were required to show a hard-copy proof of insurance card. The law was passed unanimously by Arizona legislators.
To get an electronic copy of your proof of insurance, talk to your insurer. Some have apps devoted specifically to this purpose.
Policy cancellations and non-renewals
According to the Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI), state law says that after securing coverage through a company, “There is a 60-day period during which automobile insurance may be canceled by the new insurer for any reason except the location of residence, age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry of anyone who is insured.” This 60-day period is known as the "discovery period."
Unless it's within the initial discovery period, Arizona insurers can only cancel or non renew your policy for a handful of reasons. Points 5 and 6 of the ADOI’s “Consumer Awareness Points” explain these reasons.
You can read about when an auto insurer can non-renew your Arizona policy because of accidents here.
Arizona insurance companies
There are more than 280 insurance companies providing auto coverage to Arizona drivers, according to the latest report from state regulators, which refers to the market as “highly competitive.” Those 280-plus insurers together collected $3.28 billion worth of premiums in the state in 2011 alone.
Only 19 insurers had a market share greater than 1% in 2011.
Company complaint information
To see how frequently policyholders complain about a particular Arizona insurance company, you can view state regulators’ latest edition of Premium Comparison and Complaint Ratios for Automobile Insurance.
Safeway had the best customer-service track record of all major Arizona insurers in the latest copy of the complaint report. According to the report, Safeway insured more than 245,000 vehicles in 2012 and received only 10 total complaints.
The reports contain data about complaints made to regulators - not complaints made to the insurers.
To use the document yourself, find the company name on the left-hand side of the green-and-white table. Then look at the complaint ratio (CR) listed in the far-right column. A low CR means policyholders were less likely to file a complaint against their insurer; in other words, more customers were content with their coverage. A high CR means they were more likely to file a complaint.
It’s best to look at the CR rather than the total number of complaints. That’s because the CR weighs the number of complaints by the size of the insurance company.
The average policy premium in Arizona in 2011 was $1,101, according to state regulators, up from $1,081 in 2010.
Comparison of shopping
Don't believe it's worth your time to shop around and compare quotes from multiple companies? Read what the ADOI has to say about it, and you might think twice: “The only way that you can make certain that you are not paying too much for your auto insurance is to shop around. Prices for the same coverages may cost two or three times as much with one company as another.”
Your credit can affect your rates
In Arizona, car insurers can take your credit history into account when determining both whether to issue coverage to you and how much to charge you for coverage. According to state regulators, some insurers have statistical information that establishes a correlation between certain types of credit histories and those drivers' likelihood of filing a claim. As a result, some of those companies incorporate credit standing into their pricing formulas. Generally, the better your credit, the lower your rates.
Arizona law stops insurers from charging you higher rates simply because you do not have a well-established credit history.
Sample rate comparisons
You can comparison shop by getting personalized quotes through our quote form located toward the top of this page. It will give you quotes based on your specific driver profile from multiple companies.
If you want to get a broader understanding of how prices fluctuate by company, location, and driver, you can check out the sample rate comparison chart in state regulators’ latest edition of Premium Comparison and Complaint Ratios for Automobile Insurance.
For a more personalized comparison, however, you should use our quote form.
“In most cases, your Arizona policy limits will be interpreted to provide at least the minimum limits required by the laws of the state in which you are operating your vehicle,” according to the ADOI. “You should review your policy to make certain this is the case.”