The first time you get caught driving without valid insurance in Texas, you will probably get off pretty lightly, at least compared with other states. That is, of course, if you consider the following getting off lightly. First-time offenders will, by law, be cited and fined between $175 and $350. Additionally, a surcharge of $250 will be added to your annual driver’s license fee for each of the next three years. Added up, getting caught driving without insurance in Texas the first time will end up costing you between $925 and $1100.
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We acquired quotes from over 103 companies in 200 cities across the U.S. for a sample 17-year-old male driver who drives a 2011 Toyota Camry. We specified that he previously did not have insurance and was opting for full coverage (see limits below). We included the top 15 cheapest companies that were also available in at least 15 cities nationwide. For adding onto a parent's policy, we assumed the parent was a 45-year-old male, married, with no previous accidents or incidents in his driving record.
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The numbers go up quickly for subsequent convictions. If you are caught driving without insurance for an additional time, you will be fined between $350 and $1000. And you will still have to pay that additional $250 surcharge on your license for at least three years. There’s more. Repeat offenders also risk having their license revoked and their vehicle impounded. If that happens, you will face a long hard (and expensive) battle to get your license reinstated and your car back.