Is hiding the fact that the primary driver of a vehicle doesn’t have a valid license considered fraud when applying for car insurance?

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Is hiding the fact that the primary driver of a vehicle doesn’t have a valid license considered fraud when applying for car insurance?

I have a 2nd vehicle that is in my name, but I bought it for my girlfriend who
turns out doesn’t have a valid driver’s license. I bought insurance for the vehicle
and didn’t disclose this fact because I didn’t know. Now that I know, is it
considered insurance fraud to continue with the insurance knowing that the
primary driver doesn’t have a license?

Asked on April 14, 2019 under Insurance Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it would be insurance fraud, since you would have now failed to disclose a material or important fact of which you were aware. It was not fraud when you first took out the insurance, since you did not know then; but now that you do know, you must disclose it or will be committing fraud. (And also, if she does not have a license, if she tries to put in a claim, etc. the insurer can deny coverage, since she cannot legally drive--so not disclosing it does not mean she will be covered). You need to get the car back from her, stop her from driving your car, and have her taken off or excluded from the policy.


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