Documents You Should Keep In Your Car

Your car’s glovebox isn’t just a great spot to keep snacks or extra napkins, it’s also a handy spot to keep your important documents.

You never know when you might be pulled for a routine traffic stop or get into an accident with another driver, so it is important to keep the following documents in your wallet or glovebox.

Driver’s License

Your driver’s license is one of the most important documents in your wallet and your car. It is required by law around the world to have your license with you while operating a motor vehicle.

If you are caught driving without your license, your car could be impounded for 30 days, your license could be suspended, and you could be charged up to $2,000 in fines. Your driving rating will be impacted as well, increasing your insurance premiums.

Proof of Registration

Whether you lease or own your vehicle, you need to register it with the State of Illinois before you take it on the road. This happens at the same time you purchase your vehicle.

Car Insurance

Every vehicle on the road has to be insured in Illinois, this protects you and the other driver from liability if you ever get into a fender bender.

When you insure your car, you will receive an auto insurance card that will show your effective and expiration date. If you keep this card in your glovebox you will have it at arms length if you were to get into an accident.

Other Useful Things To Keep In Your Car

Vehicle Manual

Your car manual is a great resource for diagnosing issues with your car, so it’s a good idea to keep it close at hand. You’ll be happy if your car breaks down in an area with no cell reception.

Pen & Paper

These items will come in handy in all kinds of situations – providing entertainment for the kids on a long road trip to jotting down the name, phone number and insurance details of another driver after an accident.


Documents To Keep At Home

Sale Documents

You don’t need to keep your bill of sale or transfer of ownership paperwork in your car. These should be kept in a safe place. If you ever want to sell your car, you will need to provide the owner with these documents. Make duplicates and store them separately.

Maintenance Records

You don’t need to keep your maintenance records in your car, just for the sake of keeping your vehicle clean. Maintenance records can help you predict when it is time for a tune up or an oil change.


Give R.C. Keller & Company A Call

Don’t get caught driving without the necessary documents and keep the vital ownership information away from the car.

Get in touch with R.C. Keller & Company for your auto insurance needs. We have been helping the residents of Schaumburg and surrounding areas since 1910. Not only will we protect your car, but we will help protect your home and business too.

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