How can I insure my car if it's not registered, or what steps should I take to register my car so I can get insurance?

In most states, there is no legal requirement for car insurance and registration to be under the same name.

You can co-title the car and add yourself as an owner to insure a car that's not registered in your name.

Non-owner liability insurance can cover you while driving a car that's not yours, but it may not provide comprehensive coverage.

Insurance companies may require the car's registered owner to be the policyholder or primary driver, even if you're not the owner.

Some states allow you to get special status for a vehicle if it's not going to be driven, but most states require all motor vehicles to be registered.

If you let your car registration expire, your vehicle will be illegal, and you might also lose your car insurance.

In some states, you can get car insurance for a car you don't own, but it's not guaranteed and depends on the insurance company's underwriting guidelines.

The main issue with insuring a car you don't own is "insurable interest" in the vehicle.

Unless your car is re-registered, you cannot get it insured.

If you do not plan to keep registration or insurance on a vehicle, you must surrender the license plates to avoid penalties.

In some states, if you fail to maintain insurance, your driver's license and vehicle plate will be suspended, and you'll be subject to a reinstatement fee and penalty.

Even if the vehicle's registration expires, it will still be covered through the insurance policy, as long as you pay your premiums on time and in full.

Car insurance cancellation laws vary by state, with some states providing more protections for policyholders than others.

If you're insuring a car you don't own, you might be able to buy a car insurance policy, but it comes with risks, such as complicating the filing of claims and registering the car.

Proof of insurance is required in various situations, such as registering a new vehicle, renewing your license, or getting pulled over, and can be provided in various formats, including digital documents or insurance cards.