How does an SUV get its license plate?
The U.S. Department of Motor Vehicles says it will require a vehicle’s identity documents to be made public.
The department says vehicles must be registered in a specific state.
The Department of Transportation says it’s part of an effort to help consumers learn about the insurance they need.
It said this is a first step toward giving consumers a clearer picture of their options and what options are available.
“Insurance is a critical component of our economy and our safety, and we are making it available for consumers to learn more about what the industry is offering,” said Dwayne Smith, a department spokesman.
“It’s part and parcel of making our nation’s roads and highways safer and more accessible to everyone.”
The new rule requires all insurance on a vehicle to be issued by a single entity.
Insurance companies can charge different rates depending on where the insurance is sold.
It will be up to the states to decide what to do with the information.
“The new regulation is an important first step to provide consumers with information on how their personal vehicle is covered,” said Jennifer Dolan, a spokeswoman for the American Automobile Association.
“This will help make it easier for consumers who are seeking to purchase or renew insurance on their own to make an informed decision about what to choose.”
The rule was expected after the U.N. released a report saying there is no insurance company in the world that has the ability to identify a car that has been hit by an automobile, despite the fact that the collision might have been caused by an accident.