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Car insurance for 17-year-olds

Updated Mar 08, 2023
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Seventeen-year-old drivers may have a year of driving experience, but are still fairly inexperienced behind the wheel. As such, their premiums may be lower than when they were first licensed, but their average car insurance costs are still quite a bit higher than average. Bankrate can show you why 17-year-olds pay higher rates, how rates vary by location and insurance company, and how you can find a lower premium.

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How much is car insurance for a 17-year-old?

The average cost of car insurance with two adult drivers, one 17-year-old and one vehicle is $4,102 per year for full coverage. Before adding the teen, the average full coverage premium for a married couple with one vehicle was $1,898 per year, which means the 17-year-old driver caused a 116 percent increase in premium, which is nearly $184 more per month in car insurance costs.

Even the best car insurance companies view teens as a higher risk due to their inexperience and charge higher premiums. According to the Centers for Disease Control, teen drivers between 16 years old and 19 years old are at a greater risk of car accidents than any other age group. Since there is a greater likelihood that teen drivers will cause accidents, insurance carriers charge more to cover them.

Average car insurance costs for 17-year-olds

Understanding the average cost to add a 17-year-old to your policy might help you better prepare your finances for when your teen starts driving. The table below illustrates the average annual full coverage premium for 17-year-olds compared to the average premium for their parents before adding a teen driver:

Average annual full coverage premium Average annual minimum coverage premium
17-year-old* $4,102 $1,362
Average rate** $1,898 $595
Average premium increase $2,204 $767

*Rate reflects the total average annual premium for a 17-year-old driver added to their married parents’ policy

**Average rate reflects the average premium for a married male and female couple with one vehicle.

These rates are for good drivers with a clean motor vehicle record (MVR) and do not reflect if a driver has at-fault accidents or traffic violations. Drivers with incidents like these on their MVR will usually have a higher car insurance rate. Additionally, other individual rating factors impact your car insurance premium, like the make and model of your vehicle, number of miles driven annually and auto claim history.

Average car insurance cost for 17-year-olds by state

Each state has its own laws surrounding insurance coverage, causing rates to vary depending on your location. Every geographic area of the country also has its own statistics pertaining to the volume and severity of car accidents, the cost of car repairs and the likelihood of weather-related damage.

The table below illustrates the average annual full coverage car insurance premium for 17-year-olds by state. In most states, your premium will also likely vary by the city and even the specific ZIP code you live in; some cities are more expensive for parents of teen drivers. Michigan bans the use of ZIP codes as a rating factor, and the use of ZIP codes in insurance rates is limited in California.

State Average annual full coverage premium Average monthly full coverage premium
Alabama $3,753 $313
Alaska $3,790 $316
Arizona $3,940 $328
Arkansas $3,749 $312
California $5,001 $417
Colorado $4,491 $374
Connecticut $3,008 $251
Delaware $3,972 $331
Florida $6,405 $534
Georgia $4,192 $349
Hawaii* $1,332 $111
Idaho $2,124 $177
Illinois $3,782 $315
Indiana $2,547 $212
Iowa $2,343 $195
Kansas $3,545 $295
Kentucky $4,385 $365
Louisiana $6,044 $504
Maine $1,983 $165
Maryland $4,076 $340
Massachusetts* $2,838 $236
Michigan $5,937 $495
Minnesota $3,236 $270
Mississippi $3,268 $272
Missouri $3,832 $319
Montana $3,491 $291
Nebraska $2,779 $232
Nevada $5,753 $479
New Hampshire $2,528 $211
New Jersey $3,461 $288
New Mexico $2,971 $248
New York $6,336 $528
North Carolina $2,543 $212
North Dakota $2,310 $192
Ohio $2,483 $207
Oklahoma $3,845 $320
Oregon $2,758 $230
Pennsylvania $4,444 $370
Rhode Island $3,922 $327
South Carolina $2,945 $245
South Dakota $2,591 $216
Tennessee $3,048 $254
Texas $4,098 $341
Utah $3,361 $280
Vermont $2,602 $217
Virginia $2,991 $249
Washington $3,088 $257
Washington, D.C. $3,920 $327
West Virginia $3,114 $260
Wisconsin $2,658 $222
Wyoming $3,070 $256

*Hawaii and Massachusetts do not allow insurers to factor age or gender into rates.

Best car insurance companies for 17-year-olds

Choosing a company with coverage and discount options tailored to the needs of 17-year-old drivers can be important. We chose these companies based on a review of their average rates, coverage offerings, discounts and third-party scores.

Based on our research, the following companies might be worth your consideration as you search for the best car insurance for 17-year-olds:

Car insurance company Average annual full coverage premium
Allstate $4,267
Amica $3,385
Erie $2,700
Nationwide $2,217
State Farm $2,874


Allstate’s average premium for 17-year-olds might be the highest on our list and higher than the national average for 17-year-olds, but the company has a lot to offer. The Drivewise program might help your teen learn safe driving habits and allow you to monitor their driving patterns, all while saving you money. Students with good academic standing could also earn a discount. Perhaps the most alluring feature of all is the teenSMART safety program. This program is specifically geared toward teen drivers and addresses the driving behaviors that account for the overwhelming majority of teen crashes. The program has a participation fee, but Allstate customers get a discounted rate.

Learn more: Allstate Insurance review


While Amica’s average 17-year-old rate isn’t the cheapest on our list, it is cheaper than the national average. Amica could be a good choice for parents of young drivers because it offers discounts for families, such as its legacy discount and good student discount. Amica also offers discounts for safety features installed in their vehicles, like forward-collision warning and electronic stability control. For policyholders who qualify, these discounts could add up to even more savings.

Learn more: Amica Insurance review


Erie provides competitive rates for teen drivers and plenty of coverage types and discounts tailored for this age group. For example, the carrier’s roadside and rentals bundle might give you peace of mind that your 17-year-old driver would be taken care of during a roadside emergency. Additionally, with Erie’s Rate Lock feature, policyholders lock in their rates, only experiencing a change if they make certain adjustments to their policy, like changing their address or adding a vehicle. Erie also offers a discount to unmarried drivers under 21 who live with their parents in all states where it offers auto coverage (except North Carolina). Erie is only available in 12 states and Washington, D.C., so it may not be an option for drivers in many parts of the country. However, the company carries an A+ (Superior) financial strength rating from AM Best.

Learn more: Erie Insurance review


Aside from its affordable rates — the lowest on our list — Nationwide is one of the best insurance companies for 17-year-old drivers for its coverage options and available discounts. Nationwide offers special auto coverage options such as accident forgiveness, which helps you avoid rate increases following your first at-fault accident. Additionally, full-time high school and college students between the ages of 16 and 24 who maintain at least a B grade average are eligible for a discount on their premium. Nationwide does have a lower-than-average claims satisfaction score from J.D. Power, though, which means that current customers may be less than satisfied with the carrier’s claims process.

Learn more: Nationwide Insurance review

State Farm

For teens whose parents like to keep all their policies in one place, State Farm might be a good option. The company offers a wide range of insurance and financial products, sold and managed by an exclusive network of more than 19,000 local agents. Teens might be able to save money with State Farm by being good students, taking a driver education course and participating in the company’s Steer Clear safe driving program that tracks the driving habits of young drivers. One downside is that the carrier has a higher-than-average overall complaint index rating from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), which indicates that NAIC receives more policyholder complaints about State Farm than average.

Learn more: State Farm Insurance review

Cheapest car insurance for 17-year-olds

Because car insurance can be expensive for 17-year-old drivers, finding a cheap car insurance company can be important too. Bankrate analyzed average premium data for the largest insurance companies by market share in the U.S. to find the cheapest companies for teen drivers. Because the price isn’t the only important factor, we also researched these carriers’ coverage offerings and discounts to ensure they were well suited to teen drivers. Although average rates for teens are still higher than for other age groups, choosing a company with cheap average rates can go a long way toward keeping your costs down.

Car insurance company Average annual full coverage premium Average annual minimum coverage premium
USAA $2,698 $795
Geico $2,753 $811
Auto Owners $2,705 $844
Nationwide $2,217 $898
Allstate $4,267 $935
Although the average rates offered by these companies are generally lower than the average premium for a 17-year-old driver, remember that the premium you will pay for your teenage driver will depend on several individual rating factors. The car they drive as well as the coverage types, limits and deductibles you choose will impact your premium. Additionally, 17-year-old drivers who demonstrate good driving habits will generally pay lower premiums; if your child has had a ticket or accident in their first year of driving, you’ll likely pay a higher amount for car insurance.

How to save on car insurance when insuring a 17-year-old

Although the price of insuring a teenage driver can be unnerving, there are numerous ways to save money. Most insurance companies offer car insurance discounts for students to help offset the premium increase you will likely experience after adding your 17-year-old driver.

Good student discounts

Most insurance providers offer discounts to students who can maintain good grades in school. Every auto insurance company has its qualifications, so check with your carrier to see if your 17-year-old qualifies. Some major companies that offer good student discounts include Allstate, Geico and Nationwide, to name a few.

Reduced mileage or mileage tracking discounts

Many insurance carriers offer reduced rates for drivers who drive under a certain number of miles per year. This can be an ideal solution to lower premiums for teens, who may only be driving to and from school. Your provider may also offer pay-per-mile telematics programs, which will track your teen’s mileage and adjust your premium based on the actual number of miles your teen has driven.

Safe driving discounts

One of the easiest ways to reduce your car insurance premium is by maintaining a good driving record. Many insurance carriers will apply a safe driving discount when drivers have avoided accidents and traffic violations for a certain number of years, which varies by carrier. Some carriers offer discounts for tracking your driving patterns via a mobile app or plug-in device in usage-based insurance programs.

How to get the best car insurance for a 17-year-old

Since teen drivers are viewed as a higher risk, they tend to be expensive to insure. However, by obtaining quotes from multiple companies, teaching your teen safe driving habits and taking advantage of available discounts, you may be able to find an insurance policy that works for you and your family.

Frequently asked questions


Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2023 rates for ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Rates are weighted based on the population density in each geographic region. Quoted rates are based on a 40-year-old male and female driver with a clean driving record, good credit and the following full coverage limits:

  • $100,000 bodily injury liability per person
  • $300,000 bodily injury liability per accident
  • $50,000 property damage liability per accident
  • $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per person
  • $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per accident
  • $500 collision deductible
  • $500 comprehensive deductible

To determine minimum coverage limits, Bankrate used minimum coverage that meets each state’s requirements. Our base profile drivers own a 2021 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually. 

These are sample rates and should only be used for comparative purposes. 

Age: Rates were calculated for a 17-year-old added to their married parents’ policy. Age is not a contributing rating factor in Hawaii and Massachusetts due to state regulations.

Bankrate Scores

Our 2023 Bankrate Score considers variables our insurance editorial team determined impacts policyholders’ experiences with an insurance company. These rating factors include a robust assessment of each company’s product availability, financial strength ratings, online capabilities and customer and claims support accessibility. Each factor was added to a category, and these categories were weighted in a tiered approach to analyze how companies perform in key customer-impacting categories. 

Like our previous Bankrate Scores, each category was assigned a metric to determine performance, and the weighted sum adds up to a company’s total Bankrate Score — out of 5 points. This year, our 2023 scoring model provides a more comprehensive view, indicating when companies excel across several key areas and better highlighting where they fall short.

  • Tier 1 (Cost & ratings): To determine how well auto and home insurance companies satisfy these priorities, 2023 quoted premiums from Quadrant Information Services (if available), as well as any of the latest third-party agency ratings from J.D. Power, AM Best and the NAIC, were analyzed.
  • Tier 2 (Coverage & savings): We assessed companies’ coverage options and availability to help policyholders find a provider that balances cost with coverage. Additionally, we evaluated each company’s discount options listed on its website.
  • Tier 3 (Support): To encompass the many ways an auto insurance company can support policyholders, we analyzed avenues of customer accessibility along with community support. This analysis incorporated additional financial strength ratings from S&P and Moody’s and factored a company’s corporate sustainability efforts.
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Cate Deventer
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Cate Deventer is a writer, editor and insurance professional with over a decade of experience in the insurance industry as a licensed insurance agent.
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