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By age 19, most drivers have at least a few years of road experience under their belt, which is reflected in the average cost of car insurance for this age group. 19-year-old drivers pay an average of $4,146 per year, over $1,100 less than 18-year-olds on their own full coverage policy, according to Bankrate’s 2021 study of quoted annual premiums.

Although rates generally trend downward the older young drivers get, finding the right auto insurance policy at an affordable price often takes some additional research. To help assist drivers in finding appropriate coverage, Bankrate compared quotes and policies from multiple providers to evaluate some of the best car insurance options for 19-year-old motorists.

How much is car insurance for a 19-year-old?

By utilizing Quadrant Information Services, our insurance editorial team gathered and compared quotes from dozens of auto insurers to help young drivers make an informed decision with their insurance. The average cost of full coverage car insurance for a 19-year-old is $4,146 a year, based on quoted annual premiums.

Due to a lack of a lengthy driving history, car insurance companies typically consider young drivers — including those under the age of 21 — risky to insure. A recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that drivers aged 16- to 19-years-old had the highest rate of fatal single vehicle car accidents compared to any other age group. Additionally, 19-year-olds were responsible for 682 fatal car accidents in total in 2019, the highest number of any other driver age group under 21.

The average cost of car insurance for 19-year-old male drivers is slightly higher than the average cost for 19-year-old female drivers. Historically, both age and gender tend to be strong indicators of driver risk in most states.

Average cost of car insurance for men and women

Why does car insurance typically cost more for 19-year-old males than 19-year-old females on average? Each car insurance company has underwriters who determine the cost of car insurance based on several factors set by the insurance firm, including the driver’s stated gender. Based on the fact that men are statistically riskier drivers than women, according to actuarial data, insurance companies often factor gender into rates. Hawaii and Massachusetts do not use age, and join California, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina and Pennsylvania in banning the use of gender in insurance rates.

The table below compares the average costs of minimum and full coverage car insurance for 19-year-old males and females.

Average annual full coverage premium Average annual minimum coverage premium
19-year-old male $4,487 $1,332
19-year-old female $3,807 $1,176

*Rates reflect 19-year-old drivers who rent and are on their own policy.

Best car insurance companies for 19-year-olds

There are many options for 19-year-old drivers seeking auto insurance coverage. To make the insurance landscape clearer, we leveraged 2021 average premium data and considered standout coverage options from each insurer to highlight some of the best car insurance companies for consideration.

Insurance company Average annual full coverage premium Average annual minimum coverage premium
Auto-Owners $3,004 $900
Erie $2,601 $776
Geico $3,008 $804
Travelers $3,666 $1,205
USAA $2,637 $777


For drivers who prefer one-to-one communication with their insurer, Auto-Owners may prove to be a great option. To get a quote, Auto-Owners employs 48,000 independent licensed agents to personally guide you through the insurance buying experience. In addition to the expertise its agents offer, policies through Auto-Owners have useful optional add-ons for 19-year-olds, such as diminished value coverage, which ensures your claim payout accounts for the expense to repair your car to its original value, prior to damage. If managing your car insurance through your phone is a priority, Auto-Owners may not be the best fit, as it doesn’t have a way to file claims on mobile.

Learn more: Auto-Owners Insurance review


As the cheapest provider on average, of our list available to all drivers in its covered states, Erie stands out for offering cheap car insurance and robust policies. Unlike most providers, Erie includes several “extras” on its standard policies, such as pet coverage and locksmith services. To help keep your auto policy affordable, you can add the rate lock endorsement to maintain your premium and take advantage of relevant discounts. The company offers the youthful driver discount for drivers under age 21, but drivers must be unmarried and still live with their parents to qualify.

Learn more: Erie Insurance review


On average, Geico is not as cheap as Erie for 19-year-old drivers, but it offers a long list of discounts that many drivers should be able to lower the average annual premium by a good margin. In addition to having coverage from a nationally trusted company, policyholders have access to Geico’s top-rated mobile app. With it, you can conveniently view your ID cards, make a payment, file a claim, request roadside assistance and check the status of your claim.

Learn more: Geico Insurance review


While Travelers insurance policies are more expensive on average than other providers on our list, there are multiple discounts 19-year-old drivers could apply to reduce their premiums. Through young-driver specific discounts, like good student, distant student and driver training, and more general options, like the early quote discount, you are likely to find at least a few ways to save on coverage. By utilizing every discount that applies to you, it is possible that you could achieve a premium that competes or even surpasses other low-cost auto insurance providers.

Learn more: Travelers Insurance review


USAA is a unique insurance provider because it only provides coverage to current and retired military, as well as their eligible immediate family members. However, even though it has membership requirements, it consistently earns high J.D. Power customer satisfaction scores from its covered drivers and exhibits superior financial strength according to AM Best. If you are 19 and you qualify, getting a quote from USAA could provide you dedicated coverage and savings opportunities like its SafePilot program, which offers up to a 30% discount for safe driving behaviors.

Learn more: USAA Insurance review

Cheapest car insurance for 19-year-olds

Because price is often a top consideration when choosing coverage — especially for younger drivers who tend to pay more for car insurance — many 19-year-olds may be looking for the cheapest auto insurance available. We compared rates from providers across the country and found five that stand out in offering the cheapest car insurance out of providers available in most of the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

19-year-old drivers could save significantly by purchasing a policy through the following providers. American National offers the cheapest policy on average on our list, at $2,702 less than the average cost of full coverage car insurance for 19-year-old drivers, nationally.

Insurance company Average annual full coverage premium Average annual minimum coverage premium
American National $1,444 $488
USAA $2,637 $777
Geico $3,008 $804
State Farm $3,247 $1,152
Amica* $3,656 $865

*Amica insurance is not available in Hawaii

How to save on car insurance for 19-year-olds

There are a variety of ways a 19-year-old can save money on their policy. One of the most common ways involves taking advantage of discounts, but there are a few other strategies to consider.

Drive an older car

New cars typically cost more to replace. By driving an older car, it is likely that your insurance company will not charge as much to insure the vehicle. However, it may be worth considering how insuring an older vehicle may affect other costs, such as those associated with a higher likelihood of mechanical breakdown.

Drive a safer car

Because insurance companies set rates based on risk factor, cars with added safety elements tend to cost less to insure. A car with a favorable crash rating, for example, would likely earn you a better premium due to you and your passengers being less likely to suffer severe injuries in an accident.

Opt for a high deductible

If you opt for a high deductible, you will pay less each month for insurance. However, the tradeoff is having a higher out-of-pocket payment if you get into an accident. Insurance agents often recommend consulting your budget to ensure you choose a deductible that you can comfortably afford.

Usage-based car insurance

If you are a full-time student, a usage-based car insurance policy may be worth considering. Many 19-year-olds attending college live on or near campus and walk to class or take public transit. If you only drive a few dozen miles each week, usage-based programs may help you reduce your premiums significantly.

With a usage-based policy, the amount of money you pay each month depends on:

  • How far you drive
  • How long you drive
  • The type of car you drive
  • How fast you drive
  • How well you drive

Not every provider offers usage-based car insurance so may need to do a little research before you choose. In addition to costs, consider online reviews, such as those by AM Best and J.D. Power.

Take advantage of discounts

There are a variety of discounts 19-year-old drivers can usually take advantage of, some of which include:

  • Good student
  • Defensive driving course
  • Accident-free
  • Auto-pay
  • Paperless
  • Paid in full

Each company offers different discounts and has different requirements for each. Before you sign up with any provider, ask which discounts you are able to apply for and how much each one would affect your monthly rate.

Apply the good student discount

Most insurance companies have a good student discount. A good student discount is generally available to young drivers who earn and maintain a minimum GPA in school. For 19-year-old drivers insured on their parent’s policy, a good student discount reduces the added average cost of full coverage car insurance from $1,528 per year to $1,247 per year, according to data provided by Quadrant.

Apply the distant student discount

Many insurance companies also offer a distant student discount for young drivers who are away at college without their insured vehicle. Most insurance companies allow you to apply the distant student discount if your student is attending college more than 100 miles away from home.

How to get the best car insurance for a 19-year-old

To get the best car insurance for a 19-year-old, it helps to take time researching and shopping around because each insurance company uses different rating criteria to determine the cost of car insurance for drivers.

Consider starting with basics in understanding your state requirements, researching the best insurance companies in your ZIP code and checking that there are applicable discounts like good student or driving training to help save costs. If you’re tempted to purchase only minimum coverage car insurance to save costs, you may want to consider long-term cost impacts. Most car insurance experts recommend purchasing higher liability limits or even full coverage car insurance — even though it can be more expensive upfront — for more financial protection in the event of an accident.

Frequently asked questions

What is the cheapest car insurance for 19-year-olds?

American National and USAA offer two of the cheapest average premiums for 19-year-olds. Both insurers offer coverage nationwide, although USAA coverage is limited to active and retired military personnel, as well as their eligible immediate family members. However, there are several options for cheap car insurance. Comparing quotes from multiple companies is a good way to find which insurers offer the best premium for your driver profile.

Do men pay more for car insurance than women when they are 19?

19-year-old male drivers typically pay more for car insurance than female drivers of the same age. This is because males are statistically more likely to speed and get into accidents. As male drivers get older, what they pay for insurance gradually aligns more consistently with what female drivers pay.

When should I get off my parent’s car insurance policy?

With car insurance, you typically have the option to remain on your parent’s policy as long as you remain a listed driver living within the same primary residence. However, once you move into your own residence or purchase your own car, you may be required to purchase a separate car insurance policy. Purchasing your own auto policy as a 19-year-old may be more expensive due to your age, but other factors, like the type of vehicle you own and annual mileage may also affect your premium. The ZIP code of your new address may also affect your car insurance rates, but this is not used as a rating factor in some states.

What characteristics impact my car insurance rates?

Your car insurance premium depends on several factors. Most car insurance companies analyze your vehicle make and model, driving history, claims history and ZIP code, among other factors, to determine your premium. However, some states ban the use of rating factors like ZIP code, age, gender and credit score, so depending on where you live, these may not impact the cost of your car insurance.


Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2021 rates for all ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. 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 2019 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 based on 19-year-old drivers on their own policy (renters). Age is not a contributing rating factor in Hawaii and Massachusetts due to state regulations.

Gender: The following states do not use gender as a determining factor in calculating premiums: California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania.

Written by
June Sham
Insurance Writer
June Sham is an insurance writer for Bankrate. Before joining the team, she worked for nearly three years as a licensed producer writing auto, property, umbrella and earthquake policies.
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