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#498030 - 07/14/09 07:57 PM Re: Canadian insurance card? [Re: Nice n Easy Rider]  
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Farmers apparently still issues them. You get them from your agent. Our agent had no blanks, but ordered some. We should have them next week.


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#498031 - 07/14/09 08:03 PM Re: Canadian insurance card? [Re: Twisties]  
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Same with State Farm. I talked directly to our guy this morning. He knew just what I wanted. Said he'd type it up and mail it out.


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#498032 - 07/14/09 08:06 PM Re: Canadian insurance card? [Re: 3Putt]  
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Maybe I can carry the email from Allstate Corporate and use that as my excuse if I get nailed. grin


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#498050 - 07/14/09 09:45 PM Re: Canadian insurance card? [Re: Nice n Easy Rider]  
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I am not an expert on this but as I understand it, the Canadian Insurance Card does more then show that you have insurance. Apparently the minimums are higher in Canada then in many states and the card is to show that they will cover the Canadian minimum. It is also my understanding that being in an accident without such additional coverage is/can be a criminal offense. YMMV.

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#498054 - 07/14/09 09:56 PM Re: Canadian insurance card? [Re: RoanokeRider]  
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Originally Posted By: RoanokeRider
I am not an expert on this but as I understand it, the Canadian Insurance Card does more then show that you have insurance. Apparently the minimums are higher in Canada then in many states and the card is to show that they will cover the Canadian minimum. It is also my understanding that being in an accident without such additional coverage is/can be a criminal offense. YMMV.

Since I can't seem to get Allstate to issue me a Canadian Insurance card (they insist it isn't necessary) I guess the only thing I can do is carry a copy of my policy showing my coverage (which I'm sure is more than they require). Since I'm not sure whether I'll be crossing the border or not anyway, it is just a minor PITA. And I'm getting so excited about this trip it won't even be a blip on my excitability meter. clap


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#498066 - 07/14/09 10:25 PM Re: Canadian insurance card? [Re: RoanokeRider]  
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I am a dual citizen who travels very frequently between both countries and this question has come up. I asked, the RCMP here in Alberta, about a special insurance card and they said that nothing special was required. Bring your regular insurance card as most (all that I know of) companies cover you in Canada.

#498125 - 07/15/09 01:43 AM Re: Canadian insurance card? [Re: Canadian Rockies Rider]  
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Re pepper spray: it is illegal in Canada (unless you're a cop). However bear spray is legal. If you have it, just say you have bear spray and are going to an area that has plenty of bears.


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#498353 - 07/15/09 08:05 PM Re: Canadian insurance card? [Re: Canadian Rockies Rider]  
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My insurance company also has several offices in Canada and we are covered in both USA and Canada. We are good to go!!


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#499917 - 07/20/09 08:20 PM Re: Canadian insurance card? and other stuff [Re: JustJean]  
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The official Canada travel website says:

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Make sure you bring along proof of insurance by asking your insurance company for a free "Non-resident Inter-Provincial Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card" before you leave, or carry the policy itself.


If you choose to carry just the policy, you should probably read it to make sure that it actually covers you in Canada, and you should carry a copy of your declarations page to show that the vehicle is the one covered by the policy. Easier just to carry the card.

Other tips for visiting Canada - remember that the new passport policy is in effect so U.S. citizens need a passport or passport card.

No handguns.

And check with your cell phone carrier. Some cell phones may require that a feature like "international roaming" be activated on your account (it should be free), some may not. Some cell phone carriers don't work in Canada (prepaids like Tracfone and PagePlus).


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#499931 - 07/20/09 08:50 PM Re: Canadian insurance card? [Re: Nice n Easy Rider]  
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Originally Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Since I can't seem to get Allstate to issue me a Canadian Insurance card (they insist it isn't necessary) I guess the only thing I can do is carry a copy of my policy showing my coverage (which I'm sure is more than they require). Since I'm not sure whether I'll be crossing the border or not anyway, it is just a minor PITA. And I'm getting so excited about this trip it won't even be a blip on my excitability meter. clap


Yep, just verified with my Allstate agent that there is nothing necessary beyond carrying your policy card with you.


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