How does an Insurance Binder work in Coppell, TX?

In order to answer the question, "How does an insurance binder work in Coppell, Texas?" we need to explain exactly what insurance binder is for those who do not know.

A temporary proof of insurance is a binder that covers the insured until the formal policy is issued. This binder is supposed to be as good as the insurance policy that one will receive in the mail or is picked up at the insurance agent’s office.

In order for this insurance binder to be legal it must carry the insured’s name and what it is for such as home, automobile, business and so forth. It must also have the coverage amounts in dollars, and who the company is that is issuing the insurance. It must have a start date of coverage, and if there is a lien holder on the insured property.

When anyone buys a policy from an independent agent and the insured makes their first payment they are legally covered at that moment and the company can bind the policy for you, or cover you immediately and the proof is a temporary piece of paper with the above mentioned information. Not all independent agents have the ability to bind an insured, so coverage would take effect by 12:01 a.m. the next day.

An insurance binder is readily needed when one purchases another new or used vehicle in order to make it legal to drive on the road immediately. Otherwise, it would take a little under two weeks to receive the permanent insurance policy.

As far as the State of Texas and the city of Coppell is concerned, some independent agent in Coppell will issue binders, as proof of insurance, however due to a Texas court ruling in 2011 regarding a law suit involving a binder problem, the court ruled that binders are not the same as the actual policy that is being issued. If something should happen before the actual insurance policy is received by the insured then coverage’s cannot be determined by the binder. Actual coverage’s will be determined by the permanent insurance policy. In some cases a binder may not cover the insured like the actual insurance policy because endorsements in certain instances were not mentioned in the binder.