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What paperwork do I need to keep stored in my vehicle?

While a lot of drivers keep their glove compartments and center consoles stuffed full of various items “just in case” there are a few documents that even minimalists should be sure to keep with them in their car for safe and law-abiding travel. Learn more about the 3 documents you should always store in your glove compartment below.

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3 Documents You Should Always Keep In Your Car


Close up of the headlight of a vehicle driving down a country road at sunsetIn the event that you are pulled over by law enforcement, they will likely be asking you to show proof of current vehicle registration. For this reason, it’s important to keep your vehicle registration paperwork up to date and stored for easy access in your glove compartment. Not having your registration handy or having expired registration could result in a fine.

Proof Of Insurance

Like vehicle registration, law enforcement officials will be asking for proof of insurance if you are pulled over or in an accident. Again, like with registration, failure to provide up-to-date proof of coverage could result in serious consequences and fines. This should also be stored for easy access in your glove compartment.

Owner’s Manual

While you won’t get in any trouble for not having your owner’s manual stored in your vehicle, we suggest that you always keep it handy, either in your glove compartment, your center console, or your trunk. It will come in handy if you ever encounter vehicle problems that leave you guessing on the side of the road.

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While storing registration and proof of insurance is vital to comply with law enforcement and, we believe, that storing your owner’s manual is also mandatory, there are a few additional items drivers may want to include in their vehicle’s paperwork stash. Drivers can also consider adding emergency contact information and their medical history and medication information in the case of a serious accident. A pen and paper are also handy for leaving notes if the car breaks down or for exchanging information in the event of a fender bender.