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Insurance for holders of Vt. driving privilege card?

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An update to a story we brought you Thursday about the new driving privilege card through the Vt. Department of Motor Vehicles for undocumented workers.

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After our report, some viewers had questions. They wanted to know if people who are here illegally, who get these new cards allowing them to drive, will be able to get insurance coverage on a car.

Here's what I found out. An agent from Hickok and Boardman told me that she spoke with many major insurance companies today and they told her "no." In fact, companies like Travelers and Progressive Insurance hadn't even heard of the driving privilege card.

She said, to get an insurance policy, you have to have a valid driver's license and the driving privilege card would not be counted as that.

Other viewers wanted to know what happens if a farmer loans a vehicle to an undocumented worker with a driving privilege card and they get in an accident.

The agent at Hickok and Boardman says, technically, as long as they had permission to use the vehicle, insurance would cover it. But it can be tricky since an insurance company would expect that person to have a license.

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