U.S. Department of State: Assistance Needed from Florida Insurance Regulators to Ensure Foreign Mission Members Obtain, Maintain Federally Required Motor Vehicle Liability Coverage

Oct 30, 2012


In an October 2012 letter to Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, the U.S. Department of State asked the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to assist in ensuring that foreign mission members obtain and maintain required levels of motor vehicle liability coverage during their United States tours.

According to the letter, it had come to the attention of the Department of State that some insurers were unfamiliar with its Office of Foreign Missions’ Diplomatic Motor Vehicle Office, which is the ”  . . . sole driver’s licensing and motor vehicle registration authority for foreign missions and their eligible members who enjoy varying degrees of immunity from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.” 

As required by the 1978 Diplomatic Relations Act, foreign mission members are required to carry a minimum insurance liability coverage of $100,000 in bodily injury per person, $300,000 of bodily injury per accident and $100,000 in property damage.

A copy of the letter is attached in PDF format.


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