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What is an Insurance Declaration Page?

Reading and understanding your insurance policy can be confusing, but it’s important knowledge to have. One of the best ways to ensure you have a full understanding of your insurance coverage is to review your policy’s insurance declaration page.

Your insurance declaration page, or insurance dec page, is a 1-2 page document that contains an overview of your insurance policy. The declaration page lists vital information you need to know, so you can stay in the loop and find important policy details at a glance.

What Information is Found on the Declaration Page?

Because the insurance declaration page is specific to your policy, you’ll have one for each policy you purchase (home, auto, etc.) and the dec page will be updated with every policy change or renewal. Here’s what you can expect to find.

Homeowners, Renters, and Condo Insurance Declaration Page

Your home insurance declaration page will list high-level information about your insurance coverage. At Main Street America, your homeownersrenters insurance, or condo declaration page includes this information as outlined below.

  • Policy effective and expiration dates
  • Your agent’s contact information
  • Any recent changes made to your policy

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  • Which property location is covered
  • Your chosen coverages and limits
  • The amount of your deductibles and premiums

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  • Any discounts applied to the policy
  • Total premium

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Auto Insurance Declaration Page

Your auto insurance declaration page lists basic policy and coverage information including:

  • Coverage effective and expiration dates
  • Agent contact information
  • Which vehicles and drivers are covered
  • Your chosen coverages (like comprehensive and collision or personal injury)
  • Your coverage limits
  • The amount of your deductibles and premium
  • Any discounts applied to the policy
  • Lienholder, if applicable

Remember — your declaration page is only a summary of important policy information. You will need to review the full policy document or speak with your independent insurance agent to go over the details of your coverage.

Who is Listed on the Declaration Page?

Your declaration page will list the name of the insured(s) and, in some cases, third-party people or businesses associated with your coverage. For example, the mortgagee (the bank or lending institution that issues the mortgage loan) or a co-owner who lives somewhere else but is listed on the deed can be listed on your homeowners insurance declaration page. For car insurance, the loss payee on an owned vehicle or the additional insured for a leased vehicle will be listed on the dec page.

Is the Declaration Page Proof of Insurance?

In most cases — especially when loans are involved — you will be required to provide proof that you’ve obtained an insurance policy. For example, your mortgage lender will require proof of insurance before you can close and move into your new home.

Fortunately, obtaining that proof is easy. Your insurance declaration page contains all the information you need to prove that you have the proper coverage in place and works as proof of insurance in most situations. Simply send your declaration page to your lender or property management company and you’ll be good to go.

Where to Find Your Declaration Page

Your declaration page is included with the rest of your policy documents and sent any time a policy is issued, renewed or endorsed. All you have to do to find it is:

  1. Sign in to your online account
  2. Access your policy documents
  3. Look for the document labeled Declaration Page

If you’re having any trouble accessing your account or finding the right information, contact your insurance company or independent insurance agent for help.

Find an independent insurance agent today to learn more.