Grace Period of LIC Premium Payments

If you are also the one who has missed the LIC Premium payment within the date due, then do not worry. This is because LIC provides a grace period for LIC premium payment during which you can pay the premium of your LIC policy without paying interest on it.

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Let us understand the grace period in detail:

What is the Grace Period?

The grace period is defined as the maximum number of additional days allowed by the insurer to pay the life insurance renewal premium amount. The grace time varies according to the premium payment method. The tenure of the grace period depends on the premium payment frequency such as Monthly, half-yearly, or Yearly, and the type of insurance plan.

Basically, the products of Life Insurance are for the long term and the LIC of India provides two ways of premium payment for LIC Term insurance policies.

  • Single-Premium, where the policyholder can make a one-time lump sum payment

  • Annual Payments are divided into half-yearly, quarterly, and monthly installments as per the company’s discretion.

Grace Period
LIC Term Insurance  Premium Payment Frequency  Grace Period 
Term Insurance  Yearly 30 days 
Term Insurance  Half-yearly  30 days 
Term Insurance  Quarterly  30 days 
Term Insurance  Monthly  15  days 

As mentioned earlier, these policies are long-term in nature; hence most of you purchase a regular premium payment plan. However, the regular premium payment policy as well comes in the variant of limited payment.

According to the limited premium payment version, you do not have to pay the premium throughout the policy term. In place of that, you do the payment of the premiums only for a limited number of years of the entire policy term.

As per the regular premium payment policy, (other than the annual premium payment), the insurance provider can allow the shorter installments of half-yearly, quarterly, or even monthly payments.

For annual premium payment, you have to pay the premiums on the date of renewal of the policy. The renewal date of a LIC Term insurance policy is exactly one year after the previous year’s premium payment date. However, in order to make the premium payments easier, an insurance company like LIC allows a grace period of 30 days for paying the renewal premium.

But, if you have selected the mode of premium payment every month, then the grace period for LIC premium payment is 15 days. To understand this clearly, we are providing a detailed description in the following points:

  • When the premium payment mode is half-yearly, yearly, or quarterly, then the grace period of 15 days is provided by the LIC of India.

  • When the premium payment mode is monthly, then the grace period for LIC premium payment is 30 days.

  • The policy lapses when the premium is not paid even within the mentioned grace period.

  • If the grace period of your policy expires on some public holiday or on Sunday, then you may pay the premium on the following working day in order to keep your policy in force.

  • If your policy is of age 3 years and you have not paid its subsequent premiums, then the policy will not become void instead, the sum assured is reduced to the amount that bears the same ratio to the original, as the premiums that you have paid (in numbers) to the total premiums (in number) that are payable.

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What Happens After the Grace Period for LIC Term Insurance is over?

In case you do not renew your LIC Term Insurance plan during the grace period, your plan lapses, and your family members are left without financial protection in case of your demise. A lapsed plan is a big loss for the life assured because he/she loses the full premium paid so far also the insurance coverage.

However, if the life assured passes away during the grace time, his/her loved ones are eligible to receive a death payout after deduction of the premium amount that is not paid. You should make sure that your LIC term insurance plan never lapses.

Facts Related to the Grace Period

Some of the facts related to the grace period of a LIC term insurance policy that you must know are:

  • The Sum Assured Does Not Change Even If the Premium is Not Given on the Due Date: The grace period for LIC premium payment is essentially some extra time given to you in your premium payment mode. This is the reason; the sum assured does not change for your policy as you are not penalized for paying your premium during the grace period.

  • The Grace Period Is Not Same for All the Policies: The grace period is not universal for all the LIC policies. It changes as per the premium payment mode is chosen by you. For a monthly premium payment mode, it is 15 days, whereas, for a yearly, half-yearly, or quarterly premium payment mode, it is 30 days. The insurance providers like LIC inform you before the due date of your premium payment and even when you enter into the grace period.

  • There Can Be Some Deductions: In case of demise of the policyholder within the grace period, before he/she has made the premium payment for the policy, the insurer deducts the value of the premium’s value from the death benefit. It is to be noted here that the value paid is not extra value as it has to be paid by the insured for keeping this policy in force.

  • The Cancellations Do Not Have Grace Period: If you want to change your insurer, then it is suggested not to cancel your previous insurance plan until the new policy comes completely in place. This is because; if some unfortunate situation occurs even after one day of the policy cancellation, then there will not be any compensation. The best way is to keep your old policy in a grace period for LIC premium payment until your new policy comes into force.

  • The Claims Can Be Made During the Grace Period: You are eligible to get death benefit if it occurs in the grace period of your policy. Like in the regular case, the nominee of your policy has to provide all the relevant documents to get the death benefits.

  • If you want to increase your grace period, you are required to have a credit card issued by LIC. You can apply for a card by visiting the LIC cards website. After linking LIC policy with your LIC credit card, the outstanding premium amount will be paid automatically after 25 days of the due date i.e, within the 30 days of the grace period. Using this, the life assured gets another 45 days to pay the bills. Overall, he/she can get a grace period of 70 days from the due date of the plan. 

Final Words

The grace period for LIC premium payment is a limited time and you must make the premium payment during this time as if the grace period passes, your policy lapses. To revive a lapsed policy, you not only have to pay some extra fees as a penalty but also have to go through the entire process of policy renewal. So, it is better to pay the premiums of your LIC policy on time and at least within the grace period. Generally, the insurance providers give information about the premium payment date and grace period as well.

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