A US motorist's "embarrassing" car insurance mix-up has been shared by thousands around the globe.

Alyssa Stringfellow, from Arkansas, wrote in a Facebook post how she mistakenly sent photos of herself to an insurance company instead of snaps of her car, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The 25-year-old's mother explained she would need to send the insurance company her driving license number, date of birth and "a picture straight on and a picture taken from each side".

"She gave me his email address and I emailed the information along with the pictures that night," the teacher explained.

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"The following day, I check my email and find THIS response: 'Hi Alyssa, I am going to need pictures like you just took, except it needs to be of your vehicle. :)'

"As you can see, I didn't send pictures of my car...I sent him pictures of myself!"

I have been debating on whether or not to post this all day because it is PRETTY embarrassing to admit, but I have...

Posted by Alyssa Stringfellow on Thursday, 2 November 2017

Ms Stringfellow saw the funny side of the mix-up, but admitted she debated "whether or not to post" about the incident on Facebook.

"Needless to say, I was ridiculously embarrassed, and everyone at work had a good laugh at my obvious misinterpretation," she wrote.

"The crazy thing is, I asked my mum to take the pictures after I got off work, and we discussed why in the world he would need pictures of me, never once considering it was supposed to be of my car.

"But, you know what they say, you either have book smarts or street smarts, and I definitely do not have the latter!"

Her post has been liked and shared my more than 50,000 Facebook users.