2013-05-30 / Community

Bill could make digital proof of insurance legal

LANSING – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Sens. Mike Green and Joe Hune recently announced new legislation that would allow Michigan motorists to use smartphones and other electronic devices to show their vehicle registration and valid auto insurance instead of having to present a paper certificate.

“We should take advantage of the latest technology to provide more convenience for Michigan motorists,” said Johnson, who supports the legislation. “Let’s let people skip the paper slip and allow them to show proof of auto insurance with a smartphone.”

Already a number of other states allow people to present electronic proof of insurance when they are pulled over by law enforcement officers by showing the insurance certificate on their smartphone or another device.

The legislation also would allow Secretary of State offices to accept electronic proof of insurance when people renew their vehicle registrations.

Many Michigan motorists may access electronic versions of their vehicle registration at ExpressSOS. com at no cost.

Allowing the use of electronic insurance certificates would help Michigan motorists avoid costly No Proof of Insurance tickets if they are properly insured.

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