Michigan Motorists Can Prove Auto Insurance Coverage on Cell Phone Under Approved Bill

Monday November 16, 2015

Teresa-452px"Now that proof of auto insurance has gone digital, we can email copies of your auto insurance to be stored on your device. Call Peabody Insurance today to learn more. 810-629-1504" Teresa Taylor | ttaylor@peabodyinc.com Article courtesy of: MLive Michigan motorists involved in traffic stops or crashes will have the option to show proof of no-fault auto insurance coverage in an electronic form under legislation heading to the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder. House Bill 4193, sponsored by Republican Rep. Aric Nesbitt, of Lawton, and unanimously approved by the Senate on Wednesday, would allow motorists to share insurance documents with police via cell phone or another capable device. "It's time for us to move from the 1960s paper world into the electronics world," Nesbitt said earlier this year after introducing the bill, saying it would increase convenience for motorists and lead to better enforcement. "So much of this, of our nation, of our economy, has moved into the computer world. It's time to update some of our insurance laws here in the state." The measure includes privacy protections for motorists who hand their cell phones to police. Officers would be prohibited form manipulating the device to view any other information on it. An officer could also require a motorist to forward an electronic copy of insurance documents to an email address, allowing the officer to view it in a car or another setting rather than the side of the road. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson supports the bill "and is pleased to see it moving forward," spokesman Fred Woodhams said Wednesday, noting that SOS offices already accept proof of auto insurance via smart devices. "She believes people should be able to use this convenient option to show they have valid auto insurance." Article courtesy of MLive Article Written By: Jonathan Oosting is a Capitol reporter for MLive Media Group. Email him, find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.