South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has signed House Bill 3623 that provides that an automobile insurer may issue proof of insurance on an electronic mobile device upon request by the insured.
The so-called eCard law took effect upon signing on March 4.
South Carolina becomes the 31st state to allow proof of insurance via mobile electronic device.
Before the new law, the state required drivers to keep proof of insurance in their vehicles at all times so they could show it to a police officer on demand.
Now drivers will be able to show officers proof of their policies through their cell phones.
The House passed the measure last April and the Senate gave final approval last week.
“It’s not a secret that nearly everyone has a smartphone, and now those in South Carolina can use their phones to show proof of insurance,” said Oyango Snell, regional manager for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), which supported the measure. “This law not only meets the needs of consumers, but is environmentally-friendly as it will cut down on the use of unnecessary paper and mailings.”