Arizona Oks Paperless Option on Insurance Proof

March 31, 2012

Arizona motorists will be able to use their smart phones to prove to a police officer that they have insurance for their vehicles.

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill to have Arizona join Idaho in permitting motorists to use a wireless communication device to show proof of auto insurance.

Arizona was the second state to approve such a bill. Idaho on Wednesday became the first state in the nation to pass an electronic proof of insurance bill.

Arizona motorists currently must either show an insurance identification card or a photocopy of the insurance policy. But the Property and Casualty Insurance Association of America says the new law will permit use of an application displaying an image of the insurance card.

The Arizona legislation says displaying the insurance information doesn’t mean drivers are authorizing police to access other information on the device.

Other states are in various stages of passing such bills.

The Arizona legislation takes effect 90 days after the legislative session ends.

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