Proposed bill would allow electronic files for proof of insurance

By MARC KOVAC @ohiocapitalblog mkovac@dixcom.com Published:

COLUMBUS -- Drivers would be allowed to use electronic files accessible via cell phones to prove they have car insurance, under legislation that moved out of the Ohio Senate this week.

Sen. Edna Brown, D-Toledo, offered SB 255 as an alternate means of providing proof of financial responsibility to law enforcement investigating accidents or issuing citations or when renewing licenses at bureaus of motor vehicles.

Printed cards provided by insurance companies would remain valid, but SB 255 would allow those companies to provide text or image files or other electronic files that could be displayed on a laptop computer, tablet, cell phone or other wireless device.

Brown said 35 states already allow electronic proof of insurance.

SB 255 passed on a vote of 31-0 and heads to the Ohio House for further consideration.

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