Legislation Affecting Louisiana Motorists Takes Effect

August 3, 2012

The Louisiana Department of Insurance is reminding motorists to be aware of two pieces of legislation that took effect this week. Effective statewide, if a driver cannot provide proof of insurance their vehicle may be impounded. Also taking effect is new legislation allowing drivers to display electronic proof of insurance.

“Many insurance companies offer free electronic applications that display proof of insurance on smart phones, so motorists may want to familiarize themselves with these applications,” said Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. “Motorists can also contact their insurance companies, and ask them to send electronic proof of auto insurance that can be displayed on a cell phone.”

While originals and copies of insurance cards and policies are still accepted as proof of insurance, the new legislation extends present law to include the usage of a displayed image on a cell phone or other device, such as a tablet.

Source: Louisiana Department of Insurance

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