Arkansas Senate OKs Electronic Proof of Insurance

February 22, 2013

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation allowing drivers to display their proof of insurance using cellphones and other electronic devices.

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would allow drivers to show their proof of insurance cards on paper or electronically. The measure would allow drivers to present the electronic proof when registering vehicles and during traffic stops.

Several other states, including California and Arizona, allow motorists to use their smartphones to display insurance proof.

The measure by Democratic Sen. Larry Teague of Nashville would not allow police to search a motorist’s phone or electronic device without a search warrant or probable cause.

The bill now heads to the House.

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