Bill Allowing Electronic Proof Of Insurance Passes Senate Transportation Committee
Since 2011, more than two-thirds of states have enacted similar laws
May 27, 2014
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Columbus – Today, the Senate Transportation Committee voted (7-0) allowing Ohio motorists to provide proof of financial responsibility via a smart phone or other mobile electronic device during a traffic stop. If signed into law, Senate Bill 255, sponsored by State Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) would make Ohio the thirty-sixth state to pass similar legislation.
“This is a simple change which will help save money and offer convenience for Ohioans,” said Senator Brown. “I am happy to see Senate Bill 255 unanimously approved by the Senate Transportation Committee and hope that Ohio will soon join the majority of states who have already passed similar legislation.”
The proposed law would not eliminate the printed insurance identification cards currently in use, but would give Ohio drivers the option of providing the same information through an electronic device.
According to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, in 2011, no states allowed drivers to use their cell phone to show proof of insurance in a traffic stop and today more than two-thirds of the states have enacted laws or adopted regulations.

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