Bill Would Greenlight Digital Insurance ID for Motorists

Many major insurance companies now offer digital insurance cards through mobile apps.

Credit: William Hook via Creative Commons
Credit: William Hook via Creative Commons
Rhode Island lawmakers this week will consider a bill that would allow motorists to use smartphones to present proof of insurance.

The measure will be reviewed by the House Judiciary Committee, according to the Associated Press. It would allow motorists to use smartphones or tablets to show their insurance policies to police officers during traffic stops.

Many major insurance companies offer digital insurance cards through mobile apps. Geico has been promoting its version with a television spot.

"Paper ID cards always seem to be out of date when you need it and are easily damaged in your wallet or car's glove box," said Peter Meoli, Geico's director of mobile development, in a statement. "Geico customers can access proof of their auto policy on their smartphones at any time of the day or night."

Thirty states currently allow motorists to present digital insurance ID, according to the AP.

Read the full AP story

Is the bill a good idea? Share your opinion in the comments.
Einstein March 04, 2014 at 05:52 PM
I worked for RIDOT... They will never get anything this sophisticated working. The Stae still can't fix HealthSorceRI. We got enrolled and dis-enrolled 4 times since December and received Invoice for 4 different amounts. They can't seem to come up with an answer why. They should print the Invoices on Toilet Paper, at least it would serve a useful purpose if they used soft enough paper. Typical RI Morons.
Miguel March 05, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Well "Some Guy" will be happy and "Einstein" is wrong because the RI DMV is scheduled to launch their system connected to the insurance companies in July, after various delays. There was a couple articles in the Projo recently indicating they are on track to launch. If your insurance lapses, your registration will be suspended. So there should be fewer uninsured drivers on the road in this state (in Providence it's estimated to be around 40%).
Concerned Doe March 05, 2014 at 10:47 AM
this state is backwards!
Some Guy March 05, 2014 at 11:47 AM
I'll believe it when I see it Miguel, they don't even now the difference between a Mercury/Mercedes or a VW/Volvo at the DMV
Miguel March 05, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Your statement is scarily very true! Hopefully the new computer system that is YEARS late will finally go live and fix more problems than it creates.


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