'Proof Of Insurance? It's On My Smartphone, Officer'

Gov. Quinn signed a law Friday allowing Illinois motorists who are stopped by police and asked for proof of insurance to display it on a digital device. The move could end frantic searches through the glove compartment.

Written by Pam DeFiglio

If a police officer pulls you over for any reason while you're driving, the first thing he or she will generally ask is to see your driver's license and proof of insurance.

It's that second question which results in many drivers frantically searching their wallets and/or vehicle's glove compartments for their insurance cards.

Gov. Quinn signed legislation Friday that would allow motorists to provide proof of auto insurance on their smartphones, according to the Property Casualty Insurance Association of America. 

The new law takes effect immediately and brings Illinois into a group of 14 other states that permit electronic display of insurance proof, the Times of Northwest Indiana reported. 

State Farm Insurance Companies ispromoting an app that allows motorists to keep their insurance information on their phones, reported the Bloomington Pantagraph. 

Country Financial allows its customers to download their insurance information off its website. 

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