Green introduces digital proof of insurance measure

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LANSING, Mich.— “License and registration, please.” That phrase is familiar to any driver who’s been pulled over by law enforcement for a traffic violation. Legislation introduced recently by Sen. Mike Green could make that experience go a little smoother for some drivers.

Green introduced Senate Bill 91 to require law enforcement to accept digital versions of a proof of insurance as meeting the state’s requirement for drivers to show evidence that their vehicle is insured. The bill would allow a driver to display the digital version to an officer on an electronic device, such as a smartphone, laptop or tablet device.

“We live in an electronic age,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This measure is just one small step to bring government up to speed with the times and technology we live in for the convenience of Michigan drivers.”

Current law does not specify that the certificate has to be printed, but that is the only accepted format in practice. By modernizing the law to reflect advances in technology, SB 91 would ensure that drivers who do not have a printed certificate but do have access to a digital version are not unnecessarily ticketed and fined for a violation, when their vehicle is properly insured.

“It seems like such a minor issue, but when multiplied by the number of drivers who travel in our state, the time and cost savings could be substantial and the environmental impact of printed documents could be greatly reduced,” Green said.

“Digital proofs of insurance are right in line with paperless billing and e-filing of taxes that are in common use today. It’s a streamlining step that could be applied in many areas of government to the benefit of taxpayers.”

SB 91 has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.

For more information or to contact Green, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2131. The 31st Senate District includes the counties of Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola.