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New law allows drivers to show proof of insurance via phone

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Need to show proof of insurance? Now you can do it with your phone. Need to show proof of insurance? Now you can do it with your phone.
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A new law allows drivers in Oregon to show electronic proof of car insurance as a convenience if police stop them.

Gov. John Kitzhaber signed the bill into law May 14, and it took effect immediately.

People can still choose the traditional paper card to show they have insurance, but they can now present proof on a cell phone.

"This will be handy for drivers who forget to put an updated paper card in their car or wallet," said Ron Fredrickson, manager of the Oregon Insurance Division Consumer Advocacy Unit.

Drivers must arrange with their insurance company to receive their proof-of-coverage information in an electronic format.

Someone who chooses the electronic format must keep the phone charged. Failure to carry proof of insurance is a Class B traffic violation with a typical $260 fine.

"One warning - if you are headed out of state, make sure you know the rules in other states," Fredrickson said.

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