IBJNews

Electronic proof of auto insurance coming to Indiana

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Indiana drivers who have to show proof of insurance to police after an accident or traffic violation can do so electronically starting July 1 under a new law that signals an increasing use of technology in insurance laws.

Indiana will become one of 24 states that allow electronic proof of coverage. Motorists will be able to show a digital image of their insurance card by accessing it through an app provided by their insurer.

Vigo County Chief Deputy Clark Cottom told the Tribune-Star that the change will benefit drivers and police officers. He noted that much of officers' work is already done with the help of technology and said that adding in proof of insurance is "obviously a wave of the future."

Cottom said many motorists are surprised to learn that their insurance cards have expired. The new law could help them track those dates better, he said.

It might even help drivers avoid a ticket by allowing them to access a copy of their proof of insurance by phone if they don't have a paper copy in the car.

"I think it is giving you more options. You don't have to have that piece of paper in your glove box," said Nicole Mahrt Ganley, a spokeswoman for the Property Casualty Insurance Association of America.

Cottom said officers attend training twice a year to discuss statute changes. The next training session is scheduled later this month.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • asumptions
    All this assumes two things: we all have smartphones (working ones) and no one else will ever drive your car (son or daughter, friend). A fairly pointless use of technology that doesn't really work better . . . but makes you more dependent on a fallible, vulnerable technology. - James from http://www.4autoinsurancequote.com

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

ADVERTISEMENT