buying Which states let you use an app as proof of auto insurance?

21:45  26 june  2018
21:45  26 june  2018 Source:   mediafeed.org

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Almost every state now accepts electronic proof of insurance . Every major auto insurer now allows customers to display their ID cards using a mobile app . This hasn't always been the case. As recently as 2011, no states allowed electronic proof of insurance .

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Because I make my living giving money advice to people, you might be surprised to learn that I can be complacent about a lot of small stuff. I leave cabinets open, I don't always make my bed, and, yes, when my car insurance company sends my new ID card, I often forget to put it in my car.

Luckily, my state, New Jersey, has accepted electronic proof of insurance since 2015 (though I somehow did not know this until last year — like, I said, complacent). Almost every state now accepts electronic proof of insurance. Every major auto insurer now allows customers to display their ID cards using a mobile app.

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Some states do allow you to use electronic proofs of car insurance . Mobile apps for your cell phone can allow you to access your current proof directly from your insurance provider. What Is the Penalty for Not Having Auto Insurance in Colorado?

Having proof of insurance shows you have met your state 's car insurance requirements & financial responsibility laws. You can show this information by logging into your account with the insurance company ( using electronic means such as a smart phone app or laptop) and presenting it to the officer.

This hasn't always been the case. As recently as 2011, no states allowed electronic proof of insurance. Today, 46 states allow drivers to show proof of insurance on their phones, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCIAA).

The states without laws

That only leaves out Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Mexico and Washington, D.C. There are some caveats there though, said Jeffrey Brewer, a spokesman for PCIAA.

Massachusetts doesn't require you to show a car insurance card as proof of coverage. There, vehicle registration certificates include insurance information, so residents have one less document to worry about. New Hampshire doesn't require most drivers to carry auto insurance, so no need for electronic ID cards there either. (You can find a state-by-state guide to car insurance requirements here.)

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Whether you can use a digital card as proof of insurance depends on your state 's law. The availability of electronic proof of insurance varies by insurance company. Some insurers display an electronic copy of your auto ID card within their mobile app .

Unlike other states that require you to carry a separate proof of insurance card at all times, Massachusetts allows you to use your car's registration form as your proof of insurance . Ways to save on Massachusetts auto insurance .

That just leaves Connecticut, New Mexico and Washington, D.C. A Connecticut bill to allow electronic proof of insurance passed the state's general assembly in 2017, but never got a vote in the senate. Many New Mexico police agencies accept electronic proof of insurance, the Albuquerque Journal reported, but the state hasn't passed a law affirming this informal policy, making it risky for drivers to go without a physical insurance ID.

Being able to present an electronic ID isn't just convenient — it's a money and time saver. Getting pulled over without proof of insurance will earn you a ticket in most places, and you'll probably have to go to court to show a judge you're actually covered. That often means paying a court fee and taking time off work (source: This happened to me).

Thankfully, in most places, you'll be fine as long as you download your car insurer's app on your phone. And as I mentioned earlier, basically every car insurer has a mobile app now, though you should check with your insurer to be sure. And hopefully New Mexico, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. will get with the times.

This article originally appeared on Policygenius and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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