New Missouri legislation allows drivers to show digital proof of insurance

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Motorists now have one less piece of paper to worry about. According to a new law signed by Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday, drivers can now use electronic insurance cards. 

The legislation allowing motorists to show proof of insurance on a mobile device was first introduced to the state House of Representatives on Jan. 24.

With Nixon's signature, it will go into effect Aug. 28.

Calvin Call, executive director of Missouri Insurance Coalition, said this was a positive step embraced by both the House and the Senate.

"Of the 80 companies represented by us, most of them already have a system in place to implement once the legislation goes into effect," Call said.

Mike Right, AAA vice president of public affairs, said the company does not offer a digital version of proof of insurance but it is being developed.

Progressive, The Hartford, Travelers, Safeco Insurance, Dairyland Auto, Kemper Preferred and Shelter Insurance provide a digital version of proof of insurance.

"Digital copies are available to customers who have online accounts, but we are still required to send a print copy via mail every term, typically six months," said Keith Myers, administrative assistant at Ed Hohlt Agency Shelter Insurance.

Supervising editor is Katie Moritz.

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