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Proof of insurance by smart phone now accepted

Drivers who get pulled over by police will now be able to pull out their smart phones to show proof of insurance.
That was already a law but it didn't match the rules of the Florida Department of Highway Safety.
So today, Governor Rick Scott agreed the department could change its rules making Florida the 8th state to allow drivers to carry proof of insurance on their phones.

Channel Three's Jenise Fernandez explains how it works.

This may have happened to you once or twice. You reach into your glove compartment, if you're anything like me, there's paper everywhere.
But now, with the tap of a finger, you'll be able to pull up everything you need.

It's a 100 dollar ticket if you don't show an officer your car insurance.
And that little insurance card may not always be where you thought you last left it.
    
"I have an envelope that has it all in there... where it needs to be."

Florida now entering into tech saavy times, when you get pulled over, you'll be able to whip out your smartphone or tablet, showing the officer your insurance electronically.

"It's a little easier way... less paperwork."

Currently you can have an electronic copy, but until now, you had to show a paper ID card.
Although having your insurance electronically could make things easier, some still prefer the old-fashioned way.

"It's always kept in my wallet so when I need it... both at the same time."

To prevent fraud, digital cards will be issued directly from insurance companies.
Some insurance companies, like State Farm and GEICO, already offer this.
The process will also make it more efficient for officers who'll be able to pull up all the information they need in a matter of seconds.

"It'll help out the law enforcement... you've got it on your phone."

This change should be finalized in January.
Those paper copies will still be accepted too.
Reporting in Escambia County, Jenise Fernandez, Channel Three News.