St .Paul, MN – Minnesota will now join a list of 37 other states allowing electronic proof of insurance. State Senator Kent Eken (DFL–Twin Valley), authored HF 307 which provides clarity to Minnesota law and protects data privacy.
“Electronic proof of insurance is an easy and convenient way for Minnesota’s drivers to show their insurance status. This is a simple but necessary clarification that makes sense,” Sen. Eken. “As more drivers are using apps rather than paper forms, Minnesota law need to reflect the 21st century.”
Currently, a lack of clarity around electronic insurance has resulted in some drivers being given a citation for not carrying proof of insurance. However, many insurance companies offer cell phone apps that allow insurance to be shown on the phone. Updating the law will ensure both law enforcement and drivers know that electronic proof of insurance is a valid method of showing proof of insurance.
The bill also states that in a traffic stop, police officers would only be using a drivers phone to view their insurance and drivers would not be offering consent to viewing any other information on the phone. The bill passed unanimously and now awaits the Governor’s signature.
For information on this or any other legislation, please contact Sen. Kent Eken at 651-296-3205 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.