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Ind. drivers can soon show proof of insurance on smartphones

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INDIANA (WFIE) -

Indiana drivers will soon be able to provide proof of insurance by using their smartphones. 

Many of us have a smartphone with us when we're on the road. In less than two weeks, a digital copy of an insurance card on that smartphone will work the same as a paper copy.

"It's an easy way for you to communicate to the police, to anyone that needs this information," State Farm Agent Paul Watzlavik says.     

Watzlavik showed us how to bring up proof of insurance using the company's mobile app.

"It's as easy as, I want to take a look at this, I want to see my ID card. That's exactly what the police need and it's what you need to get back on the road," Watzlavik says. 

Starting in July, Indiana drivers can use smartphones to present their insurance information electronically.

"If the officer asks for proof of insurance, you just show them your phone, your tablet, whatever you have and it will have all of that account information on there," Evansville Police Sgt. Jason Cullum says.

With more drivers going mobile, many say it's a welcome move.

"Saves you a lot of time and a lot of effort," Indiana driver Greg Pixley says. 

"Instead of digging for your insurance card you can just punch it up on your smartphone and it's right there. No hassles. It's just easy for everybody," says Robert Mitchell, who is in favor of the new law.

This doesn't rule out paper copies of insurance cards, those will still work too.  

The new law takes effect July 1.

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