Overcast
23°FOvercastFull Forecast
Shaw Media Auctions

Motorists can use phones as auto insurance proof

Published: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law that lets Illinois residents use cellphones to prove they have auto insurance.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1dcuNmr) Quinn signed the legislation Friday. More than a dozen other states also let motorists use programs on their smartphones instead of paper cards provided by auto insurance companies.

The new law takes effect immediately. Insurance companies are already offering the service. For example, Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance has a Pocket Agent app, which has been used an estimated 750,000 times.

National video



Reader Poll

Rock Falls is considering a ban on leaf burning. Should the city finally take that step?
Yes. Sterling and Dixon have had bans for years. It’s time for Rock Falls to impose a ban.
No. It would be too great a burden for homeowners to dispose of fallen leaves in other ways.
Not sure
No opinion