Smartphone vehicle insurance bill moves to the House

State senators passed a bill that would allow drivers to show digital copies of proof-of-insurance.

Missouri motorists could soon have a new alternative to the traditional paper car insurance cards.

A bill passed by state senators Thursday would allow drivers to show digital images of their proof-of-insurance cards on their smartphones to law enforcement officers or state licensing clerks.

Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Trevor Fowler thinks the move would make keeping track of insurance easier for drivers.

"Paper is something you can lose. Not a lot of people have [the card], they leave it in the glove box and then it gets lost or shuffled out of there, and everyone has a cell phone. So with the electronic copy they can have it right there on their cell phone," Fowler said.

Fowler also added that it is important to make sure there are ways to verify the authenticity of the digital copy.

"How to verify what we're looking at is not an altered a PDF file or something like that. It's just being able to keep everything on the up and up," he said.

The bill will now go to the House.

The bill also says that police and licensing clerks cannot be held accountable if they accidentally drop a person's phone while verifying the insurance.