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Lawmaker seeks opinion on using apps as proof of insurance

Arkansas law may allow drivers to use their smart phones to show proof of auto insurance. But before throwing away your insurance card, one state lawmaker wants to get a legal opinion first.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Arkansas law may allow drivers to use their smart phones to show proof of auto insurance. But before throwing away your insurance card, one state lawmaker wants to get a legal opinion first.

State Representative Andrea Lea says right now the law only states documentation is required.

"It doesn't say necessarily what form it has to be shown," said Lea.

Lea wants clarify the issue for drivers.

"I don't always remember to put my most current insurance card in my glove compartment, but I always have my phone on me," said Lea.

Smart phone insurance apps are now available through various companies and A+ Insurance Center Agent Derek Wilhite says the apps have a lot of functions.

"Most of the companies you are able to submit claims, step by step directions, and pay your bill," said Wilhite.

Wilhite says if smart phones can stand as legal proof of insurance, there will be many satisfied drivers.

"If you are not organized or you have an expired ID card, it would be great to pull it up on an insurance app," said Wilhite.
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