Legislation by state Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township was unanimously approved by the House today, making it one step closer to law that drivers can share an electronic proof of registration during a traffic stop.
“This is common sense for 2017 because technology is everywhere,” Lucido said. “A paper proof of registration is not the only way to confirm ownership of our cars. If we can make it more efficient and safer for the taxpayers and the police officers, we should absolutely take advantage of the technology we have at our disposal.”
The legislation will allow either paper or electronic proof of registration to be presented. Law enforcement officials will be allowed to confirm its authenticity by taking the device to their vehicle or requesting the documentation be forwarded by email or text.
The bill follows similar legislation enacted in 2016 that allows for electronic proof of vehicle insurance.
“It’s about time,” Lucido said. “I’m certain there are other areas of state law where we can expand to include technology’s reach.”
The legislation advances to the state Senate for its consideration.