Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco passed the Senate today which allows drivers to electronically display their vehicle registration on devices like smartphones and tablets.
Drivers would be allowed to show proof of vehicle registration on smartphones and other digital devices under Sen. Bucco’s legislation. (©iStock)
“People often have a hard time locating a paper registration card in a cluttered glove box during the stress of a traffic stop,” said Bucco (R-25). “It may provide drivers a bit of relief knowing they’ll be able to use a smartphone app to prove their car is properly registered. This will also save drivers from the hassle and costs of responding to unnecessary tickets for failing to provide proof of registration.”
The bill (S-324) requires the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to develop and offer electronic vehicle registration certificates, with provisions to deter and detect counterfeit registrations.
A similar measure allowing drivers to display electronic proof of insurance was enacted in 2015.
“Granting drivers the option of displaying vehicle registration information digitally is part of our effort to modernize New Jersey’s motor vehicle services,” added Bucco. “Our experience rolling out digital insurance cards has been extremely positive, so it makes sense to allow digital registrations as well.”
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