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Benson and Freiman Bill to Allow Drivers to Show Electronic Proof of Vehicle Registration Now Law

Aiming to make it easier for drivers to confirm their vehicle is registered with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson and Roy Freiman to allow drivers to display electronic proof of vehicle registration when prompted was signed into law today.

Until now, an operator of a motor vehicle was only allowed to provide a registration certificate in the traditional paper form to a police officer or judge.

The new law (formerly bill A-3533/S-324) will allow the MVC to provide an electronic copy of vehicle registration upon renewal. The electronic copy from MVC or a picture of the registration on an electronic device will qualify as proof of registration.

Upon the bill becoming law, Assemblymen Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) and Freiman (Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) released the following joint statement:

“Rather than fumbling through a glove box, it’s often faster and more convenient for drivers to pull up vehicle registration documents on a smartphone or tablet. Allowing drivers the flexibility to show proof of registration electronically will streamline the process for motorists and law enforcement alike.”