Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco which allows drivers to electronically display their vehicle registration on smartphones and tablets was signed into law yesterday by Governor Phil Murphy.
“During the stress of a traffic stop, drivers often struggle to locate their paper registration card in a cluttered glove box,” said Bucco (R-25). “Knowing they will be able to use their phone to prove their car is properly registered may provide a bit of relief. This will also save drivers from the hassle and costs of responding to unnecessary tickets for failing to provide proof of registration.”
The new law (S-324/A3533) 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.”