TRENTON, NJ -- Two Mercer County based members of the New Jersey General Assembly, Daniel Benson and Roy Freiman, are looking to make it easier for drivers to confirm their vehicle is registered with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC). On Monday, a bill they wrote was passed by the New Jersey General Assembly to allow drivers to display electronic proof of their vehicle registration when prompted.
Under current law, an operator of a motor vehicle who is asked to provide proof of registration to a police officer or judge is only allowed to provide a registration certificate in traditional paper form.
"Driver's should be allowed the flexibility of how they can produce these important documents," said Benson (D-Hamilton.) "Most of the time, it is easier, faster and more convenient to pull a document up on your cell phone or tablet."
"Car insurance and registration documents are not always with you and may be kept in a safe and separate place," said Freiman (D-Princeton.) "Allowing a driver to produce their registration electronically, may also make it easier for an officer to assess the validity of the document, especially when it comes directly from the source such as the NJMVC website."
Under Assembly Bill 5752 (A-5752), the Chief Administrator of NJMVC would establish rules and regulations concerning the issuance, design, and content of the electronic registration certificates. They would need to deter and detect counterfeit or fraudulent registration certificates and provide for an electronic form for the display of registration certificates.
The measure received unanimous bi-partisan approval in the full Assembly and now goes to the State Senate for further review.