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Motorists can use phones as auto insurance proof

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By Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law that lets Illinois residents use cellphones to prove they have auto insurance.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1dcuNmr) Quinn signed the legislation Friday. More than a dozen other states also let motorists use programs on their smartphones instead of paper cards provided by auto insurance companies.

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The new law takes effect immediately. Insurance companies are already offering the service. For example, Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance has a Pocket Agent app, which has been used an estimated 750,000 times.

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