LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Michigan drivers pulled over by the police will be able to show proof of their auto insurance on a phone or another mobile device instead of having to provide a hard copy under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The law takes effect in three months.

Snyder, who signed it Wednesday, says the goal is to modernize government and make everyday life easier for residents.

“Being able to access crucial information on the go is a great resource, and now citizens can use their technology to greater advantage,” Snyder said in a statement.

Under the new legislation, law enforcement officers will accept electronic proof of auto insurance in the same manner as a paper proof of insurance document. The law also prohibits officers from searching or manipulating the electronic device on which the proof of insurance is presented.

The legislation was approved with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

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