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2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
March 14, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives Czaja, Nygren, Bies, Brooks,
Ballweg, Genrich, Jacque, Jagler, Kahl, Knodl, Knudson, Kooyenga,
Krug, T. Larson, LeMahieu, Mursau, Ohnstad, A. Ott, Nass, Schraa,
Swearingen, Thiesfeldt, Tranel and Stone, cosponsored by Senators Lasee,
Grothman, Lehman, Leibham, Olsen and Shilling. Referred to Committee on
Insurance.
AB65,1,2 1An Act to amend 344.62 (2), 344.64 (1), 344.64 (2) and 344.65 (1) (c) of the
2statutes; relating to: proof of motor vehicle liability insurance.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, with limited exceptions, a person may not operate a motor
vehicle on a highway unless the owner or operator of the vehicle has in effect a motor
vehicle liability policy with respect to the vehicle that provides coverage in at least
certain minimum amounts. While operating the vehicle, the person must have in his
or her immediate possession proof of insurance complying with this requirement and
the person must display this proof on demand by any traffic officer. However, a
person may not be convicted of failing to have proof of insurance in his or her
possession if the person later produces proof of insurance, in effect at the time a
citation was issued, at the time of the person's appearance in court in response to the
citation or in the office of the traffic officer who issued the citation.
Also under current law, a person may not do any of the following for purposes
of creating the appearance of satisfying insurance requirements: 1) forge, falsify,
counterfeit, or fraudulently alter any proof of insurance or other insurance
document; 2) possess any forged, falsified, fictitious, counterfeit, or fraudulently
altered proof of insurance or other insurance document; or 3) represent that any
proof of insurance or other insurance document is valid and in effect, knowing or
having reason to believe that the proof of insurance or other insurance document is
not valid or not in effect.
This bill specifies that a person may provide proof of insurance in either printed
or electronic format, including by display of images on a cellular telephone or other

electronic device. If electronic proof is displayed on any device, the person to whom
the proof is displayed may not view on the device any content except the proof. The
bill also specifies that the prohibitions relating to forged, falsified, counterfeit,
fraudulently altered, or invalid proofs of insurance or other insurance documents
also apply with respect to proofs of insurance in electronic format and electronic
images.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB65, s. 1 1Section 1. 344.62 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB65,2,122 344.62 (2) Except as provided in s. 344.63, no person may operate a motor
3vehicle upon a highway in this state unless the person, while operating the vehicle,
4has in his or her immediate possession proof that he or she is in compliance with sub.
5(1). The operator of the motor vehicle shall display the proof required under this
6subsection upon demand from any traffic officer. The proof required under this
7subsection may be produced in either printed or electronic format, including by
8display of electronic images on a cellular telephone or other electronic device. If this
9proof is displayed in electronic format on any cellular telephone or other electronic
10device, the traffic officer may not view, and producing proof in electronic format is not
11considered consent for the traffic officer to view, any content on the telephone or other
12device except the proof required under this subsection.
AB65, s. 2 13Section 2. 344.64 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB65,2,1914 344.64 (1) Forge, falsify, counterfeit, or fraudulently alter any printed or
15electronic
proof of insurance, policy of insurance, or other insurance document or
16electronic image
, or possess any forged, falsified, fictitious, counterfeit, or
17fraudulently altered
printed or electronic proof of insurance, policy of insurance, or
18other insurance document or electronic image that is forged, falsified, fictitious,
19counterfeit, or fraudulently altered
.
AB65, s. 3
1Section 3. 344.64 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB65,3,52 344.64 (2) Represent that any printed or electronic proof of insurance, policy
3of insurance, or other insurance document or electronic image is valid and in effect,
4knowing or having reason to believe that the proof of insurance, policy of insurance,
5or other insurance document or electronic image is not valid or not in effect.
AB65, s. 4 6Section 4. 344.65 (1) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB65,3,177 344.65 (1) (c) No person charged with violating s. 344.62 (2) may be convicted
8if the person produces proof that he or she was in compliance with s. 344.62 (1) at the
9time the person was issued a uniform traffic citation for violating s. 344.62 (2). This
10proof may be produced either at the time of the person's appearance in court in
11response to the citation or in the office of the traffic officer issuing the citation. This
12proof may be produced in either paper or electronic format, including by display of
13electronic images on a cellular telephone or other electronic device. If this proof is
14displayed in electronic format on any cellular telephone or other electronic device,
15the person to whom the proof is displayed may not view, and producing proof in
16electronic format is not considered consent for the person to view, any content on the
17telephone or other device except the proof required under s. 344.62 (2).
AB65,3,1818 (End)
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