New bill would require proof of citizenship for insurance

New bill would require proof of citizenship for insurance

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - House bill 2468 will require anyone getting car insurance to have proof of citizenship with them.

Meaning a passport or their birth certificate needs to come to the insurance office.

The bill was introduced by State Rep. Bill Zelder (R-Arlington). He told sources that it was to prevent insurers from selling policies to someone without a license and then not giving the benefits when needed, a reported problem in the state.

Mark Hanna, Manager of Public Relations and Membership with the Insurance Council of Texas, said that insurers already require a driver’s license when purchasing.

Some people in Wichita Falls wouldn’t have a problem with meeting the requirement, but they know others might not have citizenship documents readily available.

“It’s not an issue to me, because I have my passport and birth certificate ready but I would be curious how many people would have an issue with that," Eric Binnion said.

For some citizens it’s less about needing another piece of paperwork, but rather why another piece is needed.

“I don’t think it’d be an issue but I don’t see the need, what’s the purpose?” Marla Johnson said.

A possibly unnecessary requirement for a very necessary policy.

“And you’re required to have insurance, you’re not required to have a passport," Johnson said. "What would make you have to carry that stuff with you? Not necessary.”

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