GEICO first auto insurer to offer digital ID cards for N.Y. policyholders

WOODBURY, N.Y., Nov. 18, 2015 – GEICO, New York's largest auto insurer, is pleased to report it is the first company in the state to provide New York drivers with electronic proof of insurance on their smartphones and other electronic devices. The GEICO digital ID cards are featured through the GEICO Mobile App.

New York's DMV amended its regulation dealing with insurance identification cards earlier in the year so that now N.Y. motorists are able to provide proof of auto liability coverage with electronic ID cards. Since then the state set up certification testing for insurers who want to provide the digital service. GEICO is the first company to complete the certification process with the N.Y. DMV in order to satisfy the state's regulatory requirements.

"We are happy to have worked with the N.Y. DMV and others to be able to offer this added convenience to consumers in New York," said John Pham, vice president of GEICO's New York operations. "Electronic ID cards are another example of how we make things easier for our customers. Less paper means less hassle, and also helps the environment."

The GEICO app first appeared in 2009 to offer policyholders with immediate access to their current insurance information. It has added features regularly since then and now customers can complete their insurance needs on their smartphones. You can make changes in coverage, report and track claims, get roadside assistance and chat directly with GEICO on the mobile app.

The latest national study on insurance mobile apps ranked the GEICO app number one in the industry for its overall functionality to meet customer needs, and Forrester Research dubbed it one of "the pocket auto insurers" in its 2015 US Mobile Auto Insurance Functionality Benchmark, released by Forrester Research Inc. on Oct. 19, 2015.

To download the free GEICO mobile App, Apple and Android users can visit the App Store or Google Play and search GEICO. Or, mobile phone users can text MOBILE to 43426 (GEICO) for a free download; however, standard text messaging and data rates may apply.

Drivers can visit GEICO online to learn more about all the latest requirements for car insurance in New York.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 14 million private passenger customers and insures more than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

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