Dear Cop - Photo Copy License

Our insurance agent mentioned to us that it is acceptable to keep a photo-copy only of your vehicle license within your vehicle. They also suggested that before you photo-copy the paper you block out your home address (with a paper, not a felt pen!). In this way a thief would at least not have your home address, especially important if your garage door opener is left in the vehicle. They suggested you keep the original papers in a safe place elsewhere.

If you are stopped by the police, will they accept a photo-copy?

A photo copy of your original insurance and registration documents is acceptable. Section 11 of the Motor Vehicle Act indicates that the
license(Insurance & registration) issued for a motor vehicle or trailer, or a photocopy of it, must be carried in the motor vehicle, or in the case of a trailer, in the motor vehicle towing the trailer, at all times while the motor vehicle or trailer is on a highway. The documents must be produced when requested by a police officer. Failure to produce the documents is a fine of $109 and no points.
You cannot alter the original or the photo copy by blocking out your address. The document must be intact. I would suggest that if your fear is someone stealing your vehicle that you keep the photo copy in your wallet beside your drivers license. If you lend your vehicle out, make sure to give the operator of your vehicle the photo copy of your insurance and registration.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison

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Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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