Insurance Verification System Lacks Reliability

Wednesday, December 24th 2008, 8:58 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's new electronic system to verify automobile insurance is operational, but not yet reliable.

A law passed in 2006 takes effect Jan. 1 and allows law enforcement agencies and tag agents to check for up-to-date automobile insurance electronically through a database maintained
by the Department of Public Safety.

State Tax Commission officials say the system is in place but testing shows it's accurate only 60 percent of the time.

Project manager David Beatty says the system is able to verify coverage from some insurance companies but a few have not entered clients' information in the database.

Beatty says he hopes the new system will be reliable within six months.  Until then law enforcement and tag agents are being told not to rely on the information the system provides.