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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 15, 2019 02:11 PM
From: Representative Greg Rothman
To: All House members
Subject: Modernizing and Expediting Vehicle Transfer Process with Electronic Power of Attorney (ePOA)
 

I will be introducing legislation to permit the use of electronic power of attorney (ePOA) documents when ownership of a vehicle is transferred for insurance purposes.

In the unfortunate event of a total loss auto claim, PennDOT requires the submission of a hard copy “secure power of attorney” (SPOA) form when ownership of a vehicle is transferred from the driver to their auto insurer. The outdated carbon copy SPOA form must be completed by hand and mailed to PennDOT, causing significant delay for policyholders and administrative inconvenience for insurers.

Specifically, my bill would amend Title 75 Pa.C.S. (Vehicles) § 7134 in the following ways:
  1. Permit the use of a secure power of attorney when an insured transfers ownership of their vehicle to an insurer
  2. Allow the power of attorney to be signed electronically by the transferor, consistent with federal and state law
  3. Require PennDOT to accept a power of attorney that is signed electronically, provided the system used can verify the identity of the person who has signed and submitted it
  4. Stipulate that PennDOT is not required to certify an electronic signature process or vendor
  5. Eliminate the requirement that odometer and other required disclosure statements be furnished in “written” format when the ownership of a vehicle is transferred
Please consider supporting this commence legislation to help Pennsylvania drivers.



Introduced as HB632