It is not unusual for me to forget my wallet. I've shared some stories about that in the past. A new law here in Va. says that if you don't have your concealed weapon permit with you if you get stopped, it could be a $25 fine, but that the judge can waive the fine. That got me thinking, if I forgot my wallet, sure I could eventually get out of a charge, but what else could I do to prevent the need to go to court in the first place. I also thought back to when I was a cop and how many people that I pulled over that were licensed and had legal tags, but just didn't have their license and registration with them. It was kind of a pain in the neck for me to write down all their info in my notebook before going back to my cruiser. If they came back valid, I never wrote a single person for not having it in possession. It just slowed me down and slowed the driver down in getting done with me. So here's my idea...
Use my iPhone to take a closeup picture of my retired LEO credentials, my DL, my registration, and my car insurance card. There are a couple of things to give me pause... I've got to protect the info if I lose the phone - it locks and has to be opened by a password, I should probably make that time shorter... I would not let an officer take my phone back to his car with him, but I would offer to send him the photo by text message if he wanted.
This is certainly not a cure all. If a cop were a hard case, he or she would probably still write me no matter what, but I think the majority of officers would appreciate the effort. Am I missing anything here that makes this a bad idea? Does anyone know if there is "an app for that?" Some sort of ID Duplicate App? At least that way I wouldn't have to scroll through 378 photos of my dog and me smoking a cigar.