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NEW LAW HB-2610
LEARN ABOUT THE NEW MANDATORY INSURANCE VERIFICATION LAW IN ILLINOIS

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that the Secretary of State may implement an electronic motor vehicle liability insurance policy verification program to verify insurance coverage of motor vehicles required to be operated with liability insurance under the Code. Provides for information that an insurance company authorized to sell motor vehicle liability insurance in this State shall make available upon request to the Secretary. Provides that if the Secretary implements the program, he or she shall verify insurance coverage at least twice per calendar year and, if unable to verify coverage, shall provide the vehicle owner written notice allowing the owner 30 calendar days to provide proof of insurance on the date of the attempted verification or proof that the vehicle is inoperable. If the vehicle owner provides proof of insurance, the Secretary may verify the proof with the vehicle owner’s insurance company. If the vehicle owner fails to respond to the notice or is unable to provide proof of coverage or proof that the vehicle is inoperable, the Secretary shall suspend the vehicle’s registration. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Makes conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Act. Changes the title of the Act to the Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention and Insurance Verification Act. Provides that the Secretary of State shall appoint members of the Council (rather than the Governor) and the Director of the Department of State Police shall be the Chairman of the Council. Provides that the Council shall provide funding to the Secretary for the creation, implementation, and maintenance of an electronic motor vehicle liability insurance policy verification program. Makes conforming changes. Amends the State Finance Act to make conforming changes.

Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Uninsured Motorist Verification Advisory Committee Act. Provides that the Secretary of State shall establish and appoint an Uninsured Motorist Verification Advisory Committee consisting of representatives of the Department of Insurance and the insurance industry for the purpose of designing an electronic motor vehicle liability insurance verification program, including methods of funding, implementing, and operating the program. Provides that the program must: (1) require insurance companies to make relevant insurance information available to the Secretary; (2) provide a means of electronically verifying motor vehicle liability insurance policies; (3) require the Secretary to verify the existence of a liability insurance policy for every motor vehicle registered in Illinois once every 12 months; (4) allow the Secretary to request information from motor vehicle owners whose liability insurance cannot be verified; (5) suspend the registration of any motor vehicle owner that fails to respond or whose response shows the motor vehicle is not covered; (6) require insurance companies to assist the Secretary in verifying insurance information submitted in response to an information request; (7) authorize the Secretary to perform additional insurance verifications. Provides that this proposed legislation must not give the Secretary regulatory authority over insurance companies. Requires the Secretary to adopt rules for the electronic motor vehicle liability insurance verification system by January 1, 2016, subject to appropriation. Repeals the Act on July 1, 2016. Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Removes the requirement that applicants for vehicle registration provide insurance information for the vehicle for which registration issuance or renewal is being sought.

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