Sen. Ron Sharp
Governor signs bill improving online insurance verification
Gov. Fallin signed legislation Monday to help further
reduce the number of uninsured drivers in Oklahoma. Sen.
Ron Sharp is the principal Senate author of Senate Bill 115
to transfer oversight of the Compulsory Insurance Online Verification
System (OCIVS) for motor vehicle liability policies from the Department
of Public Safety (DPS) to the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID).
“Oklahoma has the highest percentage of uninsured drivers
in the nation, which is unacceptable. We need to do all we can
to stop this illegal activity and transferring oversight of the
Compulsory Insurance Online Verification System is a great step,”
said Sharp, R-Shawnee. “The current system is often unreliable
because DPS hasn’t been able to afford to update and improve
the system. The Insurance Department has the financial ability
to maintain this important system and also regulatory authority
over insurance companies making it the best agency to oversee
According to DPS, around 600,000 or 26 percent of Oklahomans are
driving uninsured. The Oklahoma Compulsory Insurance Verification
System was created by DPS to help law enforcement officers, tag
agents, and court clerks quickly verify if a driver has auto insurance.
SB 115 requires that the system and the Uninsured Vehicle Enforcement
Program be transferred by January 1, 2018. It requires the Tax
Commission and DPS to cooperate with OID in ongoing improvement
and maintenance of the system. Under the new law, the Insurance
Commissioner will be authorized to initiate an administrative
proceeding against an insurance company that is not providing
vehicle insurance policy information to the online verification
system. The bill also allows a motor license agent or other registering
agency to accept security verification from a licensed insurance
producer or customer service representative if the online verification
system is not online or the information is otherwise unavailable.
SB 115, which is coauthored by Rep. Lewis Moore (R-Arcadia), will
become effective November 1, 2017.
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