(625 ILCS 5/7-609)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 7-609)
Exemption for certain religious organizations.
to the following minimum criteria, the Secretary may exempt from the
provisions of Section 7-601 of this Code motor vehicles owned by a
religious organization or its members:
(1) The religious organization and its members hold a bona fide conviction that the
acquisition of insurance is contrary to their religious beliefs.
(2) The religious organization and its members submit to the Secretary
evidence that historically, over a period of time not less than two years,
they have paid or, by agreement with the other party or parties involved,
are paying in a timely manner for all damages for which they were or are liable.
(3) The religious organization has filed with the Secretary a current,
irrevocable letter of credit, valid for a period of 12 months and issued in
accordance with this Section and Article 5 of the Uniform Commercial Code,
approved July 31, 1961, as amended, by a financial institution chartered by
an agency of State or federal government. The Secretary of State by rule
and regulation shall establish the minimum amount of credit required.
(4) The religious organization and its members meet other requirement
which the Secretary by rule and regulation may prescribe.
(b) Upon accepting a letter of credit from a religious organization, the
Secretary shall issue a certificate of exemption for each motor vehicle
covered. The certificate of exemption shall serve as evidence of insurance
in accordance with Section 7-602 of this Code.
Not less than 30 days before a current letter of credit expires, or by
agreement between the issuer and customer is revoked, the religious
organization shall file with the Secretary a new letter of credit. If a new
letter of credit is not on file with the Secretary at the time the current
letter of credit expires or is revoked, the exemption of the religious
organization and its members shall expire and their certificates of
exemption shall become invalid.
(c) If credit is used to the extent that the remaining amount of credit
does not meet the minimum requirements of this Section, and the issuer
declines to reinstate the used portion of the credit or issue a new letter
of credit, the issuer immediately shall send written notice to the customer
and the Secretary that the current letter of credit on file with the
Secretary no longer meets the minimum requirements of the law.
If, within 30 days of receiving the notice, the Secretary has not
received and accepted a new letter of credit from the customer, the
exemption of that religious organization and its members shall expire and
their certificates of exemption shall become invalid.
(d) Upon the request of the plaintiff, if a person, known by the court
to be covered by a current letter of credit issued pursuant to this
Section fails to pay a judgment for damages within 30 days after the
judgment has become final, the clerk of the court within 10 days shall
forward to the Secretary a report of the person's failure to pay. The
report shall indicate that the person is covered by a letter of credit and,
if known by the court, the names of the issuer and the customer.
Upon receiving the report from the court, the Secretary shall notify the
religious organization that, unless the payment is made, 30 days after the
date of the mailing of the notice the exemption of the religious
organization and its members shall be terminated and their certificates of
exemption shall become invalid. If within the 30 days the religious
organization does not submit evidence that the payment has been made, or
furnish valid reasons why the payment has been delayed or not made, the
Secretary shall terminate the exemptions.
(e) The Secretary is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations
necessary for the administration of the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 86-149.)