(415 ILCS 60/10) (from Ch. 5, par. 810)
    Sec. 10. Commercial applicator license. No commercial applicator shall use or supervise the use of any pesticide without a commercial license issued by the Director. For the years preceding the year 2001, the Director shall require an annual fee for commercial applicator license of $35. For the years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, the annual fee for a commercial applicator license is $45. For the years 2007 through 2017, the annual fee for a commercial applicator license is $60. For the years 2018 and thereafter, the fee for a multi-year commercial applicator license is $180. The late application fee for a commercial applicator license shall be $20 in addition to the normal license fee. A commercial applicator shall be assessed a fee of $10 for a duplicate license.
    1. Application for the commercial applicator license shall be made in writing on designated forms available from the Director. Each application shall contain information regarding the applicants qualifications, nature of the proposed operation, classification of license being sought, and shall include the following:
        A. The full name of the applicant.
        B. The address of the applicant.
        C. Any necessary information prescribed by the
    
Director on the designated application form.
    2. An applicant for a license shall demonstrate competence and knowledge regarding pesticide use in accordance with Section 9 of this Act.
    3. A licensed commercial applicator must provide to the Director at the time of original licensing and must maintain throughout the licensure period evidence of financial responsibility protecting persons who may suffer personal injury or property damage or both as a result of the pesticide operation of the applicant in either of the following manners:
        A. Evidence of responsibility may be provided in the
    
form of a surety bond for each licensed commercial applicator naming the licensed commercial applicator as principal of the bond. The amount of the bond shall be not less than $50,000 per year. It is permissible to provide two bonds; one for $25,000 for bodily injury liability and the second for $25,000 for property damage liability. The bond or bonds shall be made payable to the Director of Agriculture, State of Illinois, for the benefit of the injured party and shall be conditioned upon compliance with the provisions of this Act by the principal, his or her officers, representatives and employees; or
        B. Evidence of responsibility may be provided in the
    
form of a certificate of liability insurance providing coverage for each licensed commercial applicator or licensed entity in the amount of not less than $50,000 per person, $100,000 per occurrence bodily injury liability coverage, with an annual aggregate of not less than $500,000, and $50,000 per occurrence property damage liability, with an annual aggregate of not less than $50,000; or, in lieu thereof, a combined single limit of not less than $100,000 bodily injury and property damage liability combined, with an annual aggregate of not less than $500,000.
    4. Every insurance policy or bond shall contain a provision that it will not be cancelled or reduced by the principal or insurance company, except upon 30 days prior notice in writing to the Director of the Department at the Springfield, Illinois office and the principal insured. A reduction or cancellation of policy shall not affect the liability accrued or which may accrue under such policy before the expiration of the 30 days. The notice shall contain the termination date. Upon said reduction or cancellation, the Director shall immediately notify the licensee that his or her license will be suspended and the effective date until the minimum bond or liability insurance requirements are met by the licensee for the current license period.
    5. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to relieve any person from liability for any damage to persons or property caused by use of pesticides even though such use conforms to label instructions and pertinent rules and regulations of this State.
    6. The Director may renew any applicant's license in the classifications for which such applicant is licensed, subject to requalification requirements imposed by the Director. Requalification standards shall be prescribed by regulations adopted pursuant to this Act and are required to ensure that the licensed commercial applicator meets the requirements of changing technology and to assure a continued level of competence and ability.
    7. The Director may limit the license of an applicant to allow only the use of certain pesticides in a delimited geographic area, or to the use of certain application techniques or equipment. If a license is not issued as applied for, the Director shall inform the applicant in writing of the reasons and extend an opportunity for the applicant to complete the requirements for the license desired.
    8. For the purpose of uniformity, the Director may enter into agreements for accepting standards of qualification of other states as a basis for licensing commercial applicators.
(Source: P.A. 99-540, eff. 1-1-17.)