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VEHICLES
(625 ILCS 5/) Illinois Vehicle Code.

625 ILCS 5/7-206

    (625 ILCS 5/7-206) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 7-206)
    Sec. 7-206. Release from liability. (a) A person shall be relieved from the requirement for deposit of security required by Section 7-201 in the event there shall be filed with the Secretary of State satisfactory evidence that the person who would otherwise be required to deposit security has been released from liability.
    (b) A covenant not to sue shall relieve the parties thereto as to each other from the security requirements of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 83-831.)

625 ILCS 5/7-207

    (625 ILCS 5/7-207) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 7-207)
    Sec. 7-207. Adjudication of non-liability.
    A person shall be relieved from the requirement for deposit of security, required by Section 7-201 of this Act, in the event there shall be filed with the Secretary of State evidence satisfactory of a final adjudication of non-liability.
(Source: P.A. 77-327.)

625 ILCS 5/7-208

    (625 ILCS 5/7-208) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 7-208)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-982)
    Sec. 7-208. Agreements for payment of damages. (a) Any 2 or more of the persons involved in a motor vehicle accident subject to the provisions of Section 7-201 or their authorized representatives, may at any time enter into a written agreement for the payment of an agreed amount in installments, with respect to all claims for injuries or damages resulting from the motor vehicle accident.
    (b) The Secretary of State, to the extent provided by any such written agreement properly filed with him, shall not require the deposit of security and shall terminate any prior order of suspension, or, if security has previously been deposited, the Secretary of State shall immediately return such security to the depositor or an appropriate personal representative.
    (c) In the event of a default in any payment under such agreement and upon notice of such default the Secretary of State shall forthwith suspend the driver's license and registration, or nonresident's operating privileges, of such person in default which shall not be restored unless and until:
        1. Such person deposits and thereafter maintains
    
security as required under Section 7-201 in such amount as the Secretary of State may then determine,
        2. Two years have elapsed since the acceptance of the
    
notice of default by the Secretary of State and during such period no action upon such agreement has been instituted in any court having jurisdiction, or
        3. The person enters into a second written agreement
    
for the payment of an agreed amount in installments with respect to all claims for injuries or damages resulting from the motor vehicle accident.
(Source: P.A. 90-774, eff. 8-14-98.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-982)
    Sec. 7-208. Agreements for payment of damages. (a) Any 2 or more of the persons involved in a motor vehicle crash subject to the provisions of Section 7-201 or their authorized representatives, may at any time enter into a written agreement for the payment of an agreed amount in installments, with respect to all claims for injuries or damages resulting from the motor vehicle crash.
    (b) The Secretary of State, to the extent provided by any such written agreement properly filed with him, shall not require the deposit of security and shall terminate any prior order of suspension, or, if security has previously been deposited, the Secretary of State shall immediately return such security to the depositor or an appropriate personal representative.
    (c) In the event of a default in any payment under such agreement and upon notice of such default the Secretary of State shall forthwith suspend the driver's license and registration, or nonresident's operating privileges, of such person in default which shall not be restored unless and until:
        1. Such person deposits and thereafter maintains
    
security as required under Section 7-201 in such amount as the Secretary of State may then determine,
        2. Two years have elapsed since the acceptance of the
    
notice of default by the Secretary of State and during such period no action upon such agreement has been instituted in any court having jurisdiction, or
        3. The person enters into a second written agreement
    
for the payment of an agreed amount in installments with respect to all claims for injuries or damages resulting from the motor vehicle crash.
(Source: P.A. 102-982, eff. 7-1-23.)

625 ILCS 5/7-209

    (625 ILCS 5/7-209) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 7-209)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-982)
    Sec. 7-209. Payment upon judgment. The payment of a judgment arising out of a motor vehicle accident or the payment upon such judgment of an amount equal to the maximum amount which could be required for deposit under this Article shall for the purposes of this Code be deemed satisfied.
(Source: P.A. 83-831.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-982)
    Sec. 7-209. Payment upon judgment. The payment of a judgment arising out of a motor vehicle crash or the payment upon such judgment of an amount equal to the maximum amount which could be required for deposit under this Article shall for the purposes of this Code be deemed satisfied.
(Source: P.A. 102-982, eff. 7-1-23.)

625 ILCS 5/7-210

    (625 ILCS 5/7-210) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 7-210)
    Sec. 7-210. Termination of Security Requirement.
    The Secretary of State, if satisfied as to the existence of any fact which under Sections 7-206, 7-207, 7-208, or 7-209 would entitle a person to be relieved from the security requirements of this Article, shall not require the deposit of security by the person so relieved from such requirement and shall terminate any prior order of suspension in respect to such person, or if security has previously been deposited by such person, the Secretary of State shall immediately return such deposit to such person.
(Source: P.A. 76-1586.)

625 ILCS 5/7-211

    (625 ILCS 5/7-211) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 7-211)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-982)
    Sec. 7-211. Duration of suspension.
    (a) Unless a suspension is terminated under other provisions of this Code, the driver's license or registration and nonresident's operating privilege suspended as provided in Section 7-205 shall remain suspended and shall not be renewed nor shall any license or registration be issued to the person until:
        1. The person deposits or there shall be deposited
    
and filed on the person's behalf the security required under Section 7-201;
        2. Two years have elapsed following the date the
    
driver's license and registrations were suspended and evidence satisfactory to the Secretary of State that during the period no action for damages arising out of a motor vehicle accident has been properly filed;
        3. Receipt of proper notice that the person has filed
    
bankruptcy which would include all claims for personal injury and property damage resulting from the accident;
        4. After the expiration of 5 years from the date of
    
the accident, the Secretary of State has not received documentation that any action at law for damages arising out of the motor vehicle accident has been filed against the person; or
        5. The statute of limitations has expired and the
    
person seeking reinstatement provides evidence satisfactory to the Secretary of State that, during the statute of limitations period, no action for damages arising out of a motor vehicle accident has been properly filed.
    An affidavit that no action at law for damages arising out of the motor vehicle accident has been filed against the applicant, or if filed that it is not still pending shall be prima facie evidence of that fact. The Secretary of State may take whatever steps are necessary to verify the statement set forth in the applicant's affidavit.
    (b) The driver's license or registration and nonresident's operating privileges suspended as provided in Section 7-205 shall also remain suspended and shall not be renewed nor shall any license or registration be issued to the person until the person gives proof of his or her financial responsibility in the future as provided in Section 1-164.5. The proof is to be maintained by the person in a manner satisfactory to the Secretary of State for a period of 3 years after the date the proof is first filed.
(Source: P.A. 102-52, eff. 1-1-22.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-982)
    Sec. 7-211. Duration of suspension.
    (a) Unless a suspension is terminated under other provisions of this Code, the driver's license or registration and nonresident's operating privilege suspended as provided in Section 7-205 shall remain suspended and shall not be renewed nor shall any license or registration be issued to the person until:
        1. The person deposits or there shall be deposited
    
and filed on the person's behalf the security required under Section 7-201;
        2. Two years have elapsed following the date the
    
driver's license and registrations were suspended and evidence satisfactory to the Secretary of State that during the period no action for damages arising out of a motor vehicle crash has been properly filed;
        3. Receipt of proper notice that the person has filed
    
bankruptcy which would include all claims for personal injury and property damage resulting from the crash;
        4. After the expiration of 5 years from the date of
    
the crash, the Secretary of State has not received documentation that any action at law for damages arising out of the motor vehicle crash has been filed against the person; or
        5. The statute of limitations has expired and the
    
person seeking reinstatement provides evidence satisfactory to the Secretary of State that, during the statute of limitations period, no action for damages arising out of a motor vehicle crash has been properly filed.
    An affidavit that no action at law for damages arising out of the motor vehicle crash has been filed against the applicant, or if filed that it is not still pending shall be prima facie evidence of that fact. The Secretary of State may take whatever steps are necessary to verify the statement set forth in the applicant's affidavit.
    (b) The driver's license or registration and nonresident's operating privileges suspended as provided in Section 7-205 shall also remain suspended and shall not be renewed nor shall any license or registration be issued to the person until the person gives proof of his or her financial responsibility in the future as provided in Section 1-164.5. The proof is to be maintained by the person in a manner satisfactory to the Secretary of State for a period of 3 years after the date the proof is first filed.
(Source: P.A. 102-52, eff. 1-1-22; 102-982, eff. 7-1-23.)

625 ILCS 5/7-212

    (625 ILCS 5/7-212) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 7-212)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-982)
    Sec. 7-212. Authority of Administrator and Secretary of State to decrease amount of security. The Administrator may reduce the amount of security ordered in any case within one year after the date of the accident, but in no event for an amount less than $1,500 (or $500 if any of the vehicles involved in the accident is subject to Section 7-601 but is not covered by a liability insurance policy in accordance with Section 7-601), if, in the judgment of the Administrator the amount ordered is excessive, or may revoke or rescind its order requiring the deposit of security in any case within one year after the date of the accident if, in the judgment of the Administrator, the provisions of Sections 7-202 and 7-203 excuse or exempt the operator or owner from the requirement of the deposit. In case the security originally ordered has been deposited the excess of the reduced amount ordered shall be returned to the depositor or his personal representative forthwith, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 7-214. The Secretary of State likewise shall have authority granted to the Administrator to reduce the amount of security ordered by the Administrator.
(Source: P.A. 95-754, eff. 1-1-09.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-982)
    Sec. 7-212. Authority of Administrator and Secretary of State to decrease amount of security. The Administrator may reduce the amount of security ordered in any case within one year after the date of the crash, but in no event for an amount less than $1,500 (or $500 if any of the vehicles involved in the crash is subject to Section 7-601 but is not covered by a liability insurance policy in accordance with Section 7-601), if, in the judgment of the Administrator the amount ordered is excessive, or may revoke or rescind its order requiring the deposit of security in any case within one year after the date of the crash if, in the judgment of the Administrator, the provisions of Sections 7-202 and 7-203 excuse or exempt the operator or owner from the requirement of the deposit. In case the security originally ordered has been deposited the excess of the reduced amount ordered shall be returned to the depositor or his or her personal representative forthwith, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 7-214. The Secretary of State likewise shall have authority granted to the Administrator to reduce the amount of security ordered by the Administrator.
(Source: P.A. 102-982, eff. 7-1-23.)

625 ILCS 5/7-213

    (625 ILCS 5/7-213) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 7-213)
    Sec. 7-213. Custody of security. Security deposited in compliance with the requirements of this Article shall be placed by the Secretary of State in the custody of the State Treasurer.
(Source: P.A. 83-831.)