2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 47. Motor Vehicles
§47-7-601. Liability requirements - Proof of compliance - Nonresidents.

47 OK Stat § 47-7-601 (2014) What's This?

A. Every owner of a motor vehicle registered in this state, other than a licensed used motor vehicle dealer, shall, at all times, maintain in force with respect to such vehicle security for the payment of loss resulting from the liability imposed by law for bodily injury, death and property damage sustained by any person arising out of the ownership, maintenance, operation or use of the vehicle. Every person, while operating or using a motor vehicle registered in this state which is not owned by the person, shall maintain in force security for the payment of loss resulting from the liability imposed by law for bodily injury, death or property damage sustained by any person arising out of the operation or use of the vehicle, unless the security has been provided by the owner in accordance with this section which does not exclude the person from coverage.

B. 1. Unless otherwise provided by law, no motor vehicle shall be operated in this state unless there is in effect with respect to the vehicle security for the payment of loss resulting from the liability imposed by law for bodily injury, death and property damage sustained by any person arising out of the ownership, maintenance, operation or use of the vehicle. Every person, while operating or using a motor vehicle in this state which is not owned by the person, shall maintain in force security for the payment of loss resulting from the liability imposed by law for bodily injury, death or property damage sustained by any person arising out of the operation or use of the vehicle, unless the security has been provided by the owner in accordance with this section which does not exclude the person from coverage. Proof of security shall be carried in the vehicle at all times and shall be produced for inspection upon request by any law enforcement officer or representative of the Department of Public Safety and, in case of an accident, the proof shall be shown upon request of any person affected by the accident.

2. The nonresident owner of a motor vehicle not registered in this state may give proof of financial responsibility by providing proof of financial responsibility which is in compliance with the laws of the state in which the vehicle is registered or by filing with the Department a certificate of an insurance company authorized to transact insurance in the state in which the vehicle is registered, or if the nonresident does not own a motor vehicle, then in the state in which the insured resides, provided the certificate otherwise conforms to the provisions of this article, and the Department shall accept the certificate upon condition that the insurance company complies with the following provisions with respect to the policy so certified:

a.the insurance company shall execute a power of attorney authorizing the Department to accept service on its behalf or notice of process in any action arising out of a motor vehicle accident in this state, and

b.the insurance company shall agree in writing that its policies shall be deemed to conform with the laws of this state relating to the terms of motor vehicle liability policies issued in this state.

3. The provisions of this subsection shall apply to nonresident owners and operators of vehicles that are not registered in this state only if the state in which the vehicle is registered requires compulsory liability insurance. In which cases, compliance with the requirements of the law of the state of registration shall be deemed compliance with the laws of this state.

Added by Laws 1976, c. 176, § 1, operative Dec. 11, 1976. Amended by Laws 1980, c. 85, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; Laws 1982, c. 355, § 4, operative July 1, 1982; Laws 1993, c. 301, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 2009, c. 62, § 31, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.

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