Records of insurance information
(1) The Department of Transportation shall maintain computerized records of insurance information. The department’s computer system shall contain information submitted by insurers under ORS 742.580 (Report of cancellation, nonrenewal or issuance of motor vehicle liability policy) and 806.195 (Information submitted by insurers) and shall be accessible to law enforcement agencies in the state for the purpose of determining whether a particular person or vehicle is in compliance with the financial responsibility requirements of this state.
(2) Information provided to the department by insurers under ORS 742.580 (Report of cancellation, nonrenewal or issuance of motor vehicle liability policy) and 806.195 (Information submitted by insurers) may not be made available to anyone other than law enforcement officials, employees of the department acting in an official capacity, other governmental agencies if necessary for them to carry out their duties, powers or functions or individuals when the information is needed to determine insurance coverage of the individual requester or another individual.
(3) A computer system designed for the purposes specified in this section shall, to the extent possible, enable insurers to transfer information directly to the computer in a way that is most convenient for the insurers and the department.
(4) Records of insurance coverage maintained by the department under this section are for the purpose of helping law enforcement officials determine whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that a person is operating a vehicle in violation of ORS 806.010 (Driving uninsured prohibited). In any other dispute about motor vehicle insurance coverage, if there is a conflict between the records of the department and the records of the insurer, the records of the insurer shall be presumed to be accurate. [1993 c.746 §8; 2001 c.104 §299]
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