Motor and Other Vehicles

Safety Responsibility Administration – Security Following Accident

SECTION 31-31-16

§ 31-31-16. Drivers not licensed in state – Unregistered vehicles – Out of state accidents.

(a) In case the driver or the owner of a vehicle of a type subject to registration under the laws of this state involved in an accident within this state has no license or registration in this state, then the driver shall not be allowed a license, nor shall the owner be allowed to register any vehicle in this state, until the owner has complied with the requirements of this chapter to the same extent that would be necessary if, at the time of the accident, he or she had held a license or been the owner of a vehicle registered in this state.

(b) When a nonresident's operating privilege is suspended pursuant to § 31-31-9, the division of motor vehicles shall transmit a certified copy of the record of the action to the official in charge of the issuance of licenses and registration certificates in the state in which the nonresident resides, if the law of the other state provides for action similar to that provided for in subsection (c) of this section.

(c) Upon receipt of certification that the operating privilege of a resident of this state has been suspended or revoked in any other state pursuant to a law providing for its suspension or revocation for failure to deposit security for the payment of judgments arising out of a motor vehicle accident, under circumstances which would require the division of motor vehicles to suspend a nonresident's operating privilege had the accident occurred in this state, the division of motor vehicles shall suspend the license of the resident if he or she was the driver, and all of the resident's registrations if he or she was the owner of a motor vehicle involved in the accident. The suspension shall continue until the resident furnishes evidence of his or her compliance with the law of the other state relating to the deposit of the security.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1993, ch. 4, § 2.)