§874. Duration of suspension, revocation, or withdrawal; reinstatement fees
A. The license and registration and nonresident's operating privilege suspended as provided in R.S. 32:872 shall remain so suspended and shall not be renewed nor shall any such license or registration be issued to such person until:
(1) Such person shall deposit or there shall be deposited on his behalf, the security required under R.S. 32:872; or
(2) One year shall have elapsed following the date of the accident and evidence satisfactory to the commissioner has been filed with him that during such period no action for damages arising out of the accident has been instituted; or
(3) Evidence satisfactory to the commissioner has been filed with him of a release from liability, or a final adjudication of nonliability, or a duly acknowledged written agreement, in accordance with Paragraph (6) of R.S. 32:873, provided however, in the event that there shall be any default in the payment of any installment under any duly acknowledged written agreement, then, upon written notice of such default, the commissioner shall forthwith suspend the license and registration or nonresident's operating privilege of such person defaulting which shall not be restored unless and until:
(a) Such person deposits and thereafter maintains security as required under R.S. 32:872 in such amount as the commissioner may then determine, or
(b) One year shall have elapsed following the date when such security was required and during such period no action upon such agreement has been instituted in a court in this state.
B.(1)(a) Any person whose license has been suspended, revoked, or withdrawn under any provision of this Chapter shall, after complying with the requirements of this Chapter, be required to pay a reinstatement fee or to show proof, in the instance in which the loss of license was predicated on failure to file the necessary reports that adequate insurance coverage existed, that in fact such coverage did timely exist, before such license may be reinstated and the license shall remain withdrawn and shall not be renewed, nor shall any such license be issued to such person, until payment of this reinstatement fee has been made or the proof shown. Upon receipt of said fee or proof, such license shall be reinstated provided all other requirements have been met.
(b) For a first offense there shall be a reinstatement fee of twenty-five dollars, for a second offense there shall be a reinstatement fee of one hundred dollars, and for any subsequent offense there shall be a reinstatement fee of two hundred dollars, provided the offenses occurred within a five-year period. The first offense occurring after five years from the prior first offense shall be deemed to be a first offense. The reinstatement fee contained herein shall be in addition to other appropriate registration fees allowed by law and reinstatement shall depend upon proof of compliance with the compulsory liability law.
(2) Proof of coverage in this Section shall include an original or photocopy of a Louisiana auto insurance identification card, or an image of the card that is displayed on a mobile electronic device, showing that the required security is in effect on the vehicle and has been continuous without lapse or an original or photocopy of any written communication from an insurer either to the insured or to the secretary stating that the required security is in effect on the vehicle and has been continuous without lapse. The original or photocopy of the insurance card, or an image of the card that is displayed on a mobile electronic device, or the written communication specified above shall constitute sufficient proof of coverage in this Section and, upon receipt of any of these documents, the license shall be reinstated provided all other requirements have been met. No reinstatement fee shall be charged when proof of coverage is provided, and any reinstatement fee which has been paid shall be refunded.
C. The commissioner may require a person to produce a paper copy of the insurance identification card in connection with any inquiry or transaction conducted by, or on behalf of, the commissioner.
D. Repealed by Acts 2001, No. 456, §2.
Acts 1952, No. 52, §7. Amended by Acts 1962, No. 495, §1; Acts 1967, No. 106, §1; Acts 1968, No. 601, §1; Acts 1976, No. 229, §1; Acts 1977, No. 419, §1, eff. July 1, 1977; Acts 1980, No. 273, §1; Acts 1983, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 33, §2, eff. Jan. 19, 1983; Acts 1986, No. 1060, §1; Acts 1988, No. 269, §1; Acts 1992, No. 984, §18; Acts 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 40, §1; Acts 2001, No. 456, §§1 and 2; Acts 2012, No. 824, §1.