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Be ready, new online insurance verification coming to Alabama

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Beginning January 1, 2013, the state of Alabama will begin using a new Online Insurance Verification System (OIVS).  The new system, created through Act 688 in 2011 and signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley in 2012, allows authorities and county officials to instantly confirm a vehicle's coverage status. The online, real-time system will be used by officials issuing county license plates to verify the coverage status of a vehicle at the time of registration and by law enforcement officers.

Car owners will be unable to register their vehicle unless it is verified through OIVS or they can provide proof of coverage to the official issuing the license plate. The Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) is testing the program in 10 counties throughout the state before the statewide launch that is coming up on Jan. 1, 2013.

First-time offenders found lacking coverage face a fine of up to $500, which ramps up to $1,000 for second and subsequent violations. Repeat offenders can also have their driver's license and registration suspended for six months.

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