Oregon Statutes - Chapter 806 - Financial Responsibility Law - Section 806.130 - Self-insurance.

(1) To qualify as a self-insurer for purposes of financial responsibility requirements under ORS 806.060, a person must do all of the following:

(a) Apply to the Department of Transportation and be issued by the department a certificate of self-insurance under ORS 806.140.

(b) Either:

(A) Establish to the satisfaction of the department that the person possesses and will continue to possess the ability to pay and discharge judgments described under ORS 806.040 that might be obtained against the applicant; or

(B) Be qualified under the laws of the State of Oregon or under an ordinance of a city of this state to act as a self-insurer and be acting as a self-insurer.

(c) Agree to provide the same coverage and to pay the same amounts with respect to an accident occurring while the certificate is in force that an insurer would be obligated to provide and to pay under a motor vehicle liability insurance policy, including providing the coverage required under ORS 806.080 (1)(b) and uninsured motorist coverage and liability coverage to at least the limits specified in ORS 806.070.

(d) Have more than 25 motor vehicles including commercial buses registered in the personís name.

(2)(a) If an accident occurs while a certificate of self-insurance issued under ORS 806.140 is in force, the liability protection provided and the amounts paid under subsection (1)(c) of this section are secondary to any motor vehicle liability insurance or uninsured motorist coverage available to a customer of the self-insurer, an operator of the self-insured vehicle or an occupant of the self-insured vehicle unless otherwise agreed to by the self-insurer. A self-insurer is required to provide the minimum payments established under ORS 742.502 and 806.070 only when the motor vehicle liability insurance policy of a customer of the self-insurer or an operator of the self-insured vehicle does not provide the minimum required payments established in ORS 742.502 and 806.070.

(b) A self-insurer may recover from a customer of the self-insurer or an operator of the self-insured vehicle the amounts paid under subsection (1)(c) of this section.

(3) Nothing in this section requires a self-insurer to provide liability coverage when a person is operating the vehicle without permission of the self-insurer. [1983 c.338 §849; 1985 c.16 §430; 2007 c.287 §1]

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