About Court Status
Mississippi has the highest percentage of uninsured vehicles in the United States. This places a heavy burden on those who are involved in accidents with uninsured drivers, as well as vehicle owners who pay higher premiums due to our state’s uninsured rate. We built the Court Status program in partnership with local law enforcement agencies to address this issue, with the goal being increased compliance, not punishment.
The Court Status Diversion program allows individuals to resolve their non-insured vehicle status without high-cost court fines and fees and without the offense going on their driving records. Using the state’s database of license plate numbers, VINs, and insurance status, law enforcement officers verify the insurance status of vehicles being driven on public roadways. Those officers make the determination without access to the owner’s or driver’s identity, address, or other personal information. The vehicle owner is identified only after it is confirmed that a vehicle is uninsured. The driver is not identified at all, as the vehicle owner has responsibility for insurance in the state of Mississippi.
- The Court Status Diversion program has been reviewed and approved by the State.
- No tax revenue is spent; all program operational costs are funded within the program.
- Vehicle owners pay a reduced program fee compared to traditional court fine and fees.
- Individual privacy is protected.
- Law enforcement personnel can focus more time on other crimes.