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625 ILCS 5/6-305
(625 ILCS 5/6-305)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-305)
Renting motor vehicle to another.
(a) No person shall rent a motor vehicle to any other person unless the
latter person, or a driver designated by a nondriver with disabilities and
meeting any minimum age and driver's record requirements that are uniformly
applied by the person renting a motor vehicle, is then duly licensed
hereunder or, in the case of a
nonresident, then duly licensed under the laws of the State or country of
his residence unless the State or country of his residence does not require
that a driver be licensed.
(b) No person shall rent a motor vehicle to another until he has
inspected, including through electronic or digital means, the driver's license of the person to whom the vehicle is to be
rented, or by whom it is to be driven, and verified the license is unexpired
unless, in the case of a
nonresident, the State or country wherein the nonresident resides does not
require that a driver be licensed.
(c) No person shall rent a motorcycle to another unless the latter
person is then duly licensed hereunder as a motorcycle operator, and in the
case of a nonresident, then duly licensed under the laws of the State or
country of his residence, unless the State or country of his residence does
not require that a driver be licensed.
(c-1) A rental car company that rents a motor vehicle shall ensure that the renter is provided with an emergency telephone number to personnel capable of fielding roadside assistance and other customer service inquiries, including the ability to provide the caller with the telephone number of the location from which the vehicle was rented, if requested by the caller. If an owner's manual is not available in the vehicle at the time of the rental, an owner's manual for that vehicle or a similar model shall be accessible by the personnel answering the emergency telephone number for assistance with inquiries about the operation of the vehicle.
(f) Subject to subsection (l), any person who rents a motor vehicle to another shall only
advertise, quote, and charge a rental rate that includes the entire amount
except taxes, a mileage charge, and airport concession charge, if any, which a renter must pay to hire
or lease the vehicle for the period of time to which the rental rate
The person must provide, on the request of the renter, based on the
available information, an estimated total of the daily rental rate,
including all applicable taxes, fees, and other charges, or an
estimated total rental charge, based on the return date of the vehicle
noted on the rental agreement. Further, if the rental agreement does
not already provide an estimated total rental charge, the following
statement must be included in the rental agreement:
"NOTICE: UNDER ILLINOIS LAW, YOU MAY REQUEST, BASED ON
AVAILABLE INFORMATION, AN ESTIMATED TOTAL DAILY RENTAL RATE, INCLUDING TAXES, FEES, AND OTHER CHARGES, OR AN ESTIMATED TOTAL RENTAL CHARGE, BASED ON THE VEHICLE RETURN DATE NOTED ON THIS AGREEMENT."
Such person shall not charge in addition to the rental rate,
taxes, mileage charge, and airport concession charge, if any, any fee which must be paid by the renter
as a condition of hiring or leasing the vehicle, such as, but not limited
to, required fuel or airport surcharges, nor any fee for transporting the
renter to the location where the rented vehicle will be delivered to the
renter. In addition to the rental rate, taxes, mileage charge, and airport concession charge, if any,
such person may charge for an item or service provided in connection with a
particular rental transaction if the renter can avoid incurring the charge by
choosing not to obtain or utilize the optional item or service. Items and
services for which such person may impose an additional charge include, but are
not limited to, optional insurance and accessories requested by the renter,
service charges incident to the renter's optional return of the vehicle to
a location other than the location where the vehicle was hired or leased,
and charges for refueling the vehicle at the conclusion of the rental
transaction in the event the renter did not return the vehicle with as much
fuel as was in the fuel tank at the beginning of the rental. "Airport concession charge" means a charge or fee imposed and collected from a renter to reimburse the motor vehicle rental company for the concession fee it is required to pay to a local government corporate authority or airport authority to rent motor vehicles at the airport facility. The airport concession charge is in addition to any customer facility charge or any other charge.
(f-5) A rental car company that offers a renter the opportunity to use a transponder or other electronic tolling device shall notify the renter of the opportunity to use the device at or before the beginning of the rental agreement.
If a vehicle offered by a rental car company is equipped with a transponder or other electronic tolling device and the company fails to notify the renter of the option to use the device, the rental car company shall not:
(1) charge a renter a fee of more than $2 each day
for the use of a transponder or other electronic tolling device; however, the company may recoup the actual cost incurred for any toll; and
(2) charge a renter a daily fee on any day the renter
does not drive through an electronic toll or only drives through an electronic toll collection system for which no alternative payment option exists.
(g) Every person renting a motor vehicle to another shall keep a record
of the registration number of the motor vehicle so rented, the name and
address of the person to whom the vehicle is rented, the number of the
license, if any, of said latter person, and the place
where the license, if any, was issued. Such record may be maintained in an electronic or digital format, and shall be open
inspection by any police officer or designated agent of the Secretary of
(h) A person licensed as a new car dealer under Section 5-101 of this
Code shall not be subject to the provisions of this Section regarding the
rental of private passenger motor vehicles when providing, free of charge,
temporary substitute vehicles for customers to operate during a period when
a customer's vehicle, which is either leased or owned by that customer, is
being repaired, serviced, replaced or otherwise made unavailable to the
customer in accordance with an agreement with the licensed new car dealer
or vehicle manufacturer, so long as the customer orally or in writing is
made aware that the temporary substitute vehicle will be covered by his or
insurance policy and the customer shall only be liable to the extent of any
amount deductible from such insurance coverage in accordance with the terms
of the policy.
(i) This Section, except the requirements of subsection (g), also applies
to rental agreements of 30 continuous days or less involving a motor
vehicle that was delivered by an out of State person or business to a
renter in this State.
(j) A public airport
may, if approved by its local government corporate authorities or its airport
authority, impose a customer facility charge upon customers of rental car
companies for the purposes of financing, designing, constructing,
operating, and maintaining consolidated car rental facilities and common
use transportation equipment and
which are used to transport the customer, connecting consolidated
car rental facilities with other airport facilities.
subsection (f) of this
Section, the customer facility charge shall
be collected by the rental car company as a separate charge, and clearly
a separate charge
on the rental agreement and invoice.
Facility charges shall be immediately deposited into a trust account
for the benefit of the airport and
remitted at the direction of the airport, but
not more often than once per month.
The charge shall be uniformly calculated on a per-contract or per-day
Facility charges imposed by the airport may not exceed the reasonable
costs of financing, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining the
consolidated car rental facilities and common use transportation equipment and
facilities and may not be used for any other purpose.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the charges collected
this Section are not subject to retailer occupation, sales,
or transaction taxes.
(k) When a rental car company states a rental rate in any of its rate
advertisements, its proprietary computer
reservation systems, or its in-person quotations
intended to apply to
an airport rental, a company that collects from its customers a customer
facility charge for that rental under subsection (j) shall do all of the
(1) Clearly and conspicuously disclose in any radio,
television, or other electronic media advertisements the existence and amount of the charge if the advertisement is intended for rentals at an airport imposing the charge or, if the advertisement covers an area with multiple airports with different charges, a range of amounts of customer facility charges if the advertisement is intended for rentals at an airport imposing the charge.
(2) Clearly and conspicuously disclose in any print
rate advertising the existence and amount of the charge if the advertisement is intended for rentals at an airport imposing the charge or, if the print rate advertisement covers an area with multiple airports with different charges, a range of amounts of customer facility charges if the advertisement is intended for rentals at an airport imposing the charge.
(3) Clearly and conspicuously disclose the existence
and amount of the charge in any telephonic, in-person, or computer-transmitted quotation from the rental car company's proprietary computer reservation system at the time of making an initial quotation of a rental rate if the quotation is made by a rental car company location at an airport imposing the charge and at the time of making a reservation of a rental car if the reservation is made by a rental car company location at an airport imposing the charge.
(4) Clearly and conspicuously display the charge in
any proprietary computer-assisted reservation or transaction directly between the rental car company and the customer, shown or referenced on the same page on the computer screen viewed by the customer as the displayed rental rate and in a print size not smaller than the print size of the rental rate.
(5) Clearly and conspicuously disclose and separately
identify the existence and amount of the charge on its rental agreement.
(6) A rental car company that collects from its
customers a customer facility charge under subsection (j) and engages in a practice which does not comply with subsections (f), (j), and (k) commits an unlawful practice within the meaning of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
(l) Notwithstanding subsection (f), any person who rents a motor vehicle to another may, in connection with the rental of a motor vehicle to (i) a business renter or (ii) a business program sponsor under the sponsor's business program, do the following:
(1) separately quote, by telephone, in person, or by
computer transmission, additional charges for the rental; and
(2) separately impose additional charges for the
(l-5) A person licensed under Section 5-101, 5-101.2, or 5-102 of this Code shall not participate in a rental-purchase agreement vehicle program unless the licensee retains the vehicle in his or her name and retains proof of proper vehicle registration under Chapter 3 of this Code and liability insurance under Section 7-601 of this Code. The licensee shall transfer ownership of the vehicle to the renter within 20 calendar days of the agreed-upon date of completion of the rental-purchase agreement. If the licensee fails to transfer ownership of the vehicle to the renter within the 20 calendar days, then the renter may apply for the vehicle's title to the Secretary of State by providing the Secretary the rental-purchase agreement, an application for title, the required title fee, and any other documentation the Secretary deems necessary to determine ownership of the vehicle. For purposes of this subsection (l-5), "rental-purchase agreement" has the meaning set forth in Section 1 of the Rental-Purchase Agreement Act.
(m) As used in this Section:
(1) "Additional charges" means charges other than:
(i) a per period base rental rate; (ii) a mileage charge; (iii) taxes; or (iv) a customer facility charge.
(2) "Business program" means:
(A) a contract between a person who rents motor
vehicles and a business program sponsor that establishes rental rates at which the person will rent motor vehicles to persons authorized by the sponsor; or
(B) a plan, program, or other arrangement
established by a person who rents motor vehicles at the request of, or with the consent of, a business program sponsor under which the person offers to rent motor vehicles to persons authorized by the sponsor on terms that are not the same as those generally offered by the rental company to the public.
(3) "Business program sponsor" means any legal
entity other than a natural person, including a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, government, municipality or agency, or a natural person operating a business as a sole proprietor.
(4) "Business renter" means any person renting a
motor vehicle for business purposes or, for any business program sponsor, a person who is authorized by the sponsor to enter into a rental contract under the sponsor's business program. "Business renter" does not include a person renting as:
(A) a non-employee member of a not-for-profit
(B) the purchaser of a voucher or other prepaid
rental arrangement from a person, including a tour operator, engaged in the business of reselling those vouchers or prepaid rental arrangements to the general public;
(C) an individual whose car rental is eligible
for reimbursement in whole or in part as a result of the person being insured or provided coverage under a policy of insurance issued by an insurance company; or
(D) an individual whose car rental is eligible
for reimbursement in whole or in part as a result of the person purchasing motor vehicle repair services from a person licensed to perform those services.
(Source: P.A. 100-450, eff. 1-1-18; 100-878, eff. 1-1-19; 101-611, eff. 6-1-20