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Use of a Vehicle by an Unlicensed Driver: Owner's Duty

14604.  (a) No owner of a motor vehicle may knowingly allow another person to drive the vehicle upon a highway unless the owner determines that the person possesses a valid driver's license that authorizes the person to operate the vehicle. For the purposes of this section, an owner is required only to make a reasonable effort or inquiry to determine whether the prospective driver possesses a valid driver's license before allowing him or her to operate the owner's vehicle. An owner is not required to inquire of the department whether the prospective driver possesses a valid driver's license.

(b) A rental company is deemed to be in compliance with subdivision (a) if the company rents the vehicle in accordance with Sections 14608 and 14609.

Added Ch. 1221, Stats. 1994. Effective January 1, 1995.
Amended Sec. 3.5, Ch. 922, Stats. 1995. Effective January 1, 1996.