TITLE 27
Insurance

CHAPTER 27-52
Reinsurance Intermediaries

SECTION 27-52-3


§ 27-52-3 Licensure.

(a) No person, firm, association, or corporation shall act as an RB in this state if the RB maintains an office either directly or as a member or employee of a firm or association, or an officer, director, or employee of a corporation:

(1) In this state, unless the RB is a licensed producer in this state; or

(2) In another state, unless the RB is a licensed producer in this state or another state having a law substantially similar to this law or the RB is licensed in this state as a nonresident reinsurance intermediary.

(b) No person, firm, association, or corporation shall act as an RM:

(1) For a reinsurer domiciled in this state, unless the RM is a licensed producer in this state;

(2) In this state, if the RM maintains an office either directly or as a member or employee of a firm or association, or an office, director, or employee of a corporation in this state, unless the RM is a licensed producer in this state;

(3) In another state for a nondomestic insurer, unless the RM is a licensed producer in this state or another state having a law substantially similar to this law or the person is licensed in this state as a nonresident reinsurance intermediary.

(c) The commissioner may require a RM subject to subsection (b) of this section to:

(1) File a bond in an amount from an insurer acceptable to the commissioner for the protection of the reinsurer; and

(2) Maintain an errors and omissions policy in an amount acceptable to the commissioner.

(d)(1) The commissioner may issue a reinsurance intermediary license to any person, firm, association, or corporation who has complied with the requirements of this chapter. Any license issued to a firm or association will authorize all the members of the firm or association and any designated employees to act as reinsurance intermediaries under the license, and all these persons shall be named in the application and any supplements to the application. Any license issued to a corporation shall authorize all of the officers, and any designated employees and directors of the corporation to act as reinsurance intermediaries on behalf of the corporation, and all these persons shall be named in the application and any supplements to the application;

(2) If the applicant for a reinsurance intermediary license is a nonresident, the applicant, as a condition precedent to receiving or holding a license, shall designate the commissioner as agent for service of process in the manner, and with the same legal effect, provided for by this chapter for designation of service of process upon unauthorized insurers, and also shall furnish the commission with the name and address of a resident of this state upon whom notices or orders of the commissioner or process affecting the nonresident reinsurance intermediary may be served. The licensee shall promptly notify the commissioner in writing of every change in its designated agent for service of process, and the change shall not become effective until acknowledged by the commissioner;

(3) The commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations mandating the term of license for each category of license issued pursuant to this chapter and no license shall remain in force for a period in excess of four (4) years. The fee for initial issuance of the license or for renewal of the license shall be one hundred dollars ($100) per annum for each year of the term of the license.

(e) The commissioner may refuse to issue a reinsurance intermediary license if, in his or her judgment, the applicant, any one named on the application, or any member, principal, officer, or director of the applicant, is not trustworthy, or that any controlling person of the applicant is not trustworthy to act as a reinsurance intermediary, or that any of the foregoing has given cause for revocation or suspension of the license, or has failed to comply with any prerequisite for the issuance of the license. Upon written request, the commissioner will furnish a summary of the basis for refusal to issue a license, which document shall be privileged and not subject to the Access to Public Records Act, chapter 2 of title 38.

(f) Licensed attorneys of this state when acting in their professional capacity as attorneys shall be exempt from this section.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1992, ch. 445, § 1.)