Agent's Procedures Manual
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In 1997, the Florida Legislature established the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office ("FSLSO" or "Service Office") as a self-regulating, non-profit association in which all Florida licensed surplus lines agents are recognized as members.
Mission: To protect public revenues and serve our customers by facilitating compliance and providing assistance and information regarding the Florida surplus lines marketplace.
Vision: The FSLSO is a national leader in facilitating the placement and taxation of surplus lines insurance, utilizing leading edge technology to maximize efficiency and developing innovative customer solutions.
- Efficiency - the ability to do something well or achieve a desired result without wasted energy or effort; productive use of resources; the degree to which something is done well or without wasted energy.
- Effectiveness - producing the desired or intended result; producing a favorable impression; successful, especially in producing a strong or favorable impression on people.
The Goals of FSLSO are:
- Protect consumers seeking insurance in this state
- Protect the revenues of this state
- Permit surplus lines insurance to be placed with eligible surplus lines insurers
- Promote and permit orderly access to surplus lines insurance in this state
- Enhance the number and types of insurance products available to consumers in this state,
- Provide a source of advice and counsel for the benefit of consumers
- Provide a source of advice and counsel for the benefit of surplus lines agents in their compliance with the Florida Insurance Code,
- Provide a source of advice and counsel for the benefit of insurers in their compliance with the Florida Insurance Code, and,
- Provide a source of advice to government agencies concerning the operation of the surplus lines insurance market.
Each Florida licensed surplus lines agent is required by law to report information for insurance policy or document with the Service Office as provided by the FSLSO Plan of Operations. The FSLSO maintains records of policy information reported and provides to each surplus lines agent a report of business submitted. This manual is designed to assist you in filing this information with the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office, as well as complying with the rules and regulations outlined by the Florida Insurance Code.
MEMBERSHIP IN THE FLORIDA SURPLUS LINES SERVICE OFFICE DOES NOT IN ANY WAY AFFECT YOUR OBLIGATION TO COMPLY WITH THE SURPLUS LINES LAW AND OTHER FLORIDA INSURANCE REGULATIONS.
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Any individual, licensed as a surplus lines agent under §626.927 and §626.9272, Florida Statutes, shall be deemed a member of the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office association (FSLSO).
Each newly licensed and appointed surplus lines agent must register with FSLSO by completing the registration process via SLIP.
Agents are required to renew their self appointment every two (2) years during their birth month. This can be done by going to the Department of Financial Services website at https://dice.fldfs.com/public/pb_index.aspx.
The Service Office must be informed if there is a change in address or other contact information so that all necessary reports and correspondence can be directed properly. You may update this information through the Surplus Lines Information Portal (SLIP) or
through your FTP (batch filing) submission. Notifying FSLSO does not replace your obligation to notify the Department of a change of address or other contact information.
Failure to report to the Service Office within thirty (30) days after a change of principal business street address, mailing address or email address may result in administrative action by the Department of Financial Services.
If you determine that you will not be renewing your surplus lines appointment, or if you surrender your surplus lines license voluntarily, you must notify the Service Office and the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Agent & Agency Services, Bureau of Licensing in writing. Notifying FSLSO does not replace your obligation to notify the Department of your intentions to non-renew or surrender your surplus lines license.
It is your responsibility, as the Surplus Lines countersigning agent, to complete the prescribed form when transferring business upon termination of employment with an agency. You can view instructions for completing a transfer of business from the following FSLSO web address: http://www.fslso.com/publications/forms/index.aspx.
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DILIGENT EFFORT STATEMENTS
Each surplus lines agent shall maintain, as part of each insured's file, a copy of the producing agent's documentation of diligent effort. This documentation shall be made available for inspection upon request by the Service Office. It is the responsibility of the surplus lines agent to verify that the producing agent has made a diligent effort to place the coverage with an authorized insurer. Verification should include more than acceptance of the diligent effort statement by the surplus lines agent from the producing agent. The diligent effort statement must meet the requirements of §626.916(1), 626.916 (3)(a) & (b) and the Office of Insurance Regulation Rule 69P-5.003 as referenced, 69P-5.003 Statement of Diligent Effort.
When placing coverage with an eligible surplus lines insurer, the surplus lines agent must verify that a diligent effort has been made by requiring from the retail or producing agent a properly documented statement of diligent effort on form DI4-1153 (7/94), "Statement of Diligent Effort", which is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference. Copies of form DI-1153 may be obtained from: http://www.fslso.com/publications/forms/Diligent.Effort.pdf.
Declinations must be documented on a risk-by-risk basis. Specific Authority 624.308, 626.916(2) FS. Law Implemented 624.307(1), 626.913(2), 626.916(1)(a), 626.930(1) FS. History-New 10-1-91, Formerly 4-11.005, Amended 8-28-94, Formerly 4J-5.003. Certain lines of coverages may be exempt from the diligent effort search requirement as specified in the above referenced statutes. Additional guidance regarding compliance with the diligent effort and the disclosure requirements are included in the "Surplus Lines Rules of Practice" section of this manual.
Failure to maintain proper documentation is grounds for administrative action by the Department of Financial Services. Penalties for violating this section include disciplinary action up to and including administrative penalty, supervision or revocation of all licenses by the Department of Financial Services.
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EXEMPT COMMERCIAL PURCHASER
The Non-Admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010 (NRRA) created a new type of insurance purchaser which is referred in the act as "exempt commercial purchaser." The NRRA now provides a nationwide standard for the automatic export of risks for these "qualified" insureds. As defined by the NRRA, an "exempt commercial purchaser" is a person purchasing commercial insurance that, at the time of placement, meets all of the following requirements:
- The person employs or retains a qualified risk manager to negotiate insurance coverage.
- The person has paid aggregate nationwide commercial property and casualty insurance premiums in excess of $100,000 in the immediately preceding twelve (12) months.
- The person meets at least 1 of the following criteria:
- (I) The person possesses a net worth in excess of $20,000,000.
- (II) The person generates annual revenues in excess of $50,000,000.
- (III) The person employs more than 500 full-time or full-time equivalent employees per individual insured or is a member
of an affiliated group employing more than 1,000 employees in the aggregate.
- (IV) The person is a not-for-profit organization or public entity generating annual budgeted expenditures of at least $30,000,000.
- (V) The person is a municipality with a population in excess of 50,000 persons.(Effective on the fifth January 1 occurring after the date of the enactment of this subtitle and each fifth January 1 occurring thereafter, the amounts in subclauses (I), (II), and (IV) of clause (i) shall be adjusted to reflect the percentage change for such 5-year period in the Consumer Price Index for
All Urban Consumers published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor.)
Where the insurance buyer is an Exempt Commercial Purchaser, the surplus lines agent is relieved of the diligent search requirements if:
- The agent procuring or placing the surplus lines insurance has disclosed to the exempt commercial purchaser that such insurance may or may not be available from the admitted market that may provide greater protection with more regulatory oversight, and;
- The exempt commercial purchaser has subsequently requested in writing the agent to procure or place such insurance from a nonadmitted insurer.
With regards to the agents that will be working with exempt commercial purchasers: It is advisable that prior to July 21, they have the necessary NRRA disclosures and forms available. There is no standard form to use, and agents may build their own form or affidavit. This documentation should be kept with your files; FSLSO's compliance review analysts will be looking for this documentation during your compliance review.
A copy of the Statement of Diligent Effort is available for download at: http://www.fslso.com/publications/forms/Diligent.Effort.pdf
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DESCRIPTION OF COVERAGE CODES
A full description of coverage codes can be accessed at: http://www.fslso.com/tools/CoverageCodesFull.aspx
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AGENTS' FILING PROCEDURES
Florida Statute, 626.921, created the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office Association and provides that "All surplus lines agents shall as a condition of holding a surplus lines license in this state, report to and file with the Service Office a copy of, or information on all surplus lines policies or documents as provided in section (7) (B) of the Plan of Operation."
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Florida Single State risks: All premium bearing policy transactions placed with an eligible surplus lines insurer, taxable or non-taxable, must be electronically submitted to the FSLSO in the prescribed electronic format via the Internet or SLIP within thirty (30) days from the effective date of the transaction. The prescribed file format can be found on the FSLSO website at: http://www.fslso.com/software/FTPsubmit.aspx. SLIP may also be found on the FSLSO website at: https://slip.fslso.com.
Florida Home State Multi-State risks: A multi-state policy wherein the home state of the insured is Florida should be filed with the Surplus Lines Clearinghouse at: http://www.slclearinghouse.com
Each submission shall contain the following information for each transaction:
- Surplus lines agents name and license number
- Surplus lines agent's agency name
- Surplus lines agent's agency license or registration number
- Name of the insured
- Policy number
- Unique Market Reference Number (UMR) for Lloyd's transactions
- Named Insurer(s) and the NAIC number of insurer(s) participating on the risks
- The primary zip code of risk (must be a valid Florida zip code)
- County location of primary risk (must be a valid Florida County)
- Coverage code as provided in manual
- Tax Status:
- 0 = taxable
- 1= non-taxable airport liability/aircraft hull liability
- 2 = non-taxable governmental, state, county or municipalities
- 3 = non-taxable ocean marine/ocean cargo/motor truck cargo and
- 4 = non-taxable entities exempted from taxes, service fee, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation and Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund assessments (e.g. Hospital Alliances)
- 5 = non-taxable entities exempted from taxes, service fee, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation and Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund assessments and EMPA assessments (e.g. Hospital Alliances on coverages exempt from EMPA assessments)
- Transaction types as follows:
- 1 = new business
- 2 = additional premium endorsements
- 3 = return premium endorsements
- 4 = policy cancellation
- 5 = policy renewal
- 6 = reinstatement
- 11 = back out of new business
- 12 = back out of additional premium
- 13 = back out of return premium
- 14 = back out of cancellation
- 15 = back out of renewal
- 16 = back out of reinstatement
- Gross premium charged or returned, including policy and/or inspection fees (excluding service fees, taxes and assessments)
- Effective and expiration date
- Issue Date and Late Reason if submission is more than 30 days after the transactions' effective date.
Insurance coverage of wet marine, transportation risks, or aviation risks including incidental airport and products liability, including hangarkeeper's liability, are exempt from the five (5%) percent premium receipts tax, but are subject to the service fee and the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF) assessment, and should be included in your submission reports to the FSLSO with the appropriate tax status and coverage code.
Examples of correct coverage code/tax status combinations:
- (3002) Ocean Marine-Hull &/or Protection & Indemnity - Tax Status - 3
- (9000) Commercial Aircraft - Tax Status - 1
- (9002) Aviation Cargo - Tax Status 1
- (3003) Ocean Marine Cargo - Tax Status 3
- (9003) Incidental Airport and Products Liability - Tax Status 1
- (9004) Hangarkeeper's Liability - Tax Status 1
- (4002) Motor Truck Cargo - Tax Status 3
Tax status 2 may be used with any of the coverage codes, but only if the insurance is covering risks of state government or its agencies, or of any county or municipality or of any agency thereof.
Insurance premiums on the following subjects of insurance are exempt from the service fee and the premium receipts tax but, are subject to applicable assessments and the EMPA surcharge should be included in your submission reports with the appropriate tax status which is 2:
- State, county, or government entities or any agencies thereof;
- Municipalities or any agencies thereof;
Insurance premiums on the following described subjects of insurance must be issued pursuant to §626.916 F. S., and the premium receipts tax, service fee, and applicable assessments are charged. The applicable tax status is 0:
- Pleasure Boats
- Private Aircraft used solely for personal pleasure, family use, or transportation of executives, employees and guests of the insured.
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SUBMISSION CONTACT INFORMATION
The submission contact should be someone that the Service Office can reach out to regarding questions or issues with the submission.
- FTP - FSLSO's FTP Submit Software requires entry of a submission contact person.
- SLIP - SLIP provides an area where agents may add submission contacts associated with their filings, if you would like other members of your staff to have access to your policy data via SLIP, they must be added as a SLIP user. You can set up your SLIP users and edit user information under the Users Tab.
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When completing a filing with FSLSO, the agent will receive either a confirmation number (if using Agent SLIP) or a submission response (when using the FTP Submit Software).
- FTP Submissions - An initial response will be sent out via e-mail acknowledging that the FSLSO received the electronic submission. There will be a confirmation number assigned to each transaction filed. The confirmation number will be transmitted back to the agent or agent contact via e-mail.
- Rejected Submissions - Occasionally, a submission will be rejected and you will not receive confirmation numbers. A response will be sent indicating that your entire submission, not just the transactions that are shown with a reference number has been rejected.
Reason: Invalid Back out Ref#______, Policy# _______
When you receive this message, it is important to determine what errors were made, make the necessary corrections, and resubmit the entire file. If you cannot determine where the errors are, please call the Service Office at (800) 562-4496, ext. 104, ext. 106, or ext. 129.
Feel free to call anytime; we are here to help and want to assist you in every way possible to keep your
submissions importing properly and timely. This also prevents transactions from eventually appearing in the Transactions in Question (TIQ) file.
- SLIP Submissions - Please note that in a SLIP submission, a confirmation number is generated upon acceptance of the transaction. You will not receive a submission response email after making each submission in SLIP.
Confirmation numbers will begin with either an "A" or "Q." A = Accepted and Q = Questioned. When you receive a confirmation number that begins with a "Q", it is important that you determine what error(s) was/were made, make the necessary corrections and submit the correction (s). If you cannot determine what caused the error, please contact the Service Office.
Please note that in a SLIP submission, a confirmation number is generated upon acceptance of the transaction. You will not receive a submission response email after making each submission in SLIP.
Agents must maintain confirmation numbers received from FSLSO in their office and make them available upon review of the agent's files.
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A disclaimer will be placed on responses for all submissions accepted by the FSLSO advising that:
Receipt and acknowledgment by the FSLSO of policies and/or documents filed does not constitute approval by the FSLSO, or compliance of the submission with Florida Law. Compliance is the responsibility of the agent and/or policyholder providing the policies or coverages.
Transactions that are not submitted in the proper electronic format will not be accepted by FSLSO.
Do not submit non-premium bearing endorsement transactions.
Agents are prohibited from delivering a surplus lines insurance contract to the insured unless it has been filed with, and a confirmation number provided to the agent by the FSLSO.
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SURPLUS LINES INFORMATION PORTAL
The Florida Surplus Lines Service Office's Surplus Lines Information Portal (SLIP) provides a web-based mechanism for Florida licensed surplus lines agents to electronically submit policy information to the Service Office. Additionally, SLIP provides users the ability to not only view previously submitted data, but to also edit policy information and back out transaction data. With SLIP, you have the capabilities to run a variety of reports (including Monthly & Quarterly Transaction Reports, Transactions in Question, Submission Responses, etc.), track current industry news items, file your Quarterly Report Affidavit, and many other functions.
For detailed instructions on using SLIP, please visit the Education page on FSLSO.com.
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30 -DAY FILING REQUIREMENT VIOLATION PROCEDURES
Agents are required to file policy information thirty (30) days from the effective date of the policy. Agents who file at least fifty (50%) percent or more of their transactions in violation of the thirty (30) day filing requirement (30 days from the effective date of the transaction) may be referred to the Department of Financial Services and assessed a late filing penalty in accordance with the following procedures:
- On the first business day of each month, a report will be generated to identify agents who filed fifty (50%) percent or more transactions past the thirty (30) days due date.
- This report will identify transactions received in the prior month that were reported after the thirty (30) day filing deadline. (For example, August 1, 2011 report will be generated on September 1, 2011)
- Each agent listed on the late filing report, with ten (10) or more late filed transactions, may be reported to the Department of Financial Services for appropriate administrative action, including but not limited to a late filing penalty.
- Unreported premium bearing transactions verified through the Compliance Review or Variance Process will be assessed a nine (9%) percent interest penalty compounded annually in accordance with Sections 626.932(2)(b) and 626.9325(2)(b), Florida Statutes.
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FILING QUARTERLY REPORT AFFIDAVITS
Each licensed and appointed surplus lines agent must file a Quarterly Report Affidavit on or before the 45th day following each calendar quarter. (For example, quarter ending December 31, 2010 affidavits are due by February 14, 2011). Affidavits should be submitted to FSLSO via SLIP. SLIP will auto-fill the premium reported to FSLSO during the quarter. If no business was submitted during the quarter, the affidavit will indicate $0 premium.
An agent who does not transact business during the quarter, that has an active surplus lines license and appointment, MUST file a Quarterly Report Affidavit indicating no business was transacted during the quarter. The affidavit should be submitted via SLIP.
Agents who fail to file an affidavit when due, may be subject to a fine by the Department of Financial Services up to $50 per day for each day the neglect continues, beginning the day after the affidavit was due until the date it was received by the FSLSO.
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LATE FILING QUARTERLY REPORT AFFIDAVITS REFERRAL PROCEDURES
I. AUTHORITY AND REFERENCES
Florida Statute: Sections 626.931 and 626.936
II. STATEMENT OF POLICY
All licensed and appointed surplus lines agents are required to file a Quarterly Report Affidavit on or before the 45th day following each calendar quarter. Any licensed surplus lines agent who neglects to file a report or an affidavit in the form and within the time required or provided for in the Surplus Lines Law, may be fined by the Department up to $50 per day for each day the neglect continues, beginning the day after the report or affidavit was due until the date the report or affidavit is received.
PURPOSE OR OBJECTIVE
The purpose of these procedures is to enforce the statutory Quarterly Report Affidavit filing requirement and to ensure that agents report and pay taxes on business written pursuant to the Surplus Lines Law.
All late filed Quarterly Report Affidavits will be handled as follows:
- Each licensed and appointed Surplus Lines Agent shall file with the FSLSO a Quarterly Report Affidavit on or before the 45th day following the end of each calendar quarter.
- For the purpose of referring an agent to the Department of Financial Services to assess a fine FSLSO shall use the postmark or receipt date of the Affidavit.
- A letter is electronically mailed to each agent who has not filed their Affidavits advising them that their Affidavit has not been received and he/she is subject to a possible fine by the Department of Financial Services.
- At the close of the business day on the 45th day after the end of the calendar quarter when the report is due, a list is generated of all agents whose Affidavits have not been received. Agents who do not comply may be referred to the Department of Financial Services for administrative action.
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Surplus lines insurance premiums are subject to a five (5%) percent premium receipts tax. The
surplus lines agent shall collect from the insured the amount of tax due at the time of delivery of a
cover note, certificate of insurance, policy, or other confirmation of insurance, in addition to the
full amount of gross premium charged by the insurer for insurance.
The tax applies to all surplus lines insurance policies, including additional premium endorsements
written on behalf of Florida insureds, except insurance risks for state government or its agencies,
or of any county or municipality, or of any agency thereof. Insurance premiums for wet marine
and transportation, or aviation risks written in accordance with §626.917, are also exempted from
the premium receipt tax. The surplus lines agent is prohibited from absorbing such tax as an
inducement for insurance or for any other reason, rebating all or any part of such tax or
During the 2011 legislative session, an amendment was passed to Florida Statute 626.932 which
requires a surplus lines agent to determine the home state of the multi-state risk. When Florida is
determined to be the home state, regardless of the location of the risk (except for premium associated with risk located outside of the United States and its territories), the entire surplus lines
premium must be filed with the Service Office and will be taxed based upon that respective state's
(or states') tax rate and percentage of exposure. All information pertaining to the filing of multi-state risk exposures is available from the Surplus Lines Clearinghouse at: http://www.slclearinghouse.com.
FSLSO will collect the premium receipts tax by generating an invoice specific to the Department
of Financial Services that will be sent on a quarterly basis.
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The service fee established by the FSLSO Board of Governors and approved by the Office for all
new and renewal policies effective April 1, 2013 and thereafter is 0.2%. The service fee for
all new and renewal policies effective April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2012 is 0.1%. The service fee assessed
for each policy, cover note, or other confirmation of insurance and other premium bearing
documents submitted to the FSLSO, shall fund the services performed by FSLSO. The service fee
shall be collected from the insured and paid by the surplus lines agent. Service fees should be
shown separately on all policies, binders, additional premium endorsements, or other confirmation
of insurance, and must be labeled "service fee."
The service fee should be charged on all surplus lines insurance policies gross premium (plus
agent policy fee and inspection fees). This includes additional premium endorsements written on
behalf of Florida insureds, except insurance risks for state government or its agencies, or of any
county or municipality, or of any agency thereof.
For multi-state policies effective July 1, 2011, in which Florida is the home state the fee collected
shall be computed on the gross premium (except for premium associated with risks located outside of the United States and its territories). Insurance coverage of wet marine and transportation, or
aviation risks written in accordance with §626.917, is subject to the service fee. The surplus lines
agent is prohibited from absorbing such fee or, as an inducement for insurance or for any other
reason, rebating all or any part of such fee or commission.
Please note: The Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance (EMPA) Trust Fund
surcharge, the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation and Florida Hurricane Catastrophe
Fund Assessments are not subject to the service fee and the premium receipt tax.
The service fee is not included in the tax computation and should be shown separately on the
declaration page. The Service Office will collect the service fee by generating an invoice specific
to the FSLSO Service Fee that will be sent along with the premium receipts tax invoice on a
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CITIZENS' PROPERTY INSURANCE CORPORATION (CITIZENS) ASSESSMENT
For policies effective July 1, 2011 and thereafter, FSLSO will apply a 1% Citizens Property
Insurance Corporation (Citizens') emergency assessment approved by the Office of Insurance
Regulation (OIR) referenced by informational memorandum (OIR-11-03M). The 1% assessment
will be applicable on all new and renewal surplus lines policies and any subsequent endorsements
to those policies with an effective date on or after July 1, 2011. The assessment period will
continue until further notice.
Following are the business rules for levying assessments:
- Assessments will be invoiced quarterly.
- Assessments will always be charged based on transactions and will be calculated as a percentage (up to two decimal places) of the transaction's premium and policy fees.
- One transaction can have multiple assessments at any given time.
- Each assessment will be treated separately and assessment amounts for each assessment will be calculated separately.
- The amount of each assessment is determined by Citizens.
- Assessments will be calculated based upon the effective date of new business or renewal transactions. Assessments for additional premium endorsements will be based upon the effective date of the policy.
- The assessment is refundable on a proportional basis for return premium endorsements, cancellations and backouts.
The following surplus lines coverages and their specific codes have been identified as subject to the Citizens assessment:
- 1000 Commercial Property
- 1001 Builders Risk
- 1002 Business Income
- 1003 Apartments (Commercial)
- 1005 Commercial Package
- 1006 Condominium (Commercial)
- 1009 Earthquake
- 1010 Flood
- 1012 Mortgagee Impairment
- 1013 Windstorm and/or Hail
- 1014 Mold Coverage (Commercial)
- 1016 Excess Flood (Commercial)
- 2000 Homeowners - HO-1
- 2001 Homeowners - HO-2
- 2002 Homeowners - HO-3
- 2003 Tenant Homeowners - HO-4
- 2004 Homeowners - HO-5
- 2005 Condo Unit-Owners - HO-6
- 2006 Homeowners - HO-8
- 2007 Dwelling Builders Risk
- 2008 Dwelling Flood
- 2009 Dwelling Property
- 2010 Farm Owners Multi-Peril
- 2011 Mobile Homeowners
- 2012 Windstorm
- 2013 Mold Coverage (Residential)
- 2015 Excess Flood (Residential
FSLSO will collect the assessment fee by generating an invoice specific to the Citizens
assessment that will be sent along with the premium receipts tax invoice on a quarterly basis.
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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PREPARDENESS AND ASSISTANCE SURCHARGE (EMPA)
Effective January 1, 2006 FSLSO began collecting the Emergency Management Preparedness
and Assistance (EMPA) Trust Fund surcharge. While the EMPA surcharge is not new, the 2005
Legislative Session amended Section 252.372, Florida Statute to authorize FSLSO to collect the
surcharge. The surcharge is $2.00 for residential property coverages and $4.00 for commercial
property coverages. You will be invoiced quarterly for the EMPA Surcharge based on the
coverage codes identified below.
The EMPA surcharge is fully earned, unless the policy is cancelled flat and the transaction
is backed out.
The surcharge applies to the following coverage codes:
- Commercial Property ($4.00)
- 1000 - Commercial Property
- 1001 - Builders Risk
- 1003 - Apartments (Commercial)
- 1005 - Commercial Package
- 1006 - Condominium (Commercial
- Residential Property ($2.00)
- 2000 - Homeowners-HO-1
- 2001 - Homeowners-HO-2
- 2002 - Homeowners-HO-3
- 2003 - Tenant Homeowners-HO-4
- 2004 - Homeowners-HO-5
- 2005 - Condo Unit-Owners-HO-6
- 2006 - Homeowners-HO-8
- 2007 - Dwelling Builders Risk
- 2009 - Dwelling Property
- 2010 - Farm Owners Multi-Peril
- 2011 - Mobile Homeowners
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FLORIDA HURRICANE CATASTROPHE FUND (FHCF) ASSESSMENT
The 2004 Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 2488, an act relating to the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF). This bill gives the FHCF the ability to assess surplus lines policyholders to pay regular emergency assessments in the event the FHCF board determines that the amount of revenue is insufficient to fund the obligations, costs, and expenses of the fund.
In accordance with §215.55, Florida Statutes, the emergency assessment will be levied on all property and casualty lines, except workers' compensation, medical malpractice, accident and health, and National Flood insurance policies. The assessment shall be specified as a percentage of future premium collections and is subject to annual adjustments by the Board to reflect changes in premiums subject to assessments. The same percentage shall apply to all policies.
Surplus lines transactions will be charged a 1.3% assessment in addition to the current premium receipts tax and the service fee on applicable policies issued or renewed with an effective date on or after January 1, 2011. The same percentage shall apply to all policies in lines of business subject to the assessment issued or renewed during the 12 month period beginning on the effective date of the assessment.
Each surplus lines agent shall collect the assessment at the same time as the agent collects the surplus lines premium receipt tax and remit the assessment to the FSLSO at the same time as the agent remits the surplus lines premium receipt tax. Emergency assessments are not premiums and are not subject to the surplus premium receipt tax. Surplus lines agents are liable for all assessments collected and must treat the failure of an insured to pay an assessment as a failure to pay the premium. When an insured is entitled to a refund of an unearned premium the FSLSO shall provide a credit or refund to the surplus lines agent for the collected assessment attributable to the unearned premium. Below are the business rules for levying the FHCF assessments:
- Assessments will be invoiced quarterly.
- Assessments will always be charged based on transactions and will be calculated as a percentage (up to two decimal places) of the transactions premium, policy and inspection fees.
- Assessments will be returned by FHCF on unearned premiums.
- One transaction can have multiple assessments at any given time.
- Each assessment will be treated separately and assessment amounts for each assessment will be calculated separately.
- Each assessment will be active for a specific time frame determined by the FHCF.
- Assessments will be calculated based upon the effective date of new business or renewal transactions.
- Assessments for additional premium endorsements will be based upon the effective date of the policy.
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PAYMENT REMITTANCE INFORMATION
(Taxes, Fees, and Assessments)
FSLSO will prepare quarterly invoices (DFS taxes, DEM EMPA surcharges, FHCF assessments, Citizens Assessment and Service Fees) for each surplus lines agent on transactions filed and processed during the preceding quarter. The invoices are to be prepared and mailed within seven (7) days from the end of the quarter. Taxes, Assessments, Surcharges, and Fees are invoiced quarterly on the first business day of January, April, July, and October, and are due on or before the 45th day following each calendar quarter. The corresponding transaction detail reports are generated for each agent.
When invoices are issued, all reports are automatically pushed to all SLIP users' inboxes quarterly. For agents with amounts outstanding or credits from the previous billing cycles, customer statements will be generated. All Invoices and statements are sent to the agents, either via electronic transmittal (if enrolled) or by mail.
To receive invoices and statements electronically, please click the following link to our website and complete the necessary information: http://www.fslso.com/contact/invoicing.aspx.
Please note, once you request to receive electronic invoicing, you will no longer receive mailed copies of the invoices or statements unless you request in writing to be removed from the electronic invoicing list.
Negative invoices are considered credit balances unless otherwise requested by the agent. All Transaction Detail Reports are sent to the SLIP inboxes whether or not an invoice is issued. If you do not have a SLIP login and password, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a login and password will be provided for you.
All tax, fee, and assessments invoices issued to a Florida surplus lines agent can be paid electronically via SLIP. On the SLIP homepage, there is a tab titled "Pay Invoices" for you to view all open invoices and click pay. Through this secured website, you are able to save your bank account information for future use, as well as enter multiple bank accounts if necessary. All payments submitted before 4PM will be posted to your accounts as of the next business day.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call FSLSO's Accounting Department at 800-562-4496, option 4 or email email@example.com.
PAYMENTS BY CHECK
Fees, taxes, and assessments are separate charges, and they must be paid with separate checks.
- DFS Taxes should be made payable to Florida Department of Financial Services.
- Service Fees should be made payable to Florida Surplus Lines Service Office.
- Citizens assessments should be made payable to Citizen's Property Insurance Corporation.
- DEM EMPA surcharges should be made payable to Florida Division of Emergency Management.
- FHCF assessments should be made payable to Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.
Please mail payments to:
|SURPLUS LINES AGENTS
P.O. Box 864593
Orlando, FL 32886â€4593
Wells Fargo Bank
11050 Lake Underhill Road
Orlando, FL 32825
Agents shall pay interest on any delinquent balances due, at the rates listed below compounded
annually; beginning the day the amount becomes delinquent. Agents who fail to pay taxes and
fees required when due, may be fined up to $500 per day for each day the failure continues
until payment is received by the Service Office as provided for in §626.936, Florida Statutes.
- DFS Tax 9%
- Service Fee 9%
- CPIC Assessment 9%
- DEM EMPA Surcharge 9%
- FHCF Assessment 5.39% (this rate is for 2013, updated annually)
The Service Office's policy is that service fee balances less than $10 are not considered
delinquent. However, the balances may not remain outstanding for a period greater than
Unpaid service fees due by a surplus lines agent, shall be recoverable in a suit brought by the
Department against the surplus lines agent. The Department may authorize the Service
Office to file suit on its behalf.
RETURN OF TAXES, FEES, AND ASSESSMENTS
If an agent receives a Florida Surplus Lines Service Office service fee invoice with a credit
balance, there are two options:
- let the credit roll forward and offset future associated invoices, or
- request a refund. To request a refund of service fees, please fill out the appropriate refund request form found at: http://www.fslso.com/publications/forms/index.aspx.
If you have any questions, or conerns, please contact FSLSO's Accounting Department at 800-562-4496, option 4 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The FSLSO Agent Compliance Review Program is a self-imposed regulatory measure. However,
these procedures are maintained under the advisement of the FSLSO Board of Governors with
recommendation from the Florida Department of Financial Services.
The purpose of the review is to ensure there is compliance by the surplus lines agents relative to
the export of surplus lines insurance contracts, to provide educational assistance to surplus lines
agents where needed, and to measure the quality of service provided in the market place.
A letter of intent to review records along with a list of items for the surplus lines agent to have
ready for the review, is provided in advance of scheduling the review. Within 7-10 days of
notification of intent to review, the agent will be contacted by a Compliance Review Analyst to
schedule the review date. The review is designed to verify information that the surplus lines agent
is responsible for reporting to the Service Office, as well as, other information required to be
maintained in order to comply with the Surplus Lines Law.
In order for the compliance review analyst to perform their duties, a desk/table, chair, telephone, as
well as, a power outlet are necessary elements that the surplus lines agent being reviewed must
make available. If these elements cannot be made available, please inform the analyst at the time
the analyst calls to schedule/confirm the review date.
It is the surplus lines agents' responsibility to make specific records available for the review. All
records and information requested must be available when the review commences to be deemed
acceptable for conducting the review. As requested, but not limited to, the compliance review will
include a review of the following items made available by the surplus lines agents:
- Surplus lines agent's license;
- Agency license or registration with the Department of Financial Services;
- Surplus lines agent's or agency's Accounts Payable Ledger relating to the "vendor" (all insurance companies, agents, brokers, and MGA's) that have been paid in the last 12 months;
- Policy records relating to policies from the past three years, and;
- Quarterly Report Affidavits.
The FSLSO may review all but not limited to, the information filed with the office as part of the
compliance review process. All resident and nonresident Florida licensed surplus lines agents are
subject to a compliance review at least once every three (3) years.
Within thirty (30) days of the Compliance Review, the surplus lines agent will receive a final
report from the FSLSO. The surplus lines agent may be required to submit, within thirty (30) days
of receipt of the final report, a response/corrective action plan to address any non-compliance
issues noted in the final report. Additional information regarding the compliance review process
can be found on the website at: http://www.fslso.com/faq/index.aspx.
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SURPLUS LINES RULES OF PRACTICE
§626.913- Surplus Lines Law; short title; purposes.
- Sections 626.913-626.937 constitute and may be referred to as the "Surplus Lines Law."
- It is declared that the purposes of the Surplus Lines Law are to provide orderly access for the insuring public of this state to insurers not authorized to transact insurance in this state, through only qualified, licensed, and supervised surplus lines agents resident in this state, for insurance coverages and to the extent thereof not procurable from authorized insurers; to protect such authorized insurers, who under the laws of this state must meet certain standards as to policy forms and rates, from unwarranted competition by unauthorized insurers who, in the absence of this law, would not be subject to similar requirements; and for other purposes as set forth in this Surplus Lines Law.
- This section, and this Surplus Lines Law, do not apply to insurance coverages that are subject to §626.938.
- Surplus lines insurance is exempt from chapter 627, except where it is specifically stated in chapter 627.
- Policy - means an insurance policy, contract, cover note, certificate or any other detailed evidence of coverage, including policy jacket, endorsements and coverage parts.
- Export - means to place, in an unauthorized insurer under the Surplus Lines Law, insurance covering a subject of insurance resident, located, or to be performed in this state.
- Eligible Surplus Lines Insurer - means an unauthorized insurer that has been made eligible by the Department to issue insurance coverage under the Surplus Lines Law.
- Surplus Lines Agent - means an individual licensed and appointed as provided in the Surplus Lines Law to handle the placement of insurance coverages with unauthorized insurers and to place such coverage with authorized insurers as to which the licensee is not
appointed as an agent.
- Diligent Effort - means seeking coverage from and having been rejected by at least three authorized insurers currently writing this type of coverage and documenting these rejections. If a residential structure has a dwelling replacement cost of $1 million or more, the term means seeking coverage from and having been rejected by at least one authorized insurer currently writing this type of coverage and documenting this rejection.
§626.915- Surplus lines insurance authorized.
If certain insurance coverages of subjects resident, located, or to be performed in this state cannot be procured from authorized insurers, such coverages may be procured from unauthorized insurers, subject to the following conditions:
- The insurance must be eligible for export pursuant to §626.916 or §626.917, Florida
- The insurer must be an eligible surplus lines insurer;
- The insurance must be placed through a licensed and appointed Florida surplus lines agent; and
- The other applicable provisions of the Surplus Lines Law must be met.
§626.916- Eligibility for export.
- No insurance coverage shall be eligible for export unless it meets all of the following conditions:
- The full amount of insurance required must not be procurable, after a diligent effort has been made by the producing agent to do so, from among the insurers authorized to transact and actually writing the type and class of insurance.
- The amount of insurance exported shall be only the excess over the amount procurable from authorized insurers.
- If it is not possible to obtain the full amount of insurance required by layering the risk, it is permissible to export the full amount.
- The rates at which the coverage is exported shall not be lower than the rate applicable, if any, in actual use by a majority of the authorized insurers for the same coverage on a similar risk.
- The policy or contract form under which the insurance is exported shall not be more favorable to the insured as to the coverage, or rate than under similar contracts on file and in actual use in this state by a majority of authorized insurers actually writing similar coverage on similar risks.
- When a surplus lines agent is desirous of issuing a unique form of policy designed for use with respect to a particular subject of insurance, the forms must be filed with the Office of Insurance Regulation for approval prior to issuance of the contract.
- Insurance coverage may be procured through a Florida licensed and appointed surplus lines agent from eligible surplus lines insurers only after the producing agent has made a diligent effort to place the risk with an authorized insurer.
- The producing agent must have proper documentation of non-availability, or documentation that particular policy terms or conditions material to the insured cannot be obtained from insurers authorized to transact business in this state. The documentation
must meet the requirements of §626.916(1), F. S. and Rule 69P-5.003.
- Each surplus lines agent shall maintain as part of each insured's file a copy of the producing agent's documentation of diligent effort. This documentation shall be made available for inspection upon request by the Department or the FSLSO. It is the responsibility of the surplus lines agent to verify that the producing agent has made the diligent effort. Certain lines of business as referenced in 627.062 (3)(d)1 are exempt from the diligent effort search requirements as amended in the 2011 legislative session. These lines of business and effective dates of exemption are as follows: Beginning July 1, 2011 the following additional lines of coverage are exempt from the diligent effort search requirements: excess or umbrella, surety and fidelity, boiler and machinery, directors and officers, employment practices and management liability, intellectual property and patent infringement liability, advertising and internet liability and property that is rated under a highly protected risks rating plan. Beginning October 1, 2011 the following new types of commercial insurance exempted from the diligent effort search requirement: fiduciary liability, general liability, nonresidential property (not to include collateral protection insurance) nonresidential multi-peril, excess property, burglary and theft.
Effective July 1, 2011, a new disclosure requirement shall be executed and signed by the named insured. A copy of this disclosure statement is available at the following address: http://www.fslso.com/publications/forms/index.aspx
Failure to maintain proper documentation is grounds for administrative action by the Department of Financial Services. Penalties for violating this section include disciplinary action up to and including revocation of all licensures by the Department of Financial
- An agent may charge a reasonable per-policy fee, not to exceed $35 for each policy eligible for export.
- Courtesy filings are prohibited. Florida surplus lines agents are prohibited from filing business not directly procured by him/her from eligible surplus lines insurers for out-ofstate brokers on behalf of Florida insureds.
§626.917- Eligibility for export; wet marine and transportation, aviation risks.
- Insurance coverage of wet marine and transportation risks as defined in §624.607(2) (see copy in the Miscellaneous Statute Section), or aviation risks, including airport and products liability incidental thereto and hangarkeeper's liability, may be exported under the following conditions:
- The insurance must be placed only by or through a Florida licensed and appointed surplus lines agent, and;
- The insurer must be one made eligible by the Office specifically for such coverages, based upon information furnished by the insurer and indicating that the insurer is well able to meet its financial obligations.
- This section does not apply to boats or aircraft used solely for personal pleasure, family use, or the transportation of executives, employees, and guests of the insured. Insurance coverage for these described subjects of insurance must be issued pursuant to §626.916, and the surplus lines premium tax and service fee charged.
- Insurance coverages on the following subjects of insurance exported pursuant to this section are tax exempt, but subject to the service fee and should be included in your submission reports as non-taxable:
- Commercial Boats
- Commercial Aircraft
- Aviation and Ocean Marine Cargo
- Incidental Airport and Products Liability
- Hangarkeeper's Liability
§626.918- Eligible surplus lines insurers.
- No surplus lines agent shall place coverage with any unauthorized insurer that is not an eligible surplus lines insurer, except as stated in 3 and 4 below. Please note: The recently enacted NRRA establishes uniform minimum capital and surplus eligibility requirements for foreign nonadmitted insurers. In addition, the NRRA, Section 524(2), bars states from prohibiting surplus lines brokers from placing business with alien nonadmitted insurers (i.e., domiciled outside the U.S.) if they are listed on the NAIC's Quarterly List of Alien Nonadmitted Insurers. Please visit the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office website for further guidance regarding the placement of business with companies that appear on the NAIC's Quarterly Alien Nonadmitted insurer list. Information will be posted on our website as soon as it is available.
- No unauthorized insurer shall be or become an eligible surplus lines insurer unless made eligible by the Office in accordance with the following conditions:
- Eligibility of the insurer must be requested in writing by the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office;
- The insurer must be currently an authorized insurer in the state or country of its domicile as to the kind or kinds of
insurance they propose to write and must have been such an insurer for not less than 3 years, or a wholly owned subsidiary of an
authorized insurer, or must be a wholly owned subsidiary of an already eligible surplus lines insurer for the kind or kinds of insurance proposed for not less than three years;
- The Office may waive the 3-year requirement if the insurer provides a product or service not readily available to the consumers of this state or has operated successfully for a period of at least 1 year next preceding and has capital and surplus of not less than $25 million;
- Before granting eligibility, FSLSO or the insurer shall furnish the Office with a duly authenticated copy of its current annual financial statement in the English language and with all monetary values therein expressed in United States dollars, at an exchange rate (in the case of statements originally made in the currencies of other countries) then-current and shown in the statement, and with such additional information relative to the insurer as the Office may request;
- The insurer must have and maintain surplus as to policyholders of not less than $15 million; in addition, an alien insurer must also have and maintain in the United States a trust fund for the protection of all its policyholders in the United States under terms deemed by the Office to be reasonably adequate, in an amount not less than $5.4 million;
- The insurer must be of good reputation as to the providing of service to its policyholders and the payment of losses and claims;
- The insurer must be eligible, as for authority to transact insurance in this state, under §624.404(3); and
- This subsection does not apply as to unauthorized insurers made eligible under §626.917, F.S. as to wet marine and aviation risks.
- When any particular insurance risk subject to subsection (5) is eligible for placement with an unauthorized insurer and not more than 12.5% of the risk is so subject, the Office may, at its discretion, permit the agent to obtain from the insured a signed statement as indicated in subsection (5). All other provisions of this code apply to such placement the same as if such risks were placed with an eligible surplus lines insurer.
- When it appears that any particular insurance risk which is eligible for export, but on which insurance coverage, in whole or in part, is not procurable from the eligible surplus lines insurers, the surplus lines agent may file a supplemental signed statement stating such facts and advising the Department or the FSLSO that such part of the risk is unprocurable and is being placed with named unauthorized insurer(s), in the amounts and percentages set forth in the statement. Such named unauthorized insurer shall, before accepting any risk in this state deposit with the Department cash or securities acceptable to the Office and Department of the market value of $50,000 for each individual risk and the Department shall hold the deposit for the benefit of Florida policyholders only.
- Whenever any insurance risk or any part thereof, is placed with an unauthorized insurer, the policy, binder or cover note shall contain a statement signed by the insured and the agent with the following notation:
"The insured is aware that certain insurers participating in this risk have not
been approved to transact business in Florida nor have they been declared
eligible as surplus lines insurers by the Office. The placing of such insurance
by a duly licensed surplus lines agent in Florida shall not be construed as
approval of such."
- If it becomes necessary to implement the above section, the surplus lines agent should
contact FSLSO prior to placing the risk.
§626.9181- Levy upon deposit.
No judgment creditor or other claimant of a surplus lines insurer shall have the right to levy
upon any of the assets or securities held in this state as a deposit under s. 626.918, Florida
§626.919- Withdrawal of eligibility; surplus lines insurer.
- If, at any time, the Office has reason to believe that any unauthorized insurer then on the
list of eligible surplus lines insurers is insolvent or in unsound financial condition, or does
not make reasonable prompt payment of just losses and claims in this state, or that it is no
longer eligible under the conditions therefore provided in §626.918, Florida Statutes, it
shall withdraw the eligibility of the insurer to insure surplus lines risks in this state.
- If the Office finds that an insurer currently eligible as a surplus lines insurer has willfully
violated the laws of this state or a rule of the Commission, it may, at its discretion,
withdraw the eligibility of the insurer to insure surplus lines risks in this state.
- The Office shall promptly mail notice of all such withdrawals of eligibility to each surplus
lines agent at his or her address of record with the Department.
§626.9201- Notice of cancellation or non-renewal.
- An insurer issuing a policy providing coverage for property, casualty, surety, or marine
insurance must give the named insured at least 45 days' advance written notice of nonrenewal.
- If the policy is not to be renewed, the written notice shall state the reasons as to why the policy is not to be renewed. This subsection does not apply:
- If the insurer has manifested its willingness to renew, and the offer is not rescinded prior to expiration of the policy; or
- If a notice of cancellation for nonpayment of premium is provided under subsection (2) of §626.9201 in reference to 3, 4, 5, and 6 below
- An eligible surplus lines insurer issuing a policy providing coverage for property, casualty,
surety, or marine insurance must give the named insured written notice of
cancellation or termination other than nonrenewal at least 45 days' before the effective date of cancellation or termination, including in the written notice the
reason for cancellation or termination.
- If cancellation is for non-payment of premium, the surplus lines insurer shall give at least
10 days' written notice of cancellation accompanied by the reason for cancellation must be given.
- As used in this paragraph, the term "nonpayment of premium" means the failure of
the named insured to discharge when due any of his or her obligations in connection
with the payment of premiums on a policy or an installment of such a premium,
whether the premium or installment is payable directly to the insurer or its agent or
indirectly under any plan for financing premiums or extension of credit or the
failure of the named insured to maintain membership in an organization if such
membership is a condition precedent to insurance coverage.
- The term also includes the failure of a financial institution to honor the check of an
applicant for insurance which was delivered to a licensed agent for payment of a
premium, even if the agent previously delivered or transferred the premium to the
- If a correctly dishonored check represents payment of the initial premium, the
contract and all contractual obligations are void ab initio unless the nonpayment is
cured within the earlier of 5 days after actual notice by certified mail is received by
the applicant or 15 days after notice is sent to the applicant by certified mail or
registered mail, and, if the contract is void, any premium received by the insurer
from a third party shall be refunded to that party in full.
- If cancellation or termination occurs during the first 90 days' during which the
insurance is in force and the insurance is cancelled for reasons other than nonpayment, at
least 20 days' written notice must be given except if there has been a material
misstatement or misrepresentation or failure to comply with the underwriting requirements
established by the insurer.
- If a surplus lines insurer fails to provide the written notice as required under this section, the
coverage provided to the named insured remains in effect until 45 days' after the notice is
given, or until the effective date of replacement coverage is obtained by the named insured,
whichever occurs first. The premium for the coverage shall remain the same during the
§626.921- Florida Surplus Lines Service Office.
There is hereby created a non-profit association to be known as the Florida Surplus Lines
Service Office. All surplus lines agents shall, as a condition of holding a license as a
surplus lines agent in this state, be deemed members of this association. The Association
must perform the functions under the plan of operation established and approved by order
of the Office and must exercise its powers through a board of governors. The Association
shall be supervised by the Office and is subject to the applicable provisions of the Florida
Insurance Code and rules of the Commission and, with respect to surplus lines agents, rules
of the Department. The Association shall be authorized and have the duty to:
- Receive, record, and review all surplus lines insurance policies or documents.
- Maintain records of the surplus policies reported to the Service Office and prepare monthly
reports for the Office in such form as prescribed by the Commission.
- Prepare and deliver to each surplus lines agent quarterly reports of each surplus lines
agent's business in such form as the Commission may prescribe, and collect and remit to
the Department the surplus lines tax as provided for in §626.932, Florida Statutes.
- Perform a reconciliation of the policies written in the nonadmitted market, as provided by
non-admitted insurers, with policies reported to the Service Office by surplus lines agents,
and prepare and deliver to the Office a report on the results of the reconciliation in such
form as the Commission may prescribe.
- Collect from each surplus lines agent a service fee of the total gross premium of each
surplus lines policy or document reported, for the cost of operation of the Service Office.
The service fee shall be paid by the insured.
- Collect from each Florida insured that procures or causes coverage to be procured from an
unauthorized foreign or alien insurer within 45 days following each calendar quarter a
service fee as provided for in §626.938(3), F. S.
- Receive and record a copy of the report or other requested information on every Florida
insured who procures or causes to be procured insurance with an unauthorized insurers as
provided for in §626.938, F.S.
- Collect and remit to the Department a premium receipt tax on Independently Procured
Coverage as provided for in #6§626.938 (3), F. S.
- Submit to the Department an agent's manual, which provides administrative procedures the
surplus lines agent must follow with respect to their duties to the Service Office.
§626.922- Evidence of insurance, changes, penalty.
- Upon placing a surplus lines coverage, the surplus lines agent shall promptly issue and
deliver to the insured evidence of the insurance consisting either of the policy, or if such
policy is not available, a certificate, cover note, or other confirmation of insurance. Such
document shall be executed or countersigned by the surplus lines agent and show the
- Description and location of the subject of the insurance;
- Coverages, conditions, and terms of insurance;
- Premium and rate charged, taxes and service fee collected from the insured and,
- Name and address of the insured and insurer.
- If the risk is assumed by more than one insurer, the evidence of insurance shall state
the name and address and proportion of the entire risk assumed by each insurer.
- A copy of the policy or cover note or confirmation of insurance shall be delivered to the
insured within sixty (60) days after effectuation of coverage.
- Any surplus lines agent who knowingly or negligently issues false evidence of insurance
Including a certificate, cover note or endorsement, or who fails to promptly notify the
insured of any material change to such insurance shall upon conviction be subject to the
penalties provided by s.624.15, Florida Statutes or to any greater applicable penalty
otherwise provided by law.
§626.923- Filing copy of policy or certificate.
A surplus lines agent shall, within 30 days after the date of request by the Department or
the FSLSO, furnish an exact copy of any and all requested policies, including applications,
certificates, cover notes, or other forms of confirmation of insurance coverage or any
substitutions thereof or endorsements thereto. The confirmation shall also include the
exact same information as the insured's copy.
§626.924- Information required on contract.
- Each surplus lines agent through who surplus lines coverage is procured shall write or print
on the first page of the confirmation of insurance the following information:
*this reference number is optional and is use solely for the purposes of assisting the
analysts during a compliance review audit.
§626.925- Surplus lines insurance valid.
Insurance contracts procured as surplus lines coverages from unauthorized insurers in
accordance with the Surplus Lines Law shall be fully valid and enforceable as to all parties
and shall be given acceptance and recognition in all matters and respects to the same effect
and extent as like contracts issued by authorized insurers.
§626.926- Liability of insurer as to losses and unearned premiums.
If an unauthorized insurer or a person authorized by the insurer has bound a risk as to
surplus lines coverage placed under the Surplus Lines Law, and if the premium has been
received by the surplus lines agent or the originating agent who placed such insurance, the
insurer shall be deemed to have received the premium due to it for such coverage; and the
insurer shall be liable to the insured as to losses covered by such insurance, and for
unearned premiums which may become payable to insured upon cancellation of such
insurance, whether or not the surplus lines agent is indebted to the insurer with respect to
such insurance or for any other cause.
§626.927- Licensing of surplus lines agent.
- Any individual while licensed and appointed as a general lines agent as to property,
casualty, and surety insurance, has 1 year's experience working for a licensed surplus lines
agent, or has successfully completed 60 class hours in surplus and excess lines, may be
licensed as a surplus lines agent, upon taking and passing a written examination as to
surplus lines, as given by the Department.
- Any individual while licensed and appointed as a managing general agent as defined in
§626.051, or service representative as defined in §626.051, and who otherwise possesses
all of the other qualifications of a general lines agent and has a minimum of 1 year's
experience working for a surplus lines agent, or who has successfully completed 60 class
hours in surplus lines, upon taking and passing a written examination as to surplus lines, be
licensed as surplus lines agent solely for the purpose of placing with surplus lines insurers
property, marine, casualty, or surety coverages originated by general lines agents.
- Application for the license shall be made to the Department on forms as designated and
furnished by it.
- License and appointment fees, in the amount of $150 shall be paid to the Department in
advance. The license and appointment of a surplus lines agent shall continue in force until
suspended, revoked, or otherwise terminated. The appointment of surplus lines agents
continues in force until suspended, revoked or terminated, but is subject to a biennial
renewal or continuation by agent.
- Any individual who has been licensed by the Department as a surplus lines agent may be
subsequently appointed without additional written examination if his or her application for
appointment is filed with the Department within 48 months following the date of
cancellation or expiration of the prior appointment. The Department may require at its
discretion an individual to take and successfully pass an examination as for original
issuance of license as a condition precedent to the reinstatement or continuation of the
licensee's current license or reinstatement or continuation of the agent's appointment.
§626.9271- Temporary license; death, disability, absence of surplus lines agent.
- The Department may, in its discretion, issue a temporary license and appointment as a
surplus lines agent to a licensed surplus lines agent's employee, family member, business
associate, or personal representative for the purpose of continuing or winding up the
business affairs of the surplus lines agent or agency, subject to the following conditions:
- The surplus lines agent being replaced must have died or become unable to perform
his or her duties as agent because of military service or illness or other physical or
- There must be no other person connected with the surplus lines agent's business
who is licensed as a surplus lines agent.
- The proposed temporary licensee must be qualified for a regular surplus lines
agent's license under this code except as to residence, examination, education, or
- Application for the temporary license and appointment must be made by the
applicant upon statements and affidavit filed with the Department on forms as
prescribed and furnished by it.
- The temporary license and appointment shall be issued and be valid for a period of
not over 4 months, and may not be renewed to the holder of the temporary license
or to any other person for or on behalf of the surplus lines agent or agency.
- The applicant for a temporary license and appointment shall pay to the Department, prior to
the issuance thereof, the applicable license and appointment fees specified in §624.501.
- The holder of a temporary license may be granted a regular surplus lines agent's license
upon passing an examination as required by §626.927.
- The holder of a temporary license shall be subject to the same requirements and
responsibilities as apply under this code to agents regularly licensed.
§626.9272- Licensing of nonresident surplus lines agents.
- The Department may upon written application and the payment of the fees specified in s.
624.501, issue a nonresident surplus lines agent license to a nonresident individual licensed
in his or her home state as a resident general lines and resident surplus lines agent and
otherwise qualified under the laws of this state if, under the laws of the individual's home
state, residents of this state may be licensed in a similar manner as a nonresident surplus
lines agent in that state.
- The Department may not issue a license unless the applicant satisfies the same licensing
requirements under §626.927 as required of a resident surplus lines agent.
- The authority of a nonresident license is limited to the specific lines of authority granted in
the license issued by the agent's home state and the lines authorized under the nonresident
license by this state.
- Any individual who holds a nonresident agent's license, upon becoming a resident of this
state, may, for a period not to exceed 90 days, operate under the nonresident license and
appointment, but must become licensed as a resident agent within that time in order to
continue transacting business in this state after the 90-day period.
- Nonresident surplus lines agents are subject to the same requirements that apply to resident
surplus lines agents in this state, including ss. 626.913-626.937.
§626.929- Origination, acceptance, placement of surplus lines business.
- A general lines agent while licensed and appointed as a surplus lines agent may originate
surplus lines business and may accept surplus lines business from any other originating
Florida-licensed general lines agent appointed and licensed as to the kind or kinds of
- A managing general lines agent while licensed and appointed as a surplus lines agent may
accept and place solely such surplus lines business as is originated by a Florida-licensed
general lines agent appointed and licensed as to the kind or kinds of insurance involved.
- No such general lines agent shall knowingly misrepresent to the surplus lines agent any
material fact involved in any such insurance or in the eligibility thereof for placement with
a surplus lines insurer.
§626.9295- Corporations, liability of agent.
Any surplus lines agent who is an officer, director, stockholder, or employee of an
incorporated surplus lines insurance agency is personally and fully liable and accountable
for any wrongful acts, misconduct, or violations of any provision of the Surplus Lines Law
committed by such licensee or by any person under his direct supervision and control while
acting on behalf of the corporation.
§626.930- Records of surplus lines agent.
- Each surplus lines agent shall keep in his office in this state, or in the agent's state of
residence for a nonresident who does not have an office in this state, a full and true record
for a period of 5 years of each surplus lines contract, including applications and all
certificates, cover notes, and other forms of confirmation of insurance coverage and any
substitution thereof or endorsements relative to said contract procured by him and showing
the following information:
- Amount of insurance and perils insured against;
- General description of property insured and where located;
- Gross premium charged;
- Return premium paid, if any;
- Rate of premium charged upon the several items of property;
- Effective date of contract and the terms;
- Name and address of the insured;
- Name and mailing address of the insurer(s); and
- Premium collected from insured, including tax and service fee.
- The records shall at all times be open to examination by the Department or the FSLSO
without notice and shall be so kept available and open for 5 years after expiration or
cancellation of the contract.
- Each surplus lines agent shall maintain all surplus lines business records in his general lines
agency office, if licensed as a general lines agent, or in his managing general agency office
if licensed as a managing general agent or the full-time salaried employee of such general
- When an agent leaves the employment of an agency, it is the agent's responsibility to
notify the FSLSO in writing of his/her addresses change. If the agent has been actively
transacting business for his/her previous employer and he/she will no longer be responsible
for those filings, a letter must be sent to the FSLSO transferring the files to another agent,
and the new agent of record must submit a letter accepting these files.
§626.931- Agent affidavit and insurer reporting requirements.
- Each surplus lines agent shall on or before the end of the month following each calendar
quarter file with the FSLSO an affidavit, on forms as prescribed and furnished by the
FSLSO stating that all surplus lines business transacted by him during such calendar
quarter has been submitted to the FSLSO as required.
- The quarterly affidavit can be submitted electronically via SLIP.
§626.932- Surplus lines tax.
- The premiums charged for surplus lines coverages are subject to a premium receipts tax of
five percent (5%) of all gross premiums charged for such insurance.
- The surplus lines agent shall collect from the insured the amount of tax at the time of
delivery of the cover note, certificate of insurance, policy, or other initial confirmation of
insurance, in addition to the full amount of gross premium charged by the insurer for
- The surplus lines agent is prohibited from absorbing such tax or, as an inducement for
insurance or for any other reason, rebating all or any part of such tax or of his commission.
- The surplus lines agent shall make payable to the Department of Financial Services the tax
related to each calendar quarter's business as reported to the FSLSO at the same time as
provided for the filing of the quarterly affidavit.
- The agent shall pay interest on the amount of any delinquent tax due, at the rate of nine
percent (9%) per year, compounded annually; beginning the day the tax becomes
- If a surplus lines policy covers risks or exposures only partially in this state and the state is
the home state as defined in the federal Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010
(NRRA), the tax payable shall be computed on the gross premium. The tax must not
exceed the tax rate where the risk or exposure is located.
- The following subjects of insurance are exempt from the five percent (5%) premium
- County, state, or government or their agencies,
- Municipalities or any of their agencies,
- Vessels, cargo, or aircraft written under §626.917, and
- Motor truck cargo.
- The term "premium" means the consideration for insurance by whatever name called and
includes any assessment, or any membership, policy, survey, inspection, service, or similar
fee or charge in consideration for an insurance contract, which items are deemed to be a
part of the premium. The service fee imposed pursuant to §626.9325 is excluded from the
meaning of the term "premium."
§626.9325- Service fee.
- The premiums charged for surplus lines insurance are subject to a service fee of two tenths
of one percent (0.2%). The surplus lines agent shall collect from the insured the amount
of the service fee at the time of the delivery of the policy, or other initial confirmation of
- The surplus lines agent is prohibited from absorbing such service fee as an inducement for
insurance, or for any other reason rebating all or part of such fee or of his commission.
- The surplus lines agent shall pay quarterly to the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office the
service fees on all polices reported during the previous calendar quarter.
- The agent shall pay interest on the amount of any delinquent fees due at the rate of nine
percent (9%) per year, compounded annually; beginning the day the fees becomes
- If the policy covers risks or exposures only partially in this state and the state is the home
state as defined in the federal Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010 (NRRA),
the fee payable shall be computed on the gross premium.
- Insurance of risks of the state government or its agencies, or of any county or municipality
or of any agency thereof is exempt from the service fee.
- Insurance coverage of wet marine, transportation including motor truck cargo or aviation
risks written in accordance with §626.917, are subject to the service fee.
- The $2.00 and $4.00 Emergency Management, Preparedness and Assistance surcharges are
not subject to the service fee and should not be reported to the FSLSO.
- The five percent (5%) premium receipts tax is not subject to the service fee.
§626.933- Collection of tax and service fee.
If the tax or service fee payable by a surplus lines agent under the Surplus Lines Law is not
paid when due, the tax and fee shall be recoverable in a suit brought by the Department
against the surplus lines agent and the surety or sureties on the bond filed by the surplus
lines agent under s.626.928. The Department may authorize the FSLSO to file suit on its
§626.934- Accounting for funds; contingent commissions.
The following sections of the Florida Insurance Code also apply as to surplus lines agents:
- §626.561 - (See Miscellaneous Statute Section for a copy)
- §626.581 - (See Miscellaneous Statute Section for a copy)
- §626.591 - See Miscellaneous Statute Section for a copy)
§626.935- Suspension, revocation, or refusal of surplus lines agent's license.
- The Department of Financial Services shall deny an application for, suspend, revoke, or
refuse to renew the appointment of a surplus lines agent and all other licenses and
appointments held by the licensee under this code, upon any one of the following grounds:
- Removal of the licensee's office from the licensee's state of residence;
- Removal of the accounts and records of his or her surplus lines business from this
state or the licensee's state of residence during the period when such accounts and
records are required to be maintained under §626.930;
- Closure of the licensee's office for a period of more than 30 consecutive days;
- Failure to make and file his or her affidavit or reports when due as required by
- Failure to pay the tax or service fee on surplus lines premiums, as provided for in
this Surplus Lines Law;
- Suspension, revocation, or refusal to renew or continue the license or appointment
as a general lines agent, service representative, or managing general agent;
- Lack of qualifications as for an original surplus lines agent's license;
- Violation of the Surplus Lines Law; and
- For any other applicable cause for which the license of a general lines agent could
be suspended, revoked, or refused under §626.611 or s.616.621.
- The Department may, at its discretion, deny an application for, suspend, revoke, or refuse
to renew the license or appointment of any surplus lines agent upon any applicable ground
for which a general lines agent's license could be suspended, revoked, or refused under
- In the suspension or revocation of, or the refusal to issue or renew, the license or
appointment of a surplus lines agent, the Department shall follow the same procedures, as
applicable, as provided for suspension, revocation, or refusal of licenses of general lines
agents, but subject to §626.936 as to failure to file a quarterly report or pay the tax.
§626.936- Failure to file reports or pay tax or service fee; administrative penalty.
- Any surplus lines agent who neglects to file a report or an affidavit within the time required
may be fined up to $50 per day for each day the neglect continues, beginning the day after
the report or affidavit was due until the date the report or affidavit is received by Florida
Surplus Lines Service Office.
- Any licensed surplus lines agent who neglects to pay the taxes or service fees as required
under the Surplus Lines Law and within the time due may be fined up to $500 per day for
each day the failure to pay continues, beginning the day after the tax or service fees were
- The agent shall also pay interest on the amount of any delinquent tax due, at the rate of
nine percent (9%) per year, compounded annually; beginning the day the amount becomes
§626.9361- Failure to file report; administrative penalty.
- Any eligible surplus lines insurer who fails to file a report in the form and within the time
required or provided for in the Surplus Lines Law may be fined up to $500 per day for each
day such failure continues, beginning the day after the report was due, until the date the
report is received.
- Failure to file a report may also result in withdrawal of eligibility as a surplus lines insurer
in this state.
§626.937- Actions against insurer; service of process.
- An unauthorized insurer may be sued upon any cause of action arising in this state under
any surplus lines insurance contract issued by it or any certificate, cover note, or other
confirmation of such insurance issued by the surplus lines agent, pursuant to the same
procedure as is provided in s. 624.423, Florida Statutes as to authorized insurers.
- The unauthorized insurer accepting the risk or issuing the policy shall be deemed thereby to
have authorized service of process against it in the manner and to the effect as provided in
this section, and to have appointed the Chief Financial Officer as its agent for service of
process issuing upon any cause of action arising in this state under any such policy,
contract, or insurance.
- Each unauthorized insurer requesting eligibility pursuant to s. 626.918 shall file with the
department its appointment of the Chief Financial Officer, on a form as furnished by the
department, as its attorney to receive service of all legal process issued against it in any
civil action or proceeding in this state, and agreeing that process so served shall be valid
and binding upon the insurer. The appointment shall be irrevocable, shall bind the insurer
and any successor in interest as to the assets or liabilities of the insurer, and shall remain in
effect as long as there is outstanding in this state any obligation or liability of the insurer
resulting from its insurance transactions therein.
- At the time of such appointment of the Chief Financial Officer as its process agent, the
insurer shall file with the department designation of the name and address of the person to
whom process against it served upon the Chief Financial Officer is to be forwarded. The
insurer may change the designation at any time by a new filing.
- This section shall be cumulative to any other methods which may be provided by law for
service of process upon the insurer.
§626.9371- Payment of premiums and claims.-
- The premiums for surplus lines insurance contracts issued on or after October 1, 2009, in this
state or covering risks located in this state shall be paid in cash consisting of coins, currency,
checks, or money orders or by using a debit card, credit card, automatic electronic funds transfer,
or payroll deduction plan.
- All payments of claims made in this state under any contract of surplus lines insurance issued
on or after October 1, 2009, shall be made:
- In cash consisting of coins, currency, checks, drafts, or money orders and, if made by
check or draft, shall be in such form as will comply with the standards for cash items
adopted by the Federal Reserve System to facilitate the sorting, routing, and mechanized
processing of such items; or
- By debit card or any other form of electronic transfer if authorized in writing by the
recipient or the recipient's representative. Any fees or costs to be charged against the
recipient must be disclosed in writing to the recipient or the recipient's representative at the
time of written authorization.
§626.9372- Disclosure statement of certain information required; liability claims.-
- Each insurer that provides or may provide liability insurance coverage to pay all or a
portion of any claim that might be made under surplus lines policies issued on or after
October 1, 2009, shall provide, within 60 days after the written request of the claimant, a
statement of a corporate officer or the insurer's claims manager or superintendent setting
forth the following information with regard to each known policy of insurance, including
excess or umbrella insurance:
In addition, the insured, or her or his insurance agent, upon written request of the claimant
or the claimant's attorney, shall disclose the name and coverage of each known insurer to
the claimant and forward such request for information as required by this subsection to all
affected insurers. The insurer shall supply the information required in this subsection to the
claimant within 60 days after receipt of such request.
- The name of the insurer.
- The name of each insured.
- The limits of the liability coverage.
- A statement of any policy or coverage defense that such insurer reasonably believes is
available to such insurer at the time of filing such statement.
- A copy of the policy
- The statement required by subsection (1) must be amended within 60 days after the date of
discovery of facts necessitating an amendment to such statement.
§626.9373- Attorney's fees.-
- Upon the rendition of a judgment or decree by any court of this state against a surplus lines
insurer in favor of any named or omnibus insured or the named beneficiary under a policy
or contract executed by the insurer on or after the effective date of this act, the trial court
or, if the insured or beneficiary prevails on appeal, the appellate court, shall adjudge or
decree against the insurer in favor of the insured or beneficiary a reasonable sum as fees or
compensation for the insured's or beneficiary's attorney prosecuting the lawsuit for which
recovery is awarded.
- If awarded, attorney's fees or compensation shall be included in the judgment or decree
rendered in the case.
§626.9374- Liability of insureds; deductible and coinsurance.-
- Any surplus lines, personal lines residential property insurance policy issued on or after
October 1, 2009, containing a separate hurricane or wind deductible must on its face
include in at least 14-point, boldface type the following statement:
THIS POLICY CONTAINS A SEPARATE DEDUCTIBLE FOR HURRICANE OR WIND LOSSES,
WHICH MAY RESULT IN HIGH OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES TO YOU.
- A surplus lines, personal lines residential property insurance policy issued on or after
October 1, 2009, containing a coinsurance provision applicable to hurricane or wind losses
must on its face include in at least 14-point, boldface type the following statement:
THIS POLICY CONTAINS A CO-PAY PROVISION THAT MAY RESULT IN HIGH
OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES TO YOU.
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MONTHLY TRANSACTION REPORTS
FSLSO will prepare and make available to each surplus lines agent who submits business a
Monthly Transaction Report (MTR) via SLIP. The report shall include premium data and other
pertinent information submitted by agents. Agents that have no activity during the month will not
receive a Monthly Transaction Report.
QUARTERLY TAX TRANSACTION REPORTS
At the end of each calendar quarter, the FSLSO will prepare and deliver to each agent, a quarterly
tax report (QTR) via SLIP no later than the 7th day following the quarter end. The report shall
include premium data, amount of taxes generated, and other pertinent information submitted by
agents and reviewed by the FSLSO during the preceding calendar quarter. FSLSO will collect
and remit to the Department of Financial Services the surplus lines premium tax due and payable
as provided for in §626.932, Florida Statutes, and the Tax Section of the manual. Agents that have
no activity during the quarter will not receive a Quarterly Tax Transaction Report.
ASSESSMENT DETAIL REPORTS
At the end of each calendar quarter, the FSLSO will prepare and deliver to each agent, a separate
assessment detail report for each assessment invoiced (Citizen's, FHCF, DCA EMPA) via SLIP no
later than the 7th day following the quarter end. The report shall include premium data, amount of
assessments/surcharges generated, and other pertinent information submitted by agents and
reviewed by the FSLSO during the preceding calendar quarter. FSLSO will collect and remit the
surplus lines assessments and surcharges as provided for in the corresponding Florida Statutes:
Citizen's Property Insurance Corporation (CPIC) §627.351, Florida Statute; FL Division of Emergency Management (DEM) §252.372, Florida Statute; FL Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF)
§215.555, Florida Statutes. All assessments and surcharges are due and payable as described in
§626.932, Florida Statutes and in the manual. Agents that have no activity during the quarter will
not receive an assessment detail report.
REPORT TO THE DEPARTMENT/ OFFICE AND COMMISSION
FSLSO will perform a reconciliation of policies written in the surplus lines market, as provided by
surplus lines insurers, with policies reported to the Service Office by surplus lines agents. FSLSO
will prepare and deliver to the Office, upon request, a report of the results of the reconciliation in
such form as prescribed by the Commission.
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FSLSO will send out communiquÃ©s to its membership via FSLSO bulletins noting pertinent
changes to procedures, filing systems, rate changes, etc. Bulletins will be mailed to surplus lines
agents; additionally, bulletins are made available through FSLSO's website by visiting the New
Releases and Bulletins section at: http://www.fslso.com/publications/bulletins.aspx.
FSLSO Bulletin 06-01- Multi-Year Contracts
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FRONTING AND PLACEMENT OF INSURANCE COVERAGE
BY SURPLUS LINES AND GENERAL LINES AGENTS
(Reprinted from Nov. 1995â€”Feb. 1996 Intercom)
A number of surplus lines agents have been filing affidavits with the Department indicating the
placement of insurance with unauthorized eligible surplus lines insurers although these agents did
not actually place the insurance. Instead, the filings were made as a "courtesy" to agents not
licensed as surplus lines agents in this State.
Sections 626.913(2) and 626.915(3), Florida Statutes, provides that insurance coverage eligible for
export must be placed with an eligible surplus lines insurer through a licensed Florida surplus lines
agent. Section 626.929(1)(2), Florida Statutes, provides that a resident general lines agent or a
managing general agent, while licensed as a surplus lines agent, may originate surplus lines
business and accept surplus lines business from any other originating Florida-licensed general lines
agent appointed and licensed as to the kind or kinds of insurance involved. The Surplus Lines law
clearly states that only a Florida-licensed surplus lines agent may place a Florida risk with an
eligible Surplus Lines insurer. Therefore, Florida-licensed surplus lines agents must be actively
involved in the placement of all insurance coverages for Florida insureds through eligible surplus
General lines agents are reminded that if they are unable to place a risk with an admitted carrier
(either a company with whom they are appointed or through another agent appointed by an
admitted company), they must utilize a Florida licensed and appointed surplus lines agent if they
export the risk to an eligible surplus lines insurer.
Surplus lines agents who file affidavits, or pay taxes as a "courtesy" to anyone not licensed as a
surplus lines agent in this State are in violation of Sections 626.913(2), 626.915(3) and
626.929(1)(2), Florida Statutes. Further, such activity involves the aiding and abetting of
individuals not licensed to transact insurance in this State, which is a serious violation of the
Florida Insurance Code. Reports of any such conduct to the Department will be thoroughly
investigated and prosecuted. Penalties for violation of these sections include disciplinary actions
up to and including revocation of the agent's license. Florida surplus lines and general lines agents
are urged to govern themselves accordingly.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COURTESY FILINGS
What is a "courtesy filing?"
A courtesy filing is a filing made by a Florida surplus lines agent, such as countersigning policies,
and remitting taxes for a Florida insured as a courtesy to out-of-state agent.
Can a Florida general lines agent go directly to an out-of-state broker to place a risk with a
surplus lines insurer?
Yes; however, the out-of-state broker must have a non-resident surplus lines license.
As a general lines agent can I go directly to an out-of-state broker that has a special program
with an eligible surplus lines insurer to place coverage on behalf of Florida insureds?
Yes; however the out-of-state broker must have a non-resident surplus lines license.
What if an out-of-state agent contacts me (surplus lines agent) to countersign a policy and
remit the tax for an insured that lives in another state but has property in Florida. How do I
You refer the agent to the FSLSO. This is considered direct placement by the insured and falls
into the category of "Independently Procured Coverage (IPC);" therefore the insured should pay
the tax, service fee and assessments if applicable direct, in accordance with the procedures outlined
by the FSLSO, refer to §626.938, F.S. The filing procedures may be obtained from the FSLSO
website at www.fslso.com.
Can I continue to countersign and remit tax on behalf of my companions in other offices
around the country?
No. This office should refer all Florida business to you unless it falls in to the category of IPC
As a surplus lines agent, is it okay for me to contact an out-of-state broker to place coverage
for a Florida insured rather than going directly to the surplus lines insurer?
Yes. You are making the contact to place the risk although you are not going directly to the
surplus lines insurer.
Can a surplus lines agent countersign policies and remit tax on business procured directly by
the insured from an out-of-state broker through an unauthorized insurer?
No. This type of placement is considered direct placement by the insured; therefore, the insured, or
a representative for the insured, should pay the tax, fee and assessments, if applicable directly to
the FSLSO. Refer to Section 626.938 F.S.
How do we handle a request from an out-of-state broker to countersign policies and remit
taxes on behalf of an insured that has multi-state locations?
This would also fall into the category of IPC as discussed above, and the insured or his
representative can remit the tax, service fee and assessments to the FSLSO.
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In case of a catastrophic situation Florida's insureds may be unable to contact your office. The
FSLSO would like to help in such a situation by providing contact information to these insureds.
To aid in this effort, please complete the information below and return to the FSLSO via fax or
mail. (Email address: email@example.com. Fax (850) 513-9624)
The Catastrophe Contact form can be accessed at: http://www.fslso.com/publications/forms/cat.contact.pdf
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STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact information for FSLSO staff can be accessed here: http://www.fslso.com/contact/staff.aspx