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2011 Florida Statutes

SECTION 8734
Nonresident independent adjuster's qualifications.
F.S. 626.8734
626.8734 Nonresident independent adjuster’s qualifications.
(1) The department shall, upon application therefor, issue a license to an applicant for a nonresident independent adjuster’s license upon determining that the applicant has paid the applicable license fees required under s. 624.501 and:
(a) Is a natural person at least 18 years of age.
(b) Has passed to the satisfaction of the department a written Florida independent adjuster’s examination of the scope prescribed in s. 626.241(6); however, the requirement for the examination does not apply to any of the following:
1. An applicant who is licensed as a resident independent adjuster in his or her state of residence when that state requires the passing of a written examination in order to obtain the license and a reciprocal agreement with the appropriate official of that state has been entered into by the department; or
2. An applicant who is licensed as a nonresident independent adjuster in a state other than his or her state of residence when the state of licensure requires the passing of a written examination in order to obtain the license and a reciprocal agreement with the appropriate official of the state of licensure has been entered into by the department.
(c) Is self-employed or associated with or employed by an independent adjusting firm or other independent adjuster. Applicants licensed as nonresident independent adjusters under this section must be appointed as such in accordance with the provisions of ss. 626.112 and 626.451. Appointment fees in the amount specified in s. 624.501 must be paid to the department in advance. The appointment of a nonresident independent adjuster shall continue in force until suspended, revoked, or otherwise terminated, but subject to biennial renewal or continuation by the licensee in accordance with procedures prescribed in s. 626.381 for licensees in general.
(d) Is trustworthy and has such business reputation as would reasonably assure that he or she will conduct his or her business as a nonresident independent adjuster fairly and in good faith and without detriment to the public.
(e) Has had sufficient experience, training, or instruction concerning the adjusting of damages or losses under insurance contracts, other than life and annuity contracts; is sufficiently informed as to the terms and effects of the provisions of those types of insurance contracts; and possesses adequate knowledge of the laws of this state relating to such contracts as to enable and qualify him or her to engage in the business of insurance adjuster fairly and without injury to the public or any member thereof with whom he or she may have business as an independent adjuster.
(2) The applicant shall furnish the following with his or her application:
(a) A complete set of his or her fingerprints. The applicant’s fingerprints must be certified by an authorized law enforcement officer.
(b) If currently licensed as a resident independent adjuster in the applicant’s state of residence, a certificate or letter of authorization from the licensing authority of the applicant’s state of residence, stating that the applicant holds a current license to act as an independent adjuster. Such certificate or letter of authorization must be signed by the insurance commissioner or his or her deputy or the appropriate licensing official and must disclose whether the adjuster has ever had any license or eligibility to hold any license declined, denied, suspended, revoked, or placed on probation or whether an administrative fine or penalty has been levied against the adjuster and, if so, the reason for the action.
(c) If the applicant’s state of residence does not require licensure as an independent adjuster and the applicant has been licensed as a resident insurance adjuster, agent, broker, or other insurance representative in his state of residence or any other state within the past 3 years, a certificate or letter of authorization from the licensing authority stating that the applicant holds or has held a license to act as an insurance adjuster, agent, or other insurance representative. The certificate or letter of authorization must be signed by the insurance commissioner or his or her deputy or the appropriate licensing official and must disclose whether the adjuster, agent, or other insurance representative has ever had any license or eligibility to hold any license declined, denied, suspended, revoked, or placed on probation or whether an administrative fine or penalty has been levied against the adjuster and, if so, the reason for the action.
(3) The usual and customary records pertaining to transactions under the license of a nonresident independent adjuster must be retained for at least 3 years after completion of the adjustment and must be made available in this state to the department upon request. The failure of a nonresident independent adjuster to properly maintain records and make them available to the department upon request constitutes grounds for the immediate suspension of the license issued under this section.
(4) After licensure as a nonresident independent adjuster, as a condition of doing business in this state, the licensee must annually on or before January 1, on a form prescribed by the department, submit an affidavit certifying that the licensee is familiar with and understands the insurance laws and administrative rules of this state and the provisions of the contracts negotiated or to be negotiated. Compliance with this filing requirement is a condition precedent to the issuance, continuation, reinstatement, or renewal of a nonresident independent adjuster’s appointment.
History.s. 58, ch. 98-199; s. 50, ch. 2001-63; s. 990, ch. 2003-261; s. 70, ch. 2004-390.