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2011 Florida Statutes

SECTION 839
Form and content of premium finance agreements.
F.S. 627.839
627.839 Form and content of premium finance agreements.
(1) A premium finance agreement shall be in writing, dated, and signed by or on behalf of the insured; and the printed portion thereof shall be in at least 8-point type.
(2) It shall contain the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the insurance contract, the premiums for which are advanced or to be advanced under it, and:
(a) At its top, the words “PREMIUM FINANCE AGREEMENT” in at least 10-point bold type; and
(b) A notice in at least 8-point bold type, reading as follows:

“NOTICE:

1. Do not sign this agreement before you read it or if it contains any blank space.
2. You are entitled to a completely filled-in copy of this agreement.
3. Under the law, you have the right to pay off in advance the full amount due and under certain conditions to obtain a partial refund of the service charge.”
(3) A premium finance agreement shall:
(a) Contain the name and place of business of the insurance agent negotiating the related insurance contract; the name and residence or place of business of the insured as specified by her or him; the name and place of business of the premium finance company to which installment or other payments are to be made; a description of the insurance contract, the premiums for which are advanced or to be advanced under the agreement; and the amounts of the premiums for such insurance contract; and
(b) Set forth the following items:
1. The total amount of the premiums;
2. The amount of the down payment;
3. The principal balance, which is the difference between the amounts of subparagraphs 1. and 2.;
4. The amount of the service charge; and
5. The balance, which is the sum of the amounts of subparagraphs 3. and 4., payable by the insured; the number of installments required; the amount of each installment expressed in dollars; and the due date or period thereof.

The items need not be stated in the sequence or order set forth above; inapplicable items may be omitted; and additional items may be included to explain the computations made in determining the amount to be paid by the insured.

(4) No premium finance agreement shall be signed by an insured when it contains any blank space to be filled in after it has been signed; however, if the insurance contract, the premiums for which are advanced or to be advanced under the agreement, has not been issued at the time of its signature by the insured and it so provides, the name of the authorized insurer by whom such insurance contract is issued, the policy number, and the due date of the first installment may be left blank and later inserted in the original of the agreement after it has been signed by the insured.
History.s. 1, ch. 63-16; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 603, 612, 809(2nd), ch. 82-243; s. 79, ch. 82-386; s. 116, ch. 83-216; s. 114, ch. 92-318; s. 367, ch. 97-102.