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Producer, Business Entity

Business Entities (also known as agencies and/or firms) are required to be licensed in Idaho if they sell, solicit, or negotiate (act as a producer) insurance products in Idaho.

Each entity must provide a Designated Responsible Licensed Producer (DRLP). The DRLP is responsible for the entity’s compliance with Idaho insurance laws and rules. Entities must also register with the Idaho Secretary of State. Specific license types may have other requirements.

Idaho Code

Idaho Statutes :

Title 41

§41-1007 (Business Entity Licensing and DRLP Information)

§41-1008 (Change of Ownership)

§41-1010 (Non Resident Service of Process Information)

§41-1014 (DBA’s)

§41-1017 (Commissions)

§41-1018 (Appointments)

§41-1021 (Reporting of Actions)

§41-1314 (Rebates – Illegal Inducements)

Idaho Statutes:

Title 30

Title 30, Chapters 21 and 29 (Resident Corporations)

Title 30, Chapters 21 and 25 (Resident Limited Liability Companies)

Title 30, Chapter 21 (Non-Resident Agencies, Requirement to Register)

§30-21-801 through §30-21-810 (Use of a DBA/Assumed Business Name)

Rules:

IDAPA Rule 18

18.03.05 Credit Life and Credit Disability Insurance

Bulletin 12-03 Certificates of Insurance

Bulletin 11-01 Money Handling and Fiduciary Funds

Definitions

Business entity: a corporation, association, partnership, Limited Liability Company, limited liability partnership or other legal entity. Not to be confused with a Company (an insurer or carrier.)

Company: the insurer or carrier of insurance providing products for sale.

Producer: a person required to be licensed under the laws of this state to sell, solicit or negotiate insurance. We refer to business entities as producers as well.

DRLP: Designated Responsible Licensed Producer is an individual responsible for the business entity’s compliance with the insurance laws and rules of this state. This individual should carry all lines of authority the agency is requesting.

Service of Process: a process whereby nonresident producers shall appoint the director as their agent for purposes of receiving service of legal process issued against the producer in this state upon causes of action arising within this state out of transactions under the license.

DBA or Assumed Business Name: any name other than the true name of any formally organized or registered entity, under which name the entity holds itself out for the transaction of business in the state of Idaho.

For a full list of insurance licensing terms please click here.

License Requirements

All entities doing business in Idaho are required to register with the Idaho Secretary of State

Each business entity must have at least one Idaho licensed producer (the DRLP) registered to the agency.  Multiple producers may be used to cover this requirement.

Certain changes within the business entity need to be reported to the Department.  The changes that must be reported are as follows:

How to Apply

For a step-by-step guide to applying online check out our guides.

How to apply via NIPR

How to apply via Sircon

Application Process

Step One: Register the business with the Idaho Secretary of State.

Step Two: Have at least one registered licensed producer (DRLP) lined up.

  • Variable Line Only: An agency must be registered with FINRA to carry the Variable line of authority. It must have its own CRD number, not provide one that belongs to an agent or their brokerage. Please note a licensed insurance agency can still receive commission for variable sales without the Variable line on their license IF the business was placed through an agent and brokerage carrying the variable line.

Step Three: Apply online via NIPR or SIRCON. There is a Non-Refundable Fee: $80.

Renewal Information

The Department considers the renewal of a license to be the responsibility of the licensee.

Licenses are good for 24 months (2 years) and expire on the 1st day of the month following issuance.

Online Renewal

License renewal is available online via either NIPR or SIRCON .

There is a Non-Refundable fee of $60 (plus vendor processing fee) if renewing online prior to expiration date.  Be sure to provide a current email address. A license copy will be emailed upon approval.

A copy of the license can also be downloaded at no charge after 24-48 hours.

Renewal by Mail

There is a Non-Refundable fee of $80 if renewing by mail prior to expiration date. Checks should be made payable to the Idaho Department of Insurance.

Paper renewal is available using the following form, Renewal Form, Agency

The completed application and attachments should be mailed to:

Idaho Department of Insurance
700 W State Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 83720

Reinstatement

Resident and Non-resident Business Entities: If the business entity has not renewed its license before the expiration date, the license will require reinstatement.

Reinstatement is available up to one (1) year past the expiration of the business entity license.

Reinstate Online

There is a Non-Refundable fee of $120 plus applicable vendor transaction fees when reinstating online.

An online license reinstatement for resident and non-resident business entities can be done through either SIRCON or NIPR.

Reinstate by Mail

Paper reinstatement is available using the following forms:

Reinstatement Form, Business Entity, Resident

Reinstatement Form, Business Entity, Non-Resident

There is a Non-Refundable fee of $160 when renewing by mail. Checks should be made payable to the Idaho Department of Insurance.

If applying for reinstatement by paper. The completed application and attachments should be mailed to:

Idaho Department of Insurance
700 W State Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 83720

Reporting of Actions

All Producers and Agencies have a duty to report any criminal or administrative actions to the Idaho Department of Insurance within 30 days per §41-5819

The Department encourages producers to use the NIPR Reporting of Actions Warehouse at www.nipr.com as a convenient means to post their documents and explanations to report to any state in which they are licensed.

FAQ

Where can I get a copy of my license?

You can obtain a PDF of your license by clicking here.

Is my business required to have a license if I have a license?

A business entity that acts as an insurance producer needs to have a business insurance license separate from any individual license.

Am I required to register my business with the Idaho Secretary of State (SOS)?

Yes, all entities doing business in Idaho must be registered with the Idaho Secretary of State.

How do I register my Business Entity with Secretary of State?

Please visit Idaho’s Secretary of State’s website for information on business registration.

Is my business required to have all producers registered to the business license?

Yes, all licensed producers acting as an agent of an insurer need to be appointed to the insurer. If a business is registered to an agency each individual appointed with the business does not need to be appointed to the parent agency as well if the business entity they are appointed to is registered to the Agency. Please see §41-1018 for more information.

How do I submit an Appointment/Registration?

If you submit more than 25 requests per year, Idaho requires you to process the transactions electronically through Sircon.

If you do fewer than 25 per year, or if your agency’s FEIN is associated to multiple license numbers in the system, you may submit these on paper.

To submit an Appointment, fill out and submit the Authority to Act Under Company License Application.

To submit a Registration, fill out and submit the Registration to Act Under Agency License Application

How do I terminate an Appointment/Registration?

To terminate an Appointment, fill out and submit the Termination of Producer’s Authority to Act under Company or Firm License form.

To terminate a Registration, fill out and submit the Termination of the Authority to Act Under Company or Agency/Firm form.

What’s the difference between an Appointment and a Registration?

-An appointment is used to give an individual OR agency authority to act under a carriers license. Appointments cannot be used for assigning a DLRP.
-A registration gives an INDIVIDAUL authority to act under an agency/company license. Registrations can be used to assign DLRP’s

How do I see a list of all Agents Appointed to the Business Entity?

From the DOI’s website click on “Find a Licensed Agent/Company (or click here). Under Search: Select “Company or Agency”, enter the Business Entitles License number or Name  in the next box and hit “Go”.  Click on the Business Entity you want to check from the list that appears (it will be the only one there if license number was used). All appointments will be listed.

Please note you will only see active appointments; you will not see terminated producers on this list.

What is a DRLP?

The Designated Registered Licensed Producer is an individual responsible for the business entity’s compliance with the insurance laws and rules of this state.

How do I add a DRLP to my business license?

Check the box next to “This producer should be listed as the DRLP for our agency.” On the Registration to Act Under Agency License Application.

Can I use multiple DRLPs to cover all lines of authority, if needed?

Yes, multiple DRLPs can be assigned if one producer does not carry all of the lines the agency is applying form.

Can an agency carry the Variable line on their business producer license if they don’t have their own CRD number?

No. An agency must be registered with FINRA to carry the Variable line on its license. It must have its own CRD number, not provide one that belongs to an individual or their brokerage. Please note, a licensed insurance agency can still receive commissions for variable sales without carrying the Variable line on their license, If the business was placed through an agent and brokerage carrying the Variable line.

Can an agency receive commissions if they do not carry the Variable line on their license?

Yes, A licensed insurance agency can still receive commissions for variable sales without carrying the Variable line on their own license. If the business was placed through an agent or brokerage carrying the Variable line on their license.

How long is my license good for?

Your license will expire after two years if you do not apply for and are granted a renewal. Licenses expire on the first day of the month in which the license was granted.

When can I apply to renew my license?

You can apply for renewal up to 60 days before the expiration date.

How do I renew my license?

Click here for information on renewing your license.

How do I reinstate my license?

Click here for information on reinstating your license.

How long do I have to reinstate a lapsed license?

1 year, click here for more information.

How do I change my Business Entities name?

Before you can change your Business Entities name you need to register it with Idaho’s Secretary of State. Once you have registered the new name  you will need to submit the Business Entity Name Change Request Form and the approved filling form from the Secretary of State to the Department.

How do I add a DBA (Doing Business As) to my license?

Before you can add a DBA to your license you must first register it with Idaho’s Secretary of State. Once you have registered the DBA  you will need to submit the DBA Add Request Form and the approved filling form from the Secretary of State to the Department.

How do I change my contact information (address, phone number, email address)?

To change the contact information you will need to submit the Update Contact Information, Business Entity Form to the Department.

How long does it take for the website to reflect changes made by the Department of Insurance?

Any changes to your record are usually reflected within 24-48 hours of the change.

Do I need to report a change of ownership?

Yes. Per Title 41-1008(6), you must report a change of ownership to the Department of Insurance within 30 days, using our form.

How do I report a change of Ownership for a Business Entity?

To report a change of owner ship you will need to fill out and submit the Change of Ownership Form.

How do I report a change of Officer/Director for a Business Entity?

To report a change of officer/director you will need to fill out and submit the Change of Officers Form.

How do I know who the officers of record are for my agency?

Idaho expects that Business Entities will keep records of their officers. A request can be made to the Department for the last Officer Change Form submitted for you to compare to your own records to check for accuracy, however, this will only show the last change, not all the officers.

How do I surrender/cancel my license?

There is no negative consequence or penalty in Idaho for allowing your license to lapse for failure to renew. However, if you want to voluntarily surrender your license, you may submit the appropriate Voluntary Surrender Request form. The form can be found on the Departments Forms/Links page.

Have more questions?
Contact the Licensing Team  

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