Section 624.423, Florida Statutes 2001
624.423 Serving process.--
(1) Service of process upon the Insurance Commissioner and Treasurer as process agent of the insurer (under s. 624.422) shall be made by serving copies in triplicate of the process upon the Insurance Commissioner and Treasurer or upon her or his assistant, deputy, or other person in charge of her or his office. Upon receiving such service, the Insurance Commissioner and Treasurer shall file one copy in her or his office, return one copy with her or his admission of service, and promptly forward one copy of the process by registered or certified mail to the person last designated by the insurer to receive the same, as provided under s. 624.422(2).
(2) Where process is served upon the Insurance Commissioner and Treasurer as an insurer's process agent, the insurer shall not be required to answer or plead except within 20 days after the date upon which the Insurance Commissioner and Treasurer mailed a copy of the process served upon her or him as required by subsection (1).
(3) Process served upon the Insurance Commissioner and Treasurer and copy thereof forwarded as in this section provided shall for all purposes constitute valid and binding service thereof upon the insurer.
History.--s. 67, ch. 59-205; ss. 13, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 64, 809(1st), ch. 82-243; ss. 187, 188, ch. 91-108; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 185, ch. 97-102.