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The Florida Statutes

The 2003 Florida Statutes

Title XXXVII
INSURANCE
Chapter 626
INSURANCE FIELD REPRESENTATIVES AND OPERATIONS
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Section 626.8732, Florida Statutes 2003

626.8732  Nonresident public adjuster's qualifications, bond.--

(1)  The office shall, upon application therefor, issue a license to an applicant for a nonresident public 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 office a written Florida public adjuster's examination of the scope prescribed in s. 626.241(6); however, the requirement for such an examination does not apply to any of the following:

1.  An applicant who is licensed as a resident public 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 office; or

2.  An applicant who is licensed as a nonresident public 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 office.

(c)  Is self-employed as a public adjuster or associated with or employed by a public adjusting firm or other public adjuster. Applicants licensed as nonresident public 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 office in advance. The appointment of a nonresident public 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 public 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 a public 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. The office may not authorize an applicant to take the required examination or issue a nonresident public adjuster's license to the applicant until the office has received a report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation relative to the existence or nonexistence of a criminal history report based on the applicant's fingerprints.

(b)  If currently licensed as a resident public 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 or comparable license to act as a public adjuster. 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 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 a public adjuster and the applicant has been licensed as a resident insurance adjuster, agent, broker, or other insurance representative in his or her 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 such 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 or not 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)  At the time of application for license as a nonresident public adjuster, the applicant shall file with the office a bond executed and issued by a surety insurer authorized to transact surety business in this state, in the amount of $50,000, conditioned for the faithful performance of his or her duties as a nonresident public adjuster under the license applied for. The bond must be in favor of the office and must specifically authorize recovery by the office of the damages sustained if the licensee commits fraud or unfair practices in connection with his or her business as nonresident public adjuster. The aggregate liability of the surety for all the damages may not exceed the amount of the bond. The bond may not be terminated unless at least 30 days' written notice is given to the licensee and filed with the office.

(4)  The usual and customary records pertaining to transactions under the license of a nonresident public adjuster must be retained for at least 3 years after completion of the adjustment and must be made available in this state to the office upon request. The failure of a nonresident public adjuster to properly maintain records and make them available to the office upon request constitutes grounds for the immediate suspension of the license issued under this section.

(5)  After licensure as a nonresident public 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 commission, submit an affidavit certifying that the licensee is familiar with and understands the insurance code and rules adopted thereunder 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 public adjuster's appointment.

History.--s. 57, ch. 98-199; s. 989, ch. 2003-261.

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