Surplus Lines Broker; Mexican Insurance...

DEFINITION

A surplus lines broker is an individual or business authorized under specified circumstances to procure insurance from "unauthorized insurers" -- insurance companies that do not hold an Arizona-issued certificate of authority. ARS § 20-407.

A Mexican insurance surplus lines broker is an individual or business authorized to solicit or accept applications in Arizona for insurance issued by an alien or unauthorized insurer that will be effective only in Mexico. ARS §§ 20-411.01 and 20-422.

WHO MUST BE LICENSED

An individual or business entity must be licensed as a surplus lines broker or Mexican insurance surplus lines broker to procure insurance from an unauthorized insurer. ARS §§ 20-411(A), 20-411.01 and 20-422.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS (not an exhaustive list)

Not everyone qualifies for an insurance license. The Department can deny a license for any cause listed in Arizona Revised Statutes ("ARS") § 20-295. You should review this statute before deciding to spend the time, effort and money to apply for a license. If you apply for a license, you must truthfully and completely answer questions asked on the application, and you may need to provide additional documentation.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS Common to All Applicants
Maintain an Arizona office location If applying for a Mexican insurance surplus lines broker license, you must have and maintain an office within Arizona. ARS § 20-411.01
Licensed individuals within Arizona office locations In each of your office locations, at least one individual must be licensed as a property and/or casualty insurance producer or as a property and/or casualty managing general agent and must be licensed as a surplus lines broker or Mexican insurance surplus lines broker. ARS §§ 20-411(E) and 20-411.01
Fees
(nonrefundable per ARS § 20-167(A))

License fee (see "Fees" on the PRODUCERS page). ARS § 20-167(A)(10)(a)

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS For Arizona Residents For Residents of Other States (Arizona Non-residents) For Relocating to Arizona from Outside Arizona
Hold a prerequisite license

For a surplus lines broker license, you must be licensed as an insurance producer for property or casualty insurance. ARS § 20-411(B).

For a Mexican insurance surplus lines broker license, you must be licensed as an insurance producer. ARS § 20-411.01

You must be licensed in good standing in your home state as a surplus lines broker. ARS §§ 20-287 and 20-411(G)

For a surplus lines broker license, you must be licensed as an insurance producer for property or casualty insurance. ARS § 20-411(B).

For a Mexican insurance surplus lines broker license, you must be licensed as an insurance producer. ARS § 20-411.01

Pass an exam (individual applicant) You must pass an exam for a surplus lines broker license. ARS § 20-411(C). No exam is required for a Mexican insurance surplus lines broker license. ARS § 20-411.01 None. You must pass an exam for a surplus lines broker license. ARS § 20-411(C). No exam is required for a Mexican insurance surplus lines broker license. ARS § 20-411.01
Apply for the license      
  • Individual

Form L-152
Form L-169
ARS § 20-411(B) or ARS § 20-411.01

Form L-169
ARS § 20-411(B) or 20-411.01

Form L-152
Form L-169
ARS § 20-411(B) or ARS § 20-411.01

  • Business entity
Form L-176
ARS § 20-411(B) or ARS § 20-411.01
Form L-176
ARS § 20-411(B) or ARS § 20-411.01
Form L-176
ARS § 20-411(B) or ARS § 20-411.01
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