Managing General Agent

DEFINITION

A managing general agent is an individual or business entity utilized by an insurer that produces and underwrites an amount of gross premium that is at least five percent of the insurer's policyholder surplus reported on the insurer's last quarterly or annual statement and that either adjusts or pays claims or negotiates reinsurance on behalf of the insurer. ARS § 20-311(A). A managing general agent may

WHO MUST BE LICENSED

The threshhold for licensing as a managing general agent is based on the amount of gross premium that you produce or underwrite. If the amount you underwrite and produce does not meet 5% of an insurer's policyholder surplus, you do not qualify for a managing general agent license (but may need another type of insurance license, such as insurance producer or insurance adjuster, based on the activities you intend to perform).

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
Determine license and deposit requirements Have an officer of the insurer complete Form L-107, which will determine whether you qualify for a managing general agent license and will calculate the amount of the deposit or surety insurance you need to maintain to satisfy ARS § 20-311.01(C).
Maintain a deposit in favor of Arizona

Using a surety bond: Complete and submit Form L-106 accompanied by the surety's power of attorney if you are submitting a surety bond to satisffy the deposit requirement.

Using a certificate of deposit: Work with your FDIC-insured financial institution to complete two fully executed originals of Form E-150 to assign the deposit to the Arizona State Treasurer.

Using securities: Email the Licensing Section (licensing@azinsurance.gov) for current forms and instructions.

Complete the license application
ARS § 20-311.01(A)

For an individual:

For a business entity: Form L-176

Submit fingerprints Submit fingerprints for an individual applicant or for each member, officer, director and owner of a business-entity applicant. ARS §§ 20-142(E), 20-286(C) and 20-311.03
Fees
(nonrefundable per ARS § 20-167(A))
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