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Iowa

state commissioner

Doug Ommen

STATE phone
(515) 281-7757
STATE LICENSE DIVISION ADDRESS

Iowa Insurance Division Attn: Licensing

Appointments & Terminations

Required to report appointments?

Yes

Permits Just-in-time (JIT) appointments?

Yes

Initial appointment deadlines

Within 30 days of contract execution or first business submission

Initial appointment deadline rule

Appointments must be submitted within 30 days of the date the agent/agency contract is executed or the first piece of business is submitted to the carrier

Can be processed via nipr?

Yes

Fees for appointing a resident agency or individual?

$5

Fees for appointing a nonresident agency or individual?

$5

Appoint agencies?

No

Adjuster appointments via NIPR?

No

Appointment effective date can be specified?

Yes

Appointment effective date rule

Not required and is the date transaction is processed by the state if effective date is not supplied. Must be 30 days old or less.

State requires appointment renewal?

Yes

Appointment renewals via

Via NIPR Portal

When is the state renewal period?

Jan. 5, 2024 - March 15, 2024

Appointment renewal fee

Alabama: $25, Arkansas: $60, Connecticut: $10, District of Columbia: $25, Florida: $30, Georgia: $16, Iowa: $5, Kansas: $5, Kentucky: $25, Louisiana: $20, Maine: $15, Massachusetts: $75, Michigan: $5, Mississippi: $25, Nevada: $15, Nebraska: $8, New Jersey: $25, New Mexico: $20, North Carolina: $11, North Dakota: $10, Ohio: $15, Oklahoma: $30, Pennsylvania: $15, South Carolina: $20, South Dakota: $20, Vermont: $60, Virginia: $10, Washington: $10, Wisconsin: $30, West Virginia: $25, Wyoming: $15, Canada (CN): $5, All others: $0

Fees are retaliatory?

Yes

State terminates appointment if license expires?

Yes

Terminations processed via NIPR?

Yes

Termination reasons

Voluntary termination; inadequate production; death; agent moved; appointed in error; cancelled for cause; company merger; request regulatory review

Termination date can be specified by carrier?

Yes

Termination Effective date rule

Not required and is the date transaction is processed by the state. Must be 30 days old or less if supplied

Termination fee

No fee

Allows carriers to terminate the appointment if license has expired?

No

Licensing

Initial individual new license fee

Resident New License Insurance Producer: $50 (All license classes) Non Resident New License Insurance Producer: $50 Non Resident New License Surplus Lines Producer: $50

License renewal fee

Resident Renewal Insurance Producer: $50 Non Resident Renewal Insurance Producer: $50 Non Resident Renewal Insurance Producer: $50 Non Resident Renewal Surplus Lines Producer: $50

When does the resident individual producer license renewal period begin?

90 days before expiration

What is the resident individual producer license renewal date?

Last day of birth month every 3 years based on year of first state license issue

Late renewal or reinstatement period for resident individual producer license?

Late renewal allowed up to one year after expiration

When does the nonresident individual producer license renewal period begin?

90 days before expiration

What is the nonresident individual producer license renewal date?

Last day of birth month every 3 years based on year of first state license issue

Late renewal or reinstatement period for nonresident individual producer license?

Late renewal allowed up to one year after expiration

Can a producer use a P.O. Box in their resident or business address?

No

Are individuals required to list their county as part of the address?

No

What addresses are required for individual license maintenance?

Residence, Business, and Mailing

State individual licenses include

Public Adjuster, Mutual, Stock, Insurance Producer, Surplus Lines Producer

State recognizes a licensing exemption for nonresident commercial lines producers with multistate contracts?

Yes

State broker license rule

Included in Producer License Class. Insurers are not required to appoint Brokers per NAIC PLMA

Requires pre licensing courses?

No

Prelicense education requirement

Only required for navigators. 32 credits in approved initial training courses that must include: 2 credits of Iowa-specific training on Medicaid and Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa program training; 1 credit in ethics. Waiver can be applied for if training is not accessible at the required level. Courses provided by the federal government or approved by the federal government on ACA-related topics will be considered approved by the Commissioner. Individual navigators must complete all training and certification requirements provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Background Check Required?

Yes – Full criminal history

Fingerprints Required?

Not Required

Citizenship requirement details

All Non-Citizens of the U.S. must provide a copy of a work permit issued by the Department of Immigration to the state.

Where to apply for resident license?

NIPR Gateway

What Transactions are Retaliatory Fees Applied to?

Appointment

What Determines the Retaliatory Fee?

Producer Home State

Submit Partial License Renewals through NIPR?

No

Has Personal Lines LOA?

Yes

Deadline to report personal data changes (address, name change, phone number, etc.)

If a producer's address is changed, the producer must send written notification to the Division within 30 days of the change. Unless the Division provides other instructions, address change notifications must be filed using Contact Change Request through NIPR Gateway

Penalty for failure to timely report personal data changes

If a producer fails to give the Division a notification required by Iowa law within the required time period, the producer must pay a $100 late fee for each notification unless otherwise ordered under IA ST § 522B.6(7) or IA ST § 522B.17.

Agency

Can a sole proprietor be licensed as an entity?

Yes

DRLP must have active state license

Yes

DRLPs must cumulatively cover all LOAs in application

No

Agency Licensing renewals

90 days prior to expiration date until expiration date of the license ID. There are no late renewals.

Agency License required?

Yes

Affiliations: Indicates if producers selling on behalf of/through an entity must be formally affiliated with that entity and if the entity must notify the department of changes

No

Branch office

Branch office must be licensed

Deadline to report key business entity changes (address, dba, phone, email, etc.)

The business entity must maintain a current business address with the Division at all times. If the address changes, the agency must send written notification, signed by the designated responsible producer, within 30 days of the address change, stating the: a. business entity name; b. license number; c. previous address; and d. new address. The business entity must notify the Division within 30 days of any change in the name of the business entity. Contact Change Request supported via NIPR Gateway.

Adjuster

Requires adjuster license?

Only Public Adjusters

Offers designated home state?

No

DHS exam required?

N/A

Reciprocity states

None

Public Adjuster Renewal Period

Biennially, by the license's expiration date

Public Adjuster LOAs

No LOA required

Public adjuster fees

Licensing Fee: $50 Renewal Fee: $50

Public adjuster exam required?

Yes

Address change request through NIPR?

Yes

Continuing Education

Total hours per renewal period

36

Renewal period

3 years

License renewal date is

Last day of birth month

License renewal year based on...

Year of first license issuance

When is the CE due?

Prior to license expiration.

How long before expiration does state send CE reminder?

90 days prior to expiration date

Exemptions to CE

Producers licensed only for credit, only surety, or who are licensed attorneys and up-to-date on their required legal CE, are exempt from Iowa's insurance CE. Producers licensed for crop only have reduced requirements.

What if a producer missed the renewal date?

Licensee has 12 months to reinstate their license by getting current on their CE, paying the renewal fee, and paying any associated late fees. After that, one will need to apply for a new license.

CE instructors get credit for teaching courses?

Yes

Ethics requirements

3

Flood-specific CE requirements

3 hours of NFIP course

LTC-specific CE requirements

8-hour initial certification, with 4 hours of LTC-specific training each renewal cycle thereafter

Annuity-specific CE requirements

One-time, 4-hour course including best interest requirements

Additional line of business requirements

Viatical settlement brokers and producers need 20 credits specific to viaticals Crop insurance producers must complete any training required by the federal Risk Management Association and complete 18 CE credits (3 in ethics) Any producers selling indexed products must take a one-time, four-hour course covering indexed product specifics.

Regulatory Updates

Iowa Sets 2024 Company Appointment Renewal Dates

The 2024 Iowa appointment renewal dates are 1/5/2024 - 3/15/2024 - The termination deadline is 12/27/2023.

Iowa will display historical Line of Authority data for inactive status for up to 7 years

Effective April 27, 2023, Iowa will display historical Line of Authority data for inactive status for up to 7 years.

Iowa to Add a New Status Reason

Effective April 24, 2023, Iowa is adding the status reason Not Compliant.

Iowa Update to Officer/Director Field for Business Entity Applications

Effective April 14th, 2023, Iowa will make the Officer/Director field mandatory for all initial Business Entity Applications.

Iowa Updates Retaliatory Fees For Select Domicile States

Effective 1/12/2023 Iowa has updated its retaliatory fees for initial appointments.

Iowa Sets 2023 Appointment Renewal Dates

The 2023 Iowa appointment renewal dates are 1/5/2023 - 3/15/2023. The termination deadline is 12/27/2022

Iowa adding Travel LOA

Starting on 10/14/2022 Iowa will add the Travel line of authority for Resident License, Non-resident License, Resident Renewal, and Non-resident Renewals. Application and renewal fees will be $50.

Iowa Resident Public Adjuster CE Requirements

Effective 10/1402022, resident Public Adjuster must have all Coninuing Education requirements completed in order to submit resident renewal applications.

IA Adds Condition A Resident Insurance Producer License Can Be Issued Temporary License

Temporary License (not exceeding 180 days) can be issued by the Commissioner to a resident insurance producer license applicant who: 1) Meets the requirements of IA ST § 522B.5(1) AND 2) has not been issued the license within 10 business days from required identifying information, including fingerprints having been submitted to the Commissioner under IA ST § 522B.5A(3)

Iowa Issues Statements on Appointing, Renewals, and Limited Lines Car Rental Agents

Effective July 6, 2022, Iowa has deleted their monthly billing statement information. For Renewals, appointments that are terminated due to non payment are now able to get re-appointed via NIPR. For limited lines, rental car agent Iowa revised deadline for notifying the Division of terminated counter employee licensees and counter employee licensee name or address changes.

Iowa Adding Travel Agent Licensing Requirements

Effective July 1, 2022, Iowa is adding Travel Agent licensing requirements for both residents and non-residents.

Iowa Adopts Legislation for Travel Insurance

Iowa is to adopt travel insurance and therefore is to add a new license class/line of authority in the near future. The date this becomes effective has not yet been announced.

Surplus Lines Alert For Several Jurisdictions

Several states have released key information on Surplus Lines and can be found in the attached document.

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