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Michigan

state commissioner

Anita Fox

STATE phone
(517) 284-8800
STATE LICENSE DIVISION ADDRESS

Department of Insurance and Financial Services

Appointments & Terminations

Required to report appointments?

Yes

Permits Just-in-time (JIT) appointments?

No

Initial appointment deadlines

Prior to the solicitation of business; Within 15 days of contract execution or first business submission

Initial appointment deadline rule

State statute says the appointment must be submitted to the DOI within 15 days of the appointment effective date, which is the date the agent/agency contract is executed or the first piece of business is submitted to the carrier. The Michigan DOI interpretation takes this to mean that: JIT appointments aren't allowed and the producer must be appointed prior to the solicitation of business

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?

Yes

Agency appointment covers affiliated producers?

No

Adjuster appointments via NIPR?

No

Appointment effective date can be specified?

Yes

Appointment effective date rule

Required and is the date supplied on transaction. Must not be in the future and must be less than 15 days old.

State requires appointment renewal?

Yes

Appointment renewals via

The Michigan DOI sends the company a list of carrier appointments and an invoice every January. Bills are paid through the DIFS epayment login (online services).

When is the state renewal period?

January

Appointment renewal fee

$10 per appointment for first year and $5 for every year after that

State terminates appointment if license expires?

No

Terminations processed via NIPR?

Yes

Termination reasons

Termination reason code is not required

Termination date can be specified by carrier?

Yes

Termination Effective date rule

Required and is the date supplied on transaction. Must not be in the future and must be less than 15 days old

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: $10 Resident New License Surplus Lines Producer: $110 Non Resident New License Insurance Producer: $10 Non Resident New License Surplus Lines Producer: $110

License renewal fee

Resident Renewal Surplus Lines Producer $100 Non Resident Renewal Surplus Lines Producer: $100

What is the resident individual producer license renewal date?

First day of birth month every 2 years based on year of birth

When does the nonresident individual producer license renewal period begin?

N/A

What is the nonresident individual producer license renewal date?

None, perpetual

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

For individual's business address only

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

Yes

What addresses are required for individual license maintenance?

Residence, Business, and Mailing

State individual licenses include

Non-Resident Solicitor, Life and Health Insurer, Property/Casualty Insurer, Solicitor, Alternative Financial Delivery System, Resident Adjuster for Insured, Resident Counselor, Resident Insurance Adjuster, Surplus Lines, Non-Resident Adjuster for Insured, Non-Resident Counselor, Non-Resident Insurance Adjuster, Non-Resident Surplus Lines, Resident Producer, Non Resident Producer, Risk Retention

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

Yes

State broker license rule

"Brokerage” is not allowed in Michigan. A broker represents a consumer - not an insurer. Acts of misfeasance or malfeasance by a person acting as a broker do not bind any insurer and thereby place the consumer at risk. "Included under Producer License

Requires pre licensing courses?

Yes

Study method requirements

Supervised instruction or verifiable self-study

Submission of completion certificate rule

An original certificate awarded on completion of the pre-licensing education course must be submitted at the exam site.

How long is the pre licensing certification valid?

Pre-licensing education completion certificates have a 12-month expiration date from the date of course completion. If the examination is not passed prior to the certificate expiration date, the applicant must complete a new pre-licensing program of study.

Exemptions to pre licensing requirements

The Commissioner may waive the pre-license education requirement if the applicant: a. applies for a limited license as designated by the Commissioner; b. has been a licensed producer within the past 12 months; c. was previously licensed in another state; d. holds a CLU, ChFC, CPCU, CIC, AAI, CEBS, CFP, FLMI, LUTCF, RHU, REBC, HIA, or ARM designation; or e. has an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree with a concentration in insurance from a Commissioner-approved institution. To request a waiver, the applicant must mail the following to OFIR, Pre-licensing Education Waiver Request, P.O. Box 30220, Lansing, MI 48909: a. a letter requesting waiver; and b. the required proof of waiver: I. a copy of certificate for professional designations or letter confirming certificate; or II. a copy of college transcript and course descriptions.

Prelicense education requirement

Applicants must complete the following pre-licensing education requirements: a. life producers - 20 total hours, including: I. 14 hours - life insurance; and II. 6 hours - ethics and Michigan insurance law requirements; b. health producers - 20 total hours, including: I. 14 hours - health insurance; and II. 6 hours - ethics and Michigan insurance law requirements; c. property producers and solicitors - 20 total hours, including: I. 14 hours - property insurance; and II. 6 hours - ethics and Michigan insurance law requirements; d. casualty producers and solicitors - 20 total hours, including: I. 14 hours - liability insurance; and II. 6 hours - ethics and Michigan insurance law requirements; e. personal lines producers - 20 total hours, including: I. 14 hours - property and liability insurance; and II. 6 hours - ethics and Michigan insurance law requirements; f. life and health insurance producers - 40 total hours, including: I. 34 hours - life and health insurance; and II. 6 hours - ethics and Michigan insurance law requirements; and g. property and casualty producers - 40 total hours, including: I. 34 hours - property and liability insurance; and II. 6 hours - ethics and Michigan insurance law requirements. A long-term care producer must complete a one-time 8-hour long-term care training course

Background Check Required?

Yes – Full criminal history

Fingerprints Required?

Not Required

Where to apply for resident license?

NIPR Gateway

Other licensing notes

Applicant moving from another state to Michigan may apply for a resident license if they surrender previous state license within 90 days. Prior to filing an application applicant's with conviction histories are strongly encouraged to review Chapter 12 of the Michigan Insurance Code and the Guiding Principles found Michigan's state website for complete information on license eligibility.

What Transactions are Retaliatory Fees Applied to?

None

Submit Partial License Renewals through NIPR?

No - allows partial renewal of inactive licenses only

Has Personal Lines LOA?

Yes

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

All licensees must report a change of residential, mailing, business, or email address within 30 days to the Commissioner. Contact Change Request supported via NIPR Gateway.

Penalty for failure to timely report personal data changes

Licensees who fail to report a mailing address change within 30 days will be fined $100.

Agency

Can a sole proprietor be licensed as an entity?

No

DRLP must have active state license

Yes

DRLPs must cumulatively cover all LOAs in application

No

Agency Licensing renewals

License is perpetual.

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

All producers selling on behalf of or through a business entity are affiliated.

Branch office

License not required but branch must be registered

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

Licensed business entity producers must use ILOS to update information. a. ILOS must be used to: I. add/cancel affiliations; II. add/cancel a DRLP; III. report a name change; IV. update business and mailing addresses; V. update phone/email/fax information; VI. add/cancel a DBA; and VII. add/cancel a branch registration. b. The FIS 0200, FIS 0201, and FIS 0262 paper forms will no longer be accepted or available on the Department website. Business Entities must submit changes via ILOS found on the "Licensing - Insurance" page of the state's website.

Adjuster

Requires adjuster license?

Yes

Offers designated home state?

Yes

DHS exam required?

Yes

Reciprocity states

AK, AL, AR, AZ, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, MT, NC, NH, NM, NV, OK, OR, RI, SC, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV

Which states require an exam for reciprocity?

CA, HI, NY, PR, WY

Independent adjuster LOAS

Fire & Other Hazards, Workers' Compensation, Crop

Independent adjuster fees

Licensing Fee: $15 Amendment Fee: $15 Reinstatement Fee: $15 Renewal Fee: $5

Independent adjuster exam required?

Yes

Public Adjuster Renewal Period

The license term is one year. The renewal date is March 31st.

Independent adjuster details

The lines of authority are offered for both residents and non residents.

Emergency adjuster details

To adjust in the event of an emergency, the adjuster must apply via the Electronic Licensing Application. The process is expedited for licensure.

Public Adjuster LOAs

Fire & Other Hazards

Public adjuster fees

Licensing Fee: $20 Renewal Fee: $5

Public adjuster exam required?

Yes

Address change request through NIPR?

Yes

Continuing Education

Total hours per renewal period

24

Renewal period

2 years

License renewal date is

First day of birth month

License renewal year based on...

Year of birth

When is the CE due?

On the first day of licensee's birth month, biennially. Licenses are perpetual, except Surplus Lines. Producer licenses are perpetual and remain in good standing as long as CE requirements are met.

Exemptions to CE

If first renewal date would be 12 months or fewer from the date of your first license, you won't need CE in the first renewal cycle. Limited and surplus lines licensees holding only limited life, turkey crop and hail, travel accident and baggage, title, credit, or limited lines property and casualty lines are exempt from CE.

What if a producer missed the renewal date?

License will be suspended for 90 days or until your 24-hour requirement is met. In that 90 days, you may continue to serve your book of business but can’t take on new clients or solicit new business. After the 90-day period, you have the rest of the year to get current on your CE and apply to reinstate your license with a late fee. After 12 months, you’ll need to apply for a new license.

Can rollover excess hours?

Yes

Amount of rollover credits allowed

12 hours of general CE

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 every two years

Annuity-specific CE requirements

One-time, 4-hour course

Additional line of business requirements

Annuity course completion must be in compliance with new standards as of June 29, 2021

Regulatory Updates

Michigan Updates Individual and Agency Property and Casualty Surplus Lines Licensing and Premium Tax Requirements

On January 26, 2024, Michigan updated multiple sections of the Property and Casualty Surplus Lines Licensing and Premium Tax Requirements for Individuals and Agencies.

Michigan Updating State Code Requirements for Mailing and Business Address

Effective October 17, 2023, Michigan will allow individual applicants to change the state code of the mailing address to any state. However, Michigan individual residents’ business address state code must be one of the following: - Michigan - Indiana - Ohio - Wisconsin - Illinois

Michigan establishes procedures to rebut a conviction through good moral character

Effective March 20, 2023, Michigan establishes procedures to rebut a conviction through good moral character.  See attachment for details.

Michigan Issues Bulletin Regarding Pharmacy Benefit Manager Registration

Effective January 1, 2024, Michigan will license and regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers. See attachment for more details. On November 30, 2023, Michigan issues update to original regulation notice regarding Pharmacy Benefit Managers to include more details on application process an fee. The fee for an initial application for a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) license submitted between January 1, 2024 and December 31, 2026 is $5,000.00. See attachment #2 for more details.

Michigan Updates Appointment Mapping

Michigan will be adding new mapping for "Fire" and updating the mapping for "Turkey Crop and Hail."

Michigan Adding Third Party Admin

Michigan will be adding a new License Class of "Third Party Administrator". The effective date is yet to be announced, but is noted to take place at some point in Q3. This will be updated when the date is set.

Michigan Launches a New Website

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services announces a new website aims to give end users a new, modern experience. This website will continue to provide resources and assistance to consumers and licensees.

NASAA Updates IAR CE Member Adoption list on its Website

NASAA provides an updated version of the IAR CE Member Adoption list on its website.

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