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Delaware Code Title 18. Insurance Code § 1707. License

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(a) Unless denied licensure pursuant to § 1712 of this title, persons who have met the requirements of §§ 1705 and 1706 of this title shall be issued a license. An insurance producer may receive qualification for a license in 1 or more of the following lines of authority:

(1) Life insurance coverage on human lives, including benefits of endowment and annuities, and may include benefits in the event of death or dismemberment by accident and benefits for disability income as defined in § 902 of this title.

(2) Accident and health or sickness insurance coverage for sickness, bodily injury or accidental death, and may include benefits for disability income as defined in § 903 of this title.

(3) Property insurance coverage for the direct or consequential loss or damage to property of every kind as defined in § 904 of this title.

(4) Casualty insurance coverage against legal liability, including that for death, injury or disability or damage to real or personal property as defined in § 906 of this title.

(5) Variable life and variable annuity products insurance coverage provided under variable life insurance contracts and variable annuities.

(6) Personal lines property and casualty insurance coverage sold to individuals and families for noncommercial purposes.

(7) Fidelity and surety, as defined in § 905 of this title.

(8) Marine and transportation insurance, as defined in § 907 of this title.

(9) Title insurance, as defined in § 908 of this title.

(10) Any other line of insurance permitted under state laws or regulations.

(b) Limited lines producer may be qualified and licensed and a qualified producer may hold 1 or more of the following limited lines of authority:

(1) Credit insurance lines.

(2) Life insurance or annuity products used solely to fund a pre-arranged funeral program.

(3) Travel insurance.

(4) Bail agent as provided for in Chapter 43 of this title.

(5) Automobile club where its activities are limited to those specified in § 908A of this title.

(6) Self-service storage insurance.

(7) Any other limited line of insurance permitted under state laws or regulations.

(c) A property damage appraiser's license shall convey authority for the appraisal of damage to motor vehicles as defined in § 101 of Title 21.

(d) An adjuster's license shall convey authority to investigate and negotiate settlement of claims on behalf of licensed agents, brokers, self-insurers, or insurers in 1 or more of the following lines of insurance:

(1) Property insurance.

(2) Casualty insurance.

(3) Fidelity and surety insurance.

(4) Automobile insurance.

(5) Marine and transportation insurance.

(6) Crop insurance.

(7) Workers compensation insurance.

(e) No license shall be required for any of the following:

(1) An adjuster or appraiser sent into this State on behalf of an insurer for the investigation of a particularly unusual or extraordinary loss, or series of losses, resulting from a catastrophe common to all such losses; provided that such adjuster or appraiser shall furnish to the Commissioner written notice within 10 calendar days of any such catastrophic insurance adjustment or appraisal work.

(2) An individual who, in regards to portable electronics insurance claims, collects claim information from, or furnishes claim information to, insureds or claimants, and who conducts data entry including entering data into an automated claims adjudication system, provided that the individual is an employee of a licensed independent adjuster or its affiliate where no more than 25 such persons are under the supervision of 1 licensed independent adjuster or licensed producer. A producer who is acting as a supervisor and adjusting claims pursuant to this paragraph is not required to be licensed as an adjuster. For purposes of this section, “automated claims adjudication system” means a preprogrammed computer system designed for the collection, data entry, calculation and final resolution of portable electronics insurance claims which:

a. Is only utilized by a licensed independent adjuster, licensed producer, or supervised individuals operating pursuant to this paragraph;

b. Complies with all claims payment requirements of the insurance code; and

c. Is certified as compliant with this section by a licensed independent adjuster that is an officer of a licensed business entity under this chapter.

(f) A license issued pursuant to this chapter shall remain in effect unless revoked or suspended as long as the fee set forth in Chapter 7 of this title is paid and education requirements for resident licensees are met by the due date. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this chapter, a licensee’s failure to pay the fees set forth in Chapter 7 of this title or meet the education requirements established by the Commissioner shall result in the lapse by operation of law of the license issued to such licensee, without any notice required to be sent by the Department of Insurance to the licensee.

(g) An individual licensee who fails to timely renew and, as a result, allows his or her license to lapse may, within 12 months from the due date of the renewal fee or due date for the completion of the education requirements, as applicable, reapply for the same license without the necessity of passing a written examination. However, a penalty in the amount of double the unpaid renewal fee shall be required for any renewal fee received after the due date and within the first grace period of 6 months from the due date of the renewal fee; and may be subject to a civil fine of not less than $200 and not more than $1,000 within the second grace period of 6 months after the due date of the first grace period. Prior to any such license being reissued, the licensee shall provide evidence of compliance with all continuing education requirements for the relevant renewal period. Licensees who do not intend to renew their licenses must, on or prior to the due date of the renewal fee or due date for the completion of the education requirements, as applicable, submit to the Department a notice of voluntary surrender of their license in a form approved by the Department. Licensees who fail to timely renew within the grace period set forth in this subsection and do not otherwise submit a timely notice of voluntary surrender shall be subject to the same civil fine imposed on those licensees who renew within the second grace period referenced above, with such fine to be payable prior to being able to reapply for a Delaware license.

(h) A licensee who is unable to comply with license renewal procedures due to military service or some other extenuating circumstance (e.g., a long-term medical disability) may request a waiver of those procedures. The licensee may also request a waiver of any examination requirement or any other fine or sanction imposed for failure to comply with renewal procedures.

(i) The license shall contain the licensee's name, address, and personal identification number, and the date of issuance, the lines of authority, the expiration date and any other information the Insurance Commissioner deems necessary.

(j) Licensees shall inform the Insurance Commissioner by any means acceptable to the Insurance Commissioner of a legal name change or a change of physical mailing address or electronic mail address within 30 days of the change. Failure to timely inform the Insurance Commissioner of a change in legal name or address as required by this subsection shall result in a penalty pursuant to § 1712(a) and/or (d) of this title.

(k) The Commissioner may issue a new license for any lost, stolen or destroyed license issued pursuant to this chapter upon written request from the licensee and payment of appropriate fees for such duplicate license. In order to assist in the performance of the Insurance Commissioner's duties, the Insurance Commissioner may contract with nongovernmental entities, including the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) or any affiliates or subsidiaries that the NAIC oversees, to perform any ministerial functions, including the collection of fees, related to producer, adjuster and appraiser licensing that the Insurance Commissioner and the nongovernmental entity may deem appropriate.

(l) The Commissioner may participate, in whole or in part, with the NAIC, or any affiliates or subsidiaries the NAIC oversees, in a centralized license registry where insurance producer licenses, adjuster licenses, appraiser licenses and appointments may be centrally or simultaneously effected for all states that require an insurance producer license, adjuster license or appraiser license and participate in such centralized license registry. If the Commissioner finds that participation in such a centralized license registry is in the public interest, the Commissioner may adopt by rule any uniform standards and procedures as necessary to participate in the registry. This includes the central collection of all fees for licenses or appointments that are processed through the registry.

(m) Records.--The licensee shall maintain at his or her principal place of business the license issued by the Commissioner, together with such records as may be reasonably required by the Commissioner. Such records shall show:

(1) With respect to insurance producers, for each policy or contract placed or countersigned by or through the licensee, names of the insurers, insureds, policy number, expiration date thereof, premium payable under the terms of the policy or contract, and such other information as the Commissioner may, from time to time, require;

(2) With respect to adjusters, for each claim settled or adjusted, names of the insurers, insureds, policy number, the amount for which the claim was adjusted or settled, and such other information as the Commissioner may, from time to time, require; and

(3) With respect to appraisers, for each appraisal submitted, the names of the insured and the person for whom the appraisal was completed, a copy of the written appraisal, and such other information as the Commissioner may, from time to time, require.

Records shall be retained and available for inspection by the Commissioner for a period of 3 years.

(a) When an act to be done, as provided in this code, relates to the pleadings in the action, or the preparation of bills of exceptions, or of amendments thereto, or to the service of notices other than of appeal and of intention to move for a new trial, the time allowed therefor, unless otherwise expressly provided, may be extended, upon good cause shown, by the judge of the court in which the action is pending, or by the judge who presided at the trial ofthe action; butthe extension so allowed shall not exceed 30 days, without the consent of the adverse party.

(b) In all cases in which the court or judge is authorized by this section to grant an extension of time,the extension of time shall be granted when all attorneys of record of parties who have appeared in the action agree in writing tothe extension of time, and any extension of time previously granted by stipulation of all attorneys of record of parties who have appeared in the action shall not be included in the computation of the 30-day limitation upon extensions of time allowed by the court or judge.

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