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§33-12-9. Issuance of license.

(a) Unless denied licensure pursuant to article twenty-four of this chapter, individuals who have met the requirements of articles five and six of this chapter shall be issued an insurance producer license. An insurance producer may receive qualification for a license in one 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;

(2) Accident and health or sickness. -– Insurance coverage for sickness, bodily injury or accidental death and may include benefits for disability income;

(3) Property insurance coverage for the direct or consequential loss or damage to property of every kind;

(4) Casualty. C- Insurance coverage against legal liability, including that for death, injury or disability or damage to real or personal property;

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

(6) Personal lines. -C Property and casualty insurance coverage sold to individuals and families for primarily noncommercial purposes;

(7) Credit. -C Limited line credit insurance; or

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

(b) An insurance producer license shall remain in effect unless revoked or suspended as long as the fee set forth in section thirteen, article three of this chapter is paid and education requirements for resident individual producers are met by the due date.

(c) An individual insurance producer who allows his or her license to lapse may, within twelve months from the due date of the renewal fee, reinstate 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.

(d) An individual licensed insurance producer 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 producer may also request a waiver of any examination requirement or any other fine or sanction imposed for failure to comply with renewal procedures.

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

(f) Licensees shall inform the Insurance Commissioner by any means acceptable to the Insurance Commissioner of a change of address or residency within thirty days of the change. Failure to timely inform the Insurance Commissioner of a change in legal name, residency or address may result in a penalty pursuant to section twenty-four of this article. The commissioner shall maintain the mailing address of each agent, insurance agency, solicitor and service representative on file.

(g) 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 Commissioner (NAIC) or any affiliates or subsidiaries that the NAIC oversees, to perform any ministerial functions, including the collection of fees, related to producer licensing that the Insurance Commissioner and the nongovernmental entity may consider appropriate.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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