Ins 6.58(5)(a) (a) Biennially, at least 60 days prior to February 15 of each even numbered year, a regulation fee notice of $35.00 for resident and $70.00 for nonresident insurance intermediary firms, reinsurance intermediaries, travel insurance firms, and managing general agents will be issued in a manner prescribed by the commissioner.
Ins 6.58(5)(b) (b) If payment of the biennial regulation fee is not made prior to February 15 of the year in which it is due, in a payment type prescribed by the commissioner, the license shall terminate.
Ins 6.58(6) (6)Notification of changes. Each insurance intermediary firm licensed or applying for a license shall, within 30 days, notify the commissioner of insurance in writing of any change in its business mailing address, business address, contact email address, location of the business records, or a change in the name or address of the designated representative.
Ins 6.58 Note Note: Intermediary corporations and partnerships are subject to the recordkeeping requirements as set forth in s. Ins 6.61 (1).
Ins 6.58 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1980, No. 296, eff. 9-1-80; am. (5) (a), Register, September, 1981, No. 309, eff. 10-1-81; cr. (6), Register, September, 1981, No. 309, eff. 1-1-82; r. and recr. (2), r. (3) and (8), renum. (4) to (7) to be (3) to (6), Register, April, 1982, No. 316, eff. 5-1-82; r. form 11-50, Register, October, 1982, No. 322, eff. 11-1-82; am. (3) (a) to (f), Register, December, 1984, No. 348, eff. 1-1-85; correction in (5) made under s. 13.93 (am) (b) 7., Stats., Register, December, 1984, No. 348; emerg. am. (1), (3) (intro.), (a) 1. and 2., (4) (a), (b) (intro.) and 1., (5) (a) and (6), cr. (3) (a) 7., eff. 3-12-93; am (1), (3) (intro.), (a) 1. and 2., (4) (a), (b) (intro.) and 1., (5) (a) and (6), cr. (3) (a) 7., Register, July, 1993, No. 451, eff. 8-1-93; emerg. am. (5) (a), eff. 10-9-95; am. (5) (a), Register, February, 1996, No. 482, eff. 3-1-96; cons. and renum. (3) (intro.) and (a) (intro.) to be (3) (a) (intro.) and am., am. (3) (b), Register, January, 1999, No. 517, eff. 2-1-99; CR 01-074: am. (1), (2), (3) (a) 3. and 4., (5) and (6), Register January 2002 No. 553 eff. 2-1-02; CR 05-111: am. (3) (b) and (5) (a) Register October 2006 No. 610, eff. 11-1-06; CR 09-022: am. (5) (a) and (b) Register August 2009 No. 644, eff. 9-1-09; CR 19-025: am. (1), (3) (a) (intro.), 2., 6., cr. (3) (a) 8., am. (3) (b), (4) (a), (b) (intro.), 1., 2., (5) (a), (b), r. (5) (c), am. (6) Register August 2020 No. 776, eff. 9-1-20.
Ins 6.59 Ins 6.59 Licensing of individuals as agents, reinsurance intermediaries, or managing general agents (s. 628.04, Stats.).
Ins 6.59(1)(1)Purpose. The purpose of this rule is to establish procedures for original licensure and license enlargement of an individual as an insurance agent, reinsurance intermediary or managing general agent.
Ins 6.59(2) (2)Examination. An examination is required of each resident applicant for each kind of license authority listed in s. Ins 6.50, except a reinsurance intermediary license, managing general agent, variable life or variable annuity and the limited line travel, crop and surety insurance licenses. Each examination will test the applicant's basic knowledge of the kinds of insurance to be solicited or function to be performed and the applicant's basic understanding of the applicable laws and regulations.
Ins 6.59(3) (3)Fees. The following fee schedule is established for residents and non-residents:
Application for one line of authority   $75.00
Application for 2 lines of authority   $150.00
Application for 3 lines of authority   $225.00
Application for 4 lines of authority   $300.00
Application for 5 lines of authority   $375.00
Application for a Surplus Lines license   $100.00
Ins 6.59(4) (4)Procedure.
Ins 6.59(4)(a) (a) Application for resident intermediary agents. Application for a permanent resident agent license or an enlargement of authority requiring an examination shall be made in a manner prescribed by the commissioner following successful completion of any required prelicensing education and the examination. A completed application shall include: the NAIC Uniform Application; fingerprints provided in a format specified by the commissioner in order to complete an electronic confirmation of criminal history from the Wisconsin department of justice, the crime information bureau, and the federal bureau of investigation completed not more than 180 days prior to the test date; payment of the fees to the testing vendor and an electronic photograph of the applicant taken by the test service at the time of testing; a certified certificate of prelicensing from the prelicensing school that was presented to the exam proctor prior to sitting for the exam; confirmation of previous license in another state, if applicable; and any documentation required in answer to questions on the application.
Ins 6.59(4)(am) (am) Application for nonresident intermediary agents. Application for a permanent nonresident agent license or an enlargement of authority shall be filed in a manner prescribed by the commissioner using the NAIC Uniform Application for Individual Nonresident License form. A completed application shall include: the NAIC Uniform Application; payment of the fees; and any documentation required in answer to questions on the application. If confirmation of license status is not attainable from the National Insurance Producer Registry, evidence of licensing from the home state, as defined by s. Ins 28.03 (3m), is required.
Ins 6.59(4)(an) (an) Application for variable life and variable annuity products. Application for a permanent resident agent variable life and variable annuity products license or an enlargement of authority to include variable life and variable annuity products license shall be filed in a manner prescribed by the commissioner using the NAIC Uniform Application. A completed application shall include: the NAIC Uniform Application; payment of the fees; any documentation required in answer to questions on the application; and verification of required registration by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) registered for Series 6 or Series 7.
Ins 6.59(4)(ap) (ap) Application for limited travel, crop, legal expense or surety agent license. Application for a permanent resident agent travel, crop, legal expense or surety agent limited license or an enlargement of authority to include travel, crop, legal expense or surety limited license shall be filed in a manner prescribed by the commissioner using the NAIC Uniform Application. A completed application shall include: the NAIC Uniform Application; payment of the fees; and any documentation required in answer to questions on the application.
Ins 6.59(4)(as) (as) Application for reinsurance intermediary-broker, reinsurance intermediary-manager or managing general agent. Application for a reinsurance intermediary broker or reinsurance intermediary manager or managing general agent license shall be filed in a manner prescribed by the commissioner using the NAIC Uniform Application. A completed application shall include: the NAIC Uniform Application; payment of the fees; and any documentation required in answer to questions on the application.
Ins 6.59(4)(av) (av) Application for a title insurance limited license by Wisconsin licensed attorneys. Application for a permanent resident agent title insurance limited license or an enlargement of authority to include title insurance limited license shall be filed in a manner prescribed by the commissioner using the NAIC Uniform Application. A completed application shall include: the NAIC Uniform Application; an original certificate signed by the provider showing completion of at least 6 hours of continuing legal education approved by the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners dealing solely with title insurance and completed within 1 year of the application date; a copy of the applicant's current State Bar of Wisconsin membership card if membership cannot be verified by the commissioner; payment of the fees; and any documentation required in answer to questions on the application.
Ins 6.59(4)(ax) (ax) Application for surplus lines agent license. Application for a surplus lines insurance license shall be filed in a manner prescribed by the commissioner using the NAIC Uniform Application. A completed application shall include: the NAIC Uniform Application; payment of the fees; and any documentation required in answer to questions on the application.
Ins 6.59(4)(c) (c) Issuance of license. An applicant for an original license or an enlargement of authority who passes the examination, if required, satisfies the requirements in par. (a), (am) or (as) and meets the standards of competence and trustworthiness as described in sub. (5) shall be issued a license for those kinds of authority for which the applicant is qualified. Examination scores are valid for 180 days. Failure to apply for a license within 180 days will require candidate to re-take the examination. Determination of the acceptance or rejection of a completed application shall be made within 90 days of receipt by the office of the commissioner of insurance of the completed application including any documentation required.
Ins 6.59(5) (5)Competence and trustworthiness. The following criteria may be used in assessing trustworthiness and competence:
Ins 6.59(5)(a) (a) Criminal record. The conviction for crimes which are substantially related to the circumstances of holding an insurance license. “Conviction” includes having been found guilty by judge or jury, having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere or no contest, or having been given probation, a suspended sentence, or a fine.
Ins 6.59(5)(b) (b) Accuracy of information. Any material misrepresentation in the information submitted on the application form.
Ins 6.59(5)(c) (c) Regulatory action. Any regulatory action taken with regard to any occupational license held, such as insurance licenses in other states, real estate licenses and security licenses.
Ins 6.59(5)(d) (d) Other criteria. Other criteria which the commissioner considers evidence of untrustworthiness or incompetence, including but not limited to:
Ins 6.59(5)(d)1. 1. Providing incorrect, misleading, incomplete or materially untrue information in the license application.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)2. 2. Violating any insurance laws, or violating any regulation, subpoena or order of the insurance commissioner or of another state's insurance commissioner.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)3. 3. Obtaining or attempting to obtain a license through misrepresentation or fraud;
Ins 6.59(5)(d)4. 4. Improperly withholding, misappropriating or converting any monies or properties received in the course of doing insurance business.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)5. 5. Intentionally misrepresenting the terms of an actual or proposed insurance contract or application for insurance.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)6. 6. Having been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor substantially related to the circumstances of holding an insurance license.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)7. 7. Having admitted or been found to have committed any insurance unfair trade practice or fraud.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)8. 8. Using fraudulent, coercive, or dishonest practices, or demonstrating incompetence, untrustworthiness or financial irresponsibility in the conduct of business in this state or elsewhere.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)9. 9. Having an insurance producer license, or its equivalent, denied, suspended or revoked in any other state, province, district or territory.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)10. 10. Forging another's name to an application for insurance or to any document related to an insurance transaction.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)11. 11. Improperly using notes or any other reference material to complete an examination for an insurance license.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)12. 12. Knowingly accepting insurance business from an individual who is not licensed.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)13. 13. Failing to comply with an administrative or court order imposing a child support obligation.
Ins 6.59(5)(d)14. 14. Failing to pay state income tax or comply with any administrative or court order directing payment of state income tax.
Ins 6.59(5)(e) (e) Age. Is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
Ins 6.59(6) (6)Frequency and location. Examinations for each kind of agent authority will be administered at least once a month in accordance with a schedule adopted by the commissioner.
Ins 6.59(8) (8)Change in residency status.
Ins 6.59(8)(a) (a) A licensed nonresident agent, after becoming a Wisconsin resident, may retain authority under the nonresident agent license for a maximum of 60 days, at which time all authority granted under the nonresident license shall cease.
Ins 6.59(8)(b) (b) A licensed resident agent after becoming a resident of another state, may retain authority under the resident license for a maximum of 60 days, at which time all authority granted under the resident license shall cease.
Ins 6.59(8)(c) (c) If an agent changes residency status and becomes licensed under the new status, all authority granted by the license issued under the former status shall terminate on the date the new license is issued.
Ins 6.59(8)(d) (d) Criteria used by the insurance commissioner to establish residency shall include, but not be limited to:
Ins 6.59(8)(d)1. 1. Jurisdiction for payment of state taxes.
Ins 6.59(8)(d)2. 2. Jurisdiction for automobile driver's license and motor vehicle registration.
Ins 6.59(8)(d)3. 3. Location of voter registration.
Ins 6.59(8)(d)4. 4. Location of principal residence, such as owned or rented dwelling, condominium or apartment.
Ins 6.59(8)(e) (e) A licensed nonresident agent, after becoming a resident of a state other than Wisconsin, may retain licensing authority under the nonresident license for a maximum of 60 days, at which time all authority granted under the nonresident license shall terminate if licensure in the new home state, as defined by s. Ins 28.03 (3m), cannot be verified by the commissioner, unless a letter of certification or other comparable evidence from the new home state is provided to the commissioner.
Ins 6.59 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1977, No. 255, eff. 4-1-77; am. (8), Register, June, 1978, No. 270, eff. 7-1-78; cr. (10), Register, September, 1978, No. 273, eff. 10-1-78; am. (3) and (7), Register, February, 1980, No. 290, eff. 3-1-80; r. (6) and (9), renum. (7), (8) and (10) to be (6), (7) and (8), Register, August, 1980, No. 296, eff. 9-1-80; r. and recr. Register, September, 1981, No. 309, eff. 10-1-81; am. (4), cr. (8), Register, December, 1984, No. 348, eff. 1-1-85; am. (2), (3), (4) (a) and (b) and (6), Register, May, 1987, No. 377, eff. 7-1-87; am. (4) (a) and (5) (b), Register, January, 1992, No. 433, eff. 2-1-92; cr. (8) (e), Register, April, 1992, No. 436, eff. 5-1-92; am. (4) (a) and (c), Register, June, 1992, No. 438, eff. 7-1-92; emerg. am. (1), (2), (4) (a), (c), (5) (a), (8) (a) to (c) and (e), cr. (9), eff. 3-12-93; emerg. am. (3), (4) (b), (c) and (6), r. and recr. (4) (a), cr. (4) (am) and (as), eff. 7-1-93; am. (1), (2), (3), (c), (5) (a), (8) (a) to (c) and (e), cr. (4) (am), (as), (9), r. and recr. (4) (a), Register, July, 1993, No. 451, eff. 8-1-93; emerg. am. (4) (a), eff. 10-9-95; am. (4) (a) and (am), Register, February, 1996, No. 482, eff. 3-1-96; am. (4) (a), (am) and (as), Register, January, 1999, No. 517, eff. 2-1-99; cr. (4) (av), Register, October, 2000, No. 538, eff. 11-1-00; CR 01-074: am. (4) (am), (5) (a), (c) and (d), cr. (5) (d) 1. to 14. and (5) (e), r. (7) and (9), Register January 2002 No. 553, eff. 2-1-02; CR 05-111: am. (3) and (4) (a) to (av), cr. (4) (ax) Register October 2006 No. 610, eff. 11-1-06; CR 07-096: am. (2) and (4) (a) Register March 2008 No. 627, eff. 4-1-08; CR 09-022: am. (2), (3), (4) (a), (b), (c), (8) (a), (b), (c) and (e), cr. (4) (an) and (ap) Register August 2009 No. 644, eff. 9-1-09; CR 19-025: am. (4) (a), (am), (an), (ap), (as), (av), (ax), r. (4) (b.), am. (4) (c), (5) (a), (8) (e) Register August 2020 No. 776, eff. 9-1-20.
Ins 6.595 Ins 6.595 Exemption of licensing of individuals as intermediaries.
Ins 6.595(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
Ins 6.595(1)(a) (a) “Negotiate" means to confer directly with or offer advice directly to a purchaser or prospective purchaser of a particular contract of insurance concerning any of the substantive benefits, terms or conditions of the contract, provided that the person engaged in that act either sells insurance or obtains insurance from insurers for purchasers.
Ins 6.595(1)(am) (am) “Producer” means an insurance marketing intermediary as defined in s. 628.02, Stats.
Ins 6.595(1)(b) (b) “Sell" or “Place" means to exchange a contract of insurance by any means, for money or its equivalent, on behalf of an insurance company.
Ins 6.595(1)(c) (c) “Solicit" means attempting to sell insurance or asking or urging a person to apply for a particular kind of insurance from a particular company.
Ins 6.595(2) (2)Exemptions. The following persons are not required to obtain an intermediary license:
Ins 6.595(2)(a) (a) A town mutual agent exempt from licensing under s. 628.03 (1), Stats., by s. 628.05 (1), Stats., includes an agent for a town mutual not authorized to insure members against loss to property by windstorm or hail insurance as provided in ss. 612.31 (2) (a) 3. and 612.33 (2) (a), Stats., who provides windstorm or hail insurance to the town mutual's members through an insurance policy issued by another authorized insurer operating on an assessment plan. The town mutual agent need not be licensed but the other insurer must list the agent and pay the listing fee in accordance with s. Ins 6.57.
Ins 6.595(2)(b) (b) An officer, director or employee of an insurer or of an insurance producer, provided that the officer, director or employee does not receive any commission on policies written or sold to insure risks residing, located or to be performed in this state and any of the following apply:
Ins 6.595(2)(b)1. 1. The officer, director or employee's activities are executive, administrative, managerial, clerical or a combination of these, and are only indirectly related to the sale, solicitation or negotiation of insurance.
Ins 6.595(2)(b)2. 2. The officer, director or employee's function relates to underwriting, loss control, inspection or the processing, adjusting, investigating or settling of a claim on a contract of insurance.
Ins 6.595(2)(b)3. 3. The officer, director or employee is acting in the capacity of a special agent or agency supervisor assisting insurance producers where the person's activities are limited to providing technical advice and assistance to licensed insurance producers and do not include the sale, solicitation or negotiation of insurance.
Ins 6.595(2)(c) (c) A person who secures and furnishes information for the purpose of group life insurance, group property and casualty insurance, group annuities, group or blanket accident and health insurance; or for the purpose of enrolling individuals under plans; issuing certificates under plans or otherwise assisting in administering plans; or performs administrative services related to mass marketed property and casualty insurance; where no commission is paid to the person for the service;
Ins 6.595(2)(d) (d) An employer or association or its officers, directors, employees, or the trustees of an employee trust plan, to the extent that the employers, officers, employees, director or trustees are engaged in the administration or operation of a program of employee benefits for the employer's or association's own employees or the employees of its subsidiaries or affiliates, which program involves the use of insurance issued by an insurer, as long as the employers, associations, officers, directors, employees or trustees are not in any manner compensated, directly or indirectly, by the company issuing the contracts;
Ins 6.595(2)(e) (e) Employees of insurers or organizations employed by insurers who are engaging in the inspection, rating or classification of risks, or in the supervision of the training of insurance producers and who are not individually engaged in the sale, solicitation or negotiation of insurance;
Ins 6.595(2)(f) (f) A person whose activities in this state are limited to advertising without the intent to solicit insurance in this state through communications in printed publications or other forms of electronic mass media whose distribution is not limited to residents of the state, provided that the person does not sell, solicit or negotiate insurance that would insure risks residing, located or to be performed in this state;
Ins 6.595(2)(g) (g) A person who is not a resident of this state who sells, solicits or negotiates a contract of insurance for commercial property and casualty risks to an insured with risks located in more than one state insured under that contract, provided that that person is otherwise licensed as an insurance producer to sell, solicit or negotiate that insurance in the state where the insured maintains its principal place of business and the contract of insurance insures risks located in that state; or
Ins 6.595(2)(h) (h) A salaried full-time employee who counsels or advises his or her employer relative to the insurance interests of the employer or of the subsidiaries or business affiliates of the employer provided that the employee does not sell or solicit insurance or receive a commission.
Ins 6.595(2)(i) (i) Persons selling rental car insurance which is provided in connection with and incidental to the lease or rental of a motor vehicle which do not require a commercial license to operate for a total period of 90 consecutive days or less and not exceeding the lease or rental period. This exemption does not relieve the person of the requirement to reply to the commissioner under s. 601.42, Stats.
Ins 6.595 History History: CR 01-074: cr. Register January 2002 No. 553, eff. 2-1-02; CR 19-025: cr. (1) (am) Register August 2020 No. 776, eff. 9-1-20; correction in (1) (am) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register August 2020 No. 776.
Ins 6.60 Ins 6.60 Prohibited business practices.
Ins 6.60(1)(1)In this section:
Ins 6.60(1)(a) (a) “Affiliate" means any person who is under the control of or acts at the direction of the agent.
Ins 6.60(1)(b) (b) “Agent" means an intermediary as defined in s. 628.02, Stats.
Ins 6.60(1)(c) (c) “Customer" means a natural person with whom the agent or affiliate is doing or has, within 3 years from the act or transaction regulated by this section, done an insurance business as that term is defined in s. 618.02 (2) and (3), Stats.
Ins 6.60(1)(d) (d) “Personal financial transaction" includes a transaction in which the agent or an affiliate of the agent borrows money, property or securities from a customer; loans money, property or securities to a customer; acts as custodian for money, property or securities of a customer; obtains power of attorney over money, property or securities of a customer; obtains a guarantee of any loan from a customer; shares directly or indirectly in profits or losses with a customer; or without furnishing equal consideration obtains title to or ownership of any property of a customer. In this section “personal financial transaction" does not include transactions conducted by an agent or affiliate in the normal course of doing an insurance business such as holding an insurance policy for analysis or servicing, or receiving an insurance premium from a customer provided the transaction is properly recorded on the records of the agent or affiliate as required by s. Ins 6.61, including the name of the insurer for whom the premium was received, and the agent or affiliate immediately issues a written receipt to the customer for the policy or premium.
Ins 6.60(2) (2)The following are deemed to be unfair trade practices by an agent or affiliate pursuant to s. 628.34 (12), Stats., without limiting those terms to the practices specified in this section:
Ins 6.60(2)(a) (a) Effecting or attempting to effect a personal financial transaction with a customer unless any of the following apply:
Ins 6.60(2)(a)1. 1. The customer is a relative of the agent or affiliate as defined in s. 13.62 (12g), Stats.
Ins 6.60(2)(a)2. 2. The customer is a person residing in the household of the agent or affiliate at the time of the transaction.
Ins 6.60(2)(a)3. 3. The transaction is a bona fide arm's length business transaction where the customer is either qualified to understand and assess the transaction or has been advised or represented in the transaction by a qualified individual who is not the agent or affiliate.
Ins 6.60(2)(a)4. 4. The agent or affiliate is acting lawfully pursuant to authority given under federal or state law governing the securities or investment advisory business.
Ins 6.60(2)(b) (b) Knowingly being listed as a beneficiary of any proceeds of a life insurance policy or annuity issued to a customer unless the agent or affiliate has an insurable interest in the life of the customer.
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