3901-5-08 License renewal procedures.

(A) Purpose

The purpose of this rule is to set forth the conversion schedule for changing insurance agent licensing from a perpetual license structure to a biennial license renewal, changing limited line license renewal periods, the methodology for establishing renewal periods for newly licensed agents and transitioning the continuing education ("CE") requirements to coincide with the renewal periods.

(B) Authority

This rule is issued pursuant to the authority vested in the superintendent under sections 3901.041 and 3905.12 of the Revised Code.

(C) Biennial license renewal conversion for individual resident insurance agent license with a major line of authority or title license currently assigned to December 31, 2010 or December 31, 2011 compliance period.

(1) Individual resident insurance agents who have a compliance period due date of December 31, 2010, shall renew their license by the last day of their birth month in the year two thousand eleven. Agents born in the months of January, February, March, April or May will have a delayed initial renewal date of June 30, 2011. On-going renewal periods for all agents shall be the last day of their birth month every two years thereafter. Resident individual agents should have their twenty "CE" credits (ten credits for title agents) completed by December 31, 2010. Any resident agent who did not have their required "CE" credits completed by December 31, 2010, have until their renewal date in which to complete the credits, but will be charged a one-hundred dollar extension fee in addition to any other required fees. All "CE" credits must be completed prior to license renewal. After the two thousand eleven license renewal, resident agents will be required to complete twenty-four "CE" credits (three of which must be approved as ethics credits) (title agents must complete the number of "CE" credits set forth in rule 3901-5-01 of the Administrative Code), if required, prior to renewal of the license.

(2) Individual resident insurance agents who have a compliance period due date of December 31, 2011, shall renew their license by the last day of their birth month in the year two thousand twelve. On-going renewal periods shall be the last day of their birth month every two years thereafter. Resident individual agents should have their twenty-four "CE" credits (three of which must be approved as ethics credits) (title agents must complete the number of "CE" credits set forth in rule 3901-5-01 of the Administrative Code) completed by the last day of their birth month in the year two thousand twelve. All "CE" credits must be completed prior to license renewal.

(D) Biennial license renewal conversion for individual non-resident insurance agent licenses with a major line of authority or title license issued prior to December 31, 2009.

(1) Individual non-resident insurance agents who were licensed in Ohio in an even numbered year prior to the year two thousand ten, shall renew their license by the last day of their birth month in the year two thousand eleven. Agents born in the months of January, February, March, April or May will have a delayed initial renewal date of June 30, 2011. On-going renewal periods for all agents shall be the last day of their birth month every two years thereafter.

(2) Individual non-resident insurance agents who were licensed in Ohio in an odd numbered year prior to the year two thousand ten, shall renew their license by the last day of their birth month in the year two thousand twelve. On-going renewal periods shall be the last day of their birth month every two years thereafter.

(E) Biennial license renewal conversion for individual resident and non-resident insurance agent licenses with a major line of authority or title license issued on or after January 1, 2010.

Individual resident and non-resident insurance agents who are issued a license with a major line of authority or title on or after January 1, 2010, shall renew their license by the last day of their birth month. No transition period shall be less than eighteen months nor more than twenty-nine months from license issuance date. On-going renewal periods shall be the last day of their birth month every two years thereafter. Resident individual agents have a "CE" credit requirement of twenty-four credits (three of which must be approved as ethics credits) (title agents must complete the number of "CE" credits set forth in rule 3901-5-01 of the Administrative Code) that must be completed prior to license renewal.

(F) Biennial license renewal conversion for individual resident and non-resident insurance agent with an active limited line of authority license active or issued on or after September 1, 2010.

Resident and non-resident insurance agents who hold an active license with a limited line of authority as of September 1, 2010 or after, shall renew their license by the last day of their birth month. No transition period shall be less than eighteen months nor more than twenty-nine months from license issuance date. On-going renewal periods shall be the last day of their birth month every two years thereafter. (Exception: If an individual also holds another active license with a major line of authority, the renewal cycle established by the major line of authority.)

(G) Biennial license renewal conversion for business entity licenses resident and non-resident with major line of authority, limited line of authority or title license.

(1) Non-resident business entities:

Non-resident business entities shall renew by the last day of September in odd numbered years.

(a) The initial renewal date of any non-resident business entity with an active license as of December 31, 2010 shall be September 30, 2011. On-going renewal dates shall be the last day of September every two years thereafter.

(b) The initial renewal date of any non-resident business entity license issued on or after January 1, 2011 shall be September thirtieth of the next odd numbered year. On-going renewal dates shall be the last day of September every two years thereafter.

(2) Resident business entities:

Resident business entities shall renew by the last day of September in even numbered years.

(a) The initial renewal date of any resident business entity with an active license as of December 31, 2010 shall be September 30, 2012. On-going renewal dates shall be the last day of September every two years thereafter.

(b) The initial renewal date of any resident business entity license issued on or after January 1, 2011 shall be September thirtieth of the next even numbered year. On-going renewal dates shall be the last day of September every two years thereafter.

(H) License renewal transition for individual resident surety bail bond agents.

(1) Resident surety bail bond agents who have a current compliance period due date of December 31, 2010, shall renew their license by the last day of February in year two thousand eleven. Resident surety bail bond agents should have their fourteen surety bail bond specific "CE" credits completed by December 31, 2010. Any resident surety bail bond agent who did not have their required "CE" credits completed by December 31, 2010 has until the last day of February in the year two thousand eleven in which to complete the credits, but will be charged a one-hundred dollar extension fee in addition to any other required fees. All "CE" credits must be completed prior to license renewal. After the year two thousand eleven license renewal, resident surety bail bond agents will be required to complete six surety bail bond specific "CE" credits and one ethics specific "CE" credit prior to renewal of the license each year by the last day of February.

(2) Resident surety bail bond agents who have a current compliance period due date of December 31, 2011, shall renew their license by the last day of February in the year two thousand eleven. Resident surety bail bond agents will be required to complete six surety bail bond specific "CE" credits and one ethics specific "CE" credit prior renewing their surety bail bond license by the last day of February in the year two thousand eleven. Resident surety bail bond agents will be required to complete six surety bail bond specific "CE" credits and one ethics specific "CE" credit prior to renewal of the license by the last day of February each year thereafter.

(3) Resident surety bail bond agents who were issued a license on or after January 1, 2010, shall renew their surety bail bond license by the last day of February each year. Resident surety bail bond agents must complete six surety bail bond specific "CE" credits and one ethics specific "CE" credit prior to renewing their surety bail bond license each year. Resident surety bail bond agents shall be exempt from completing surety bail bond "CE" requirements for their first renewal cycle if the agent was initially issued a surety bail bond license in January or February of the same calendar year of their first renewal cycle.

(I) Severability

If any paragraph, term, or provision of this rule is adjudged invalid for any reason, the judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate any other paragraph, term, or provision of this rule, but the remaining paragraphs, terms, and provisions shall be and continue in full force and effect.

Effective: 08/02/2010
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/13/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3901.041 , 3905.12
Rule Amplifies: 3905.12 , 3905.481