(A) The superintendent of insurance may issue a temporary insurance agent license to any of the following persons if the superintendent determines that the license is necessary for the servicing of insurance business:
(1) The surviving spouse or court-appointed personal representative of a licensed insurance agent who dies or becomes mentally or physically disabled, to allow adequate time for the sale of the insurance business owned by the agent or for the recovery or return of the agent to the business, or to provide for the training and licensing of new personnel to operate the agent's business;
(2) A member or employee of a business entity licensed as an insurance agent, upon the death or disability of the sole or remaining licensed insurance agent;
(3) The designee of a licensed insurance agent entering active service in the United States armed forces;
(4) Any other person if the superintendent determines that the public interest will best be served by the issuance of the license.
(B) A temporary license issued under division (A) of this section shall remain in force for a period not to exceed one hundred eighty days. However, a temporary license may not continue in force under any of the circumstances described in division (A) of this section after the owner of the business or the owner's personal representative disposes of the business.
(C) The superintendent may, by order, limit the authority of any temporary license in any way deemed necessary to protect insureds and the public. The superintendent may also, by order, rescind a temporary license if the interests of insureds or the public are endangered.
(D) A temporary licensee shall be sponsored by a licensed insurance agent or insurer, which sponsor shall be responsible for all acts of the licensee. The superintendent may impose any other requirement on temporary licensees that the superintendent considers necessary to protect insureds and the public.
(E) Chapter 119. of the Revised Code shall not apply to the issuance, restriction, or rescission of a temporary license under this section.
Effective Date: 09-01-2002