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Insurance Code - INS

DIVISION 1. GENERAL RULES GOVERNING INSURANCE [100 - 1879.8]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )
  

PART 2. THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE [680 - 1879.8]

  ( Part 2 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )
  

CHAPTER 5. Production Agencies [1621 - 1758.993]

  ( Chapter 5 repealed and added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 4. )
  

ARTICLE 15. Travel Insurance Agents [1752 - 1757]
  ( Article 15 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 4. )

  
1754.  

Transaction of travel insurance under the license of an organization holding a limited lines travel insurance agent license shall be subject to the following conditions:

(a) A limited lines travel insurance agent may authorize a travel retailer to transact travel insurance on behalf of and under its authority under the following conditions:

(1) The limited lines travel insurance agent is clearly identified on marketing materials and fulfillment packages distributed by the travel retailers to customers. The marketing materials and fulfillment packages shall include the agent’s name, business address, email address, telephone number, license number, and the availability of the department’s toll-free consumer hotline.

(2) The limited lines travel insurance agent, at the time of licensure and thereafter, maintains a register noting each travel retailer that transacts travel insurance on the licensee’s behalf. The register shall be maintained and updated annually by the licensee in a form prescribed by, or format acceptable to, the commissioner and shall include the name and contact information of the travel retailer and an officer or person who directs or controls the travel retailer’s operations, and the travel retailer’s federal employer identification number (FEIN). The licensee shall also certify that the registered travel retailer complies with Section 1033 of Title 18 of the United States Code. The licensee shall submit the register for review and inspection upon request by the department.

(3) The limited lines travel insurance agent has designated one of its employees to be responsible for its compliance with the insurance laws, rules, and regulations of the state. The limited lines travel insurance agent and its designated responsible employees shall hold property, casualty, life-only, and accident and health agent licenses, to the extent required by this chapter, based upon the types of insurance transacted by the licensee.

(4) The employee designated by the limited lines travel insurance agent, pursuant to paragraph (3), and any of the organization’s partners, members, controlling persons, officers, directors, and managers comply with the background check requirements as required by the commissioner.

(5) The limited lines travel insurance agent has paid all applicable licensing fees required under California law.

(6) The limited lines travel insurance agent uses all reasonable means at its disposal to ensure compliance by the travel retailer and the travel retailer’s employees with their obligations under this article. This includes requiring each employee of the travel retailer whose duties include transacting travel insurance to receive training. The training shall be provided whenever there is a material change that requires a modification to the training materials, but in no event less frequently than every three years. Training materials used by or on behalf of the limited lines travel insurance agent to train the employees of a travel retailer shall be submitted to the department at the time the travel insurance agent applies for a license under this article, and whenever modified thereafter. The training materials, at a minimum, should contain instruction on the types of insurance offered, ethical sales practices, and disclosures to prospective insurance customers. Any changes to previously submitted training materials shall be submitted to the department with the changes highlighted 30 days prior to their use by the limited lines travel insurance agent. Training materials and changes to those materials submitted to the department pursuant to this subdivision shall be deemed approved for use by the limited lines travel insurance agent unless it is notified by the department to the contrary. Failure by a limited lines travel insurance agent to submit training materials or changes for departmental review or use of unapproved or disapproved training materials shall constitute grounds for denial of an application for a license, nonrenewal of a license, or suspension of a license, or other action as deemed appropriate by the commissioner.

(7) The limited lines travel insurance agent or the travel retailer provides disclosure to the consumer, in either the marketing materials or fulfillment packages, that is substantively similar to the following:

This plan provides insurance coverage that only applies during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home, and automobile insurance policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer or insurance agent or broker.

(8) The limited lines travel insurance agent or the travel retailer makes all of the following disclosures to the prospective insured, which shall be acknowledged in writing by the purchaser or displayed by clear and conspicuous signs that are posted at every location where contracts are executed, including, but not limited to, the counter where the purchaser signs the service agreement, or provided in writing to the purchaser:

(A) That purchasing travel insurance is not required in order to purchase any other product or service offered by the travel retailer.

(B) If not individually licensed, that the travel retailer’s employee is not qualified or authorized to:

(i) Answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of any of the insurance offered by the travel retailer.

(ii) Evaluate the adequacy of the prospective insured’s existing insurance coverage.

(b) A travel retailer that meets the requirements set forth in this section and whose activities are limited to offering and selling travel insurance on behalf of a licensed limited lines travel insurance agent is authorized to receive compensation.

(c) (1) If the commissioner determines that a travel retailer, or a travel retailer’s employee, has violated any provision of this article or any other provision of this code, the commissioner may:

(A) Direct the limited lines travel insurance agent to implement a corrective action plan with the travel retailer.

(B) Direct the limited lines travel insurance agent to revoke the authorization of the travel retailer to transact travel insurance on its behalf and under its license and to remove the travel retailer’s name from its register.

(2) If the commissioner determines that a travel retailer, or a travel retailer’s employee, has violated any provision in this article or any other provision of this code, the commissioner, after notice and hearing, may:

(A) Suspend or revoke the license of the limited lines travel insurance agent as authorized under this code.

(B) Impose a monetary fine on the limited lines travel insurance agent.

(3) A limited lines travel insurance agent who aids and abets a travel retailer in the transaction of travel insurance, as defined in this code, or aids and abets a travel retailer in any activity concerning travel insurance after being directed to revoke the travel retailer’s authorization, in addition to any other action authorized under this code, shall be subject to a monetary penalty pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 12921.8.

(d) The conduct of employees of the travel retailer who have been designated to transact travel insurance on behalf of the licensed limited lines travel insurance agent shall be deemed the conduct of the licensed limited lines travel insurance agent for purposes of this article.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 76, Sec. 136. Effective January 1, 2014.)