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Title XXXVII
INSURANCE
Chapter 626
INSURANCE FIELD REPRESENTATIVES AND OPERATIONS
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F.S. 626.371
626.371 Payment of fees, taxes for appointment period without appointment.
(1) All initial and renewal appointments shall be submitted to the department on a monthly basis no later than 45 days after the date of appointment and become effective on the date requested on the appointment form.
(2)(a) If, upon application and qualification for an initial or renewal appointment and such investigation as the department may make, the department determines that an individual has not been properly appointed to represent an insurer or employer, that such individual was formerly licensed or is currently licensed, and that such individual has been actively engaged or is currently actively engaged as such an appointee, the department shall, if it finds that such failure to be appointed was an inadvertent error on the part of the insurer or employer so represented, notify the insurer or employer of its finding and of the requirement to pay all fees and taxes due pursuant to paragraph (b) within 21 days.
(b) The department may issue or authorize the issuance of the appointment upon the insurer’s or employer’s timely payment to the department of all fees and taxes that would have been due had the applicant been properly appointed during such current and prior periods, including fees and taxes that would have been due pursuant to s. 624.501 for such current and prior periods of appointment.
(c) Upon proper appointment of the individual and payment of all fees and taxes due pursuant to paragraph (b), paragraph (3)(a), and s. 624.501 by the insurer or employer, the department may no longer consider the inadvertent failure to appoint to be a violation of this code.
(d) If the insurer or employer does not pay the fees and taxes due pursuant to paragraph (b) within 21 days after notice by the department, the department shall suspend the insurer’s or employer’s authority to appoint licensees until all outstanding fees and taxes have been paid.
(3)(a) Failure to notify the department within the required time period shall result in the appointing entity being assessed a delinquent fee of $250 per appointee. Delinquent fees shall be paid by the appointing entity and may not be charged to the appointee.
(b) Failure to timely renew an appointment by an appointing entity prior to the expiration date of the appointment shall result in the appointing entity being assessed late filing, continuation, and reinstatement fees as prescribed in s. 624.501. Such fees must be paid by the appointing entity and cannot be charged back to the appointee.
History.s. 216, ch. 59-205; s. 9, ch. 65-269; ss. 13, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; s. 3, ch. 81-282; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 182(1st), 217, 807, 810, ch. 82-243; ss. 38, 206, 207, ch. 90-363; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 933, ch. 2003-261; s. 35, ch. 2003-267; s. 28, ch. 2003-281; s. 107, ch. 2004-5; s. 37, ch. 2004-390; s. 17, ch. 2021-113.