Texas Department of Insurance
Financial, Company Licensing & Registration, Mail Code 305-2C
333 Guadalupe •
512-322-3507 telephone • 512-490-1035 fax • www.tdi.state.tx.us
How to Admit an Insurance Company in
Company Licensing and Registration licenses foreign insurance companies seeking admission into
As a UCAA (Uniform Certificate of Authority Application) member state, we require the filing of a UCAA Expansion Application for entities wishing to be licensed as a Texas Insurance Company.
The Expansion Application of the UCAA is designed to provide a uniform process for the insurers to enter other states. Expansion Applications may be submitted anytime during the year.
Submit a cover letter with the filing summarizing information about the proposed application, what type of insurance it plans to offer in
- Application Form and Attachments:
§ Completed Expansion Application Checklist (Form 1E)
§ Original UCAA Expansion Form executed and signed (Form 2E)
§ Include all lines of insurance applicant is licensed to transact, currently transacting and requesting authority to transact in all jurisdictions (Form 3)
§ Photocopy of notice to home state regarding application to expand into
- Filing Fee: Submit payment of required filing fee and a copy of the check. The fee in
is $2,000 for Certificate of Authority. Texas
- Minimum Capital and Surplus Requirements: Submit an explanation of the applicant’s compliance with minimum capital and surplus requirements.
§ Property & Casualty Company - $2.5 million in paid-in surplus; $2.5 million in capital stock;
§ Life & Health Company - $700,000 in paid-in surplus; $700,000 in capital stock;
- Statutory Deposit Requirements: An original Certificate of Deposit prepared by state of domicile (Form 7)
§ Property & Casualty Company - $50,000 (foreign and domestic); foreign are exempt if provide proof of deposit held in another state for all policyholders.
§ Life & Health Company - $100,000 (foreign); foreign are exempt if provide proof of deposit held in another state for all policyholders.
- Name Approval: Submit a Name Application form.
requires a name reservation process prior to name approval. The name must not be similar to other licensed companies as to avoid customer confusion. A $100 filing fee is required. After staff has reviewed the Name Application form, the name will be published in the Texas Register. On the twentieth day after publication, the name will become eligible for use if there has been no objection filed. The name reservation must be renewed for a fee of $25.00 unless incorporation documents are received within 120 days of the eligible date. If the name reservation is renewed, an additional 120 days is given to submit documents before the name eligibility expires. Texas
- Plan of Operation: The plan of operation has three components, a brief narrative, pro-forma financial statements/projections and a completed Questionnaire (Form 8). The narrative should include significant information not captured as a part of the Questionnaire that the company submits in support of the application. Provide a company-wide three-year pro forma balance sheet and income statement. For the lines you are requesting, provide three-year premium and loss projections by line for the state in which you have requested lines of business. Projections must support all aspects of the proposed plan of operation, including reinsurance arrangements and any delegated function agreements. Include the assumptions used to arrive at these projections.
- Holding Company Form “B” Registration Statement: If the applicant is a member of a holding company system, the application must include either the most recent Annual Form "B" Registration Statement or a statement substantially similar to the NAIC model. The filing should include all attachments, exhibits and appendices referenced in the Form “B.”
- Certificate of Compliance: Original Certificate of Compliance (Form 6) completed by domiciliary state insurance regulatory agency. We suggest that the issuance of the Certificate of Compliance be no more than 6 months from the date you file the application.
- Report of Examination: Provide a copy of the applicant’s most recent Report of Financial Examination from its domiciliary insurance regulatory agency.
- Statutory Membership(s):
does not have any statutory membership requirements as part of its licensing process. Texas
- Public Records Package: Most states have requirements to disclose information to the public under a Public Records Act. A company seeking admission should provide the following financial and operational documents: Annual Statement, Management’s Discussion, Actuarial Opinion, Audited Financial Statement, Quarterly Statement, Application Form, Articles of Incorporation, Appointment for Service of Process, Bylaws and Holding Company Files (in Texas, Form B’s are not public record; however, pending transactions and Form A’s are.)
- NAIC Biographical Affidavits: Submit for all officers, directors, and key managerial personnel of the applicant and individuals with a 10%, or more, beneficial ownership in the applicant and the applicant's ultimate controlling parent ("Affiant"). See #12 of the NAIC’s Expansion Application Filing Requirements. Anyone with a felony conviction involving moral turpitude cannot be an officer or director of an insurance company in
- Uniform Consent to Service of Process: Submit the Uniform Consent to Service of Process and Resolution Authorizing Appointment of Attorney (Form 12). Applicant must designate the commissioner or a resident agent to receive service of process on behalf of the company. In addition, the applicant must designate a person or entity to receive a forwarded service of process after the commissioner receives the served documents.
- State-Specific Information: Submit fingerprint cards for each biographical affidavit that is submitted with the application. For fingerprint card information, see Commissioner’s Bulletin #B-0045-06 and Commissioner's Bulletin #B-0043-07.
strongly recommends submitting digital fingerprint cards, as the cards are accurate and processing time is much faster. Ink print cards require additional processing time and are susceptible to inaccuracies that could lead to multiple submissions. Texas does not require seasoning, but is a retaliatory state. When the Retaliatory Information Map does not indicate that the information is available via the internet, the application must include a Retaliatory Statement. Please obtain the Retaliatory Statement Form from the UCAA website. It is suggested that the issuance of the Retaliatory Statement be no more than 6 months from the date that the application is filed. It must be completed by the domiciliary state. Texas
The applicant must submit a loss control plan, subsequent to licensing approval but prior to writing, if the applicant is planning to write auto liability or liability other than auto, and will write any one of the following products:
- Commercial automobile liability insurance
- Professional liability insurance for hospitals
- Professional liability insurance for insureds other than hospitals
- General liability insurance
- Medical liability insurance for insureds other than hospitals
For further information, contact the Loss Control Division at 512-322-3435.
If applicant is planning to write worker’s compensation insurance, contact TDI’s Division of Workers' Compensation at 512-804-4674 or visit their website. Subsequent to licensing approval, but prior to writing worker’s compensation insurance, the applicant must file an Accident Prevention Plan to be reviewed by TDI-DWC.
Variable Life/Variable Annuity
If Applicant is proposing to write variable annuity or life annuity product, the following requirements must be submitted:
- SEC approval; if non-applicable, please document thoroughly.
- An affidavit, signed by two officers and notarized, which affirms that all persons with access to cash, securities or other assets allocated to or held by the separate account shall be under bond in the amount of not less than $100,000.
- Disclose whether each investment advisor:
i) is registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, or
ii) is an investment manager under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, or
iii) whether the insurer will annually file required information and statements concerning each investment advisor as required by its domiciliary state, or
iv) Statement specifying the standards of conduct with respect to the purchase or sale of investments of separate accounts (i.e. Board resolution).
If an applicant considers any of section of the Expansion Application to be considered confidential, please specifically state which part is considered proprietary and confidential. Most Company Licensing & Registration documents are open record; any determination that any of these documents are a closed record will have to be concluded at the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
Information determined to be proprietary and trade secret by law will not be disclosed to the public. Each applicant needs to expressly identify all information in the application and in any subsequent correspondence that the applicant considers proprietary or trade secret.
Once the application is received in Company Licensing and Registration, it is date stamped and assigned to a Specialist. The Specialist will review the application to determine if all required documentation is submitted. Within approximately 10 days, the Specialist will contact the applicant stating that either the filing is acceptable, and the Specialist will begin technical review of the submitted documents, or that the filing is deficient and will request that these documents be submitted within a specific timeframe.
When technical review of the document begins, the Specialist will review the various forms and perform background checks on management, etc. The operation plan will be reviewed by a Company Licensing Financial Analyst. During the technical review there could be further questions or issues that the applicant will be required to address.
As previously stated, Company licensing and Registration strives to process all our files within 60 days from date actually received. In order to meet this goal, we request that all applicants promptly respond to our requests.