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The 2017 Florida Statutes

Title XXXVII
INSURANCE
Chapter 624
INSURANCE CODE: ADMINISTRATION AND GENERAL PROVISIONS
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F.S. 624.407
624.407 Surplus required; new insurers.
(1) To receive authority to transact any one kind or combinations of kinds of insurance, as defined in part V of this chapter, an insurer applying for its original certificate of authority in this state shall possess surplus as to policyholders at least the greater of:
(a) For a property and casualty insurer, $5 million, or $2.5 million for any other insurer;
(b) For life insurers, 4 percent of the insurer’s total liabilities;
(c) For life and health insurers, 4 percent of the insurer’s total liabilities, plus 6 percent of the insurer’s liabilities relative to health insurance;
(d) For all insurers other than life insurers and life and health insurers, 10 percent of the insurer’s total liabilities;
(e) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) or paragraph (d), for a domestic insurer that transacts residential property insurance and is:
1. Not a wholly owned subsidiary of an insurer domiciled in any other state, $15 million.
2. A wholly owned subsidiary of an insurer domiciled in any other state, $50 million;
(f) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a), (d), and (e), for a domestic insurer that only transacts limited sinkhole coverage insurance for personal lines residential property pursuant to s. 627.7151, $7.5 million; or
(g) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a), (d), and (e), for an insurer that only transacts residential property insurance in the form of renter’s insurance, tenant’s coverage, cooperative unit owner insurance, or any combination thereof, $10 million.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a new insurer may not be required to have surplus as to policyholders greater than $100 million.
(3) The requirements of this section shall be based upon all the kinds of insurance actually transacted or to be transacted by the insurer in any and all areas in which it operates, whether or not only a portion of such kinds of insurance are transacted in this state.
(4) As to surplus as to policyholders required for qualification to transact one or more kinds of insurance, domestic mutual insurers are governed by chapter 628, and domestic reciprocal insurers are governed by chapter 629.
(5) For the purposes of this section, liabilities do not include liabilities required under s. 625.041(5). For purposes of computing minimum surplus as to policyholders pursuant to s. 625.305(1), liabilities include liabilities required under s. 625.041(5).
History.s. 51, ch. 59-205; s. 1, ch. 63-29; s. 1, ch. 67-235; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 43, 64, 809(1st), ch. 82-243; s. 2, ch. 85-245; s. 25, ch. 89-360; ss. 15, 187, 188, ch. 91-108; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 5, ch. 93-410; s. 11, ch. 2007-1; s. 4, ch. 2007-90; s. 5, ch. 2011-39; s. 3, ch. 2014-112; s. 3, ch. 2014-132; s. 1, ch. 2016-197; s. 5, ch. 2017-132.