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Title XXXVII
INSURANCE
Chapter 626
INSURANCE FIELD REPRESENTATIVES AND OPERATIONS
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F.S. 626.321
626.321 Limited licenses.
(1) The department shall issue to a qualified applicant a license as agent authorized to transact a limited class of business in any of the following categories of limited lines insurance:
(a) Motor vehicle physical damage and mechanical breakdown insurance.License covering insurance against only the loss of or damage to a motor vehicle that is designed for use upon a highway, including trailers and semitrailers designed for use with such vehicles. Such license also covers insurance against the failure of an original or replacement part to perform any function for which it was designed. A licensee under this paragraph may not hold a license as an agent for any other or additional kind or class of insurance coverage except a limited license for credit insurance as provided in paragraph (e). Effective October 1, 2012, all licensees holding such limited license and appointment may renew the license and appointment, but no new or additional licenses may be issued pursuant to this paragraph, and a licensee whose limited license under this paragraph has been terminated, suspended, or revoked may not have such license reinstated.
(b) Industrial fire insurance or burglary insurance.License covering only industrial fire insurance or burglary insurance. The applicant for such a license must pass a written examination covering such insurance. A licensee under this paragraph may not hold a license as an agent for any other or additional kind or class of insurance coverage except for life insurance and health insurance.
(c) Travel insurance.License covering only policies and certificates of travel insurance which are subject to review by the office. Policies and certificates of travel insurance may provide coverage for risks incidental to travel, planned travel, or accommodations while traveling, including, but not limited to, accidental death and dismemberment of a traveler; trip or event cancellation, interruption, or delay; loss of or damage to personal effects or travel documents; damages to travel accommodations; baggage delay; emergency medical travel or evacuation of a traveler; or medical, surgical, and hospital expenses related to an illness or emergency of a traveler. Such policy or certificate may be issued for terms longer than 90 days, but, other than a policy or certificate providing coverage for air ambulatory services only, each policy or certificate must be limited to coverage for travel or use of accommodations of no longer than 90 days. The license may be issued only:
1. To a full-time salaried employee of a common carrier or a full-time salaried employee or owner of a transportation ticket agency and may authorize the sale of such ticket policies only in connection with the sale of transportation tickets, or to the full-time salaried employee of such an agent. Such policy may not be for more than 48 hours or more than the duration of a specified one-way trip or round trip.
2. To an entity or individual that is:
a. The developer of a timeshare plan that is the subject of an approved public offering statement under chapter 721;
b. An exchange company operating an exchange program approved under chapter 721;
c. A managing entity operating a timeshare plan approved under chapter 721;
d. A seller of travel as defined in chapter 559; or
e. A subsidiary or affiliate of any of the entities described in sub-subparagraphs a.-d.
3. To a full-time salaried employee of a licensed general lines agent or a business entity that offers travel planning services if insurance sales activities authorized by the license are in connection with, and incidental to, travel.
a. A license issued to a business entity that offers travel planning services must encompass each office, branch office, or place of business making use of the entity’s business name in order to offer, solicit, and sell insurance pursuant to this paragraph.
b. The application for licensure must list the name, address, and phone number for each office, branch office, or place of business that is to be covered by the license. The licensee shall notify the department of the name, address, and phone number of any new location that is to be covered by the license before the new office, branch office, or place of business engages in the sale of insurance pursuant to this paragraph. The licensee shall notify the department within 30 days after the closing or terminating of an office, branch office, or place of business. Upon receipt of the notice, the department shall delete the office, branch office, or place of business from the license.
c. A licensed and appointed entity is directly responsible and accountable for all acts of the licensee’s employees and parties with whom the licensee has entered into a contractual agreement to offer travel insurance.

A licensee shall require each individual who offers policies or certificates under subparagraph 2. or subparagraph 3. to receive initial training from a general lines agent or an insurer authorized under chapter 624 to transact insurance within this state. For an entity applying for a license as a travel insurance agent, the fingerprinting requirement of this section applies only to the president, secretary, and treasurer and to any other officer or person who directs or controls the travel insurance operations of the entity.

(d) Motor vehicle rental insurance.
1. License covering only insurance of the risks set forth in this paragraph when offered, sold, or solicited with and incidental to the rental or lease of a motor vehicle and which applies only to the motor vehicle that is the subject of the lease or rental agreement and the occupants of the motor vehicle:
a. Excess motor vehicle liability insurance providing coverage in excess of the standard liability limits provided by the lessor in the lessor’s lease to a person renting or leasing a motor vehicle from the licensee’s employer for liability arising in connection with the negligent operation of the leased or rented motor vehicle.
b. Insurance covering the liability of the lessee to the lessor for damage to the leased or rented motor vehicle.
c. Insurance covering the loss of or damage to baggage, personal effects, or travel documents of a person renting or leasing a motor vehicle.
d. Insurance covering accidental personal injury or death of the lessee and any passenger who is riding or driving with the covered lessee in the leased or rented motor vehicle.
2. Insurance under a motor vehicle rental insurance license may be issued only if the lease or rental agreement is for no more than 60 days, the lessee is not provided coverage for more than 60 consecutive days per lease period, and the lessee is given written notice that his or her personal insurance policy providing coverage on an owned motor vehicle may provide coverage of such risks and that the purchase of the insurance is not required in connection with the lease or rental of a motor vehicle. If the lease is extended beyond 60 days, the coverage may be extended one time only for a period not to exceed an additional 60 days. Insurance may be provided to the lessee as an additional insured on a policy issued to the licensee’s employer.
3. The license may be issued only to the full-time salaried employee of a licensed general lines agent or to a business entity that offers motor vehicles for rent or lease if insurance sales activities authorized by the license are in connection with and incidental to the rental or lease of a motor vehicle.
a. A license issued to a business entity that offers motor vehicles for rent or lease encompasses each office, branch office, employee, authorized representative located at a designated branch, or place of business making use of the entity’s business name in order to offer, solicit, and sell insurance pursuant to this paragraph.
b. The application for licensure must list the name, address, and phone number for each office, branch office, or place of business that is to be covered by the license. The licensee shall notify the department of the name, address, and phone number of any new location that is to be covered by the license before the new office, branch office, or place of business engages in the sale of insurance pursuant to this paragraph. The licensee must notify the department within 30 days after closing or terminating an office, branch office, or place of business. Upon receipt of the notice, the department shall delete the office, branch office, or place of business from the license.
c. A licensed and appointed entity is directly responsible and accountable for all acts of the licensee’s employees.
(e) Credit insurance.License covering credit life, credit disability, credit property, credit unemployment, involuntary unemployment, mortgage life, mortgage guaranty, mortgage disability, guaranteed automobile protection (GAP) insurance, and any other form of insurance offered in connection with an extension of credit which is limited to partially or wholly extinguishing a credit obligation that the department determines should be designated a form of limited line credit insurance. Effective October 1, 2012, all valid licenses held by persons for any of the lines of insurance listed in this paragraph shall be converted to a credit insurance license. Licensees who wish to obtain a new license reflecting such change must request a duplicate license and pay a $5 fee as specified in s. 624.501(15). The license may be issued only to an individual employed by a life or health insurer as an officer or other salaried or commissioned representative, to an individual employed by or associated with a lending or financial institution or creditor, or to a lending or financial institution or creditor, and may authorize the sale of such insurance only with respect to borrowers or debtors of such lending or financing institution or creditor. However, only the individual or entity whose tax identification number is used in receiving or is credited with receiving the commission from the sale of such insurance shall be the licensed agent of the insurer. No individual while so licensed shall hold a license as an agent as to any other or additional kind or class of life or health insurance coverage.
(f) Crop hail and multiple-peril crop insurance.License for insurance covering crops subject to unfavorable weather conditions, fire or lightening, flood, hail, insect infestation, disease, or other yield-reducing conditions or perils which is provided by the private insurance market, or which is subsidized by the Federal Group Insurance Corporation including multi-peril crop insurance. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the limited license may be issued to a bona fide salaried employee of an association chartered under the Farm Credit Act of 1971, 12 U.S.C. ss. 2001 et seq., who satisfactorily completes the examination prescribed by the department pursuant to s. 626.241(5). The agent must be appointed by, and his or her limited license requested by, a licensed general lines agent. All business transacted by the agent must be on behalf of, in the name of, and countersigned by the agent by whom he or she is appointed. Sections 626.561 and 626.748, relating to records, apply to all business written pursuant to this section. The licensee may be appointed by and licensed for only one general lines agent or agency.
(g) In-transit and storage personal property insurance.License for insurance covering only personal property not held for resale, covering the risks of transportation or storage in rented or leased motor vehicles, trailers, or self-service storage facilities as defined in s. 83.803. Such license may be issued, without examination, only to employees or authorized representatives of lessors who rent or lease motor vehicles, trailers, or self-service storage facilities and who are authorized by an insurer to issue certificates or other evidences of insurance to lessees of such motor vehicles, trailers, or self-service storage facilities under an insurance policy issued to the lessor. A person licensed under this paragraph must give a prospective purchaser of in-transit or storage personal property insurance written notice that his or her homeowner’s policy may provide coverage for the loss of personal property and that the purchase of such insurance is not required under the lease terms.
(h) Portable electronics insurance.License for property insurance or inland marine insurance that covers only loss, theft, mechanical failure, malfunction, or damage for portable electronics.
1. The license may be issued only to:
a. Employees or authorized representatives of a licensed general lines agent; or
b. The lead business location of a retail vendor that sells portable electronics insurance. The lead business location must have a contractual relationship with a general lines agent.
2. Employees or authorized representatives of a licensee under subparagraph 1. may sell or offer for sale portable electronics coverage without being subject to licensure as an insurance agent if:
a. Such insurance is sold or offered for sale at a licensed location or at one of the licensee’s branch locations if the branch location is appointed by the licensed lead business location or its appointing insurers;
b. The insurer issuing the insurance directly supervises or appoints a general lines agent to supervise the sale of such insurance, including the development of a training program for the employees and authorized representatives of vendors that are directly engaged in the activity of selling or offering the insurance; and
c. At each location where the insurance is offered, brochures or other written materials that provide the information required by this subparagraph are made available to all prospective customers. The brochures or written materials may include information regarding portable electronics insurance, service warranty agreements, or other incidental services or benefits offered by a licensee.
3. Individuals not licensed to sell portable electronics insurance may not be paid commissions based on the sale of such coverage. However, a licensee who uses a compensation plan for employees and authorized representatives which includes supplemental compensation for the sale of noninsurance products, in addition to a regular salary or hourly wages, may include incidental compensation for the sale of portable electronics insurance as a component of the overall compensation plan.
4. Brochures or other written materials related to portable electronics insurance must:
a. Disclose that such insurance may duplicate coverage already provided by a customer’s homeowners insurance policy, renters insurance policy, or other source of coverage;
b. State that enrollment in insurance coverage is not required in order to purchase or lease portable electronics or services;
c. Summarize the material terms of the insurance coverage, including the identity of the insurer, the identity of the supervising entity, the amount of any applicable deductible and how it is to be paid, the benefits of coverage, and key terms and conditions of coverage, such as whether portable electronics may be repaired or replaced with similar make and model reconditioned or nonoriginal manufacturer parts or equipment;
d. Summarize the process for filing a claim, including a description of how to return portable electronics and the maximum fee applicable if the customer fails to comply with equipment return requirements; and
e. State that an enrolled customer may cancel coverage at any time and that the person paying the premium will receive a refund of any unearned premium.
5. A licensed and appointed general lines agent is not required to obtain a portable electronics insurance license to offer or sell portable electronics insurance at locations already licensed as an insurance agency, but may apply for a portable electronics insurance license for branch locations not otherwise licensed to sell insurance.
6. A portable electronics license authorizes the sale of individual policies or certificates under a group or master insurance policy. The license also authorizes the sale of service warranty agreements covering only portable electronics to the same extent as if licensed under s. 634.419 or s. 634.420.
7. A licensee may bill and collect the premium for the purchase of portable electronics insurance provided that:
a. If the insurance is included with the purchase or lease of portable electronics or related services, the licensee clearly and conspicuously discloses that insurance coverage is included with the purchase. Disclosure of the stand-alone cost of the premium for same or similar insurance must be made on the customer’s bill and in any marketing materials made available at the point of sale. If the insurance is not included, the charge to the customer for the insurance must be separately itemized on the customer’s bill.
b. Premiums are incidental to other fees collected, are maintained in a manner that is readily identifiable, and are accounted for and remitted to the insurer or supervising entity within 60 days of receipt. Licensees are not required to maintain such funds in a segregated account.
c. All funds received by a licensee from an enrolled customer for the sale of the insurance are considered funds held in trust by the licensee in a fiduciary capacity for the benefit of the insurer. Licensees may receive compensation for billing and collection services.
8. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the terms for the termination or modification of coverage under a policy of portable electronics insurance are those set forth in the policy.
9. Notice or correspondence required by the policy, or otherwise required by law, may be provided by electronic means if the insurer or licensee maintains proof that the notice or correspondence was sent. Such notice or correspondence may be sent on behalf of the insurer or licensee by the general lines agent appointed by the insurer to supervise the administration of the program. For purposes of this subparagraph, an enrolled customer’s provision of an electronic mail address to the insurer or licensee is deemed to be consent to receive notices and correspondence by electronic means if a conspicuously located disclosure is provided to the customer indicating the same.
10. The provisions of this chapter requiring submission of fingerprints do not apply to licenses issued to qualified entities under this paragraph.
11. A branch location that sells portable electronics insurance may, in lieu of obtaining an appointment from an insurer or warranty association, obtain a single appointment from the associated lead business location licensee and pay the prescribed appointment fee under s. 624.501 if the lead business location has a single appointment from each insurer or warranty association represented and such appointment applies to the lead business location and all of its branch locations. Branch location appointments shall be renewed 24 months after the initial appointment date of the lead business location and every 24 months thereafter. Notwithstanding s. 624.501, the renewal fee applicable to such branch location appointments is $30 per appointment.
12. For purposes of this paragraph:
a. “Branch location” means any physical location in this state at which a licensee offers its products or services for sale.
b. “Portable electronics” means personal, self-contained, easily carried by an individual, battery-operated electronic communication, viewing, listening, recording, gaming, computing or global positioning devices, including cell or satellite phones, pagers, personal global positioning satellite units, portable computers, portable audio listening, video viewing or recording devices, digital cameras, video camcorders, portable gaming systems, docking stations, automatic answering devices, and other similar devices and their accessories, and service related to the use of such devices.
c. “Portable electronics transaction” means the sale or lease of portable electronics or a related service, including portable electronics insurance.
(2) An entity applying for a license under this section is required to:
(a) Submit only one application for a license under s. 626.171. The requirements of s. 626.171(4) shall only apply to the officers and directors of the entity submitting the application.
(b) Obtain a license for each office, branch office, or place of business making use of the entity’s business name by applying to the department for the license on a simplified application form developed by rule of the department for this purpose.
(c) Pay the applicable fees for a license as prescribed in s. 624.501, be appointed under s. 626.112, and pay the prescribed appointment fee under s. 624.501. A licensed and appointed entity shall be directly responsible and accountable for all acts of the licensee’s employees.
(3) The limitations of any license issued under this section shall be expressed therein. The licensee shall have a separate and additional appointment as to each insurer represented.
(4) Except as otherwise expressly provided, a person applying for or holding a limited license is subject to the same applicable requirements and responsibilities that apply to general lines agents in general if licensed as to motor vehicle physical damage and mechanical breakdown insurance, industrial fire insurance or burglary insurance, motor vehicle rental insurance, credit insurance, crop hail and multiple-peril crop insurance, in-transit and storage personal property insurance, or portable electronics insurance; or as apply to life agents or health agents in general, as applicable, if licensed as to travel insurance.
(5) Nothing in this section shall permit the sale of an insurance policy or certificate for any limited class of business in a category identified under subsection (1) by a person or entity other than an insurance policy or certificate offered by an authorized insurer in this state or an eligible surplus lines insurer in this state.
History.s. 211, ch. 59-205; ss. 13, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 2, 4, ch. 79-156; s. 1, ch. 80-149; ss. 1, 7, ch. 80-387; s. 3, ch. 81-282; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 175, 217, 807, 810, ch. 82-243; s. 21, ch. 82-386; s. 1, ch. 83-54; s. 1, ch. 84-88; s. 1, ch. 85-112; s. 1, ch. 86-274; s. 1, ch. 87-206; s. 1, ch. 88-197; ss. 32, 206, 207, ch. 90-363; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 222, ch. 97-102; s. 5, ch. 97-214; s. 9, ch. 97-292; s. 18, ch. 98-199; s. 21, ch. 99-3; s. 38, ch. 99-7; ss. 1, 11, ch. 99-204; s. 5, ch. 99-388; s. 1, ch. 2001-111; s. 2, ch. 2002-84; ss. 16, 53, ch. 2002-206; s. 80, ch. 2003-1; s. 1, ch. 2003-266; s. 32, ch. 2003-267; s. 25, ch. 2003-281; s. 8, ch. 2004-370; s. 25, ch. 2004-374; s. 153, ch. 2004-390; s. 1, ch. 2005-195; s. 13, ch. 2005-257; s. 2, ch. 2007-76; s. 41, ch. 2011-194; s. 7, ch. 2012-151; s. 14, ch. 2012-209; s. 14, ch. 2014-123.