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The 2017 Florida Statutes

Title XXXVII
INSURANCE
Chapter 626
INSURANCE FIELD REPRESENTATIVES AND OPERATIONS
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F.S. 626.732
626.732 Requirement as to knowledge, experience, or instruction.
(1) Except as provided in subsection (4), an applicant for a license as a general lines agent, except for a chartered property and casualty underwriter (CPCU), may not be qualified or licensed unless, within the 4 years immediately preceding the date the application for license is filed with the department, the applicant has:
(a) Taught or successfully completed 200 hours of coursework in property, casualty, surety, health, and marine insurance approved by the department, 3 hours of which must be on the subject matter of ethics;
(b) Completed at least 1 year in responsible insurance duties as a substantially full-time bona fide employee in all lines of property and casualty insurance as set forth in the definition of a general lines agent under s. 626.015, but without the education requirement described in paragraph (a); or
(c) Completed at least 1 year of responsible insurance duties as a licensed and appointed customer representative, service representative, or personal lines agent and 40 hours of coursework approved by the department covering the areas of property, casualty, surety, health, and marine insurance.
(2) Except as provided under subsection (4), an applicant for a license as a personal lines agent, except for a chartered property and casualty underwriter (CPCU), may not be qualified or licensed unless, within the 4 years immediately preceding the date the application for license is filed with the department, the applicant has:
(a) Taught or successfully completed 60 hours of coursework in property, casualty, and inland marine insurance approved by the department, 3 hours of which must be on the subject matter of ethics;
(b) Completed at least 6 months of responsible insurance duties as a substantially full-time employee in the area of property and casualty insurance sold to individuals and families for noncommercial purposes, but without the education requirement described in paragraph (a); or
(c) Completed at least 6 months of responsible insurance duties as a licensed and appointed customer representative, limited customer representative, or service representative in property and casualty insurance.
(3) If an applicant’s qualifications as required under subsection (1) or subsection (2) are based in part upon periods of employment in responsible insurance duties, the applicant shall submit with the license application an attestation of his or her employment setting forth the period of such employment and giving a brief abstract of the nature of the duties performed.
(4) An individual who was or became qualified to sit for an agent’s or adjuster’s examination at or during the time he or she was employed by the department or office and who, while so employed, was employed in responsible insurance duties as a full-time bona fide employee may take an examination if application for such examination is made within 4 years after the date of termination of employment with the department or office.
(5) Courses under subsections (1) and (2) must include instruction on the subject matter of unauthorized entities engaging in the business of insurance.
(6) This section does not apply to an individual holding only a limited license for travel insurance, motor vehicle rental insurance, credit insurance, in-transit and storage personal property insurance, or portable electronics insurance.
History.s. 257, ch. 59-205; 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. 221(1st), 241, 807, 810, ch. 82-243; s. 16, ch. 88-166; ss. 68, 206, 207, ch. 90-363; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 241, ch. 97-102; s. 37, ch. 98-199; s. 3, ch. 2002-84; s. 23, ch. 2002-206; s. 956, ch. 2003-261; s. 43, ch. 2003-267; s. 36, ch. 2003-281; s. 21, ch. 2004-374; s. 23, ch. 2012-209; s. 7, ch. 2015-180.