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Frequently Asked Business Entity License Questions

1. Does Ohio license non-resident business entities?

Yes

2. Does Ohio license non-resident business entities if the home state does not license business entities?
No. The business entity must be licensed in their home state for the license type or comparable authority of the license type the business entity is applying in Ohio.

The business entity must provide a home state certification letter for all the agents (only if home state is not a PDB participating state) and submit the NAIC Non-Resident Business Entity Application along with appropriate attachments to the department.

3. Does Ohio license business entities for variable annuity?
Yes.  Resident business entities must be registered with FINRA prior to applying for a variable products license.  Non-resident business entities must hold an active variable product license in its home state.

4. What types of licenses does Ohio issue to business entities?
Ohio licenses business entities for Life, Accident & Health, Variable Annuity, Property, Casualty, Personal Lines, Title, Limited Authority Licenses (Credit Insurance Products, Crop, Funeral Expense, Portable Electronics, Rental Car Insurance and Travel Insurance), Surplus Lines, Managing General Agents, Reinsurance Intermediary, Third Party Administrator, Viatical Settlement Broker, Public Insurance Adjuster, and Surety Bail Bond.

5. Do insurance business entities need to register with the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office?
Most business entities are required to be registered with the Ohio Secretary of State.  Ohio law provides that no domestic or foreign corporation, limited liability company or limited liability partnership may transact business in this state until it has registered with the Ohio Secretary of State.  (Ohio Revised Code sections 1703.03, 1705.54, and 1775.64 respectively).  For the specific information, contact the Secretary of State at (614) 466-3910 or toll free (877) 767-3453. 

6. Is there an initial licensing fee for a business entity?
Yes, there is a fee to license business entities in Ohio.

 

Line of Authority (LOA)

LOA Category

LOA Fee

Accident & Health

Major Line

$10.00

Casualty

Major Line

$10.00

Life

Major Line

$10.00

Personal Lines

Major Line

$10.00

Property

Major Line

$10.00

Variable Annuity

Major Line

$10.00

Credit

Limited Line

$10.00

Crop

Limited Line

$10.00

Funeral Expense

Limited Line

$10.00

Portable Electronics (10 or less locations)

Limited Line $3,000.00

Portable Electronics (11 or more locations)

Limited Line

$5,000.00

Reciprocal

Limited Line

$10.00

Rental Car

Limited Line

$10.00

Travel

Limited Line

$10.00

Title

Title

$10.00

Title Marketing Representative

TIMR

$10.00

Managing General Agent

MGA

$20.00

Public Insurance Adjuster

PIA

$100.00

Reinsurance Intermediary

RI

$500.00

Surety Bail Bond

SBB

$150.00

Surplus Lines

SL

$100.00

Third Party Administrator

TPA

$200.00

Viatical Settlement Broker

VSB

$200.00

 

7. Does the Ohio Department of Insurance charge a license renewal fee for a business entity?
Yes, there is a fee to renew business entities in Ohio.

 

Line of Authority (LOA)

License Type

LOA Fee

Time Frame

Accident & Health

Major Line

$25.00

 

Casualty

 

Life

Biennially

Personal Lines

 

Property

 

Variable Annuity

 

Credit

Limited Line

$25.00

 

Crop

 

Funeral Expense

Biennially

Reciprocal

 

Rental Car

 

Travel

 

Portable Electronics (10 or less locations)

Limited Line

$1,000.00

Biennially

Portable Electronics (11 or more locations)

Limited Line

$2,500.00

Biennially

Title

Title

$25.00

Biennially

Title Marketing Representative

TIMR

$25.00

Biennially

Managing General Agent

MGA

$20.00

Annual

Public Insurance Adjuster

PIA

$50.00

Annual

Reinsurance Intermediary

RI

$500.00

Annual

Surety Bail Bond

SBB

$150.00

Annual

Surplus Lines

SL

$100.00

Annual

Third Party Administrator

TPA

$300.00

Annual

Viatical Settlement Broker

VSB

$100.00

Annual

 

8. Does the business entity need to have a qualified active officer to be licensed as an agent?
No, as long as the business entity has at least one agent licensed with the Ohio Department of Insurance (the agent can be a resident or a non-resident) that will be responsible for the business entities compliance with the Ohio’s insurance laws.

9. Does the business entity have to have an Ohio resident agent?
No, as long as the business entity has at least one agent licensed with the Ohio Department of Insurance.  The agent may be a resident or a non-resident agent.

10. Do all agents who sell, solicit or negotiate insurance for the business entity need to be licensed and on the business entity corporate structure?
Yes, all agents must be licensed and appointed with each insurance company that they are selling, soliciting or negotiating for.   The business entity must have at least one Ohio licensed insurance agent on the business entities corporate structure that will be responsible for the business entities compliance with Ohio’s insurance laws. 

11. Does the business entity need a company appointment to become licensed in Ohio?
No, however, before the business entity sells, solicits or negotiates they must be appointed with each insurance company that they are selling, soliciting or negotiating for.  There is an appointment fee of $20.00 per appointment that is billed directly to the insurance companies once the business entity is appointed.

12. How does the insurance company appoint the business entity?
Many insurance companies process appointments electronically using NIPR or one of NIPR’s business partners.  The insurance company may also submit an appointment list showing all business entities and agents that they are appointing for the previous month if they are exempt from the electronic filing requirement. 

13. How do I add another qualification to my agency license if the business entity is already licensed?
The President or officer of the agency must submit a new application in order to add a line of authority or license type to an existing license.

14. Are there any requirements that a business entity notify the Department when a change is made to entity?
Any change in a business entity name, address, email address, licensed agents, officers, directors, members, or owners, with a 10% or more voting interest in the agency, must be reported to the department within 30 days of such change.

15. Are business entity agents required to renew the license?
Yes, business entities are required to renew every two years by September 30th.  Resident business entity licenses expire on September 30th of even numbered years and Non-Resident business entity licenses expire on September 30th of odd numbered years.  Business entities may submit the renewal application as early as July 3rd of the year the license expires.

16. How should business entities renew the license?
Business entities should renew the license electronically using the NAIC electronic application found at www.nipr.com

17. When can I submit a paper Business Entity application?
A paper Business Entity application should only be used if the electronic version does not work.  Click the following links to obtain the appropriate paper Business Entity application: 


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