72B.04 License procedure and requirements; examinations; fees.
Subdivision 1. Application. A license to act as an adjuster, or public adjuster solicitor shall only be granted by the commissioner to a qualified person upon request.
Subd. 2. Qualifications. An applicant for licensing as an adjuster under sections 72B.01 to 72B.14 shall be at least 18 years of age. The applicant shall be competent and trustworthy and shall not have been engaged in any practice which would be grounds for suspension or revocation of a license under sections 72B.01 to 72B.14 within the three years next preceding the date of the application.
An applicant for licensing as a public adjuster solicitor under sections 72B.01 to 72B.14 shall be at least 18 years of age, shall be competent and trustworthy, and shall not have been engaged in any practice which would be grounds for suspension or revocation of a license under sections 72B.01 to 72B.14 within the three years next preceding the date of the application.
In the case of any applicant who has been convicted of a felony within the ten years next preceding the date of the application, and who in the judgment of the commissioner, meets the other qualifications, the commissioner may impose the additional requirement of the filing of a bond in accordance with the requirements of section 72B.08, subdivision 8.
Subd. 3. Application. The application for any initial or renewal license under sections 72B.01 to 72B.14 or for a temporary permit shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant and accompanied by the appropriate fee. An application for an initial license or temporary permit shall state the applicant's name, age, residence address, business name and address, educational background, previous experience in the field and class in which a license or permit is sought, the class of license applied for, and, in the case of an applicant for an adjuster's license the field in which the license is being sought, and such other information as the commissioner deems appropriate to determine the applicant's trustworthiness and competency. The application for an initial license or permit shall also state whether or not the application is being made on the basis of an examination. If the application is not made on the successful completion of an examination, it shall state the reasons why no examination is required. Renewal of a license or permit shall be made on the basis of an application for renewal. All applicants for a license as a public adjuster must attach to their application evidence that the bonding requirement has been satisfied.
Subd. 4. Bonding. No initial or renewal public adjuster's license shall be issued to any applicant unless there is on file with the commissioner a good and sufficient surety bond, issued by an insurer authorized to do business in this state. The bond shall be in the amount of $10,000 with the state of Minnesota as obligee, conditioned for the prompt payment to any person entitled thereto, other than a partner or associate of the applicant, of any amounts received by the applicant or to protect any person other than a partner or associate of the applicant from loss resulting from fraud, dishonesty, forgery or theft in connection with the applicant's duties under sections 72B.01 to 72B.14; provided, however, that the aggregate liability of the surety to all persons for all losses shall, in no event, exceed the amount of such bond. The bond shall remain in effect during the term of the license, or until the surety is released from liability by the commissioner, or until canceled by the surety. The surety may cancel a bond, without prejudice to any liability which occurred prior to the cancellation, by giving at least 30 days' written notice to the commissioner. In the event that the required bond is terminated, the public adjuster's license shall automatically be suspended until a new bond is filed with the commissioner.
Subd. 5. Examinations. A person applying for a license under sections 72B.01 to 72B.14 must successfully complete an examination prescribed by the commissioner, which examination shall be at least in part a written examination. Examinations shall be given at such time and place as designated by the commissioner and there shall be different examinations for adjusters, public adjuster solicitors, and applicants for temporary permits. Adjusters' examinations shall be given in at least each of three fields: fire and allied lines, inland marine lines and including all perils under homeowners policies; all lines written as casualty insurance under section 60A.06, and including workers' compensation; and a combination of the two foregoing fields. Each examination shall be, in the judgment of the commissioner with the advice of the advisory committee, sufficient to require for a satisfactory score such knowledge of insurance, adjusting practices and appraisal techniques, to the extent that such knowledge is necessary for the class of license applied for and the field in which the applicant is being examined, that the people of Minnesota will receive insurance claim service from persons who are sufficiently trained to make fair and well informed judgments in the evaluation or settlement of insured losses. The examination for an applicant for a temporary permit may be oriented to the specified fields, but shall be less exacting than the examination for a license.
The commissioner may by rule determine the period of time between failure of an examination and reexamination.
A person shall not be eligible to take an examination if that person's license as an adjuster or public adjuster solicitor has been revoked in this or any other state within the three years next preceding the date of the application.
No examination shall be required for the timely renewal of a license, unless the license has been revoked.
Subd. 6. Exceptions. A person who on January 1, 1972, meets all of the qualifications specified in subdivision 2 with regard to the class of license applied for and, if experience is one of the requisites, has gained the experience within the three years next preceding January 1, 1972, shall be eligible for the issuance of a license without taking an examination.
A person who has held a license of any given class or in any field or fields within three years prior to the application shall be entitled to a renewal of the license in the same class or in the same fields without taking an examination.
A person applying for a license as a crop hail adjuster shall not be required to comply with the requirements of subdivision 5.
The commissioner may issue a license under sections 72B.01 to 72B.14 without an examination, if the applicant presents sufficient and satisfactory evidence of having passed a similar examination in another state and if the commissioner, with the advice of the advisory board, has determined that the standards of such other state are equivalent to those in Minnesota for the class of license applied for. Any applicant who presents sufficient and satisfactory evidence of having successfully completed all six parts of the insurance institute of America program in adjusting shall be entitled to an adjuster's license without taking the examination prescribed in subdivision 5.
Subd. 7. License term. Every adjuster's and public adjuster solicitor's license shall be for a term expiring on October 31 next following the date of its issuance, and may be renewed for the ensuing calendar year upon the timely filing of an application for renewal.
Subd. 8. Renewal. An application for renewal of a license issued under sections 72B.01 to 72B.14 shall be on a form prescribed by the commissioner and shall be filed with the commissioner with payment of the renewal fee prior to the expiration date of the license.
Subd. 9. Notice of changes. Each licensee or holder of a temporary permit shall give written notice to the commissioner of any change in name, or residence address not later than ten days after such change. The commissioner may, upon receipt of such notice, issue an amendment to the license incorporating such changes.
Subd. 10. Fees. A fee of $80 is imposed for each initial license or temporary permit and $80 for each renewal thereof or amendment thereto. A fee of $20 is imposed for the registration of each nonlicensed adjuster who is required to register under section 72B.06. All fees shall be transmitted to the commissioner and shall be payable to the department of commerce.
HIST: 1971 c 704 s 4; 1973 c 725 s 2; 1975 c 359 s 23; 1979 c 141 s 3-6; 1984 c 592 s 75,76; 1986 c 444; 1991 c 233 s 44; 1992 c 513 art 3 s 26; 1992 c 564 art 1 s 50; 1994 c 485 s 59; 1997 c 200 art 1 s 45; 1999 c 177 s 71; 1999 c 223 art 2 s 10
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