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Code of Virginia
Title 38.2. Insurance
Chapter 18. Insurance Agents

§ 38.2-1834. Duration of appointment; annual renewal of agent's appointment.

A. A valid appointment of an agent shall authorize the agent to act for the insurer during the time for which the appointing insurer is licensed to do business in this Commonwealth, unless such appointment is otherwise terminated, suspended, or revoked. No later than 10 calendar days after notice of the termination, suspension or revocation of an appointment has been sent to the agent or agency, the agent or agency shall immediately cease selling or soliciting on behalf of such insurer.

B. Prior to August 10 of each year, or the first business day thereafter if August 10 falls on a weekend or holiday, every insurer shall remit in a manner prescribed by the Commission a renewal appointment fee, for each appointment for which notice of appointment termination was not received by the Commission on or before the preceding June 30, in an amount prescribed by the Commission, which shall be collected by the Commission and, along with any penalties collected pursuant to subsection C, paid directly into the state treasury and credited to the fund for the maintenance of the Bureau of Insurance as provided in subsection B of § 38.2-400.

C. Upon the failure of the insurer to pay amounts due under this section by the date due, the Commission:

1. Shall impose a penalty of $50 per day for each calendar day between the date due and the date full payment is received by the Commission. The renewal appointment fees described above shall not be considered paid in full unless and until the penalty described herein has been received by the Commission; and

2. May, in addition to the penalty imposed above, administratively terminate the appointment of each agent on whose behalf the appointment renewal fee, including any penalty imposed pursuant to this section, was not received by the Commission by the date due and after the insurer has been given due notice and an opportunity to submit the overdue payment.

D. Except as provided in § 38.2-1834.1, upon the termination of the appointment of an agent by an insurer, the insurer shall notify the agent of such termination within five calendar days and the Commission, except as provided in subsection B of this section, within 30 calendar days in a manner acceptable to the Commission, whereupon termination of the agent's appointment to represent the insurer shall be recorded by the Commission.

E. Any license in effect on January 1, 1986, shall be deemed to be an appointment for the unexpired term of that license. Certificates of qualifications issued prior to January 1, 1986, shall be deemed to be the license required by this chapter.

F. An appointment of an agent holding a restricted or limited license shall authorize such agent to sell, solicit, or negotiate only those classes of insurance specifically included in such agent's license authority.

1985, c. 616, § 38.1-327.44:2; 1986, c. 562; 1987, c. 521; 1988, c. 32; 1994, c. 316; 2001, c. 706; 2003, c. 871.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.