Section: Issuance and delivery of evidence of insurance
Upon placing a surplus line coverage, the surplus lines agent shall promptly issue and deliver to the insured evidence of the insurance consisting either of the policy as issued by the insurer or, if such policy is not then available, a certificate of insurance, cover note, or other confirmation of insurance, as provided in this act. Such document shall be executed or countersigned by the surplus lines agent and shall show the description and location of the subject of the insurance, coverage, conditions and term of the insurance, the premium and rate charge and taxes collected from the insured, and the name and address of the insured and insurer. If the direct risk is assumed by more than one insurer, the document shall state the name and address and proportion of the entire direct risk assumed by each insurer.
No surplus lines agent shall issue any such document, or purport to insure or represent that insurance will be or has been granted by any unauthorized insurer unless he has written authority from the insurer for the insurance, or has received confirmation from the insurer in the regular course of business that such insurance has been granted, or an insurance policy or certificate of insurance providing the insurance actually has been issued by the insurer and delivered to the insured.
If after the issuance and delivery of any such document there is any change as to the identity of the insurers, or the proportion of the direct risk assumed by the insurer as stated in the original certificate of insurance, cover note or confirmation of insurance, or in any other material respect as to the insurance coverage evidenced by such a document, the surplus lines agent shall promptly issue and deliver to the insured a substitute certificate of insurance, cover note or confirmation, or endorsement for the original of such document, accurately showing the current status of the coverage and the insurers responsible thereunder. No such change shall result in a coverage or insurance contract which would be in violation of this surplus lines law if originally issued on such basis.
If a policy issued by the insurer is not available upon placement of the insurance and the surplus lines agent has issued and delivered a certificate of insurance on behalf of other than an alien insurer, or a cover note or confirmation, as hereinabove provided, the surplus lines agent shall as soon as reasonably possible, and in no event later than 90 days after placement of such insurance, procure from the insurer its policy evidencing the insurance and deliver the policy to the insured in replacement of the certificate of insurance, cover note, or confirmation theretofore issued.
Any surplus lines agent who issues a false certificate, cover note, binder or confirmation of insurance, or false endorsement therefor, or who fails to notify the insured promptly of any material change with respect to such insurance and deliver as soon as reasonably possible to the insured a substitute certificate of insurance, cover note or confirmation, or endorsement as provided in paragraph 3 commits a crime of the fourth degree.
L.1960,c.32,s.16; amended by 1981,c.250,s.4.
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