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(215 ILCS 5/1635)
Licensing and registration.
(a) The Director may issue to a travel insurance business entity that registers travel retailers under its license as described in paragraph (2) of subsection (c) of this Section a producer license as provided in paragraph (6) of subsection (a) of Section 500-35 of this Code. A travel insurance business entity license issued under this Section shall also authorize any employee of the travel insurance business entity to act individually on behalf and under the supervision of the travel insurance business entity licensee with respect to the coverage specified in this Section. Each travel insurance business entity licensed under this Section shall pay the Department a fee of $500 for its initial license and $500 for each renewal license, payable on May 31 annually.
(b) The Director may issue to a travel retailer a limited lines producer license. A travel retailer license issued under this Section shall also authorize any employee of the travel retailer limited line licensee to act individually on behalf and under the supervision of the travel retailer limited line licensee with respect to the coverage specified in this Section.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a travel retailer may do the limited activities of offering and disseminating travel insurance on behalf of and under the license of a supervising travel insurance business entity if the following conditions are met:
(1) the travel insurance business entity or travel
retailer provides to purchasers of travel insurance:
(A) a description of the material terms or the
actual material terms of the insurance coverage;
(B) a description of the process for filing a
(C) a description of the review or cancellation
process for the travel insurance policy; and
(D) the identity and contact information of the
insurer and travel insurance business entity;
(2) at the time of licensure, the travel insurance
business entity shall establish and maintain a register on a form prescribed by the Director of each travel retailer that offers travel insurance on the travel insurance business entity's behalf; the register shall be maintained and updated continuously by the travel insurance business entity and shall include the name, address, and contact information of the travel retailer and an officer or person who directs or controls the travel retailer's operations and the travel retailer's federal tax identification number; the travel insurance business entity shall submit the register to the Director annually on a form and in a manner approved by the Director; the limited lines producer shall also certify that the travel retailer personnel who are offering and disseminating insurance under the travel retailer's registration complies with 18 U.S.C. 1033;
(3) the travel insurance business entity has
designated one of its employees as a licensed individual producer (a designated responsible producer or DRP) responsible for the travel insurance business entity's and its travel retailer's compliance with the travel insurance laws, rules, and regulations of this State;
(4) the travel insurance business entity has paid all
applicable insurance producer licensing fees as set forth in this Code; and
(5) the travel insurance business entity requires
each employee and authorized representative of the travel retailer whose duties include offering and disseminating travel insurance to receive a program of instruction or training that shall be subject to review by the Director; the training material shall, at a minimum, contain instructions on the types of insurance offered, ethical sales practices, and required disclosures to prospective customers.
(d) Any travel retailer offering or disseminating travel insurance shall make available to prospective purchasers brochures or other written materials that:
(1) provide the identity and contact information of
the insurer and the travel insurance business entity;
(2) explain that the purchase of travel insurance is
not required in order to purchase any other product or service from the travel retailer; and
(3) explain that an unlicensed travel retailer is
permitted to provide general information about the insurance offered by the travel retailer, including a description of the coverage and price, but is not qualified or authorized to answer technical questions about the terms and conditions of the insurance offered by the travel retailer or to evaluate the adequacy of the customer's existing insurance coverage.
(e) A travel retailer's employee or authorized representative who is not licensed as an insurance producer may not:
(1) evaluate or interpret the technical terms,
benefits, and conditions of the offered travel insurance coverage;
(2) evaluate or provide advice concerning a
prospective purchaser's existing insurance coverage; or
(3) hold himself, herself, or itself out as a
licensed insurer, licensed producer, or insurance expert.
(f) A travel retailer whose insurance-related activities, and those of its employees and authorized representatives, are limited to offering and disseminating travel insurance on behalf of and under the direction of a travel insurance business entity meeting the conditions stated in this Section is authorized to do so and receive related compensation upon registration by the travel insurance business entity as described in paragraph (2) of subsection (c) of this Section.
(g) Travel insurance may be provided under an individual policy or under a group, blanket, or master policy.
(h) As the insurer designee, the travel insurance business entity is responsible for the acts of the travel retailer that is registered under its license.
(i) Any entity that violates any provision of this Article shall be subject to all appropriate regulatory action as set forth in this Code.
(j) Any person licensed in a major line of authority as an insurance producer is authorized to sell, solicit, and negotiate travel insurance. A property and casualty insurance producer is not required to become appointed by an insurer in order to sell, solicit, or negotiate travel insurance.
(Source: P.A. 102-212, eff. 10-28-21