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Required Definitive Words

Required Definitive Words

(Excerpts of Title 10, California Code of Regulations, Section 2052.4[c])

No name proposed by an applicant or licensed producer (other than the bona fide natural name of an an individual) shall be approved if it appears that use of the proposed name may mislead the public in any respect. A proposed name may be misleading if the name fails to state or clearly indicate that the applicant or licensed producer is or will be an insurance producer by any of the following:

1. Failing to include in its name the word "insurance" followed by one of the following definitive words:
(a) "agency", "services", "marketing", "sales", "solutions", "center";
(b) "broker", "brokers", or "brokerage", as long as the applicant or licensed producer holds broker-authority and has a broker's bond on file with the Commissioner; or
(c) "associates", as long as the applicant or licensed producer is applying for a business entity license. (The business entity must have two or more individuals involved in the business entity, such as licensed producers, officers, and/or stockholders.)

2. An administrator or applicant for an administrator certificate that fails to include one fo the following words in its name: "administrator", "administrative", or "administration".

3. A bail applicant or bail licensee that fails to include the word "bail" in its name.

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If you have any questions about this or or the license information you retrieved, please see the most commonly asked questions in our License Questions and Answers section. If you need further assistance, please call our Business Entity Licensing Inquiry line at (916) 492-3069. You may send an e-mail to the Producer Licensing Bureau. Please be sure to include you name, telephone number, license number, and e-mail address in all correspondence with the CDI.

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