Responsibility to Respond to an Inquiry
Section 1736.5 of the California Insurance Code states:
(a) Every licensee and applicant shall promptly reply in writing to an inquiry from the commissioner relative to an application for, or the retention or renewal of, a license, or an investigation relating to a consumer complaint or a matter relating to a producer licensing background change reporting requirement under Section 1729.2. The commissioner may revoke, suspend, or refuse to issue or renew a license if the licensee or applicant does not promptly reply in writing to an inquiry from the commissioner.
(b) For purposes of this section, "promptly reply" means to provide a written response to the inquiry that is received by the commissioner no later than 21 days after the date the inquiry was mailed or otherwise communicated to the applicant or licensee.
(c) For purposes of this section, the term "licensee" and "applicant" have the same definitions as those contained in paragraph(3) of subdivision (c) of Section 1729.2, and the licenses covered by this section are the same as those covered by paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) of Section 1729.2.