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Application Procedures-Business Entity Non-Residents

License Information

Please follow the steps noted below to file for a business entity license:

Step 1 - Reserve a name for approval - Applicants for a business entity license are encouraged to use Sircon's Name Approval Request Service to reserve a name.

Note: Please review our Name Approval Criteria and lists of Unacceptable Words/Phrases and Improper Use of Words/Phrases. You are also encouraged to review names that are currently being used by going to Business Entity Name Search program.

Step 2 - Applicants must submit an application using Sircon's Business Entity Online Application Service.

Step 3 - Endorse an individual Life licensed agent - Business entity must name at least one natural person who holds a California non-resident Life license to represent the business license.

Note: Non-resident business entities are able to endorse California resident individuals on their license. Non-resident business entities are required to endorse at least one individual from a state other than California. (California Insurance Code (Cal. Ins. Code) Section 1656).

Endorsees should be named on the Business Entity Application during the initial business entity application filing. Subsequent agent endorsement(s) must be submitted online at Sircon's Maintain Agency Associations. (i.e. adding or removing individual licensees who are to transact insurance under authority of its license) (Cal. Ins. Code Section 1661).

Each natural person who does not hold an active California Life license must file separately for an individual Life license.

Step 4 -  License filing fee - two year term: $188.

Financial Security Requirements for Limited Liability Companies

Liability companies (LLCs) are required to provide proof of satisfying the security requirements of Cal. Ins. Code Section 1647.5 when applying for an insurance license and once licensed, must also file with the Commissioner an annual confirmation of coverage demonstrating continued compliance with the financial security requirements.

For additional LLC application filing information, annual certification of coverage  information, and links to forms that can be used as proof of fulfilling the security requirements please go to the following link: Business Entity Limited Liability Company Requirements

Additional Documents:

The Insurance Commissioner may require such documents as will aid in determining whether the applicant meets the qualifications for a license.

A business entity is not required to have an appointment to have the license issued. Upon application approval the license can be downloaded or printed by using Sircon's Print a License online service. However, the licensee may not transact, solicit, or negotiate the sale of insurance until an Action Notice of Appointment is completed by the sponsoring insurance company admitted to California.

  • Pursuant to Title 10, California Code of Regulations, 10 Cal Code of Regs. Section 2190.22 the Action Notice of Appointment must be submitted electronically. To submit appointments electronically contact the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR) and its Resellers for a list of approved Resellers. A $32 filing fee is required for each Action Notice of Appointment.

Business Entity Licensing Inquiries (916) 492-3069.

All filing fees submitted are not refundable, whether or not the application is acted upon or an examination taken.

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