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Certificate of Authority Section IV - Item #14

Name Approval

The applicant's corporate name must be approved by both the California Insurance Commissioner and the California Secretary of State. (See CIC §880 and 881.) You may request name approval either before or after your application for Certificate of Authority is filed. See the Schedule of Fees and Charges for the filing fee. No additional filing fee is required if the name approval request is filed coincident with your application for Certificate of Authority. However, to avoid any delays with the processing of your application, we recommend seeking name approval prior to filing your application for Certificate of Authority.

For name approval by the California Insurance Commissioner, submit a written request to:

California Department of Insurance
Corporate Affairs Bureau
45 Fremont Street, 24th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Include either the necessary filing fee or reference to the pending application for admission. A department request for further information may follow, dependent upon the name requested.

In the absence of either a name conflict or any statutory violation, names for foreign applicants are customarily reserved for 180 days from the date of the approval certificate. If an application for admission is filed within this period, the reservation will be held until the application is granted, denied or abandoned.

Upon receipt of the Commissioner's approval, the proposed name must be approved by the California Secretary of State. See Section V: Referrals to Other Agencies & Resources for additional information about contacting the Secretary of State's office. Please be aware that approval by one agency does not guarantee approval by the other.

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