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Certificate of Authority Section IV - Item #21

Minimum Paid-In Capital and Surplus Requirements

The sections of the California Insurance Code reprinted in this guideline govern the minimum paid-in capital and surplus requirements that applicants must meet in order to gain admission to California.


CIC §36

Section 36 of the Insurance Code defines "paid-in capital" or "capital paid-in" as:

  1. In the case of a foreign mutual insurer not issuing or having outstanding capital stock, the value of its assets in excess of the sum of its liabilities for losses reported, expenses, taxes, and all other indebtedness and reinsurance of outstanding risks as provided by law. Such foreign mutual insurer shall not be admitted, however, unless its paid-in capital is composed of available cash assets amounting to at least two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000).

  2. In the case of a foreign joint stock and mutual insurer, its paid-in capital computed, according to its desire, pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (a) or subdivision (c) of this section. If computed pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (a), its admission is subject to the qualification therein expressed.

  3. In the case of all other insurers, the lower of the following amounts:
    1. The value of its assets in excess of the sum of its liabilities for losses reported, expenses, taxes and all other indebtedness and reinsurance of outstanding risks as provided by law.

    2. The aggregate par value of its issued shares of stock, including treasury shares.

For the purpose of computing paid-in capital or capital paid-in shares of stock are not taken as liabilities.


CIC §700.01

In addition to any or all of the classes of insurance which it is permitted to transact by all other applicable provisions of this code, any incorporated insurer admitted or hereafter admitted for one or more of the classes of insurance stated in Section 100, except life, title, mortgage or mortgage guaranty shall (subject to any limitations contained in its articles of incorporation or charter) be admitted after January 1, 1990, for any or all of the following classes, upon making application therefor and complying with all applicable requirements of law, if its paid-in capital is not less than two million six hundred thousand dollars ($2,600,000) or the aggregate of the amounts hereinafter set forth opposite the classes transacted by it in the United States if an alien insurer, or in any jurisdiction if other than an alien insurer, whichever is lower; provided, that the paid-in capital of incorporated insurers not transacting either fire, marine or surety insurance making application under this section shall be at least three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) in excess of such aggregate amount. In no event shall any incorporated insurer, as a condition for its admission, be permitted to have a paid-in capital of less than one million dollars ($1,000,000) or be required to have a paid-in capital in excess of two million six hundred thousand dollars ($2,600,000) for any or all of the classes of insurance hereinafter set forth.

Number and Name of Class Amount of Capital
2. Fire $350,000
3. Marine $350,000
5. Surety $350,000
6. Disability $250,000
7. Plate Glass $100,000
8. Liability )
9. Workmen's Compensation ) $300,000 For any or
10. Common Carrier Liability ) all of these
11. Boiler and Machinery $100,000
12. Burglary $100,000
13. Credit $100,000
14. Sprinkler $100,000
15. Team and Vehicle $100,000
16. Automobile $200,000
18. Aircraft $100,000
20. Miscellaneous $100,000


This section shall not be applicable to life, title, mortgage or mortgage guaranty insurance, and an insurer now or hereafter admitted to transact life, title, mortgage or mortgage guaranty insurance shall not be admitted under the provisions of this section, but its admission is governed by other applicable provisions of this code.

Insurers admitted for one or more classes of insurance on December 31, 1989 shall be governed by the provisions of this section in effect as of December 31, 1989 until December 31, 1999. As of December 31, 1999, all insurers governed by this section shall meet the capital requirements of this section as become effective January 1, 1990. Insurers admitted for one or more classes of insurance on December 31, 1989, which thereafter amend their Certificate of Authority to add thereto a class or classes of insurance, shall thereupon become subject to the capital requirements of this section.


CIC §700.02

No insurer shall be issued a Certificate of Authority other than a renewal Certificate of Authority for any of the classes set forth in Section 100 unless at the time of such issuance it possesses, in addition to the minimum paid-in capital required by this code a surplus of not less than 100 percent of the minimum paid-in capital required.

As used in this section, surplus means the excess of admitted assets over the sum of (1) liabilities for losses reported, expenses, taxes and all other indebtedness and reinsurance of outstanding risks as provided by law, and (2) paid-in capital, in the case of an insurer issuing or having outstanding shares of capital stock, or (3) the minimum paid-in capital required, in the case of any other insurer.


CIC §700.025

An insurer, including a reciprocal or inter-insurance exchange, admitted on January 1, 1970, to transact automobile liability insurance under class 8 and automobile insurance under class 16, or which had a valid bona fide application to transact both such classes of insurance pending before the commissioner on or before August 1, 1970, shall not be affected by this section.

Any other insurer, including a reciprocal or interi-nsurance exchange, applying to transact either of such class of insurance in this State, shall possess, at the time of admission for either of such classes, in addition to all minimum paid-in capital required by Section 700.01 and all surplus and paid-in capital required by Sections 700.02 and 700.05, an additional surplus of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000).


CIC §700.05

(a) In determining the minimum amount of paid-in capital and surplus required by the applicable provisions of this code for admission of an insurer, there shall be included all of the classes of insurance transacted by it in the United States if an alien insurer, or in any jurisdiction if other than an alien insurer; provided that life, title, mortgage or mortgage guaranty insurance shall not be included among the classes of insurance in determining the minimum amount of paid-in capital and surplus required if the minimum paid-in capital is two million six hundred thousand dollars ($2,600,000) or more, and if the paid-in capital is less than two million six hundred thousand dollars ($2,600,000) the minimum shall be measured by adding to the amounts set forth in Section 700.01 two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($2,250,000) for life insurance, two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) for mortgage insurance, one million dollars ($1,000,000) for mortgage guaranty insurance and two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) for title insurance.

In applying such provisions, it shall be conclusively presumed that an insurer transacts all classes of insurance for which it is or seeks to be admitted to transact in this State.

(b) As used in this section "insurer" includes a reciprocal or inter-insurance exchange and its Attorney in Fact.


CIC §10510

An incorporated life insurer issuing policies on the reserve basis shall not transact life insurance in this State unless it has a paid-in capital of at least two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($2,250,000) plus the surplus required by Section 700.02 and Section 700.05.


CIC §10511

If authorized by its charter, such an incorporated life insurer may, except as provided in Section 700.03, transact, in addition to life insurance, any of the following classes of insurance if its total paid-in capital is at least two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($2,250,000) in excess of the sum of the amounts set forth opposite the classes of insurance transacted:

Number and Name of Class Amount of Capital
6. Disability $250,000
8. Liability $300,000 for all or any
9. Workmen's Compensation ) of them
10. Common Carrier Liability )


CIC §10512

An insurer holding a certificate of authority for life insurance and any other proper class on December 31, 1989, shall be governed by the provisions of Sections 700.05, 10510 and 10511 in effect on December 31, 1989 until December 31, 1999. As of December 31, 1999, any insurer holding a certificate of authority for life insurance and any other proper class shall meet the capital requirement of Sections 10510 and 10511 as become effective January 1, 1990.


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