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Company Licensing and Registration

This office is tasked with licensing and registering insurance companies, and other ancillary operations for both the admitted/authorized market and the registered/non-admitted. Prior to granting authority, the office collaborates with all areas of the department who may have relative information on companies, including checking past company activities and personnel, soliciting input about the products the company is proposing to offer, and sharing information regarding the applicant company's business model. Additionally, this office serves as case manager, not only for licensing and registering activities, but corporate transactions such as mergers, redomestications, etc. This office performs many related functions, such as determining eligibility of surplus lines carriers, registering foreign risk retention groups, accredited / trusteed reinsurers and purchasing groups, licensing life settlements, third party administrators, and premium finance companies. The office maintains biographical information on officers and directors of licensed companies, manages required statutory deposits, and serves as the custodian of official company records.

Authorized and admitted

These insurers represent the standard market. The Company Licensing and Registration Office incorporates and licenses domestic authorized carriers, and admits foreign insurers, licensing them to operate in the Texas standard admitted market. This office also reviews and approves other related transactions that impact the charter and/or license of domestic insurers and the license of foreign insurers.

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Registered and non-admitted companies

Surplus lines insurers represent the non-standard market. When the same kind and class of coverage cannot be placed in the admitted market with a licensed insurer after a diligent search by a licensed surplus lines agent, it can be placed in the non-admitted market with a surplus lines insurer. Due to market availability issues, unique risks or limits which exceed what is available in the admitted market, surplus lines insurance is sometimes available. However, there is limited financial oversight required of these companies in accordance with the Federal Non-Admitted Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA). Although the capitalization levels required for surplus lines insurers, both foreign and alien, are often much higher than the admitted insurers, the regulations are much more restricted.

Other registered companies include Foreign Risk Retention Groups, Accredited / Trusteed Reinsurers and Purchasing Groups. Additionally, Life Settlements, while considered non-admitted, are not in fact insurance companies, but are licensed by the department due to the unique nature of the initial sale of a life insurance policy to a third party. Review the sections below for more information and required filings and forms.

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  • Accredited and Trusteed Reinsurers
  • Refer to Surplus Lines Companies for a list of Surplus Lines Companies that includes name, city, state, mailing address, and eligibility date.
  • For information regarding surplus lines insurers and surplus lines agent policy filing requirements, also visit the Texas Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas website at www.slsot.org. Disclaimer: The department does not monitor the financial status of surplus lines insures on the eligibility list.
  • To obtain the latest Quarterly Listing of Alien Insurers, visit the NAIC's Surplus Lines Financial Analysis Working Group webpage. On the right hand side of the page, under the "Related Documents and Resources" tab, click on Quarterly Listing of Alien Insurers.
  • The NAIC's Consumer Information Source (CIS) provides information about insurance companies. Access key information about insurance companies, including closed insurance complaints, licensing information, and key financial data.
  • A variety of lists can be acquired from our Reports Menu

Inquiries and Mailings

Direct Inquiries to:
Licensing Services Section – Toll Free Number (866) 554-4926 or (512) 676-6400
Authorized / Admitted Market – (512) 676-6375 or CompanyLicense@tdi.texas.gov
Registered and Non-Admitted – (512) 676-6395 or RegistrationTeam@tdi.texas.gov 
Statutory Deposits – (512) 676-6375 or SDFilings@tdi.texas.gov
Third Party Administrators – (512) 676-6375 or CompanyLicense@tdi.texas.gov
Premium Finance – (512) 676-6375 or CompanyLicense@tdi.texas.gov
FAX: (512) 490-1035

Mailing Addresses:
Texas Department of Insurance
Company Licensing and Registration, MC 103-CL (if mailing money use MC9999)
P.O. Box 149104
Austin, Texas 78714-9104


Texas Department of Insurance
Company Licensing and Registration, MC 103-CL (if mailing money use MC9999)
333 Guadalupe
Austin, Texas 78701

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Last updated: 02/27/2017

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