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Company Licensing and Registration

The Company Licensing and Registration office is tasked with licensing and registering insurance companies, and other ancillary operations for both the admitted/authorized market and the registered/non-admitted market. Prior to granting authority, the office collaborates with all areas of the department that have relevant information. This includes 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.

The Company Licensing and Registration office also serves as case manager for 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; and licensing life settlements, third party administrators, and premium finance companies. This office maintains biographical information on officers and directors of licensed companies, manages required statutory deposits, and serves as the custodian of official company records.

Company Types

For instructions on how to download a list of companies licensed by the Company Licensing and Registration office, refer to "Download Company List Instructions."

Authorized and Admitted Companies:

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. To ensure best handling, we request that all filings be submitted electronically. For instructions on filing electronically, please refer to "Electronic Filings Guidelines."

Registered and Non-Admitted Companies:

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. Financial oversight of these companies is in accordance with the Federal Non-Admitted Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA), often including higher capitalization levels than the admitted market requires.

The Company Licensing and Registration office also registers Risk Retention Groups, Accredited / Trusteed Reinsurers, and Purchasing Groups. Additionally, Life Settlements, are licensed by the department due to the unique nature of the initial sale of a life insurance policy to a third party.

To ensure best handling, we request that all filings be submitted electronically to CLRFilings@tdi.texas.gov. For instructions on filing electronically, please refer to "Electronic Filings Guidelines."

Resources

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 / Non-Admitted Market – (512) 676-6395 or RegistrationTeam@tdi.texas.gov 
Statutory Deposits – (512) 676-6375 or SDFilings@tdi.texas.gov
Open Records Requests - (512) 676-6375 or OpenRecords@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

Or

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: 04/18/2017

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