(1) Is at least eighteen years of age;
(2) Has not committed any act that is a ground for denial, suspension or revocation set forth in section twenty-four of this article;
(3) Where required by the insurance commissioner, has completed a prelicensing course of study for the lines of authority for which the person has applied;
(4) Has paid the fees set forth in section thirteen, article three of this chapter; and section ten of this article;
(5) Has successfully passed the examinations for the lines of authority for which the person has applied;
(6) On or after the first day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety, no solicitor's license will be issued which is not a renewal of an existing license;
(7) Does not intend to use the license principally for the purpose, in the case of life or accident and sickness insurance, of procuring insurance on himself or herself, members of his or her family or his or her relatives; or, as to insurance other than life and accident and sickness, upon his or her property or insurable interests of those of his or her family or his or her relatives or those of his or her employer, employees or firm, or corporation in which he or she owns a substantial interest, or of the employees of the firm or corporation, or on property or insurable interests for which the applicant or any relative, employer, firm or corporation is the trustee, bailee or receiver. For the purposes of this provision, a vendor's or lender's interest in property sold or being sold under contract or which is the security for any loan, shall not be considered to constitute property or an insurable interest of the vendor or lender;
(8) Satisfies the commissioner that he or she is trustworthy and competent. The commissioner may test the competency of an applicant for a license under this section by examination. Each examinee shall pay a twenty-five dollar examination fee for each examination to the commissioner who shall deposit said examination fee into the state treasury for the benefit of the state fund, general revenue. The commissioner may, at his or her discretion, designate an independent testing service to prepare and administer the examination subject to direction and approval by the commissioner, and examination fees charged by the service shall be paid by the applicant. In addition to examination fees charged by the independent testing service, the independent testing service shall collect and remit to the commissioner the twenty-five dollar examination fee; and
(9) For new agents first licensed on or after the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine, completes a program of insurance education as established in section seven of this article.
(b) A business entity acting as an insurance agency is required to obtain an insurance producer license. Application shall be made using the uniform business entity application. Before approving the application, the insurance commissioner shall find that:
(1) The insurance agency has disclosed to the insurance commissioner all officers, partners, and directors, whether or not they are licensed as insurance producers;
(2) The insurance agency's officers, directors, or partners are trustworthy, of good moral character, and of good business reputation;
(3) The insurance agency has paid the fees set forth as set forth in section ten of this article;
(4) The insurance agency has designated an individual licensed producer who is an officer, partner, or director responsible for the insurance agency's or business entity's compliance with the insurance laws and rules of this state;
(5) The insurance agency has registered with the commissioner the name of each natural person who, as an officer, director, partner, owner, or member of the agency, is acting as and is licensed as an insurance producer;
(6) The insurance agency has registered with the commissioner the name of each natural person who, as an officer, director, partner, owner, or member of the insurance agency or business entity, is acting as and is licensed as an insurance producer;
(7) The insurance agency or business entity has registered with the commissioner at least one individual who holds a valid insurance producer license for the line or lines of authority requested in the application;
(8) If the insurance agency's filing status is nonresident, the insurance agency or business entity has complied with the qualification requirements of section twelve of this article; and
(9) An insurance agency may qualify as a resident if the agency has its principal office in this state.
(c) The insurance commissioner may require any documents reasonably necessary to verify the information contained in an application.
(d) Each insurer that sells, solicits or negotiates any form of limited line credit insurance shall provide to each individual whose duties will include selling, soliciting or negotiating limited line credit insurance a program of instruction that may be approved by the insurance commissioner.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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