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Division Director

Greg Thomas

Insurance Agent and Agency Services
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0318
Bureau of Licensing
(850) 413-3137
Bureau of Investigation
(850) 413-3136

Non-resident Travel Insurance for a Firm

9-41 Non-Resident Travel Insurance Agent (Firm)

“TRAVEL INSURANCE” is defined by law as policies and certificates of travel insurance which may provide coverage for risks incidental to travel, planned travel, or accommodations while traveling, including, but not limited to, accidental death and dismemberment of a traveler; trip cancellation, interruption, or delay; loss of or damage to personal effects or travel documents; baggage delay; emergency medical travel or evacuation of a traveler; or medical, surgical, and hospital expenses related to an illness or emergency of a traveler. Any such policy or certificate may be issued for terms longer than 90 days, but each policy or certificate, other than a policy or certificate providing coverage for air ambulatory services only, must be limited to coverage for travel or use of accommodations of no longer than 90 days. The license may be issued only:

  1. To a full-time salaried employee of a common carrier or a full-time salaried employee or owner of a transportation ticket agency and may authorize the sale of such ticket policies only in connection with the sale of transportation tickets, or to the full-time salaried employee of such an agent. No such policy shall be for a duration of more than 48 hours or for the duration of a specified one-way trip or round trip; or
  2. To an entity that is:
    • The developer of a timeshare plan that is the subject of an approved public offering statement under chapter 721;
    • An exchange company operating an exchange program approved under chapter 721;
    • A managing entity operating a timeshare plan approved under chapter 721;
    • A seller of travel as defined in chapter 559; or
    • A subsidiary or affiliate of any of the entities described above.
  3. The license may be issued only to a business entity that offers motor vehicles for rent or lease if insurance sales activities authorized by the license are in connection with and incidental to the rental or lease of a motor vehicle.
    • A license issued to a business entity that offers motor vehicles for rent or lease encompasses each office, branch office, employee, authorized representative located at a designated branch, or place of business making use of the entity’s business name in order to offer, solicit, and sell insurance.
    • The application for licensure must list the name, address, and phone number for each office, branch office, or place of business that is to be covered by the license. The licensee shall notify the department of the name, address, and phone number of any new location that is to be covered by the license before the new office, branch office, or place of business engages in the sale of insurance pursuant to this paragraph. The licensee must notify the department within 30 days after closing or terminating an office, branch office, or place of business. Upon receipt of the notice, the department shall delete the office, branch office, or place of business from the license.
    • A licensed and appointed entity is directly responsible and accountable for all acts of the licensee’s employees.

A licensee shall require each employee who offers policies or certificates under this subparagraph to receive initial training from a general lines agent or an insurer authorized under chapter 624 to transact insurance within this state. For an entity applying for a license as a travel insurance agent, the fingerprinting requirement of this section applies only to the president, secretary, and treasurer and to any other officer or person who directs or controls the travel insurance operations of the entity.

STEPS TO OBTAIN NON-RESIDENT 9-41 Non-Resident Travel Insurance Firm License:

Step 1 - You must:

  • Be an entity whose majority owner, partner, officer and director of the agency must not be an employee of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or state service office, as referred to in Section 626.833, Florida Statutes.

Step 2 - Apply:

Step 3 - Fingerprints:

Step 4 - Status notification(s):

  • Once an application has been submitted, you may check your MyProfile account for the status of your application. Deficiencies will be listed under the pending license type.
  • Once all the above steps have been satisfied, the department will send your approval by email. You may then go to your MyProfile account and click the “Wallet” and/or “Letter” hyperlink(s), under the “Print Licenses” section, to generate a copy of your license for printing.
  • Florida Statute 626.172 requires the Department issued agency certificate (license) to be prominently displayed in a manner that is clearly visible to any customer or potential customer who enters the agency.

Special Notes:

  • Each office, branch office or place of business making use of the entity’s business name must file an “Application for Branch Office” after the primary location obtains the license. Individual employees of the licensed firm are permitted to conduct business without obtaining an individual travel license.
  • Third party access must be authorized by the licensee through MyProfile in order for the third party to manage the licensing submissions and changes on behalf of the licensee.
  • Appointment of License: This license requires an appointment with a Florida authorized insurer. This license will expire if unappointed for 48 months. Section 626.431(3), Florida Statutes.
  • Related Florida Statutes:  s. 626.321(1)(c)