N.J.S.A 17:46C-4. Certificate of authority; persons entitled to transact business without; necessity for other persons; application; fee; exemptions

17:46C-4. Certificate of authority; persons entitled to transact business without; necessity for other persons; application; fee; exemptions

a. (1) A person entitled to transact the business of insurance under Subtitle 3 of Title 17 of the Revised Statutes or Subtitle 3 of Title 17B of the New Jersey Statutes may transact the business of legal insurance in this State without having to obtain a certificate of authority under this act. This paragraph shall not by itself enlarge the powers of any corporation entitled to transact the business of insurance under Subtitle 3 of Title 17 of the Revised Statutes or Subtitle 3 of Title 17B of the New Jersey Statutes given by its articles of incorporation or charter, but shall authorize such a corporation formed under Title 14A of the New Jersey Statutes, Subtitle 3 of Title 17 of the Revised Statutes, Subtitle 3 of Title 17B of the New Jersey Statutes, Title 15 of the Revised Statutes or Title 16 of the Revised Statutes, including a hospital service corporation organized pursuant to P.L. 1938, C. 366 (C. 17:48-1 et seq.) to include in its powers the authority to transact the business of legal insurance.

(2) No other person may transact the business of legal insurance unless he applies for and obtains a certificate of authority to transact the business of legal insurance in compliance with this act.

(3) An application for a certificate of authority to transact the business of legal insurance shall be in a form prescribed by the commissioner and shall be accompanied by a fee of $250.00. If the applicant is not domiciled in this State, the application shall be accompanied by a power of attorney duly executed by the applicant appointing the commissioner and his successors in office, and duly authorized deputies, as the true and lawful attorney of the applicant in and for this State, upon whom all lawful process in any legal action or proceeding against the applicant on a cause of action arising in this State shall be served.

b. Except for section 26 of this act, this act shall not apply to any person issuing group or blanket policies if fewer than 5% of the certificate holders of insureds reside in this State and the person is regulated to a comparable extent by another state in which a larger number of certificate holders or insureds reside. Any person exempt under this subsection shall file an annual report with the commissioner in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the commissioner.

L.1981, C. 160, S.4. Amended by L.1983, C. 342, S.1, eff. Sept. 8, 1983.

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