Sec. 38a-792. (Formerly Sec. 38-77). Casualty claims adjusters. Penalty. Exemptions. (a)(1) No person may act as an adjuster of casualty claims for any insurance company or firm or corporation engaged in the adjustment of casualty claims unless such person has first secured a license from the commissioner, and has paid the license fee specified in section 38a-11, for each two-year period or fraction thereof. Application for such license shall be made as provided in section 38a-769. Any such license issued by the commissioner shall be in force until June thirtieth in each odd-numbered year unless sooner revoked or suspended. The person may, at the discretion of the commissioner, renew the license biennially upon payment of the fee specified in section 38a-11.
(2) The commissioner may waive the examination required under section 38a-769, in the case of any applicant for a casualty claims adjuster's license that (A) is a nonresident of this state or has its principal place of business in another state, and holds an equivalent license from any other state, or (B) at any time within two years next preceding the date of application has been licensed in this state under a license of the same type as the license applied for.
(b) The commissioner may prescribe reasonable regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, governing the licensing of casualty claims adjusters and the adjustment of casualty claims.
(c) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year or both.
(d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any:
(1) (A) Individual who, for purposes of claims for portable electronics insurance, as defined in section 38a-397, only (i) collects claim information from or furnishes claim information to insureds or claimants, and (ii) conducts data entry, including data entry into an automated claims adjudication system, provided (I) such individual is an employee of a casualty insurance company licensed in this state, an employee of a casualty claims adjuster licensed in this state or an employee of an affiliate of such insurance company or adjuster, and (II) not more than twenty-five such individuals are under the supervision of a casualty claims adjuster licensed in this state or an insurance producer who adjusts portable electronics insurance claims and is licensed in this state. A licensed insurance producer who adjusts portable electronics insurance claims or supervises individuals pursuant to this subparagraph shall not be required to be licensed as a casualty claims adjuster.
(B) For purposes of this subdivision, â€śautomated claims adjudication systemâ€ť means a preprogrammed computer system, designed for the collection, data entry, calculation and final resolution of portable electronics insurance claims, that (i) is used only by a supervised individual, a casualty claims adjuster licensed in this state or an insurance producer licensed in this state, in accordance with subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, and (ii) complies with all applicable claims payment requirements under this title; or
(2) Member of the bar of this state in good standing who is engaged in the general practice of the law.
(1949 Rev., S. 6070; 1955, S. 2790d; 1959, P.A. 621, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 488; P.A. 82-96, S. 2, 8; P.A. 90-243, S. 34; P.A. 98-98, S. 7; P.A. 99-45, S. 6; P.A. 08-178, S. 38; P.A. 14-64, S. 2.)
History: 1959 act raised license fee to $10; 1969 act raised license fee to $20 and added provisions re examination and examination fee; P.A. 82-96 required biennial rather than annual renewal for casualty claim adjusters' licenses and accordingly doubled the license fee, effective June 1, 1983; P.A. 90-243 divided section into Subsecs., substituted â€śmayâ€ť for â€śshallâ€ť, added provision re licensing application in accordance with Sec. 38a-769 and provisions re suspension or revocation of licenses and discretionary biennial renewal of casualty claim adjusters licenses, deleting provision requiring $10 examination fee; Sec. 38-77 transferred to Sec. 38a-792 in 1991; P.A. 98-98 amended Subsec. (a) to allow the commissioner to waive the examination requirement for nonresident applicants licensed in another state; P.A. 99-45 amended Subsec. (a) to substitute, re granting a license if nonresident applicant holds an equivalent license, â€śfrom any other stateâ€ť for â€śfrom the state in which the applicant residesâ€ť; P.A. 08-178 increased maximum fine from $200 to $2,000 in Subsec. (c); P.A. 14-64 amended Subsec. (a) to designate existing provisions re licensure and application as Subdiv. (1) and to reposition and designate provisions re waiver of examination as Subdiv. (2), amended Subsec. (b) to add reference to Ch. 54, amended Subsec. (d) to add Subdiv. (1) re exemption for individuals collecting or furnishing portable electronics insurance claim information and conducting data entry and to designate existing provision re exemption for member of the bar as Subdiv. (2), and made technical and conforming changes.