(1) The sole relationship between an insurance producer and an insurer as to which the insurance producer is appointed as an agent shall, as to transactions arising during the existence of such agency appointment, be that of insurer and agent.
(2) Unless the agency-insurer agreement provides to the contrary, an insurance producer may receive the following compensation:
(a) A commission paid by the insurer;
(b) A fee paid by the insured; or
(c) A combination of commission paid by the insurer and a fee paid by the insured from which an insurance producer may offset or reimburse the insured for all or part of the fee.
(3) If the compensation received by an insurance producer who is dealing directly with the insured includes a fee, for each policy, the insurance producer must disclose in writing to the insured:
(a) The full amount of the fee paid by the insured;
(b) The full amount of any commission paid to the insurance producer by the insurer, if one is received;
(c) An explanation of any offset or reimbursement of fees or commissions as described in subsection (2)(c) of this section;
(d) When the insurance producer may receive additional commission, notice that states the insurance producer:
(i) May receive additional commission in the form of future incentive compensation from the insurer, including contingent commissions and other awards and bonuses based on factors that typically include the total sales volume, growth, profitability, and retention of business placed by the insurance producer with the insurer, and incentive compensation is only paid if the performance criteria established in the agency-insurer agreement is met by the insurance producer or the business entity with which the insurance producer is affiliated; and
(ii) Will furnish to the insured or prospective insured specific information relating to additional commission upon request; and
(e) The full name of the insurer that may pay any commission to the insurance producer.
(4) Written disclosure of compensation as required by subsection (3) of this section shall be provided by the insurance producer to the insured prior to the sale of the policy.
(5) Written disclosure as required by subsection (3) of this section must be signed by the insurance producer and the insured, and the writing must be retained by the insurance producer for five years. For the purposes of this section, written disclosure means the insured's written consent obtained prior to the insured's purchase of insurance. In the case of a purchase over the telephone or by electronic means for which written consent cannot be reasonably obtained, consent documented by the insurance producer shall be acceptable.
Effective date—2009 c 162:
See note following RCW 48.03.020