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WAC 284-30-580

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Policies to be delivered, not held by insurance producers or title insurance agents.

(1) RCW 48.18.260 requires that policies be delivered within a reasonable period of time after issuance. If an insurer relies upon its appointed insurance producers or title insurance agents to make deliveries of its policies, the insurer, as well as the appointed insurance producer or title insurance agent, is responsible for any delay resulting from the failure of the appointed insurance producer or title insurance agent to act diligently.
(2) Insurance producers and title insurance agents delivering insurance policies to insureds must make an actual physical delivery. It is not acceptable for an insurance producer or title insurance agent to merely obtain a receipt indicating a delivery and then to retain the policy, for safekeeping or otherwise, in the insurance producer's or title insurance agent's possession.
(3) Insurance producers and title insurance agents may obtain policies from owners or insureds and hold such policies briefly for analysis or servicing, giving a receipt therefor in every instance, but shall promptly return any such policies to their owners or insureds. Insurance producers and title insurance agents shall not otherwise take custody of, or hold, insurance policies, whether for fee or at no charge, unless a family or legal relationship clearly justifies such conduct, as, for example, where a policy belonging to a minor child of the insurance producer and title insurance agent is held, or where the insurance producer or title insurance agent is acting as a legal guardian or a court appointed representative and holds a policy of a ward or of an estate.
(4) It shall be an unfair practice and unfair competition for an insurer or insurance producer or title insurance agent to engage in acts or practices which are contrary to or not in conformity with the requirements of this section, and a violation of this section is prohibited and shall subject an insurer, insurance producer and title insurance agent to the penalties or procedures set forth in RCW 48.05.140, 48.17.530, or 48.30.010.
(5) Each insurer shall inform its appointed insurance producers or title insurance agents and appropriate representatives of the requirements of this section.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a) and 48.17.010(5). WSR 11-01-159 (Matter No. R 2010-09), § 284-30-580, filed 12/22/10, effective 1/22/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a). WSR 85-02-019 (Order R 84-8), § 284-30-580, filed 12/27/84.]