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RULE §5.9310Property and Casualty Transmittal Information and General Filing Requirements

(a) Purpose. The purpose of this division is to specify the transmittal information and general filing requirements for property and casualty form, rate, rule, underwriting guideline, and credit scoring model filings.

(b) Definitions. Terms not defined in this division may be defined in Insurance Code Chapters 2053, concerning Rates for Workers' Compensation Insurance; 2251, concerning Rates; and 2301, concerning Policy Forms and have the same meaning when used in this division. The following terms when used in this division have the following meanings unless the context indicates otherwise:

  (1) Interline filing--A filing that may be used for more than one line of insurance submitted for:

    (A) a policy jacket, declarations page, signature page, notice of cancellation, disclosure, schedule, general change form, company name change, or policyholder notice filed under Division 5 of this subchapter, relating to Filings Made Easy - Requirements for Property and Casualty Policy Form and Endorsement Filings; or

    (B) policy fees, service fees, and other fees that are charged or collected by the insurer under Insurance Code §550.001, concerning Solicitation or Collection of Certain Payments, or §4005.003, concerning Fees, filed under Division 6 of this subchapter (relating to Filings Made Easy - Requirements for Rate and Rule Filings).

  (2) Multi-peril insurance--Policies and rates for two or more lines of insurance that are subject to regulation under Insurance Code Chapters 2251 and 2301. This definition does not include a combination of coverages described in:

    (A) Insurance Code §2251.002, concerning Definitions, and §2301.002, concerning Definitions, and filed as commercial property insurance; or

    (B) Insurance Code §2251.0031, concerning Exceptions for Certain Lines, and §2301.0031, concerning Exceptions for Certain Lines.

  (3) NAIC--The National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

  (4) Reference filing--A filing that references the use of policy forms, endorsements, rules, loss costs, rating manuals, other supplementary rating information, or credit scoring models that TDI has adopted, approved, or accepted.

  (5) SERFF--The NAIC System for Electronic Rate and Form Filing.

  (6) TDI--Texas Department of Insurance.

  (7) TDI file number--The number TDI assigns to a filing.

(c) Transmittal information. Each filing must contain the following transmittal information:

  (1) company name as used for financial reporting to the NAIC and company number assigned by the NAIC;

  (2) company group name and group NAIC number;

  (3) whether the filing is new, or revises or replaces an existing filing;

  (4) TDI file number or SERFF tracking number of the revised or replaced filing;

  (5) TDI file number or SERFF tracking number for the previously approved policy that the proposed form will be attached to;

  (6) TDI file number or SERFF tracking number of associated or companion filings of other filing types;

  (7) line of insurance:

    (A) all filings must specify the line of insurance; and

    (B) interline filings must specify all lines of insurance to which the filing applies.

  (8) type of filing;

  (9) proposed effective date; and

  (10) contact person, including name, telephone number, and mailing address.

(d) Multi-peril use. A filing submitted for a line of insurance that is subject to regulation under Insurance Code Chapters 2251 and 2301 may also be used in multi-peril insurance.

(e) Filings Made Easy Guide. TDI maintains the Filings Made Easy Guide to help insurers submit filings and comply with statutory requirements. Insurers may obtain this guide from TDI's website at www.tdi.texas.gov.

(f) Letter of authorization. A third party representing an insurer on a filing must provide a letter of authorization signed by the insurer on the insurer's letterhead. A letter of authorization applies only to the filing with which it is submitted.

(g) Submission of filing. Filings under Divisions 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of this subchapter (relating to Filings Made Easy - Requirements for Property and Casualty Policy Form and Endorsement Filings; Filings Made Easy - Requirements for Rate and Rule Filings; Filings Made Easy - Requirements for Underwriting Guideline Filings; Filings Made Easy - Requirements for Credit Scoring Model Filings for Personal Insurance; and Filings Made Easy - Reduced Filing Requirements for Certain Insurers) must be submitted through SERFF.

(h) Public disclosure of contact information. To the extent that a filing includes company contact information, by submitting a filing the company affirmatively consents to the release and disclosure of its company contact information, including any email addresses. The filer also certifies that each person associated with an email address that appears in the filing has affirmatively consented to the release and disclosure of that email address.

Source Note: The provisions of this §5.9310 adopted to be effective February 10, 2005, 30 TexReg 548; amended to be effective August 13, 2006, 31 TexReg 6221; amended to be effective November 16, 2014, 39 TexReg 8694; amended to be effective July 28, 2019, 44 TexReg 3640; amended to be effective January 8, 2024, 49 TexReg 41

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