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RULE §91.402Insurance for Members

(a) Authority. A credit union may make insurance products available to its members, including insurance products at the individual member's expense, subject to the following conditions:

  (1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3) of this subsection, the purchase of any type of insurance coverage by a member must be voluntary, and a copy of the signed and dated written election to purchase the insurance must be on file at the credit union.

  (2) Insurance may be required on a loan if the coverage and the charges for the insurance bear a reasonable relationship to:

    (A) the value of the collateral;

    (B) the existing hazards or risk of loss, damage, or destruction; and

    (C) the amount, term, and conditions of the loan.

  (3) if the insurance is a condition of a loan, the credit union shall give the member written notice that clearly and conspicuously states:

    (A) that insurance is required in connection with the loan; and

    (B) that the member may purchase or provide the insurance from a carrier of the member's choice, or the member may assign any existing insurance coverage.

  (4) An officer, director, employee, or committee member of a credit union may not accept anything of value from an insurance agent, insurance company, or other insurance provider offered to induce the credit union to sell or offer to sell insurance or other related products or services to the members of the credit union.

  (5) If a credit union replaces an existing loan or renews a loan and sells the member new credit life or disability insurance, the credit union shall cancel the prior insurance and provide the member with a refund or credit of the unearned premium or identifiable charge before selling the new insurance to the member.

  (6) The person selling or offering for sale any insurance product in any part of a credit union's office or on its behalf must be at all times appropriately qualified and licensed under applicable State insurance licensing standards with regard to the specific products being sold or recommended.

(b) Unsafe and Unsound Practice. It is an unsafe and unsound practice for any director, officer, or employee of a credit union, who is involved in the sale of insurance products to members, to take advantage of that business opportunity for personal profit. Recommendations to members to buy insurance should be based on the benefits of the policy, not the compensation received from the sale.

(c) Prohibited Practices. A director, officer, or employee of a credit union may not engage in any practice that would lead a member to believe that a loan or extension of credit is conditional upon either:

  (1) The purchase of an insurance product from the credit union of or any of its affiliates; or

  (2) An agreement by the member not to obtain, or a prohibition on the member from obtaining, an insurance product from an unaffiliated entity.

Source Note: The provisions of this §91.402 adopted to be effective March 14, 2004, 29 TexReg 2306; amended to be effective March 13, 2006, 31 TexReg 1647; amended to be effective March 14, 2010, 35 TexReg 1978

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