For Immediate Release
SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF
INSURANCE TO BEGIN PROCESSING INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSURE AND COMPANY
Columbia, SC- The South Carolina
Department of Insurance (SCDOI) announced today that effective October 21, 2003,
it will begin offering on-line processing services to regulated entities and
individuals. Individuals applying for licensure will be able to complete an
application on-line through SCDOI Connect at
www.doi.sc.gov for an
insurance producer, limited lines producer, special producer, broker, adjuster,
physical damage appraiser and public adjuster license and pay the licensing fee
by electronic check. Non-resident producer licensing applications will be
available to the industry on October 27, 2003 through NIPR Gateway at
www.licenseregistry.com. On-line application for an agency license will be
available at a later date.
Licensed individuals, agencies
and insurers will be able to update their demographic records via SCDOI Connect
at any hour of the day. Demographic records include, but are not limited to,
address, telephone number and e-mail address.
In addition, insurance companies
will be able to create and cancel appointments through NIPR Gateway. Insurance
companies will also be able to renew producer appointments (Producer Renewals)
and pay the appointment fees by electronic check in September of even numbered
years via SCDOI Connect.
Director of Insurance, Ernst N.
Csiszar, stated, "The on-line license application process and the ability to
update demographic records on file with the Department offers improved services
to all of the Department's stakeholders. This new process will significantly
reduce the time required to process a license application and allow licensees
the opportunity to update their records 24 hours a day."
If there are any questions
regarding the on-line processing, please contact the following areas of the
South Carolina Department of Insurance or NIPR Gateway for assistance:
The Department of Insurance's
office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday
through Friday, excluding State Holidays.
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