41-1010. Nonresident producers — Service of process. (1) Each person applying to be a nonresident producer shall, on a form prescribed by the director, appoint the director as his agent for purposes of receiving service of legal process issued against the producer in this state upon causes of action arising within this state out of transactions under the license. Service upon the director as an agent shall constitute effective legal service upon the producer.
(2) The appointment shall be irrevocable for as long as there could be any cause of action against the licensee arising out of his insurance transactions in or with respect to this state.
(3) Duplicate copies of such legal process against the licensee shall be served upon the director by a person competent to serve a summons. At the time of service the plaintiff shall pay the director an appropriate fee to be determined by rule and not exceeding thirty dollars ($30.00).
(4) Upon receiving such service, the director shall send one (1) copy of the process by registered or certified mail with return receipt requested to the defendant licensee at his last address of record with the director.
(5) The director shall keep a record of the day and hour of such service upon him. No proceedings shall be brought against the producer, and the producer shall not be required to appear, plead or answer until the expiration of thirty (30) days after the date of service upon the director.
[41-1010, added 2001, ch. 296, sec. 3, p. 1053.]