AUTHORIZATION OF INSURERS AND GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
41-316. Deposit — Foreign or alien insurers. (1) This section shall apply as to all foreign and alien insurers.
(2) The director shall not authorize any foreign or alien insurer to transact insurance in this state unless it makes and thereafter maintains in trust in this state through the director for the protection of all its policyholders or of all its policyholders and creditors, a deposit of cash or securities eligible for deposit under section 41-803, Idaho Code, in the amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000), except that:
(a) As to foreign insurers, except foreign title insurers, in lieu of such Idaho deposit, the director shall accept the certificate in proper form of the public official having supervision over insurers in the insurer’s state of domicile that:
(i) A like deposit by such insurer is being maintained in public custody or control for the protection generally of the insurer’s policyholders or its policyholders and creditors; and
(ii) The insurer is a member in good standing of such state’s insurance guaranty association or other legal entity created for the same purpose; or if a life or health insurer, the insurer is a member in good standing of such state’s insurance guaranty association or other legal entity created for the same purpose, and such guaranty association does and shall provide protection for its own state’s residents.
(b) As to foreign title insurers, in lieu of such Idaho deposit, the director shall accept the certificate or certificates in proper form from the public official or officials having supervision over title insurers in any other state or states to the effect that a like deposit or total deposits by such insurer, in an equal or greater amount than required in this section, are being maintained in public custody or control for the protection generally of the insurer’s policyholders or its policyholders and creditors.
(c) As to alien insurers, in lieu of such deposit or part thereof in this state, the director shall accept evidence satisfactory to him that the insurer maintains within the United States by way of trust deposits with public depositaries, or in trust institutions acceptable to the director, assets available for discharge of its United States insurance obligations, which assets shall be in an amount not less than the outstanding liabilities of the insurer arising out of its insurance transactions in the United States together with a surplus equal to the larger of the following sums:
(i) The largest deposit required by this code to be made by a foreign insurer transacting like kinds of insurance; or
(ii) One million dollars ($1,000,000). Such surplus shall for all purposes under this code be deemed to be the "capital" or "surplus" of the insurer.
(3) Deposits of foreign or alien insurers in another state shall be in cash and/or securities of substantially as high quality as those eligible for deposit in this state under section 41-803, Idaho Code.
(4) All such deposits in this state are subject to the applicable provisions of chapter 8 (administration of deposits), title 41, Idaho Code, except that the release and return of deposits brought about by changes to section 41-316(2), Idaho Code, effective July 1, 1987, shall not require a hearing thereon as required under section 41-812(2), Idaho Code.
(5) Any foreign or alien insurer which requires that its agents maintain a separate trust account for transactions involving that insurer shall make and thereafter maintain in trust in this state, through the director, for the protection of all its policyholders and agents, a deposit of cash or securities eligible for deposit under section 41-803, Idaho Code, in the amount of twenty percent (20%) of its gross written premiums, upon which such insurer is subject to the premium tax of this state under section 41-402, Idaho Code.
(6) A foreign or alien insurer holding a valid certificate of authority to transact insurance in this state immediately prior to January 1, 1995, shall have a period of two (2) years from and after that date within which to comply with any increase in deposit requirements.
[41-316, added 1961, ch. 330, sec. 79, p. 645; am. 1984, ch. 125, sec. 1, p. 300; am. 1986, ch. 57, sec. 2, p. 165; am. 1987, ch. 291, sec. 1, p. 616; am. 1994, ch. 240, sec. 2, p. 753; am. 1995, ch. 117, sec. 1, p. 416; am. 1995, ch. 289, sec. 1, p. 967; am. 2004, ch. 90, sec. 1, p. 325.]