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  Vol. 9, No. 3 - Fall 2020

Esquina de Cumplimiento

Bail Bond Agents - Alert - April 1, 2021 Deadline for Registration

Estatutos de la Florida s.648.42 requires bail bond agents to register and file their current power of attorney form with the county they reside, and each county they will be posting bonds, by April 1 of every odd year. For more information about registering, bail bond agents should contact the surety companies they are appointed to represent with and the sheriff and clerk of the circuit court in the counties where they will be posting bonds.

Reminder: Adjusting Firms - Registration and Designation of Adjuster in Charge is Required

Adjusting firms operating in Florida must have a current form DFS-H2-6364 (Designation/Deletion of Primary Adjuster for Adjusting Firm, and Filing of Firm, Corporation, or Business Name Change) on record with the Department. The filing is one of the requirements for all adjusting firm types, to lawfully operate an adjusting firm. An online application is being developed and we'll provide more information when its release is forthcoming. If you have not already done so, we recommend your agency submit its designation forms. Should a storm impact Florida, adjusting firms operating without registration will be subject to administrative action.

Emergency Adjusters - Your Responsibilities

In the aftermath Hurricane Sally's recent landfall in the Florida Panhandle, appointing entities rushed to appoint emergency adjusters. Investigators conducting licensing checks after landfall have historically identified individuals acting as Emergency Adjusters without a current license or no license at all.

Emergency Adjusters must be licensed and appointed by an insurer or an adjusting firm to legally adjust insurance claims in Florida. Adjusters attempting to enter restricted areas after a storm without proper license credentials could be turned away. Anyone found adjusting claims without a license could be subject to administrative action and/or criminal penalties.

Emergency adjuster licenses and appointments made during previous hurricane seasons are not valid for the 2020 hurricane season. Emergency adjuster licenses are temporary in nature and do not renew. You are responsible for making sure you are properly licensed and appointed prior to adjusting claims. This includes acting as an emergency adjuster in 2020 for storms making landfall in Florida. Emergency adjusters should follow up with the appointing entity to ensure the appointment is active, or by verifying your appointment through the Department's Buscar Titulares de Licencias.

Public Adjuster Fee Limits Are In Effect - Hurricane Sally

Estatutos de la Florida s. 626.854(1)(b)1., requires public adjusters to limit their fee for public adjusting services upon the Declaration of Emergency by the Governor. The Hurricane Sally Emergency Order was effective September 14, 2020 and was amended September 15, 2020 to include additional counties.

The maximum fee a public adjuster may charge is 10% for claims arising from events covered in the Executive Orders, for residential property claims.

Governor DeSantis' Executive Orders can be viewed at the links below.

#2020-224 Executive Order re: Emergency Management - Hurricane Sally

#2020-225 Executive Order Order Amends Executive Order #2020-224, Emergency Management, Hurricane Sally

Title Agency Data Call 2020 - CFO Enforcement Directive Expired September 1, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CFO Patronis signed a directive delaying enforcement of the 2020 data call until September 1, 2020. The expiration of the directive means agencies that have not complied with this statutory requirement will be subject to possible administrative action after that date. If your agency has not yet complied with this requirement, we urge you to do so immediately.

Information about the 2020 Title Agency Data Call

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) is conducting its annual Title Agencies Data Call pursuant to Sections 624.307 y 627.782, E.F. y Sec. 69O-186.013, F.A.C.

Title Insurance Agencies licensed at any time during Calendar Year 2019 are required filers. There are no exceptions - even if your agency closed during 2019.

The Office's reporting system called the Insurance Regulation Filing System. Here is the link: https://irfs.fldfs.com/

A How To guide is also available at: https://floir.com/siteDocuments/TitleFilingInstructions.pdf

  • Using your IRFS account username and password, log into the new system. If you have not used IRFS before, create a new account.
  • New users must subscribe its agency(ies) using the Entity Management on the User Menu. Select the Licensee/Agencies tab.
  • Select Add Licensee/ Agency.
  • Type in the Agency Name and click Search.
  • Select your agency next to its name and click the Add Selected button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select Create Filing on the top right corner.
  • In the Data Collection tile, click Begin.
  • STEP 1: Select the agency for which you are creating the filing from the Licensees/Agencies tab. Click Next.
  • STEP 2: Select the Title Insurance Data Calls for Agencies. Click Next.
  • STEP 3: Skip step Three, which is for group filings (not permitted with this data call).
  • STEP 4: Review the information. Click Create. You will be redirected to the Workbench.
  • View and edit the filing on the Workbench by clicking the Filing ID in the first column.
  • Expand components by clicking on the plus sign.
  • The data template, which has been available within IRFS since January 1, 2020, must be downloaded from within IRFS, completed locally on your computer, and then uploaded back in the same Web page in Excel format. Either Excel 2003 (.xls) or Excel 2007 (.xlsx) will be accepted.

The full template contains seven tabs:

  1. Version - includes the Office's contact information and reporting date reminder
  2. Instructions - data template must be downloaded from IRFS for the purpose of reporting information
  3. Report_Lines - Two columns extend down a series of questions and required responses (enter either text or numeric in the two columns, as shown)
  4. Schedule A - Additional agency information
  5. Schedule B - Agent activities
  6. Schedule C (Residential) - Title agent statistical information submission for 1-4 residential units
  7. Schedule C (Commercial) - Title agent statistical information submission for commercial units.
  8. Agency_Comments - Check the questions on this tab. If any appear with "Comments Required" it means your responses on previous tabs suggest that clarification is required for the item(s) noted. Clarifications must be understandable and justifiable when reviewed by the Office. You may contact the Office if you have questions.
  • In the Company Contacts Component, other email accounts subscribed to your agency will be listed under Add Company Contact. Include additional email addresses that are not subscribers of the agency in the text box. Any email listed in this component will receive email notifications about the filing. Click Save.
  • Select the Title Insurance Agency Filing Certification. The certification must be completed by an agency officer (electronic signature accepted). Type the year 2017 at the top, the officer's name in the middle and the officer's title at the bottom. Press the down arrow to save the certification.
  • You can include a cover letter. This an optional component for the filing.
  • Include any additional and optional information that is deemed important to the overall submission. These optional items may be uploaded as PDF documents under the "Other Documents" component.
  • There is an optional Response to Request for Clarification component that may be ignored during the initial filing. This is for use only if the Office has questions after reviewing your filing.
  • When all mandatory components are Complete, your filing may be submitted by clicking on the Submit button.
  • You and any accounts listed in Company Contacts will receive an email receipt with your Filing ID. If you do not receive an email and the submission status does not change to Received, contact the Office's Market Research and Technology Unit at: TitleAgencyReporting@floir.com.

Further instructions are available on our website at: https://www.floir.com/Office/Reporting.aspx#Title

If you have questions regarding this filing process, please email the Office at: TitleAgencyDataCall@floir.com or contact the Market Data Collections Unit at 850-413-3147. If phone lines are busy you are encouraged to send your questions by email. Your email may request that a representative from Market Data Collections call you (remember to provide your number). Calls will be returned in the order your email messages are received.

Send email inquiries to: TitleAgencyReporting@floir.com.

Información sobre Cumplimientocompliance globe

Department licensees and consumers can access compliance information at the Division of Insurance Agent and Agency Services' web page under Información sobre Cumplimiento. Additional information is available by license type on our Preguntas Frecuentes web page.

Note: Some information in archived articles may now be out of date or superseded by changes in Florida law. Please be sure you refer to the most current law.

Make Sure You Don't Miss Important Information From Us

We highly recommend licensees routinely check their Mi Perfil accounts for messages from the Department. We send licensees important emails to keep you informed on issues regarding application, license, continuing education, or when appointment(s) occur. We suggest adding our domains dfs.state.fl.us and MyFloridaCFO.com to your email software's Trusted or Safe Senders List to ensure you receive email notifications from us.

Update your contact information TODAY through your Mi Perfil account to ensure you remain informed. You are required to abide by the Florida Insurance Code regardless of whether you read the information we provide.


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