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INSURANCE
(215 ILCS 5/) Illinois Insurance Code.

215 ILCS 5/Art. XXXIIA

 
    (215 ILCS 5/Art. XXXIIA heading)
ARTICLE XXXIIA. PREMIUM FINANCE REGULATION

215 ILCS 5/513a1

    (215 ILCS 5/513a1) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a1)
    Sec. 513a1. Scope of Article.
    (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), this Article applies to all persons engaged in the business of financing insurance premiums, entering into premium finance agreements, or otherwise acquiring premium finance agreements, and insurance companies and insurance producers as defined in this Code, except in connection with premiums on the kinds of business described as Class 1(a) or Class 1(b) of Section 4.
    (b) Except for the provisions of Section 513a11 that apply to all premium financing agreements in which the right to cancel one or more policies of insurance on behalf of the named has been assigned to the lender, this Article does not apply to the following entities:
        (1) Credit unions, as defined in the Illinois Credit
    
Union Act.
        (2) Banks, as defined in the Illinois Banking Act.
        (3) Savings and loan associations, as defined in the
    
Illinois Savings and Loan Act of 1985.
        (4) Persons operating under the provisions of Section
    
4a of the Interest Act.
        (5) Persons operating under the Consumer Installment
    
Loan Act or the Consumer Finance Act.
        (6) Persons that acquire premium finance agreements
    
from insurance companies and entities described in paragraphs (1) through (5).
(Source: P.A. 87-811.)

215 ILCS 5/513a2

    (215 ILCS 5/513a2) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a2)
    Sec. 513a2. Definitions.
    (a) "Accepted agreement" means a premium finance agreement deemed to be accepted by a premium finance company when a binder number or policy number is provided for each policy premium listed on the premium finance agreement and premium payment book or when the first premium payment notice has been sent to the named insured.
    (b) "Financing insurance premiums" means to be engaged in the practice of:
        (1) advancing monies directly or indirectly to an
    
insurer pursuant to the terms of an acquired premium finance agreement; or
        (2) allowing 10% or more of a producer's or
    
registered firm's premium accounts receivable to be more than 90 days past due.
    (c) "Premium finance agreement" means a promissory note, loan contract, or agreement by which an insured or prospective insured promises to pay to another person an amount advanced or to be advanced thereunder to an insurer in payment of premiums on an insurance contract together with a service charge and which contains an assignment of or is otherwise secured by the unearned premium payable by the insurer upon cancellation of the insurance contract; provided, however, that a premium finance agreement shall not include an installment sale contract, lease agreement, security agreement, or mortgage covering personal or real property that includes a charge for insurance or pursuant to which the vendor, lessor, lienholder, or mortgagee is authorized to pay or advance the premium for insurance with respect to that property.
    (d) "Premium finance company" means any person engaged in the business of financing insurance premiums, of entering into premium finance agreements with insureds, or of acquiring premium finance agreements.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

215 ILCS 5/513a3

    (215 ILCS 5/513a3) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a3)
    Sec. 513a3. License required.
    (a) No person may act as a premium finance company or hold himself out to be engaged in the business of financing insurance premiums, either directly or indirectly, without first having obtained a license as a premium finance company from the Director.
    (b) An insurance producer shall be deemed to be engaged in the business of financing insurance premiums if 10% or more of the producer's total premium accounts receivable are more than 90 days past due.
    (c) In addition to any other penalty set forth in this Article, any person violating subsection (a) of this Section may, after hearing as set forth in Article XXIV of this Code, be required to pay a civil penalty of not more than $2,000 for each offense.
    (d) In addition to any other penalty set forth in this Article, any person violating subsection (a) of this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Any individual violating subsection (a) of this Section, and misappropriating or converting any monies collected in conjunction with the violation, is guilty of a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 93-32, eff. 7-1-03.)

215 ILCS 5/513a4

    (215 ILCS 5/513a4) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a4)
    Sec. 513a4. Application and license.
    (a) Each application for a premium finance license shall be made on a form specified by the Director and shall be signed by the applicant declaring under penalty of refusal, suspension, or revocation of the license that the statements made in the application are true, correct, and complete to the best of the applicant's knowledge and belief. The Director shall cause to be issued a license to each applicant that has demonstrated to the Director that the applicant:
        (1) is competent and trustworthy and of a good
    
business reputation;
        (2) has a minimum net worth of $50,000; and
        (3) has paid the fees required by this Article.
    (b) Each applicant at the time of request for a license or renewal of a license shall:
        (1) certify that no charge for financing premiums
    
shall exceed the rates permitted by this Article;
        (2) certify that the premium finance agreement or
    
other forms being used are in compliance with the requirements of this Article;
        (3) certify that he or she has a minimum net worth of
    
$50,000; and
        (4) attach with the application a non-refundable
    
annual fee of $400.
    (c) An applicant who has met the requirements of subsection (a) and subsection (b) shall be issued a premium finance license.
    (d) Each premium finance license shall remain in effect as long as the holder of the license annually continues to meet the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) by the due date unless the license is revoked or suspended by the Director.
    (e) The individual holder of a premium finance license shall inform the Director in writing of a change in residence address within 30 days of the change, and a corporation, partnership, or association holder of a premium finance license shall inform the Director in writing of a change in business address within 30 days of the change.
    (f) Every partnership or corporation holding a license as a premium finance company shall appoint one or more partners or officers to be responsible for the firm's compliance with the Illinois Insurance Code and applicable rules and regulations. Any change in the appointed person or persons shall be reported to the Director in writing within 30 days of the change.
(Source: P.A. 93-32, eff. 7-1-03.)

215 ILCS 5/513a5

    (215 ILCS 5/513a5) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a5)
    Sec. 513a5. Insurance Producer Administration Fund. All fees and penalties paid to and collected by the Director under this Article shall be paid promptly after receipt, together with a detailed statement of the fees, into the Insurance Producer Administration Fund.
(Source: P.A. 98-463, eff. 8-16-13.)

215 ILCS 5/513a6

    (215 ILCS 5/513a6) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a6)
    Sec. 513a6. Felony convictions. Any person or authorized member of a partnership or corporation who, while licensed as a premium finance company, is convicted of a felony shall report the conviction to the Director within 30 days of the entry date of the judgement. Within that 30 day period, the person shall also provide the Director with a copy of the judgement, the probation or commitment order, and any other relevant document.
(Source: P.A. 87-811.)

215 ILCS 5/513a7

    (215 ILCS 5/513a7) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a7)
    Sec. 513a7. License suspension; revocation or denial.
    (a) Any license issued under this Article may be suspended, revoked, or denied if the Director finds that the licensee or applicant:
        (1) has wilfully violated any provisions of this Code
    
or the rules and regulations thereunder;
        (2) has intentionally made a material misstatement in
    
the application for a license;
        (3) has obtained or attempted to obtain a license
    
through misrepresentation or fraud;
        (4) has misappropriated or converted to his own use
    
or improperly withheld monies;
        (5) has used fraudulent, coercive, or dishonest
    
practices or has demonstrated incompetence, untrustworthiness, or financial irresponsibility;
        (6) has been, within the past 3 years, convicted of a
    
felony, unless the individual demonstrates to the Director sufficient rehabilitation to warrant public trust;
        (7) has failed to appear without reasonable cause or
    
excuse in response to a subpoena issued by the Director;
        (8) has had a license suspended, revoked, or denied
    
in any other state on grounds similar to those stated in this Section; or
        (9) has failed to report a felony conviction as
    
required by Section 513a6.
    (b) Suspension, revocation, or denial of a license under this Section shall be by written order sent to the licensee or applicant by certified or registered mail at the address specified in the records of the Department. The licensee or applicant may in writing request a hearing within 30 days from the date of mailing. If no written request is made the order shall be final upon the expiration of that 30 day period.
    (c) If the licensee or applicant requests a hearing under this Section, the Director shall issue a written notice of hearing sent to the licensee or applicant by certified or registered mail at his address, as specified in the records of the Department, and stating:
        (1) the grounds, charges, or conduct that justifies
    
suspension, revocation, or denial under this Section;
        (2) the specific time for the hearing, which may not
    
be fewer than 20 nor more than 30 days after the mailing of the notice of hearing; and
        (3) a specific place for the hearing, which may be
    
either in the City of Springfield or in the county where the licensee's principal place of business is located.
    (d) Upon the suspension or revocation of a license, the licensee or other person having possession or custody of the license shall promptly deliver it to the Director in person or by mail. The Director shall publish all suspensions and revocations after they become final in a manner designed to notify interested insurance companies and other persons.
    (e) Any person whose license is revoked or denied under this Section shall be ineligible to apply for any license for 2 years. A suspension under this Section may be for a period of up to 2 years.
    (f) In addition to or instead of a denial, suspension, or revocation of a license under this Section, the licensee may be subjected to a civil penalty of up to $2,000 for each cause for denial, suspension, or revocation. The penalty is enforceable under subsection (5) of Section 403A of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 93-32, eff. 7-1-03.)

215 ILCS 5/513a8

    (215 ILCS 5/513a8) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a8)
    Sec. 513a8. Examinations.
    (a) The Director may examine any applicant for or holder of a premium finance license.
    (b) All persons being examined, as well as their officers and directors, shall provide to the Director convenient and free access, at all reasonable hours at their offices, to all books, records, documents, and other papers relating to the person's insurance and premium financing business affairs. The licensee or its officers, directors, and employees shall facilitate and aid the Director in the examinations as much as it is in their power to do so.
    (c) The Director may designate an examiner or examiners to conduct any examination under this Section. The Director or his designee may administer oaths and examine under oath any individual relative to the business of the person being examined.
    (d) The examiners designated by the Director under this Section may make reports to the Director. Any report alleging substantive violations of this Code or the rules and regulations thereunder shall be in writing and be based upon facts obtained by the examiners. The report of examination shall be verified by the examiners.
    (e) If a report is made, the Director shall either deliver a duplicate thereof to the licensee being examined or send the duplicate by certified or registered mail to the licensee's address of record. The Director shall afford the licensee an opportunity to request a hearing with reference to the facts and other evidence contained in the report. The licensee may request a hearing within 14 calendar days after he receives the duplicate of the examination report by giving the Director written notice of that request, together with written statement of the licensee's objection to the report. The Director shall, if requested to do so, conduct a hearing in accordance with Sections 402 and 403. The Director shall issue a written order based upon the examination report within 90 days after the report is filed or within 90 days after the hearing, if a hearing is held. If the report is refused or otherwise undeliverable or a hearing is not requested in a timely fashion, the right to a hearing is waived. After the hearing or the expiration of the time period in which a licensee may request a hearing, if the examination reveals that the licensee is operating in violation of any law, this Code or rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, or prior order, the Director in the written order may require the licensee to take any action the Director considers necessary or appropriate in accordance with the report or examination hearing. The order is subject to review under the Administrative Review Law.
    (f) Any licensee who violates or aids and abets any violation of a written order issued under this Section shall be guilty of a business offense, and his license may be revoked or suspended under Section 513a7, and he may be fined not less than $501 nor more than $5,000.
(Source: P.A. 87-811.)

215 ILCS 5/513a9

    (215 ILCS 5/513a9) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a9)
    Sec. 513a9. Premium finance agreement.
    (a) A premium finance agreement must be dated and signed by or on behalf of the named insured, and the printed portion shall be in at least 8-point type. The following items must be set forth on the first page of the accepted finance agreement:
        (1) the total amount of the premiums;
        (2) the amount of the down payment;
        (3) the principal balance (the difference between
    
items (1) and (2));
        (4) the amount of the finance charges expressed in
    
dollars and as an annual percentage rate;
        (5) the balance payable by the insured (sum of items
    
(3) and (4));
        (6) the number of installments, the due dates
    
thereof, and the amount of each installment expressed in dollars; and
        (7) the policy numbers or binder numbers.
    (b) The premium finance company is required to furnish full and complete disclosure of the terms and conditions of the premium finance agreement including, but not limited to, the specific insurance coverages financed to the named insured no later than the date that the first premium payment notice is sent to the insured.
    (c) As to policies written primarily for personal, family, or household use, the premium finance company must:
        (1) deliver or mail the premium check or checks in
    
the amount of the principal balance directly to the insurer or insurers unless the insurer or insurers have given written authority to the premium finance company to deliver the checks to the producer;
        (2) issue the premium check or checks payable to the
    
insurer, insurers, or, if the insurer gives written authority to the premium finance company, to the producer; and
        (3) properly identify the premium check or checks by
    
policy number or binder number when the premium is paid to the insurer or insurers.
    (d) As to all other policies the premium finance company may:
        (1) deliver or mail the premium check or checks in
    
the amount of the principal balance directly to the producer; and
        (2) issue the premium check or checks payable to the
    
producer.
    (e) A premium finance company that pays the financed premium to the producer pursuant to subsection (d) establishes the producer as the agent of the premium finance company for payment of the premium and for receipt of any return premium.
(Source: P.A. 89-265, eff. 1-1-96; 90-381, eff. 8-14-97.)

215 ILCS 5/513a10

    (215 ILCS 5/513a10) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a10)
    Sec. 513a10. Maximum service charge.
    (a) No service charge shall be made for financing premiums other than as permitted by this Article.
    (b) The service charge is to be computed on the principal balance from the effective date of the insurance coverage for which the premiums are being advanced to and including the date when the final installment of the premium finance agreement is payable.
    (c) The service charge shall be a maximum of $10 per $100 per year plus an allowable charge as follows:
Allowable ChargeAmount of Principal
Per Finance AgreementBalance
$20$0 to $499
$30$500 to $999
$40$1000 or more
    (d) The service charge or any other charge made by the licensee does not have to be refunded upon cancellation or prepayment. The allowable charge is considered to be part of the service charge.
    (e) A premium finance agreement may provide for a delinquency charge of not less than $1 nor more than 5% of any installment in default for more than 5 days.
    (f) Any other charges shall be disclosed in the premium finance agreement.
(Source: P.A. 87-811.)

215 ILCS 5/513a11

    (215 ILCS 5/513a11) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a11)
    Sec. 513a11. Cancellation requirements upon default.
    (a) When a premium finance agreement contains a power of attorney enabling the premium finance company to cancel any insurance contract or contracts listed in the premium finance agreement, the insurance contract or contracts shall not be cancelled by the premium finance company unless the request for cancellation is effectuated under this Section.
    (b) Not less than 10 days written notice shall be mailed to the named insured of the intent of the premium finance company to cancel the insurance contract unless the default is cured within the 10 day period.
    (c) After expiration of the 10 day period, the premium finance company may request, in the name of the named insured, cancellation of the insurance contract or contracts by mailing or hand delivering to the insurer a request for cancellation, and the insurance contract shall be cancelled as if the request for cancellation had been submitted by the named insured, but without requiring the return of the insurance contract or contracts. The premium finance company shall also mail a copy of the request for cancellation to the named insured at his last known address.
    (d) All statutory, regulatory, and contractual restrictions providing that the insurance contract may not be cancelled unless notice is given to a governmental agency, mortgagee, or other third party shall apply where cancellation is effected under provisions of this Section. The insurer shall give the notice to any governmental agency, mortgagee, or other third party on or before the fifth business day after it receives the notice of cancellation from the premium finance company. For purposes of this Section, any governmental agency, mortgagee, or other third party may opt to receive notices electronically.
    (e) In the event that the collection of return premiums for the account of the named insured results in a surplus over the amount due from the named insured, the premium finance company shall refund the excess to the named insured; however, no refund is required if it amounts to less than $5.
    (f) All cancellation provisions required of the premium finance company and insurer are applicable to any policy to which Section 143.11 applies.
(Source: P.A. 93-713, eff. 1-1-05.)

215 ILCS 5/513a12

    (215 ILCS 5/513a12) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.60a12)
    Sec. 513a12. Books and records.
    (a) Until payment in full and 3 years thereafter every licensee shall maintain each premium finance agreement or duplicate originals thereof and all original documents relating thereto (except those papers returned to the insured) so as to be readily available for examination by the Director.
    (b) Every licensee shall maintain a register, ledger, or combination of records for each premium finance agreement that can readily show:
        (1) the date of acquisition;
        (2) the name of the insured;
        (3) the identifying number;
        (4) the principal balance;
        (5) the amount of all charges assessed;
        (6) the balance; and
        (7) a distribution of proceeds showing the dates,
    
amounts, and names of the persons to whom any part of the proceeds were distributed.
(Source: P.A. 87-811.)

215 ILCS 5/513a13

    (215 ILCS 5/513a13)
    Sec. 513a13. Electronic delivery of notices and documents.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Delivered by electronic means" includes:
        (1) delivery to an electronic mail address at which a
    
party has consented to receive notices or documents; or
        (2) posting on an electronic network or site
    
accessible via the Internet, mobile application, computer, mobile device, tablet, or any other electronic device, together with separate notice of the posting, which shall be provided by electronic mail to the address at which the party has consented to receive notice or by any other delivery method that has been consented to by the party.
    "Party" means any recipient of any notice or document required as part of a premium finance agreement including, but not limited to, an applicant or contracting party. For the purposes of this Section, "party" includes the producer of record.
    (b) Subject to the requirements of this Section, any notice to a party or any other document required under applicable law in a premium finance agreement or that is to serve as evidence of a premium finance agreement may be delivered, stored, and presented by electronic means so long as it meets the requirements of the Electronic Commerce Security Act.
    (c) Delivery of a notice or document in accordance with this Section shall be considered equivalent to delivery by first class mail or first class mail, postage prepaid.
    (d) A notice or document may be delivered by electronic means by a premium finance company to a party under this Section if:
        (1) the party has affirmatively consented to that
    
method of delivery and has not withdrawn the consent;
        (2) the party, before giving consent, is provided
    
with a clear and conspicuous statement informing the party of:
            (A) the right of the party to withdraw consent to
        
have a notice or document delivered by electronic means, at any time, and any conditions or consequences imposed in the event consent is withdrawn;
            (B) the types of notices and documents to which
        
the party's consent would apply;
            (C) the right of a party to have a notice or
        
document delivered in paper form; and
            (D) the procedures a party must follow to
        
withdraw consent to have a notice or document delivered by electronic means and to update the party's electronic mail address;
        (3) the party:
            (A) before giving consent, is provided with a
        
statement of the hardware and software requirements for access to, and retention of, a notice or document delivered by electronic means; and
            (B) consents electronically, or confirms consent
        
electronically, in a manner that reasonably demonstrates that the party can access information in the electronic form that will be used for notices or documents delivered by electronic means as to which the party has given consent; and
        (4) after consent of the party is given, the premium
    
finance company, in the event a change in the hardware or software requirements needed to access or retain a notice or document delivered by electronic means creates a material risk that the party will not be able to access or retain a subsequent notice or document to which the consent applies:
            (A) provides the party with a statement that
        
describes:
                (i) the revised hardware and software
            
requirements for access to and retention of a notice or document delivered by electronic means; and
                (ii) the right of the party to withdraw
            
consent without the imposition of any condition or consequence that was not disclosed at the time of initial consent; and
            (B) complies with paragraph (2) of this
        
subsection (d).
    (e) Delivery of a notice or document in accordance with this Section does not affect requirements related to content or timing of any notice or document required under applicable law.
    (f) The legal effectiveness, validity, or enforceability of any premium finance agreement executed by a party may not be denied solely because of the failure to obtain electronic consent or confirmation of consent of the party in accordance with subparagraph (B) of paragraph (3) of subsection (d) of this Section.
    (g) A withdrawal of consent by a party does not affect the legal effectiveness, validity, or enforceability of a notice or document delivered by electronic means to the party before the withdrawal of consent is effective.
    A withdrawal of consent by a party is effective within a reasonable period of time after receipt of the withdrawal by the premium finance company.
    Failure by a premium finance company to comply with paragraph (4) of subsection (d) of this Section and subsection (j) of this Section may be treated, at the election of the party, as a withdrawal of consent for purposes of this Section.
    (h) This Section does not apply to a notice or document delivered by a premium finance company in an electronic form before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly to a party who, before that date, has consented to receive notice or document in an electronic form otherwise allowed by law.
    (i) If the consent of a party to receive certain notices or documents in an electronic form is on file with a premium finance company before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly and, pursuant to this Section, a premium finance company intends to deliver additional notices or documents to the party in an electronic form, then prior to delivering such additional notices or documents electronically, the premium finance company shall:
            (1) provide the party with a statement that
        
describes:
                (A) the notices or documents that shall be
            
delivered by electronic means under this Section that were not previously delivered electronically; and
                (B) the party's right to withdraw consent to
            
have notices or documents delivered by electronic means without the imposition of any condition or consequence that was not disclosed at the time of initial consent; and
            (2) comply with paragraph (2) of subsection (d)
        
of this Section.
    (j) A premium finance company shall deliver a notice or document by any other delivery method permitted by law other than electronic means if:
        (1) the premium finance company attempts to deliver
    
the notice or document by electronic means and has a reasonable basis for believing that the notice or document has not been received by the party; or
        (2) the premium finance company becomes aware that
    
the electronic mail address provided by the party is no longer valid.
    (k) The producer of record shall not be subject to civil liability for any harm or injury that occurs as a result of a party's election to receive any notice or document by electronic means or by a premium finance company's failure to deliver a notice or document by electronic means unless the harm or injury is caused by the willful and wanton misconduct of the producer of record.
    (l) This Section shall not be construed to modify, limit, or supersede the provisions of the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 100-495, eff. 1-1-18.)