2006 New Mexico Statutes - Section 59A-18-10 — Application as evidence.
59A-18-10. Application as evidence.
A. The insured shall not be bound by any statement made in the application, and no application for issuance of any life or health insurance policy or annuity contract shall be admissible in evidence in any action relative to such policy or contract, unless a true copy of the application was attached to or otherwise made a part of the policy or contract when issued. This subsection does not apply to industrial life insurance policies.
B. If any policy of life or health insurance or annuity contract delivered in this state is reinstated or renewed, and the insured, beneficiary, annuitant or assignee of the policy or contract makes written request to the insurer for a copy of the application, if any, for such reinstatement or renewal, the insurer shall, within fifteen (15) days after receipt of such request at its home office or any of its branch offices, deliver or mail a copy of the application to the person making the request. If such copy is not so delivered or mailed, the insurer shall be precluded from introducing the application as evidence in any action or proceeding based upon or involving such policy or contract or its reinstatement or renewal. If such a request is from a beneficiary or assignee, the time within which the insurer is required to furnish a copy of the application shall not begin to run until after receipt of evidence satisfactory to the insurer of the beneficiary's or assignee's vested interest in the policy or contract.
C. As to kinds of insurance other than life or health insurance or annuity contract, no application for insurance signed by or on behalf of the insured shall be admissible in evidence in any action between the insured and the insurer arising out of the policy so applied for, if the insurer has failed, at expiration of thirty (30) days after receipt by the insurer at its home office or branch office, of a written demand therefor by or on behalf of the insured, to furnish to the insured a copy of the application reproduced by any legible means.
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