2013 Maryland Code
INSURANCE
§ 26-207 - Service of process


MD Ins Code § 26-207 (2013) What's This?

§26-207.

(a) (1) Each licensee must appoint the Commissioner as attorney for service of process issued against the licensee under this title.

(2) The appointment of the Commissioner must:

(i) be in writing; and

(ii) state that the licensee agrees that:

1. lawful process against the licensee that is served on the Commissioner, or in the Commissioner’s absence, on an employee in charge of the office of the Commissioner, has the same effect as if served on the licensee; and

2. the authority of the Commissioner to act as attorney for service of process continues in force as long as any liability remains outstanding against the licensee under this title in the State.

(3) A certified certificate of the appointment shall be filed with the Commissioner.

(b) (1) When lawful process against a licensee under this title is served on the Commissioner, three copies of the process shall be furnished to the Commissioner.

(2) The Commissioner immediately shall forward:

(i) one copy of the process to the licensee by certified mail, return receipt requested; and

(ii) one copy of the process to the resident agent or other similar official, if any, of the licensee in the State.

(c) (1) At the time of the service, the plaintiff shall pay to the Commissioner a fee of $2 for each service of process.

(2) If the plaintiff prevails in the suit, the plaintiff may recover, as part of the taxable costs, any fee paid under this subsection.

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