2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:28-3 - Certificate to sell
17B:28-3. Certificate to sell
17B:28-3. a. No agent or solicitor employed by an agent heretofore or hereafter licensed shall be authorized to sell or act or aid in any manner in the negotiation of a contract on a variable basis until he has received a certificate to sell contracts on a variable basis from the commissioner, which certificate shall not be issued by the commissioner until such agent or solicitor has qualified by personal examination, to the satisfaction of the commissioner, as to his trustworthiness and competence to act as such agent or solicitor.
b. Before a first-time applicant for a license to solicit and negotiate contracts on a variable basis shall be admitted to the examination, the applicant shall be required to concurrently hold an agent's license granting authority to solicit and negotiate contracts of life insurance in this State or hold a license to act as a solicitor for such an agent. Application for a license must be made on such forms as the commissioner may prescribe.
c. The examination fee shall be $25.00 for each examination scheduled and such examination fee shall not be returned for any reason. The licensee fee shall be $25.00. A renewal license shall be issued biennially subject to the payment of the renewal license fee as required by this section and upon request of the insurer. Licenses issued in accordance with this section shall expire on April 30 of each odd numbered year.
d. No written examination shall be required of:
(1) An applicant who is the holder of a valid agent's or solicitor's license issued pursuant to this section by the commissioner or an applicant for a renewal of such license, except in a case where the commissioner has good and sufficient cause to believe that the applicant for renewal has demonstrated incompetence in the conduct of his business as such agent or solicitor to the detriment of the public;
(2) An applicant whose license to do business as an agent or solicitor issued pursuant to this section has expired less than 3 years prior to the date of application. If the applicant has permitted his license to lapse for a period of more than 3 years he must submit to and pass an examination in the same manner as a new applicant, except where the applicant is a veteran who meets the requirements of subsection (4) hereunder, when no re-examination shall be required;
(3) An applicant whose previous license issued pursuant to this section has been revoked or suspended; provided this examination exemption is only at the discretion of the commissioner;
(4) An applicant who is a citizen of New Jersey and has served in the Armed Forces of the United States, including a citizen of New Jersey who served as a member of the American Merchant Marine during World War II and is declared by the United States Department of Defense to be eligible for federal veterans' benefits, and has been honorably discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable and was the holder at any time of a license in New Jersey which authorized the applicant to solicit or negotiate contracts on a variable basis;
(5) Any individual seeking a variable license who, in the discretion of the commissioner, has satisfied the requirements and successfully passed all the examinations of the National Association of Securities Dealers, required to secure a registration to sell securities by the National Association of Securities Dealers in compliance and conformity with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission.
e. The commissioner may issue a nonresident agent's or solicitor's license upon the application of a nonresident who is duly licensed under the law of the state of his residence or domicile to act as an agent or solicitor for contracts on a variable basis if said state does not prohibit residents of this State from acting as nonresident agents or solicitors therein, when:
(1) The applicant has shown by a statement from the proper official of the state in which he has his resident license that he is authorized to do business as an agent or solicitor in such state with authority for which the applicant is to be licensed under the New Jersey nonresident license.
(2) The applicant has paid the annual license fee as provided for in this section.
(3) The applicant has no place of business in this State.
(4) The commissioner may enter into reciprocal agreements with the appropriate supervisory insurance official of any other state waiving the written examination of any applicant resident in such other state, provided:
(a) A written examination is required of applicants for an agent's or solicitor's license in such other state.
(b) The appropriate supervisory insurance official of such other state certifies that the applicant holds a currently valid license as an agent or solicitor in such other state, and either,
(i) Passed a written examination,
(ii) Was the holder of an agent's or solicitor's license prior to the time a written examination was required, or
(iii) Was not required to take such examination by reason of provisions of the applicable agent's or solicitor's licensing law.
(c) That in such other state, a resident of this State is privileged to procure such an agent's or solicitor's license upon the foregoing conditions and without discrimination as to fees or otherwise in favor of residents of such other state. If the laws of another state require the sharing of commissions with resident agents or solicitors of that state on applications for contracts on a variable basis written by nonresident agent or solicitors, then the same provision shall apply when resident agents or solicitors of that state, licensed as nonresident agents or solicitors of New Jersey write applications for contracts on a variable basis in this State.
L.1971, c.144; amended 1977,c.37,s.2; 1979,c.312,s.7; 1981,c.355,s.1; 1983,c.533,s.21; 1991,c.389,s.1.