As used in this article, the following definitions have the following meanings:

(a) “Enrollment” means the process of soliciting or accepting enrollments or applications from a debtor under a credit insurance policy, which includes informing the debtor of the availability of coverage, calculating the insurance charge, preparing and delivering the certificate of insurance or notice of proposed insurance, answering questions regarding the coverage, or otherwise assisting the debtor in making an informed decision whether or not to elect to purchase credit insurance.

Terms Used In California Insurance Code 1758.992

  • insurance agent: as used in this chapter does not include a life agent as defined in this article. See California Insurance Code 1621
  • license: includes a certificate of convenience and a permanent license, and the term "persons who are licensed" includes the holders of any such certificate or the license, but these definitions and the use of those terms in this chapter shall not confer upon a certificate of convenience or any holder thereof any property right in or to the certificate, the certificate being and remaining only a temporary permit, issued as a matter of convenience, allowing the transaction of insurance without a permanent license, but within the limits, and subject to the conditions of the certificate of convenience issued and the laws applicable thereto. See California Insurance Code 1627
  • organization: means any legal entity other than a natural person. See California Insurance Code 1628

(b) “Creditor” means a lender of money or a vendor or lessor of goods, services, property, rights, or privileges, for which payment is arranged through a credit transaction, or any successor to the right, title, or interest of that lender, vendor, or lessor, and any affiliate, associate, subsidiary, subcontractor, director, officer, or employee of any of them or any other person in any way associated with any of them.

(c) “Credit insurance agent license” means an agent license issued to an individual or organization for the enrollment and sale of credit insurance.

(d) (1) “Credit insurance” includes credit life insurance, credit disability insurance, credit involuntary unemployment insurance, credit loss-of-income insurance, credit property insurance, or guaranteed asset protection (GAP) insurance.

(2) Credit insurance also includes any other form of insurance offered in connection with an extension of credit that is limited to partially or wholly extinguishing that credit obligation that the commissioner determines should be designated a form of credit insurance.

(3) The commissioner may adopt, pursuant to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, reasonable rules and regulations necessary to carry out this subdivision.

(e) (1) “Credit life insurance” means insurance on the life of a debtor pursuant to or in connection with a specific loan or other credit transaction, exclusive of any insurance procured at no expense to the debtor. Insurance shall be deemed procured at no expense to the debtor unless the cost of the credit transaction to the debtor varies depending on whether or not the insurance is procured.

(2) “Credit disability insurance” means insurance on a debtor to provide indemnity for payments becoming due on a specific loan or other credit transaction while the debtor is disabled, as defined in the policy, exclusive of any insurance procured at no expense to the debtor. Insurance shall be deemed to have been procured at no expense to the debtor unless the cost of the credit transaction to the debtor varies depending on whether or not the insurance is procured.

(f) “Credit involuntary unemployment insurance” or “credit loss-of-income insurance” means insurance issued to provide indemnity for payments becoming due on a specific loan or other credit transaction while the debtor is involuntarily unemployed, as defined in the policy.

(g) “Credit property insurance” means insurance that provides coverage (1) on personal property pledged or offered as collateral for securing a personal or consumer loan, or (2) on personal property purchased under an installment sales agreement or through a consumer credit transaction, but does not include any insurance that provides theft, collision, liability, property damage, or comprehensive insurance coverage in any automobile or any other self-propelled vehicle that is designed primarily for operation in the air or on the highways, waterways, or sea, and its operating equipment, or that is necessitated by reason of the liability imposed by law for damages arising out of the ownership, operation, maintenance, or use of those vehicles. However, that excluded insurance does include single interest coverage on any of those vehicles that insures the interest of the creditor in the same manner as collateral secures a loan.

(h) (1) “Guaranteed asset protection” (GAP) insurance means insurance in which a person agrees to indemnify a vehicle purchaser or lessee for some or all of the amount owed on the vehicle at the time of an unrecovered theft or total loss, after credit for money received from the purchaser’s or lessee’s physical damage insurer, pursuant to the terms of a loan, lease agreement, or conditional sales contract used to purchase or lease the vehicle. GAP insurance, whether sold by a credit insurance agent or another type of licensee authorized to sell GAP insurance, may also include a promise to pay up to five thousand dollars ($5,000) to an insured, in addition to the sum needed to indemnify the insured for the amount owed, to purchase or lease another vehicle.

(2) GAP insurance does not include, and no insurance license of any type under this code is required to offer, any of the following:

(A) A debt cancellation agreement contained in a conditional sales contract for the sale of a vehicle by a licensed motor vehicle dealer, or a debt cancellation agreement contained in a lease agreement for the lease of a vehicle by a licensed motor vehicle dealer or leasing company, to waive some or all of either of the following:

(i) The difference between the actual cash value of the purchaser’s or lessee’s vehicle at the time of an unrecovered theft or total loss and the amount owed on the vehicle pursuant to the terms of a lease agreement or conditional sales contract used to purchase or lease the vehicle.

(ii) The amount owed on the vehicle at the time of an unrecovered theft or total loss, after credit for money received from the purchaser’s or lessee’s physical damage insurer or from a third-party liability insurer. Such a promise may also include a promise to waive some or all of the amount of the purchaser’s or lessee’s deductible.

(B) A promise by a lender as part of a debt obligation to purchase or lease a vehicle in which the lender agrees to waive some or all of either of the following:

(i) The difference between the actual cash value of the purchaser’s or lessee’s vehicle at the time of an unrecovered theft or total loss and the amount owed on the vehicle pursuant to the terms of the debt obligation used to purchase or lease the vehicle.

(ii) The amount owed on the vehicle at the time of an unrecovered theft or total loss, after credit for money received from the purchaser’s or lessee’s physical damage insurer or from a third-party liability insurer. Such a promise may also include a promise to waive some or all of the amount of the purchaser’s or lessee’s deductible.

(C) Coverage under subparagraphs (A) and (B) may not result in a credit balance in favor of the vehicle purchaser or lessee or include a promise to pay money to a vehicle purchaser or lessee in addition to waiving some or all of the amount owed, including some or all of the amount of the purchaser’s or lessee’s deductible. For purposes of this paragraph, a promise to pay money does not include, and a dealer, creditor, or lender shall be allowed to offer, a discount or credit to a purchaser or lessee as an incentive for purchasing, leasing, or financing a replacement vehicle. However, the dealer, creditor, or lender shall require the purchaser or lessee to use the discount or credit on a purchase or lease from the dealer or lessor that sold or leased the original vehicle to the purchaser or lessee, or with the creditor or lender that financed the purchase or lease of the original vehicle.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 24, Sec. 2. (AB 125) Effective May 10, 2011.)