(1) To maintain a certificate of authority to transact any one kind or combinations of kinds of insurance, as defined in part V of this chapter, an insurer in this state must at all times maintain surplus as to policyholders at least the greater of:
(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (e), (f), and (g), $1.5 million.
Terms Used In Florida Statutes 624.408
- Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
- Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
- writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 1.01
(b) For life insurers, 4 percent of the insurer’s total liabilities.
(c) For life and health insurers, 4 percent of the insurer’s total liabilities plus 6 percent of the insurer’s liabilities relative to health insurance.
(d) For all insurers other than mortgage guaranty insurers, life insurers, and life and health insurers, 10 percent of the insurer’s total liabilities.
(e) For property and casualty insurers, $4 million, except for property and casualty insurers authorized to underwrite any line of residential property insurance.
(f) For residential property insurers not holding a certificate of authority before July 1, 2011, $15 million.
(g) For residential property insurers holding a certificate of authority before July 1, 2011, and until June 30, 2016, $5 million; on or after July 1, 2016, and until June 30, 2021, $10 million; on or after July 1, 2021, $15 million.
(h) Notwithstanding paragraphs (e), (f), and (g), for a domestic insurer that only transacts limited sinkhole coverage insurance for personal lines residential property pursuant to s. 627.7151, $7.5 million.
(i) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a), (d), and (e), for an insurer that only transacts residential property insurance in the form of renter’s insurance, tenant’s coverage, cooperative unit owner insurance, or any combination thereof, $10 million.
The office may reduce the surplus requirement in paragraphs (f) and (g) if the insurer is not writing new business, has premiums in force of less than $1 million per year in residential property insurance, or is a mutual insurance company.
(2) For purposes of this section, liabilities do not include liabilities required under s. 625.041(5). For purposes of computing minimum surplus as to policyholders pursuant to s. 625.305(1), liabilities include liabilities required under s. 625.041(5).
(3) This section does not require an insurer to have surplus as to policyholders greater than $100 million.
(4) A mortgage guaranty insurer shall maintain a minimum surplus as required by s. 635.042.