How much does a public adjuster bond cost in Iowa?
Public adjusters in Iowa are required to submit a $20,000 as part of the licensing process.
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|Bond Type||Bond Amount||Cost|
|$20,000 Public Adjuster Bond||$20,000||$200|
Why do I need this bond?
This bond ensures consumers that public adjusters work according to Iowa Administrative Code Section 191-55.10(1). Prohibited acts under this bond include, but are not limited to:
- Knowingly making any oral or written misrepresentations or statements that are false or maliciously critical to injure any person engaged in the business of insurance
- Charging fees on a client’s settlement that were not originally agreed upon in the contract
- Representing or acting as a company adjuster on the same claim
- Not ensuring that all contracts for the public adjuster’s services are in writing and set forth all terms and conditions of the engagement
If the principal (public adjuster) fails to work according to the state’s regulations, a claim can be made against the bond to recover losses.
What’s the fine print?
This bond must remain in effect during the term of the license. If the surety chooses to terminate the bond early, 30 days’ notice prior to cancellation is required to be given to the obligee. The notice must be submitted in writing and filed with the Division.
How to become a public adjuster in Iowa
Posting a surety bond is only one part of the licensing process. Before approving a license application, the Division must find that the applicant meets the following requirements:
- Eligible to designate Iowa as individual’s home state
- Not committed any act that is grounds for denial
- Demonstrates trustworthiness, reliability, and has good reputation
- Financially responsible
- Paid all required fees
- Maintains office with public access by reasonable appointment or regular business hours
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Successfully passed public adjuster examination
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