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Ohio Surplus Lines Broker Bond

How much does a surplus line broker’s bond cost in Ohio?

The Licensing Division of the Ohio Department of Insurance requires surplus line brokers to post $25,000 surety bonds.

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Bond Type Bond Amount Cost
$25,000 Surplus Line Broker's Bond $25,000 $250

Why do I need this bond?

Ohio surplus line insurance broker bonds ensure that principals (brokers) comply with Sections 3905.30 through 3905.35 of the Ohio Revised Code. Specifically, bonded brokers pledge to file a sworn statement of the gross premiums charged for insurance procured or placed and the gross premiums on insurance canceled during the previous calendar year with the Superintendent of Insurance in January of every year. The principal also pledges to pay the superintendent an amount equal to 5% of the balance of such gross premiums after deducting return premiums at the time of filing.

What’s the fine print?

Surplus line broker’s bonds in Ohio are continuously effective until canceled. The surety can cancel the bond by giving proper notice to the Department of Insurance.

This bond is conditioned for the benefit of both the Department of Insurance and the people of Ohio. The bond must be maintained as long as the applicant conducts surplus line broker business.

How to become a surplus lines broker in Ohio

To become licensed as a surplus line broker in Ohio, applicants must complete a license application on the form supplied by the Department. The following information must be included with the application:

  • whether the license is for a resident or non-resident broker
  • name, social security number, address and contact information of the applicant
  • business entity’s name and address along with contact information
  • applicant’s mailing address, if different than the business location
  • all trade names under which business will be conducted
  • agency or business entity affiliations
  • employment history
  • whether the applicant has ever been convicted of any crime relating to the business of surplus line insurance brokerage
  • proof of $25,000 bond

Complete licensing information can be accessed via the Additional Resources section of this page.

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Additional Resources

Ohio Department of Insurance Ohio Specific Surplus Lines Broker Bond Form

Ohio Department of Insurance Individual Surplus Line Broker License Application

Ohio Revised Title [39] XXXIX INSURANCE Chapter 3905: INSURANCE PRODUCERS LICENSING ACT 3905.01 Insurance producers licensing act definitions.

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