Cal. Code Regs. Tit. 10, § 2698.62 - Setting of the Annual Fee

Current through Register 2021 Notice Reg. No. 52, December 24, 2021

(a) Each insurer will be assessed and will pay a fee of twenty-five ($.25) cents per vehicle for each quarter of a calendar year or any part thereof that it insures under a policy of insurance issued in this state. The assessment shall be made as provided in paragraph (b) of this section.
(b) The Commissioner will invoice for the assessment specified in subsection (a) quarterly. The assessment shall be due on each vehicle, identified by its vehicle identification number for each quarter that a policy is in force on such vehicle and when a vehicle is added to or replaces one under an existing policy. Each quarterly assessment payment shall be submitted with a certification by an Officer of the insurer, under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California, that the number of vehicles reported therein is accurate and has been calculated in conformity with these regulations. The insurer shall, on request by the Commissioner, provide verification of the number of vehicles insured under a policy of insurance.
(c) Subject to the prior written approval of the department, an insurer may use a method to identify the vehicles subject to this assessment other than provided in subsection (b) if, prior to using such methodology, the insurer:
(1) demonstrates that it can not identify the vehicles it insures in this state by their individual vehicle identification number;
(2) submits a detailed description of proposed method,
(3) demonstrates the proposed alternative method is as accurate a method as that described in subsection (b) of this section, and
(4) agrees to use any method approved under this subsection until another method may otherwise be approved in writing by the department.
(d) In order to verify of the number of vehicles for which an assessment is due and has been paid under this section, each insurer shall maintain a file known as the Automobile Assessment File. The Auto Assessment File shall contain the vehicle identification, policy number and transaction date for every vehicle for which a policy of insurance was in force for each quarter or any part thereof. For group insurers, the information shall be maintained on an individual company basis. The data shall be kept in a computer format that allows for the insurer to place each calender year quarter data on a computer media format in a format specified by the Commissioner. The data in the file shall be kept for a minimum of five years after each calendar year quarter.
(e) A separate assessment need not be paid on a vehicle insured on:
(1) A renewal policy issued within the same quarter of a calendar year, on the same vehicle by the same insurer or insurer with the same group.
(2) A multi-peril, umbrella or excess coverage policy where the vehicle is already covered under a primary policy.
(3) A road-side or mechanical breakdown policy that does not provide coverage for collision or other-than-collision (comprehensive) losses.
(4) A vehicle for which a policy has been written but was not put in force.
(f) Payment of the assessment shall be considered delinquent if not paid by the insurer within forty-five (45) days of the invoice date. Any amount not paid within this period shall be charged a late fee in accordance with CIC section 12995.
(g) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of this section, if the Commissioner determines that the amount to be collected will exceed the amount to be expended from the annual Budget Act appropriation to fund the program under this article, the Commissioner may discount the amount of the assessment to be collected to more closely meet the expenditures authorized by the annual Budget Act.

Notes

Cal. Code Regs. Tit. 10, § 2698.62

Note: Authority cited: Section 1872.8, Insurance Code;CalFarm Insurance Company et al. v. Deukmejian, et al. (1989) 48 Cal.3d 805, 824. Reference: Sections 1872.8 and 12995, Insurance Code.

1. New section filed 10-8-93; operative 11-7-93 (Register 93, No. 41).
2. Repealer and new section and amendment of Note filed 10-12-2001; operative 11-11-2001 (Register 2001, No. 41).
3. Editorial correction of subsections (a), (c) and (e) (Register 2001, No. 45).
4. Repealer of subsections (a)-(b), new subsections (a)-(d), subsection relettering, amendment of newly designated subsections (e) and (f) and new subsection (e)(4) filed 6-3-2005; operative 7-3-2005 (Register 2005, No. 22).

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