CA Ins Code Section 1215.4


Every insurer that is authorized to do business in this state and that is a member of an insurance holding company system shall register with the commissioner, except a foreign insurer subject to disclosure requirements and standards adopted by statute or regulation in the jurisdiction of its domicile if substantially similar to those contained in this section. The exemption from registration for those foreign insurers shall not apply to any commercially domiciled insurer within this state, as provided in Section 1215.14. Any insurer that is subject to registration under this section shall register within 60 days after the effective date of this article or 15 days after it becomes subject to registration, whichever is later, and annually thereafter by April 30 of each year for the previous calendar year, unless the commissioner for good cause shown extends the time for registration. The commissioner may require a holding company system that is not subject to registration under this section to furnish a copy of the registration statement or other information filed by the insurance company with the insurance regulatory authority of domiciliary jurisdiction.


Every insurer subject to registration shall file a registration statement with the commissioner on a form and in a format prescribed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which shall contain current information about the following:


The capital structure, general financial condition, ownership, and management of the insurer and any person controlling the insurer.


The identity and relationship of every member of the insurance holding company system.


The following agreements in force, relationships subsisting, and transactions currently outstanding or that have occurred during the last calendar year between the insurer and its affiliates:


Loans, extensions of credit, investments, or purchases, sales, or exchanges of securities of the affiliates by the insurer or of the insurer by its affiliates.


Purchases, sales, or exchanges of assets.


Transactions not in the ordinary course of business.


Guarantees or undertakings for the benefit of an affiliate that result in an actual contingent exposure of the insurer’s assets to liability, other than insurance contracts entered into in the ordinary course of the insurer’s business.


All management agreements, service contracts, and cost-sharing arrangements. However, subscription agreements or powers of attorney executed by subscribers of a reciprocal or interinsurance exchange are not required to be reported pursuant to this section if the form of the agreement was in use before 1943 and was not amended in any way to modify payments, fees, or waivers of fees or otherwise substantially amended after 1943.


Reinsurance agreements.


Dividends and other distributions to shareholders.


Consolidated tax allocation agreements.


A pledge of the insurer’s stock, including stock of a subsidiary or controlling affiliate, for a loan made to a member of the insurance holding company system.


If requested by the commissioner, the insurer shall include financial statements of or within an insurance holding company system, including all affiliates. Financial statements may include, but are not limited to, annual audited financial statements filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursuant to the federal Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the federal Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. An insurer required to file financial statements pursuant to this paragraph may satisfy the request by providing the commissioner with the most recently filed parent corporation financial statements that have been filed with the SEC.


Statements that the insurer’s board of directors is responsible for overseeing corporate governance and internal controls and that the insurer’s officers or senior management have approved, implemented, and continue to maintain and monitor corporate governance and internal control procedures.


Other matters as may be included in registration forms adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, to the extent otherwise required by the commissioner.


All registration statements shall contain a summary outlining all items in the current registration statement that are changes from the prior registration statement.


No information need be disclosed on the registration statement filed pursuant to subdivision (b) of this section if the information is not material for the purposes of this section. Unless the commissioner provides otherwise, sales, purchases, exchanges, loans or extensions of credit, investments, or guarantees involving one-half of 1 percent or less of an insurer’s admitted assets as of the preceding December 31st, are not deemed material for purposes of this section.


Each registered insurer shall keep current the information required to be disclosed in its registration statement by reporting all material changes or additions within 15 days after the end of the month in which it learns of each change or addition.


Subject to subdivision (g) of Section 1215.5, each registered insurer shall report all dividends and other distributions to shareholders within five business days following declaration. No dividend or other distribution to shareholders may be paid until at least 10 business days after receipt by the commissioner, at the office of the department prescribed by the commissioner by notice to all insurers, of a notice of the declaration of the dividend or other distribution.


Every person in an insurance holding company system subject to registration is required to provide the insurer with all information reasonably necessary to enable the insurer to comply with the provisions of this article.


The commissioner shall terminate the registration of any insurer that demonstrates that it no longer is a member of an insurance holding company system.


The commissioner may require or allow two or more affiliated insurers subject to registration hereunder to file a consolidated registration statement or consolidated reports amending their consolidated registration statement or their individual registration statements.


The commissioner may allow any insurer that is authorized to do business in this state that is part of an insurance holding company system to register on behalf of any affiliated insurer that is required to register under subdivision (a), and to file all information and material required to be filed under this article.


The provisions of this section do not apply to any insurer, information, or transaction exempted by the commissioner.


Any person may file with the commissioner a disclaimer of affiliation with any authorized insurer. A disclaimer of affiliation may be filed by an insurer or any member of an insurance holding company system. The disclaimer shall fully disclose all material relationships and bases for affiliation between the person and the insurer, as well as the basis for disclaiming an affiliation. After a disclaimer has been filed, the insurer is relieved of any duty to register or report under this section that may arise out of the insurer’s relationship with the disclaimed person unless and until the commissioner disallows the disclaimer. The commissioner shall disallow the disclaimer only after furnishing all parties in interest with notice and opportunity to be heard and after making specific findings of fact to support the disallowance. If the commissioner at any time determines that the information disclosed in the disclaimer is incomplete or inaccurate, the commissioner may disallow the disclaimer.


The ultimate controlling person of every insurer subject to registration shall also file an annual enterprise risk report. The report shall, to the best of the ultimate controlling person’s knowledge and belief, identify the material risks within the insurance holding company system that could pose enterprise risk to the insurer. The report shall be filed with the lead state commissioner, when applicable, of the insurance holding company system as determined by the procedures within the Financial Analysis Handbook adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and if the commissioner is not the lead state commissioner of the insurance holding company system, a copy shall be provided to the commissioner if the insurance holding company system has an insurer domiciled in this state. The first annual enterprise risk report shall be filed with the insurer’s registration statement after July 1, 2013, unless the commissioner establishes a later date either by bulletin or notice.


The failure to file a registration statement, summary thereof, amendment to the statement, or report of dividend required by this section within the time specified for the filing is a violation of this article.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

§ 1215.4’s source at ca​.gov