Uniform Certificate of Authority Application
Biographical Affidavit Information
The NAIC Biographical Affidavit is used to evaluate the suitability, competency, character and integrity of the Affiant in connection with an Applicant Company’s pending or future application(s) for licensure or a permit to organize with a department of insurance in one or more states.
Biographical Affidavit Forms
NAIC Biographical Affidavit (Biographical Affidavit) Instructions
A. The Applicant Company is required to complete an NAIC Biographical Affidavit (Form 11) in connection with pending or future application(s) for licensure or a permit to organize with a department of insurance in one or more states. The Applicant Company must submit an NAIC Biographical Affidavit on behalf of all officers, directors and key managerial personnel of the Applicant Company and individuals with a ten percent (10%), or more, beneficial ownership in the Applicant Company and the Applicant Company’s ultimate controlling person (“Affiant”).
B. The UCAA defines “Independent Third-Party” as:
- A consumer reporting agency (“CRA”) overseen by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and, therefore, subject to the FCRA, which have been vetted and is currently on the approved list;
- Has the ability to perform international background investigations; and
- One whose officers and directors have no material affiliation with the Applicant Company other than stock ownership amounting to less than one percent (1%) of total stock outstanding, unless prior approval is given by the department of insurance to which application is being made.
C. The NAIC Biographical Affidavit requests information with respect to the Affiant’s employment history, education, personal information and character. The NAIC Biographical Affidavit also includes the Disclosure and Authorization Concerning Background Reports (the “Disclosure & Authorization Form”). The signature of the Affiant on the Disclosure & Authorization Form permits an Independent Third-Party to conduct an independent third-party verification on the Affiant.
D. The NAIC Biographical Affidavit includes three types of the Disclosure & Authorization Form. There are three different Disclosure & Authorization Forms since certain state laws, regulations and rules require different kinds of disclosures and wording within such form. An Affiant must sign the corresponding Disclosure & Authorization Form(s) for the respective state(s) where the Affiant has lived or worked within the last ten (10) years. Refer to the Disclosure & Authorization Forms for further information.
E. The NAIC Biographical Affidavit is used to evaluate the suitability, competency, character and integrity of the Affiant in connection with an Applicant Company’s pending or future application(s) for licensure or a permit to organize with a department of insurance in one or more states.
The Independent Third-Party uses information contained in the NAIC Biographical Affidavit as a tool to perform an independent third-party verification to determine an individual’s fitness and propriety. The independent third-party verification may contain information bearing on the Affiant’s character, general reputation, personal characteristics, mode of living and credit standing (if required by the state). The Independent Third-Party Vendor shall use the independent third-party verification to create a background report (the “Background Report”).
F. The Disclosure & Authorization Form is valid for a maximum of six months. Additionally, an Affiant may revoke the authorization at any time by delivering a written revocation to the Applicant Company. Refer to the Disclosure & Authorization Form for further information.
G. The Background Reports are subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). Pursuant to FCRA, the state departments of insurance and an Applicant Company who is seeking admission are “users” of consumer reports. The FCRA requires that the Applicant Company provide the Affiant with a copy of the “Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.” The Applicant Company should provide a copy of the “Summary of Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” to each Affiant. This summary can be found at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC") website. Background Reports are valid for six months from the signature date of the affidavit. Any alteration to the original biographical affidavit or updated signature will require a newly prepared background report.
H. The Applicant Company and state departments of insurance are required to comply with FCRA, especially as it relates to confidentiality of the information contained in such consumer reports. To the extent required by law, the states and Independent Third-Party Vendors should maintain the Background Reports procured under the Disclosure & Authorization Form as confidential. A copy of the FCRA is located here.
I. The department of insurance in the state where an Applicant Company files, or intends to file, an application and the Applicant Company may require the Background Report. An Affiant who desires a copy of their Background Report may request a copy from the Applicant Company or the CRA as indicated on the Disclosure & Authorization Form. Refer to the Disclosure & Authorization Form for further information.
J. Please check state requirements for those states that require additional background information, such as fingerprints, in place of, or in addition to, NAIC Biographical Affidavits. If applying in one of those states, necessary fingerprints and processing fees should be included.
Refer to the list of currently approved Independent Third-Party Vendors for Background Reports.
NAIC Biographical Affidavits must be completed on the most current form, in effect at the time the affidavit was signed and the Affiant shall not sign the Affidavits more than six months before the date the Applicant Company files the application. Each question on the biographical affidavit must have a response. If an answer is “None”, then so state. Incomplete biographical affidavits could delay the background investigation report and result in a delay of the application review by the state.
Submit original Biographical Affidavits (Form 11) that contain the Disclosure & Authorization Forms to the state department(s) of insurance in the Management Information Section of the application.