The stamping fee for recording surplus lines insurance policies in Texas will drop from the current rate of 0.15% of gross premium to 0.075% in January. The request by the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLTX) to lower the rate has been approved by Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan.
The fee reduction aligns with the recommendation submitted to the commissioner by the SLTX Board on June 25, 2020. The new fee will become effective Jan. 1, 2021.
The new stamping fee rate will apply to each new or renewal surplus lines policy with an effective date on or after Jan. 1. The new rate will also apply to policy date extensions if effective on or after this date.
Policies effective on or before Dec. 31, 2020, will run to expiration, cancellation, or next annual anniversary date (for multi-year policies) at the old rate of .15%. This includes any subsequent endorsements, audits, cancellations, reinstatements, installments, and monthly or quarterly reports.
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