In this chapter:
I. "Commissioner" means the insurance commissioner.
I-a. "Home state" means the District of Columbia and any state or territory of the United States in which a licensee maintains his or her principal place of residence or principal place of business and is licensed to act as a public adjuster.
II. "Person" means a natural person.
III. "Public adjuster" means any person who, on behalf of an insured:
(a) Directly or indirectly solicits from the insured or his or her representative the authority to act for the insured to settle or negotiate settlement or appraisal of a loss under a fire insurance or homeowner's insurance policy and who so acts for a fee or compensation from a person other than an insurer;
(b) Acts or aids, solely in relation to first party claims arising under a fire insurance or homeowner's insurance policy, on behalf of an insured person or business entity in negotiating for, or effecting the settlement of, a claim for loss or damage covered by an insurance contract;
(c) Advertises for employment as a public adjuster of insurance claims or solicits business or represents himself or herself to the public as a public adjuster of first party insurance claims for losses or damages arising out of fire insurance or homeowner's insurance policies; or
(d) Directly or indirectly solicits business, investigates or adjusts losses, or advises an insured about first party claims for losses or damages arising out of policies of fire or homeowner's insurance for another person engaged in the business of adjusting losses or damages covered by an insurance policy.
IV. "Uniform individual application" means the current version of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Uniform Individual Application for resident and nonresident persons.
Source. 2006, 9:1. 2008, 18:10, eff. July 11, 2008.