Rating Organization

NEW ADDRESS


Arizona Department of Insurance
100 North 15th Avenue, Suite 261

Phoenix, AZ  85007-2630

Starting July 1, 2020, we will be the
Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI).


NOTICE

Arizona state agencies are experiencing telephone system problems that may impact your ability to reach us.  If you can e-mail us instead (see our CONTACT US page), please do so.  We do not have an estimate time by which the problem will be resolved.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience this is causing.


WHAT IS A RATING ORGANIZATION?

A rating organization receives and analyzes and interprets data (statistical data, past and present loss experience, catastrophe hazards, insurer expenses and other outlays) and determines a rating system (manual of risk classifications, rules and rates, and rating plan) applicable to a type of insurance.  Insurers that are members of a rating organization must use the rating organization's rating system as their own except that an insurer may file a "deviation," which is either a uniform percentage increase or decrease to the rating system, or changes from the rate rule established for a classification of risk to reflect the risk profile for a more specific subcategory of risk.

WHO MUST BE LICENSED?

A corporation, an unincorporated association, a partnership or an individual, whether located within or outside this state, that intends to act as a rating organization must be licensed.  ARS § 20-361.

ARS § 41-1030(G) requires most Arizona government agencies to prominently print the provisions of ARS § 41-1030(B), (D), (E) and (F) on all license applications.  The following is the language in ARS § 41-1030(B), (D), (E) and (F):

B.        An agency shall not base a licensing decision in whole or in part on a licensing requirement or condition that is not specifically authorized by statute, rule or state tribal gaming compact. A general grant of authority in statute does not constitute a basis for imposing a licensing requirement or condition unless a rule is made pursuant to that general grant of authority that specifically authorizes the requirement or condition.

D.        This section may be enforced in a private civil action and relief may be awarded against the state.  The court may award reasonable attorney fees, damages and all fees associated with the license application to a party that prevails in an action against the state for a violation of this section.

E.        A state employee may not intentionally or knowingly violate this section.  A violation of this section is cause for disciplinary action or dismissal pursuant to the agency’s adopted personnel policy.

F.         This section does not abrogate the immunity provided by section 12-820.01 or 12-820.02.