The Pennsylvania Assigned Risk Plan (PA ARP or the "Plan") was established pursuant to Subchapter D of Chapter 17 or Title 75 (75 Pa. C.S., Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania), as amended by Act 6. All insurers writing automobile insurance in Pennsylvania must participate in the PA ARP by providing such insurance.
All producers holding a valid license to transact automobile insurance business in Pennsylvania must be certified by the Governing Committee in accordance with the standards and procedures approved by the Insurance Commissioner prior to submitting applications to the Plan.
If an applicant has been unable to obtain coverage through the voluntary market, the applicant must contact a certified producer of record, as described above, for the purpose of securing insurance through the Pennsylvania Assigned Risk Plan. Applicants may contact the Plan to verify a producers certification status.
Applicants must declare and certify that they have tried and failed to obtain automobile insurance in Pennsylvania within the preceding 60 days and have been unable to obtain such insurance at rates not exceeding those applicable under the Plan.
The Pennsylvania Assigned Risk Plan implemented an electronic payment process (E-Pay) and paperless application submission option for new business private passenger applications submitted through the EASi 2.0, on November 15, 2017.
It is a convenient way to submit private passenger applications.
Beginning November 15, 2017, applicants will be provided with the option to use their credit/debit card, or a pre-paid credit card, to pay electronically to the Plan either the full 30% deposit premium or the full annual premium. E-Pay can only be used when no portion of the deposit, or the full annual premium, is being paid by paper check or money order.
When the electronic payment option is selected, it will expedite the completion and transmission of private passenger applications to the Plan and assignments to companies. With expedited assignment processing, the E-Pay option avoids having to mail a paper copy of the application to the Plan. A producer can either: (1) scan and upload (the preferred method) or (2) fax the fully completed application and the required documentation, including the “Credit/Debit Card Payment Authorization and Receipt Form”, to the Plan.
The Plan has created the (1) Producer Userguide for E-pay and FAQ for EASi E-Pay Process and (2) Assigned Risk Insurance Company Guide and FAQ for EASI E-Pay Process which are available under the Plan Documents module.
For companies writing automobile insurance in the state of Pennsylvania, the "Take-Out Credit Request" form is changing to an online submission form, effective with July 2017 submissions (policies with April 2017 effective dates). The link for the online submission form is located under Pennsylvania Plan Links. For more information regarding the change and access to online submission, click here for the circular "Online Reporting of Take Out Credits".
Changes were implemented in EASi 2.0 for Commercial applications. Click here to see details about the changes in a reference tool entitled "Commercial Applications in EASi 2.0 FAQs".
Functionality has been added for private passenger applications only. When the zip code is entered in the Operators Tab, the Territory Code-County will pre-fill in the Vehicles Tab. Please see the reference tool provided in Plan Documents. Circulars are also being distributed.
Plan certified producers are reminded that fees and/or additional charges are prohibited from being charged to an insured for placing coverage in the Plan. For Sections 15, 29 and 42 of the Plan, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department prohibits licensed, Plan certified insurance agents and brokers acting as producers from making any additional charge or charging any fee for placing of coverage in the Plan. Producer remuneration shall be limited to the compensation allowed on the collected earned premium.
According to Pennsylvania motor vehicle law, an individual with a valid foreign driver’s license and International Driving Permit may operate in the state for one year before obtaining a state-issued license. The PA Plan’s private passenger and commercial eligibility requirements clarify that coverage may be available through the Plan for the applicant and any additional operators who have a foreign driver’s license provided they can provide supporting documentation regarding their operator licensing. With the application, the applicant, licensed members of the named insured’s household and any other licensed individuals operating the insured vehicle who are from outside the United States must submit copies of a valid foreign driver’s license and International Driving Permit, both issued from the country of origin and a copy of one of the following documents: (1) a valid passport from the country of origin, (2) an alien registration receipt card (green card), (3) a valid employment authorization card issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security, or (4) valid proof of nonimmigrant classification provided by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
The current Annual Report of Operations and Financial Statements is available for electronic access from the Plan's website under the Plan Documents module.
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