Bulletin: CO2010001

Date:
May 21, 2010
To:
All Colorado Issuing Offices
RE:
Amended Regulation 3-5-1

Dear Associates:

Please be advised that the Colorado Division of Insurance has amended Regulation 3-5-1. See attachment one. The effective date of the new regulation is May 1, 2010.

Division modifications include, but are not limited to, the following:

- All rate cards must denote, in a clear and conspicuous manner, the title insurance company (i.e., the underwriter) that filed the listed rates. See Section 5(B).

- All title agencies shall submit a complying fee filing, including a fee justification, for any new or amended agency fee (e.g., closing fee, ownership and encumbrance report fee). See Section 5(D).

- If a title agent, or title insurance company, issues a "to be determined" commitment, that individual or entity must: charge the applicable filed rate for that product; and make a good faith effort to collect that charge. See Sections 6(D)(5) and 6(D)(11).

- If a title agent, or title insurance company, issues an ownership and encumbrance report, that individual or entity must: charge the applicable filed fee for that product; and make a good faith effort to collect that charge. See Section 6(D)(11). See also attachment two.

- The use of "generic" or "catch all" exceptions is, as a general rule, prohibited. See Section 7(D).

- Fiduciary funds shall not be deposited by a title entity (i.e., title agent or title insurance company) into a treasury management account, sweep account, or any other type of investment account, unless and until prior written authorization has been obtained from all necessary parties for whom said funds are being held by the title entity. See Section 9 (E).

Please review all of the provisions ofRegulation 3-5-1 andimplementall necessary measuresto ensure compliance.

As to the new ownership and encumbrance report requirements, please review attachment two. In summary,it calls for the commencement of charges on May 1, 2010 andthe filing of related fees by June 1, 2010.

The Division's fee filing directions are set forth in Division Bulletin B-5-18. That bulletin is posted on the Division's website. Questions regarding fee filings may be submitted to the Division as statedon attachment two.


Colorado Division of Insurance Amended Regulation 3-5-1

DOI Advisory Letter

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References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
None
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None