Property & Casualty

The Property and Casualty Division staff review and analyze individual and group rates, rules, and forms for all other lines of insurance, particularly automobile, commercial, workers’ compensation, and homeowners insurances. 

To view information relative to data calls issued to P&C insurers, please visit the new Data Calls sub-page by clicking here.

Summary
Statutes & Regulations
Bulletins & Positions
Procedural Guidelines
SERFF P&C Filing Set Up Tutorial
Product Line Table
Filing Type Table
Actuarial Exhibit Tutorial  (Updated 8/13)
Actuarial Exhibits and Forms (Homeowners Exhibits Updated 3/14)


Summary

The following instructions and checklists are intended to be used as a tool by the insurer to properly prepare and submit filings to the South Carolina Department of Insurance.  Please know that improper and/or incomplete filings will result in a rejection or disapproval of the filing.

All rate, rule and/or form filings must be submitted via the State Electronic Rate Form Filing system (SERFF).    For more information please contact SERFF at 1-816-783-8787 or by e-mail at serffmktg@naic.org.  Insurers needing additional information about SERFF may visit www.serff.com/.

Filings must be submitted by insurer and by line of business. 

The South Carolina Department of Insurance will review filings for compliance; however it remains the responsibility of the insurer to adhere to all applicable federal and State of South Carolina insurance laws, regulations and policies.

Statutes & Regulations

Insurance Statutes

Insurance Regulations

Highlights:

Definitions

  • SC Code Section 38-1-20

Property, Casualty, Inland Marine, and Surety Rates and Rate-making Organizations –

  • Title 38, Chapter 73

Property, Casualty, and Title Insurance Generally –

  • Title 38, Chapter 75

Automobile Insurance –

  • Title 38, Chapter 77

Regulation 69-64 –Exempt Commercial Policies - 

  • Insurers establishing rates and rules for a product must still comply with the law. The fact that a filing may be "Exempt" simply means that it does not need to be filed; the laws still apply. The Department recommends that a filing be prepared and maintained by the insurer in a file that we refer to as a "Desk File". When conducting examinations, the Department may ask for such a file. Also, from time to time, the Department may survey insurers concerning rate levels. Filings made to the Department will be stamped "Exempt". This is to indicate that the Department did receive the filing. Please see Regulation 69-64.


Bulletins & Positions

LINK to complete list of SCDOI Bulletins

 Highlights for Bulletins:

 Highlights for Positions:

Filing requirements for miscellaneous filings:

    • Typos, Effective Date Changes:  If a carrier requests a filing be re-opened to make a non-substantial change, such as typo correction or a change in the effective date, the original filing can be re-opened.  Contact the analyst assigned to the filing to coordinate this action.
    • If a carrier makes a filing to make a non-substantial change, such as typo correction or a change in the effective date, the original state tracking number must be referenced in the filing.
    • Adoption/Delay Adoption filings - The law does not require these filings be made.  The original filing is made by a rating organization and subject to approval provisions.  These filings, if submitted will be treated as exempt. 
    • Optional Fee Schedules should be made in accordance with Bulletin 2006-08.
    • Mortgage Guaranty - Mortgage guaranty filings are considered exempt under Regulation 69-64.

 

  • Fire Protection Classes - The Department permits the use of proprietary/rating organizations' fire protection classes. The fire protection classes must be filed with the Department and approved prior to use.
  • Scheduled Debits and Credits - Schedule debits may not exceed a maximum of 25% of the standard rate nor shall schedule credits exceed 40% of the standard rate. For workers' compensation, the maximum credit or debit is 25%.
  • Rate Tiers - The Department allows the use of rate tiering. Separate tiers within one company must be filed with the Department. The tiers must be mutually exclusive if filed within one company.
  • Rate Capping – A one-term cap may be approved to limit policyholder disruption, but the manual rate must be achieved when the cap is removed at the next policy renewal.  A transition plan is another form of rate capping, which may be approved as a transition from one rating plan to another rating plan over a period of time (no more than 3 years).
  • Multiple Rating or Rule Plans – Rates or Rule that create different rates for risks with the same rating characteristics are not acceptable as they are considered unfairly discriminatory.  The Department may approve a transition plan to temporarily limit renewal disruption caused by a rating or rule plan change.
  • Credit Scoring / Insurance Score - Credit scoring may be used in underwriting and in rating of policies. If used in rating, the specific criteria used in calculating the credit score must be filed with the Department and the filing must include loss experience justifying the applicable surcharge or credit.

The following requirements will be imposed upon insurers that intend to use credit scoring:

1. credit scoring will not be allowed as the sole factor upon which any insurer makes its decision not insure an individual risk,

2. credit scoring may be used to rate individual insureds among tiers,

3. the Department will require the individual insurers, as part of their rate filings, include listings of factors used to score individual risks, the methodology used to develop each factor and the weights given to each factor,

4. any filer may request that its data be kept proprietary as a commercially-valuable trade secret and designate parts or all of its filings accordingly. The Department, absent court order, will not release information which is filed on a proprietary basis. Section 30-4-40(1),

5. each insurer must justify, by appropriate actuarial data, each tier's rate for both liability and physical damage as separate calculations,

6. no hit/no score factors should be equal to the average policyholder’s score (the intent of this rule is to set the no hit/no score factor to the same level as for the average policyholders’ score in the insurer’s book of business, such that the factor being applied to the no hit/no score level is treated as if insurance risk score did not apply),

7. insureds may request the ordering of a new score every twelve months.

  • Waiver of Premium Refund – An insurer may file to waive a return premium under a certain amount, but that amount must be refunded to the insured upon request

Automobile Specific Positions:

Paintless Dent Repair - It is the Department’s position that insurers should not limit payment based upon repair method such as “Dentless Repair.”

Diminution of Value - The Department allows this to be excluded.

Expense Constants – As long as a policy fee is not being charged, expense constants are allowed as long as they become part of the premium charged.

ID Cards – Should include at least the insurer’s name, insured’s name, policy number, policy term, VIN, and coverage information or a statement that coverage meets the State’s minimum financial responsibility requirements.

Declarations Page – Insurer name, address, and phone number are required on the front of the Declarations page unless such information is provided on the front of the insurer’s policy contract.


Actuarial Exhibits and Forms

Actuarial Exhibits

The following exhibits have been prepared in coordination with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), internal and consulting actuaries, and industry product and pricing managers.  These exhibits are based on acceptable rating methodologies and serve as a step to our speed to market initiative.  Therefore, carriers that submit this information will reduce processing time for their filings.

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Forms