To: All Insurers, Adjusters, Producers, and other Persons Licensed and Authorized to Transact the Business of Insurance within the State o South Carolina
From: Raymond G. Farmer Director of Insurance
Re: Notice of Unusual Circumstance/Catastrophe Insurance Declaration for South Carolina due to Hurricane Dorian for the Purposes of Licensing Temporary Adjusters and Motor Vehicle Physical Damage Appraisers
Date: September 3, 2019
S.C. Code Ann. Reg. 69-1, Adjustment of Claims under Unusual Circumstances provides that:
In the event of a catastrophe where there are insufficient licensed adjusters or motor vehicle physical damage appraisers in South Carolina to handle claims expeditiously, non-resident adjusters or motor vehicle physical damage appraisers will be permitted to enter the State to handle the adjustments arising out of the catastrophe without being required to be licensed in South Carolina, provided that the adjuster or motor vehicle physical damage appraiser exhibits evidence of an adjuster's or motor vehicle physical damage appraiser's license in his home state and remains in the State only for the period that is necessary to assist in the adjustments or appraisals.
An unusual circumstance or catastrophe exists when, due to a specific, infrequent, and sudden natural or man-made disaster or phenomenon, there have arisen losses to property in South Carolina that are covered by insurance, and the losses are so numerous and severe that resolution of claims related to such covered property losses will not occur expeditiously without the authorization of emergency adjusters or motor vehicle physical damage appraisers by the Department due to the magnitude of the catastrophic damage.
Hurricane Dorian is expected to cause damage along the coasts and inland areas of the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. South Carolina may be impacted significantly by this event. Hurricane or tropical-storm winds, tornadoes, wind gusts, flooding and the threat of flash flooding are imminent and represent a threat to the safety, security, welfare and property of the citizens of the State of South Carolina.
Based upon this unusual circumstance and the potential for significant damage including catastrophic losses, this Department has determined in accordance with S.C. Code Ann. Reg. 69-1 that the licensure of temporary non-resident adjusters and motor vehicle physical damage appraisers may be necessary. Adjusters and motor vehicle physical damage appraisers will be available to assist with the evaluation of claims resulting from this event for South Carolina residents after the storm.
This determination is effective immediately and will continue 120 days from the date of this bulletin unless otherwise extended by the Department. Individuals interested in becoming licensed as temporary non-resident adjusters or motor vehicle physical damage appraisers may obtain the procedures and forms for licensure from this Department's website at www.doi.sc.gov/emergencyadjuster. Instructions for how to process emergency permits may also be found on this web page.
Please direct any questions or concerns regarding this bulletin to Andrea Bourgoin at 803-737-5757.