IRDA Insurance License


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  • Application for IRDA license
  • Business plan for 5 years
  • Insurance product plan & Risk assessment
  • Advisory on Application before the IRDA
  • End to end Follow-ups 

IRDA Insurance License

What is IRDA License?

Until the year 1999, the insurance sector in India was controlled by the Controller of Insurance under the Insurance Act, 1938. However, the formation of IRDA made felt the need of renaissance in the sector of insurance as most of the earlier provisions were outdated and irrelevant in the present context.

Scope of IRDA

The new IRDA regulations covered the following points of importance in the field of insurance:

Procedure of granting license to companies to start insurance business

It is mandatory for every entity to obtain a Certificate from Authority before carrying on any insurance business. The license for various classes of insurance can be obtained from IRDA, such as Life Insurance, Fire Insurance, Marine Insurance etc. But it is to be kept in mind that the life insurance business shall not be combined with any other type of insurance business.

The license from IRDA is mandatory. Even the old players in the field of insurance, such as National Insurance, General Insurance, Oriental Insurance etc., had to obtain a fresh certificate within 3months from the date of commencement of this Act. The insurers exempted from obtaining license under the previous Act, were covered under this Act.

Application for Registration Certificate before IRDA

First Stage

An application for the Certificate of Registration shall be made to the IRDA in prescribed Form IRDA/R1. The application shall be supported by the following documents:

The initial application will be screened by IRDA and additional information may be asked for. Even a Principal Officer may be appointed by the Authority for seeking any information or clarification on their behalf.

Second Stage for IRDA License

Once being satisfied about the information and documents provided along with the Form IRDA/R1, the Authority may ask for an additional application in the prescriber Form IRDA/R2 which shall be accompanied with the following documents:

  1. 1% of the total gross premium written in India in the previous year, in case of the life insurance business, not exceeding INR 10 crore;
  2. 3% of the total gross premium written in India in the previous year, in case of the general insurance business, not exceeding INR 10 crore;
  3. A sum of INR 20 crores in case of reinsurance business;
  4. A sum of INR 1 lac/- only in case of marine business;
  5. The certificate showing the amount deposited with the Reserve Bank of India.

Grant of Registration Certificate for Insurance business in India

After the receipt of application and on being satisfied about the following mentioned conditions, the Certificate of Registration shall be granted to the insurer by the IRDA. The conditions include the following:

Refusal of Registration for insurance operations

The applicant may be refused of the registration of an insurer on the following grounds:

If the applicant is refused of the registration as an insurer, he can appeal before the Central Govt. within 30 days from the date on which a copy of the decision from the Authority is received

In case of the insurance registration, the decision of the government shall be final and cannot be appealed against in any court of law.

Cancellation of Registration

In case any of the conditions specified for registration is not compiled with, then the Authority reserves the right to cancel the registration either wholly or in part, in case the applicant is involved in more than one insurance business.

Renewal of Registration

The registration for insurance shall be renewed every year and the application for renewal shall be made before 31st December of the preceding year following which the renewal is sought for, along with the fees as below:

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