For Insurers

Qualified jurisdictions - establishing and maintaining accreditation

What to do if a jurisdiction has been qualified by a state other than Washington and/or the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)

The NAIC has adopted a process for developing and maintaining the NAIC list of qualified jurisdictions. If the jurisdiction has been qualified by the NAIC and has:

  • A memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC), or
  • The jurisdiction is a party to the International Association of Insurance Supervisors Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding (IAIS MMOU),

The jurisdiction should provide a letter to the OIC (see requirements below).

  • We do not require a re-submission of material previously filed,
  • Confirm the jurisdiction has received indication from a company domiciled in its jurisdiction that it intends to apply for certified reinsurer status in Washington state,
  • Confirm the jurisdiction has no objection to the application, and
  • Agree to cooperate and share information with Washington in accordance with the signed/executed MOU or IAIS MMOU.

Following qualification by a state other than Washington and which has been reviewed by the NAIC Qualified Jurisdiction Working Group, the jurisdiction wishing to become qualified in Washington state should make a formal request to the OIC (see requirements below).

  • We do not require a re-submission of materials previously filed,
  • Confirm the jurisdiction has received indication from a company domiciled in its jurisdiction it intends to apply for certified reinsurer status in Washington state,
  • Confirm the jurisdiction has no objection to the application,
  • Agree to cooperate and share information with the state that reviewed the initial application for qualified jurisdiction status in accordance with the signed/executed MOU between it and the state, and
  • Confirm the jurisdiction’s understanding that the state will share information with the OIC to the extent it is necessary as part of Washington state’s review process.

Requests should be in letter form on jurisdiction letterhead addressed to:

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Company Licensing
PO Box 40255
Olympia, WA 98504-025

Process for first-time qualification of a jurisdiction (not qualified by a state other than Washington)

Based on WAC 284-13-539(3)(b) (leg.wa.gov), applicants seeking qualified jurisdiction status must submit the Qualified Jurisdiction Requirement Checklist (PDF, 209KB) and supporting documentation.

Note: This application is only used if the State of Washington is requested to be the port of entry state and the qualified jurisdiction is not already approved by the NAIC.

Washington state qualified jurisdictions

The OIC recognizes all accredited U.S. jurisdictions and the National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s (NAIC) list of qualified jurisdictions as directed by WAC 284-13-539(3)(a) and (b) (leg.wa.gov).