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Registering as a captive insurer

All “eligible captive insurers” who have already issued policies covering risks in Washington will be required to register with the Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) by Sept. 9, 2021. Captives issuing their first policy covering Washington risks after September 9, 2021 must register within 120 days of issuing the policy.

Who are eligible captive insurers?

  • Insurance companies in good standing and licensed as a captive insurer by their domicile jurisdiction
  • Are wholly or partially owned by a captive owner as defined in 2SSB 5315 (PDF, 100.3 KB) 
  • Insures risks of the captive owner, the captive owner’s other affiliates, or both
  • Has one or more of its insureds who have their principal place of business in Washington
  • Has assets that exceed its liabilities by at least $1 million and has the ability to pay its debts as they come due
  • Provides only property and casualty insurance to the captive owner, the captive owner’s other affiliates, or both

How to apply as a captive insurer

The OIC will be providing an online application process for submitting applications and supporting documents. You'll be able to use the web-based application filing portal beginning July 1, 2021. 

The initial registration fee for each captive insurer is $2,500. Certificates of registration may be renewed for successive periods of 12 months for a fee, not to exceed $2,500, set by the insurance commissioner.

How will captive insurers report prior period premiums and pay taxes? 

The OIC will provide guidance for the reporting and payment of prior period taxes for the period of January 2011 - December 2020. Guidance will be available on the OIC’s website by July 1, 2021. Additionally, as part of the initial registration process, captive insurers will be asked to provide contact information for the person responsible for their premium tax reporting. Once a captive insurer’s registration is approved, the tax contact will be sent guidance for the reporting and payment of prior year taxes.

How should captive insurers report premiums going forward?

Beginning with calendar year 2021 premiums, captive insurers will file an annual tax form by March 1 of the following calendar year via the OIC’s online tax system. Once a captive insurer’s registration is approved, the tax contact will be sent guidance on how and when to file tax forms.

Please check this webpage for updates on registering as a captive insurer. For more information, please contact us.