If you are requesting a list of individuals, you must fill out a commercial use declaration. You will be able to upload the declaration when you submit your record request form.
The Public Records Act prohibits state agencies from providing “lists of individuals requested for commercial purposes.” The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is authorized to require a requester to provide information as to the purpose of requesting a list of individuals to ensure compliance with Washington state law.
- Read more about what documents are made public under state law: RCW 42.56.070(8)
Commercial purpose is defined as: “a business activity by any form of business enterprise intended to generate revenue or financial benefit.” SEIU Healthcare 775 NW v. DSHS, et. al., 193 Wn. App. 377 (2016).
Examples of purposes that are commercial in nature:
- “to recruit new agents”
- “to spread awareness of our industry-leading insurance solutions”
- “to offer our product to agents so they can better serve their clients”
Once we receive this information, we will review it and make a final decision on whether the information can be released.
You may find helpful information on our online database which allows searches to be performed for agents, agencies and companies.
There is one exception to the above prohibition: “lists of applicants for professional licenses and or professional licensees shall be made available to those professional associations or educational organizations recognized by their professional licensing or examination board, upon payment of a reasonable charge therefor.” If you are a pre-licensing or a continuing education provider, please contact our Education Analyst at 360-725-7144.