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Broker General Information

Under California law, surplus line insurance can only be placed by a state licensed surplus line broker. Surplus line brokers must complete certain mandated forms when placing insurance coverage with a surplus lines insurer. The forms are then submitted with the policy documents to the Association for compliance review. The information supplied on these forms is captured in the Association’s database and provided as statistical information to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) and our membership.

Surplus line transactions are subject to a premium tax levied by the state. Forms for filing state taxes monthly and annually are available through the Taxes & Fees portion of this site or through the CDI’s website at It is the broker’s responsibility to file the taxes on time; the state does not issue invoices.

Each premium bearing transaction reviewed by the Association is charged a stamping fee. Brokers will receive an invoice from the Association at the beginning of each month showing the balance due.

For a listing of the SLA membership, refer to the Broker Member Lookup.