A surplus line broker is an insurance producer with a specialty license that authorizes the broker to solicit, negotiate, and place insurance with eligible or "approved" surplus line insurers. A California resident, a corporation, partnership, or Limited Liability Company with an office located in California, may obtain a surplus line broker license. Effective January 1, 2003, non-residents may now be licensed as surplus line brokers. A surplus line broker license can be obtained by submitting an application, and appropriate bond and fees, to the California Department of Insurance ("CDI"). Refer to California Insurance Code (CIC) Section 1765 for additional information.