Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. General.


§ 31–3931.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) “Affiliated company” means a company in the same corporate system as its parent or a member organization by virtue of common ownership, control, operation, or management.

(2) “Agency captive insurer” means a captive insurer that is owned by an insurance agency or brokerage and that only insures risks of policies that are placed by or through the agency or brokerage.

(3) “Alien captive insurer” means any non-U.S. insurance company formed to write insurance business for its parents and affiliates and licensed pursuant to the laws of a foreign country that imposes statutory or regulatory standards in a form acceptable to the Commissioner on companies transacting the business of insurance in the jurisdiction.

(4) “Association” means a legal entity consisting of 2 or more individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, or other forms of business organization.

(5) “Association captive insurer” means a captive insurer that only insures risks of the member organizations of an association and the affiliated companies of those members, including:

(A) Groups formed pursuant to the Product Liability Risk Retention Act of 1981, approved September 25, 1981 (95 Stat. 949; 15 U.S.C. § 3901 et seq.), and the employee benefit plans or trusts of such organizations or companies; and

(B) Risk retention groups chartered pursuant to Chapter 41 of this title [§ 31-4101 et seq.].

(6) “Branch business” means any insurance business transacted by a branch captive insurer in the District.

(7) “Branch captive insurer” means any alien captive insurer licensed by the Commissioner to transact the business of insurance in the District through a business unit with a principal place of business in the District.

(8) “Branch operations” means any business operations of a branch captive insurer in the District.

(9) “Captive insurer” means any insurer that insures the risks of its parent or affiliated companies of its parent, any member organizations of an association and the affiliated companies of the member organizations, or any other policyholders or participants that have entered into a contractual relationship with the insurer for the purchase of insurance, including any pure captive insurer, association captive insurer, agency captive insurer, branch captive insurer, protected cell captive insurer, and rental captive insurer licensed pursuant to this chapter.

(10) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking.

(11) “Common ownership and control” means:

(A) In the case of a stock insurer, the direct or indirect ownership of 51% or more of the voting stock of 2 or more corporations by the same member or members; and

(B) In the case of a mutual insurer, the direct or indirect ownership of 51% or more of the surplus and the voting power of 2 or more corporations by the same member or members.

(12) “Department” means the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking.

(13) “Excess workers’ compensation insurance” means insurance in excess of the specified per-incident or aggregate limit, if any, established by:

(A) The Commissioner, if the insurance is being transacted in the District; or

(B) The chief regulatory officer for insurance in the jurisdiction in which the insurance is being transacted.

(13A) “Incorporated protected cell” means a protected cell that is established as a corporation or other legal entity separate from the protected cell captive insurer of which it is a part.

(14) “Member organization” means any individual, corporation, partnership, association, or other form of business organization that belongs to an association.

(15) “Mutual insurer” means an incorporated insurer without any issued and outstanding stock whose capital and surplus are owned by its policyholders.

(16) “Net direct premiums” means the direct premiums collected or contracted for on policies or contracts of insurance written by a captive insurer during the preceding calendar year, less the amounts paid to policyholders as return premiums, including dividends on unabsorbed premiums or premium deposits returned or credited to policyholders.

(17) “Parent” means a corporation, partnership, association, or other form of business organization that directly or indirectly owns, controls, or holds power to vote more than 51% or more of the outstanding voting securities of a pure captive insurer.

(18) “Participant” means any individual or organization, and any affiliates thereof, that are insured by a protected cell captive insurer if the losses of the person are limited through a participant contract to the assets of a protected cell.

(19) “Participant contract” means a contract by which a protected cell captive insurer insures the risks of a participant and limits the losses of the participant to the assets of the protected cell.

(20) “Person” means any individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, joint venture, an association, joint stock company, trust, unincorporated organization, similar entity, or any combination of the foregoing.

(20A) “Protected cell” means a separate account established and maintained by a protected cell captive insurer and includes an incorporated protected cell.

(20B) “Protected cell captive insurer” means a captive insurer that:

(A) Is formed and licensed under the provisions of this chapter;

(B) Insures the risks of separate participants through a contract; and

(C) Segregates each participant’s liability through one or more protected cells.

(21) “Provisional certificate of authority” means a certificate of authority issued to a captive insurer that authorizes the captive insurer to engage in limited activities authorized by the Commissioner.

(22) “Pure captive insurer” means a captive insurer that only insures or reinsures risks of its parent and affiliated companies or controlled unaffiliated business. The parent of a pure captive insurer includes an employee benefit plan or trust.

(23) “Reciprocal insurer” includes an interinsurance exchange or a risk retention group as defined in § 31-4101(12).

(24) “Redomestication” means the transfer to the District of the insurance domicile of an authorized foreign or alien insurance company.

(25) “Rental captive insurer” means a captive insurer formed to enter into contractual agreements with policyholders or associations to offer some or all of the benefits of a program of captive insurance and that only insures risks of the policyholders or associations.

(26) Repealed.

(27) “Stock insurer” means an incorporated insurer with issued and outstanding stock whose capital and surplus is owned by its stockholders.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 2, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(a), 61 DCR 12572.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3931.22, § 31-3932.02, and § 31-4102.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 rewrote (5); substituted “insurer” for “insurance company” in (6); substituted “branch captive insurer, protected cell” for “segregated account” in (9); added (13A); substituted “protected cell” for “segregated account” throughout (18) and (19); added (20A) and (20B); and repealed (26).

Cross References

Dissolution of the District of Columbia Free Clinic Captive Insurance Company, see § 1-307.94.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).

For temporary (90 day) additions, see §§ 2 to 17 of District of Columbia Free Clinic Captive Insurance Company Establishment Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-113, October 3, 2007, 54 DCR 9977).


§ 31–3931.02. Authority to do business; prohibited activities.

(a) A captive insurer may be organized and operated in any form of business organization authorized by the Commissioner and may, pursuant to this chapter, transact any insurance or annuity business.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, a captive insurer shall not:

(1) Directly provide personal motor vehicle or homeowners’ insurance coverage, or any component thereof;

(2) Accept or cede reinsurance, except as otherwise provided in § 31-3931.08;

(3) Insure any risks other than those of its parent and affiliated companies if it is a pure captive insurer;

(4) Insure any risks other than those of the member organizations of its association and the affiliated companies of the member organizations if it is an association captive insurer;

(5) Insure any risks other than those of the policies that are placed by or through the insurance agency or brokerage that owns the captive insurer if it is an agency captive insurer;

(6) Insure any risks other than those of the policyholders or associations that have entered into agreements with the rental captive insurer for the insurance of those risks if it is a rental captive insurer, and shall use a form approved by the Commissioner for these agreements;

(7) Provide excess workers’ compensation insurance to its parent and affiliated companies if the transaction is prohibited by the laws of the state in which the insurance is transacted;

(8) Reinsure workers’ compensation insurance provided pursuant to a program of self-funded insurance of its parent and affiliated companies unless:

(A) The parent or affiliated company which is providing the self-funded insurance is certified as a self-insured employer by the Commissioner, if the insurance is being transacted in the District; or

(B) The program of self-funded insurance is otherwise qualified pursuant to, or in compliance with, the laws of the state in which the insurance is transacted; or

(9) Write insurance or reinsurance for employee benefits that are subject to the provisions of the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, approved September 2, 1974 (88 Stat. 832; 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq.), for any entity except its parent and affiliated companies.

(c) Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the Commissioner may authorize a captive insurer that is otherwise qualified to conduct business in the District to engage in any activity in any form permitted by a captive insurer in any other jurisdiction.

(d) A captive insurer shall file with the Commissioner a written request to engage in any activity under subsection (c) of this section. The Commissioner shall approve the request within 30 days after receiving the request, unless the Commissioner determines that the activity will be harmful to the captive insurer’s policyholders.

(e) For the purposes of this chapter, a branch captive insurer shall be deemed to be a pure captive insurer with respect to operations in the District, unless otherwise permitted by the Commissioner.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 3, 52 DCR 1205; Apr. 7, 2006, D.C. Law 16-91, § 102(a), 52 DCR 10637; Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-191, § 54(a), 53 DCR 6794.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-91, in par. (b)(2), substituted “§ 31-3931.08” for “§ 31-3931.07”.

D.C. Law 16-191, in subsec. (b)(2), validated a previously made technical correction.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 3 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November


§ 31–3931.03. Organizational requirements for transacting business; incorporation.

(a) A captive insurer may be organized in the District in any form of authorized by the Commissioner.

(a-1) The articles of incorporation of a captive insurer shall become effective when approved by the Commissioner.

(b) The articles of incorporation or organizational documents of a captive insurer shall satisfy the following minimum requirements:

(1) The capital stock of a captive insurer incorporated as a stock insurer shall be issued at not less than par value;

(2) The captive insurer shall not have less than 2 incorporators or organizers;

(3) The articles of association, articles of incorporation, articles of organization, charter, or bylaws of a captive insurer shall require a quorum of the board of directors that consists of more than 1/3 of the number of directors prescribed by the articles of association, articles of incorporation, articles of organization (or equivalent organizational document), charter, or bylaws; and

(4) Any additional provisions that the Commissioner considers necessary.

(c) The Commissioner may, at the request of the captive insurer, issue a certificate of good standing and charge a fee for each certificate in an amount to be established by the Commissioner.

(d) An attorney-in-fact of a reciprocal captive insurer may be organized in the District in any form of business, including as an individual, authorized by the Commissioner.

(e) A captive insurer organized in the District shall have the privileges of, and shall be subject to, the provisions of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8 of Title 29. If the provisions of this chapter conflict with the general provisions of Title 29, the provisions of this chapter shall control.

(f) The Commissioner may regulate the manager of a captive insurer.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 4, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-191, § 54(b), 53 DCR 6794; July 2, 2011, D.C. Law 18-378, § 3(w), 58 DCR 1720; Mar. 14, 2012, D.C. Law 19-103, § 2(a), 59 DCR 432.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-191, in subsec. (e), validated a previously made technical correction.

D.C. Law 18-378, in subsec. (e), substituted “Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8 of Title 29” for “general corporation law set forth in Chapter 1 of Title 29, subchapter I of Chapter 3 of Title 29, and Chapter 10 of Title 29, and the applicable provisions contained in this chapter”, and substituted “general provisions in Title 29” for “general provisions of the acts codified in Title 29”.

D.C. Law 19-103 added subsec. (a-1).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.04. Protected cell captive insurers.

(a) For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) “Incorporated protected cell” means a protected cell that is established as a corporation or other legal entity separate from the protected cell captive insurer of which it is a part.

(2) “Protected cell” means a separate account established and maintained by a protected cell captive insurer and shall include an incorporated protected cell

(3) “Protected cell captive insurer” means a captive insurer that:

(A) Is formed and licensed under the provisions of this chapter;

(B) Insures the risks of separate participants through a contract; and

(C) Segregates each participant’s liability through one or more protected cells.

(b)(1) A captive insurer may be organized as a protected cell captive insurer and shall be permitted to form one or more protected cells under this chapter to insure risks of one or more participants. The assets and liabilities of each protected cell shall be held separately from the assets and liabilities of all other protected cells.

(2) Repealed.

(3) Repealed.

(4) A protected cell captive insurer shall, at the time of paying the annual fee, pay an additional annual fee for each protected cell in an amount to be established by the Commissioner.

(5) Each incorporated protected cell of a protected cell captive insurer shall be treated as a captive insurer for purposes of this chapter.

(6) Unless otherwise permitted by the articles of incorporation or other organizational document of a protected cell captive insurer, each incorporated protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer shall have the same directors, secretary, and registered office as the protected cell captive insurer.

(7) A protected cell captive insurer may provide that a protected cell it creates shall be wound up and dissolved upon:

(A) The bankruptcy, death, expulsion, insanity, resignation or retirement of any participant of the protected cell;

(B) The happening of some other event that is not the expiration of a fixed period of time; or

(C) The expiration of a fixed period of time.

(8) In addition to the requirements in § 31-3931.03(b), the articles of incorporation of a protected cell captive insurer:

(A) Shall provide that a protected cell shall not own shares in the protected cell captive insurer of which it is a part; and

(B) May provide that a protected cell may own shares in any other protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer.

(9) The name of a protected cell captive insurer shall include the words “Protected cell captive” or the abbreviation “PCC”.

(10) A name that includes the words “Protected cell captive” may, in setting out or using its name for any purpose under this chapter, do so in full or in the abbreviated form.

(11) A protected cell captive insurer shall assign a distinctive name to each of its protected cells that is not an incorporated protected cell that:

(A) Identifies the protected cell as being part of the protected cell captive insurer;

(B) Distinguishes the protected cell from any other protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer; and

(C) Includes the words “Protected Cell” or the abbreviation “PC”.

(12) An incorporated protected cell must include the words “Incorporated Cell” or the abbreviation “IC”.

(13) Any captive insurer or protected cell formed prior to March 14, 2007, shall not be required to change its name or the designation of any of its protected cells to comply with the provisions of paragraphs (9), (10), (11), or (12) of this subsection.

(14) A protected cell of a protected cell captive insurer, unless created as an incorporated protected cell, has no legal identity separate from that of the protected cell captive insurer of which it is a part.

(15) A protected cell of a protected cell captive insurer may enter into an agreement with its protected cell captive insurer or with another protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer that shall be enforceable as if each protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer were a separate legal entity, even if the protected cell is not organized as an incorporated protected cell.

(16) The assets of a protected cell captive insurer shall be cell assets or general assets. The cell assets comprise the assets of the protected cell captive insurer that are held within or on behalf of its protected cells. The general assets of a protected cell captive insurer comprise the assets of the protected cell captive insurer that are not cell assets.

(17) The liabilities of a protected cell captive insurer shall be cell liabilities or general liabilities. The cell liabilities comprise the obligations of the protected cell captive insurer attributed to its protected cells. The general liabilities of a protected cell captive insurer comprise the obligations of the protected cell captive insurer that are not cell liabilities.

(18) Each protected cell shall be accounted for separately on the books and records of the protected cell captive insurer to reflect the financial condition and results of operations of each protected cell, including net income or loss, dividends or other distributions to participants, and such other factors as may be provided by the participant contract or required by the Commissioner.

(19) Each protected cell captive insurer shall annually file with the Commissioner such financial reports as the Commissioner shall require, which reports shall include financial statements detailing the financial experience of each protected cell.

(20) The captive manager of a protected cell captive insurer shall immediately notify the Commissioner if any protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer becomes insolvent or is otherwise unable to meet its claims or other obligations.

(21) A protected cell captive insurer may create and issue shares in one or more classes or series for one or more protected cells. The proceeds of the issue shall be included in the assets of the protected cell that issued the shares.

(22) The proceeds of the issue of shares, other than protected cell shares, shall be included in the protected cell captive insurer’s general assets.

(23) A protected cell captive insurer may pay a dividend on protected cell shares of any class or series whether or not a dividend is declared on any other class or series of protected cell shares or any other shares.

(24) Dividends may be paid on protected cell shares only from the cell assets of the protected cell that issued the shares and otherwise in accordance with the rights of such shares.

(25) No sale, exchange, or other transfer of assets may be made by a protected cell captive insurer between or among any of its protected cells without the written consent of the participants of the protected cell and the Commissioner.

(26) No sale, exchange, transfer of assets, dividend, or distribution may be made from a protected cell to any person without the Commissioner’s prior written approval. An approval shall not be given if the sale, exchange, transfer, dividend, or distribution will result in the insolvency or impairment with respect to a protected cell.

(27) The owners of a protected cell captive insurer, shall not, by virtue of being owners, be the owners or participants of any protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer.

(28) The participants of a protected cell shall not, by virtue of being such participants, be the owners of the protected cell captive insurer or participants or owners of any other protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer.

(29) Any individual or legal entity may be a participant in a protected cell formed under this chapter.

(30) A participant in a protected cell need not be a shareholder of the protected cell or of the protected cell captive insurer or any affiliate thereof.

(31) No participant contract shall take effect without the Commissioner’s prior written approval. The addition of each new protected cell or the withdrawal or other transfer of any participant from any existing protected cell shall constitute a change in the strategic business plan of that protected cell requiring the Commissioner’s prior written approval.

(32) A protected cell captive insurer shall, in addition to keeping a register of its owners or participants, keep a register of the participants of each of its protected cells.

(33) If a protected cell captive insurer (A) enters into a transaction in respect of a particular protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer, or (B) incurs a liability arising from an activity or asset of a particular protected cell, a claim by any person in connection with the transaction or liability extends only to the cell assets of the protected cell.

(34) If a protected cell captive insurer (A) enters into a transaction in its own right and not in respect of any of its protected cells, (B) incurs a liability arising from an activity its own right and not in respect of any of its protected cells, or (C) incurs a liability arising from an asset held in its own right and not in respect of any of its protected cells, a claim by any person in connection with the transaction or liability shall extend only to the general assets of the protected cell captive insurer.

(35) Except as provided by paragraphs (37) and (39) of this subsection, a protected cell captive insurer shall not satisfy any liability:

(A) Attributable to a particular protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer from the general assets of the protected cell captive insurer; or

(B) Whether attributable to a particular protected cell or not, from the cell assets of another protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer.

(36) If (A) a protected cell captive insurer is permitted to do so under its articles of incorporation or similar organizational documents, and (B) the requirement set forth in paragraph (68) of this subsection is satisfied, the protected cell captive insurer may satisfy any liability attributable to a particular protected cell from the protected cell captive insurer’s general assets.

(37) Prior to a protected cell captive insurer satisfying any liability attributable to a particular protected cell from the protected cell captive insurer’s general assets, the directors who authorize the satisfaction of the liability shall state as part of the authorization that, having made the inquiry into the affairs and prospects of the protected cell captive insurer, they have formed the opinion that:

(A) Immediately following the date on which the liability is proposed to be met by the general assets of the protected cell captive insurer, the protected cell captive insurer will be able to discharge its liabilities as they fall due; and

(B) Having regard to the prospects of the protected cell captive insurer, the intentions of the directors with respect to the management of the protected cell captive insurer’s business, and the amount and character of the financial resources that will, in their view, be available to the protected cell captive insurer, the protected cell captive insurer will be able to continue to carry on business and will be able to discharge its liabilities as they fall due until the expiration of the period of one year immediately following the date on which the liability is proposed to be satisfied by the general assets of the protected cell captive insurer or until the protected cell captive insurer is dissolved, whichever first occurs.

(38) A protected cell captive insurer may satisfy any liability, whether attributable to a particular protected cell or not, from the cell assets of another protected cell if:

(A) It is permitted to do so by the articles of incorporation or other organizational document of that other protected cell, in the case of an incorporated protected cell, or by the participant contract, in the case of all other protected cells; and

(B) Prior to the protected cell captive insurer satisfying any liability from the cell assets of that other protected cell, the directors who authorize the satisfaction of the liability shall obtain written approval from the Commissioner, upon first having made full inquiry into the affairs and prospects of that protected cell, and stating, as part of the authorization, that they have formed the opinion that:

(i) Immediately following the date on which the liability is proposed to be met by the cell assets of the protected cell, the protected cell will be able to discharge its liabilities as they fall due; and

(ii) Having regard to the prospects of the protected cell, the intentions of the directors with respect to the management of the protected cell’s business, and the amount and character of the financial resources that will in their view be available to the protected cell, the protected cell will be able to continue to carry on business and will be able to discharge its liabilities as they become due or until the protected cell is dissolved, whichever first occurs.

(39) A director who makes a statement under paragraph (37) or paragraph (38) of this subsection without having reasonable grounds for the opinion expressed in the statement violates this chapter and may be removed by order of the Commissioner.

(40) If a protected cell captive insurer is liable for any penalty, under this chapter or otherwise, due to an act or failure to act of a protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer or of an officer or director of a protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer, the penalty shall:

(A) Only be met by the protected cell captive insurer from the cell assets of the protected cell; and

(B) Not be enforceable in any way against any other assets of the protected cell captive insurer or assets of any other protected cell.

(41) The directors of a protected cell captive insurer shall establish and maintain, or cause to be established and maintained, procedures:

(A) To segregate cell assets and liabilities separate and separately identifiable from general assets and liabilities;

(B) To segregate cell assets and liabilities of each protected cell separate and separately identifiable from cell assets and liabilities of any other protected cell; and

(C) Where relevant, to apportion or transfer assets and liabilities between protected cells or between protected cells and general assets and liabilities of the protected cell captive insurer.

(42) If a protected cell captive insurer enters into an agreement with respect to a protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer, a director shall ensure that:

(A) The other party to the transaction knows, or ought reasonably to know, that the protected cell captive insurer is acting with respect to a particular protected cell; and

(B) The minutes of any meeting of directors held with regard to the agreement clearly record the fact that the company was entering into the agreement with respect to the protected cell and that the obligation imposed by subparagraph (A) of this paragraph was, or will be, complied with.

(43) The duties of a director of a protected cell captive insurer under this chapter shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, those under other applicable law.

(44) Any act, matter, deed, agreement, contract, instrument under seal, or other instrument or arrangement which is to be binding on or to inure to the benefit of a protected cell that is not an incorporated protected cell shall be executed by the protected cell captive insurer for and on behalf of the protected cell, shall be identified, and, if in writing, shall indicate that the execution is in the name of, by, or for the account of the protected cell.

(45) If a protected cell captive insurer fails to comply with paragraph (41) of this subsection:

(A) The directors of the protected cell captive insurer shall, notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary in the protected cell’s organizational documents or in any contract with the protected cell captive insurer or otherwise, shall be personally liable for the liabilities of the protected cell captive insurer and the protected cell under the chapter, matter, deed, agreement, contract, instrument or arrangement that was executed; and

(B)(i) Unless they were fraudulent, reckless, negligent, or acted in bad faith, the directors of the protected cell captive insurer shall have a right of indemnity, in the case of a matter on behalf of or attributable to a protected cell, against the assets of the protected cell.

(ii) In the case of a matter not on behalf of or attributable to a protected cell, the directors shall have a right of indemnity against the general assets of the protected cell captive insurer.

(46) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (45)(A) of this subsection, a court may relieve a director of all or part of the personal liability under paragraph (45) of this subsection if he or she satisfies the court that he or she should be relieved because:

(A) The director was not aware of the circumstances giving rise to the liability and, in being not so aware, was not fraudulent, reckless, or negligent and did not act in bad faith; or

(B) The director expressly objected, and exercised such rights as a director, whether by way of voting power or otherwise, so as to try to prevent the circumstances giving rise to the liability.

(47) If, pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (46) of this subsection, the court relieves a director of all or part of his or her personal liability under paragraph (45)(A) of this subsection, the court may order that the liability in question shall instead be met from such of the protected cell or general assets of the account of the protected cell captive insurer as may be specified in the order.

(48) Any provision in the organizational document of a captive insurer or any other contractual provision under which the protected cell captive insurer may be liable, which provision purports to indemnify directors in respect of conduct which would otherwise prohibit them from indemnification by virtue of paragraph (46) of this subsection, shall be void.

(49) A captive insurer may amend its organizational document to become a protected cell captive insurer.

(50) The amendment of the organizational document of a captive insurer to become a protected cell captive insurer shall require approval by:

(A) Holders of 2/3 of the outstanding shares or ownership interests of the captive insurer, unless a greater amount is required by the organizational document of the captive insurer; and

(B) All the creditors of the captive insurer; provided, that if the consent of all the creditors of the captive insurer cannot be obtained, the amendment may be approved by the Commissioner if he or she is satisfied that no creditor will be materially prejudiced by the amendment.

(51) A protected cell captive insurer may amend its other organizational document to cease to be a protected cell captive insurer.

(52) The amendment of the other organizational document of a captive insurer to cease to be a protected cell captive insurer shall require approval by:

(A) The Commissioner;

(B) Holders of 2/3 of the outstanding shares or ownership interests of the protected cell captive insurer, unless a greater amount is required by the other organizational document of the protected cell captive insurer;

(C) Two-thirds of the participants of each protected cell; and

(D) All the creditors of the protected cell captive insurer and its protected cells; provided, that if the consent of all the creditors of the captive insurer and its protected cells cannot be obtained, the amendment may be approved by the Commissioner upon being satisfied that no creditor will be materially prejudiced by the amendment.

(53) If a captive insurer or protected cell captive insurer seeks to change its status in accordance with paragraph (49) or (51) of this subsection, the Commissioner shall issue a certificate of authority that is appropriate to the amended status of the company if there is delivered to the Commissioner:

(A) A copy of the amendment to its name; and

(B) Evidence satisfactory to the Commissioner that the requirements of paragraph (50) or (52) of this subsection have been met.

(54) If a company changes its status in accordance with this section, the change of status shall take effect when the Commissioner issues a new certificate of authority.

(55) A protected cell of a protected cell captive insurer may be transferred to another protected cell captive insurer.

(56) The protected cell captive insurers between which a protected cell is being transferred shall enter into a written agreement that sets forth the terms of the transfer.

(57) A transfer of a protected cell shall be approved when the directors of each protected cell captive insurer who authorized the transfer have approved the transfer and:

(A) When the transfer agreement is approved by the Commissioner as an arrangement in accordance with this chapter;

(B) When the transfer agreement is consented to by at least 2/3 of the participants of the protected cell being transferred and all the creditors, if any, of that protected cell; or

(C) If the agreement of all the creditors of the cell cannot be obtained, when the transfer is approved by the Commissioner upon being satisfied that no creditor of the cell will be materially prejudiced by the transfer.

(58) Within 30 days of a transfer agreement being approved by the Commissioner, the protected cell captive insurer to which the protected cell is being transferred shall deliver to the Commissioner:

(A) A copy of the executed transfer agreement; and

(B) A declaration made in accordance with paragraph (59) of this subsection, signed by a majority of the directors of the protected cell captive insurer transferring the protected cell who authorized the transfer.

(59) The declaration required in paragraph (58)(B) of this subsection shall state that each director has reason to believe that:

(A) The protected cell being transferred is able to discharge its liabilities as they become due;

(B) There are no creditors of the protected cell captive insurer from which the cell is being transferred whose interests will be unfairly prejudiced by the transfer; and

(C) The transfer agreement has been approved in accordance with this chapter.

(60) If a protected cell captive insurer fails to deliver the documents mentioned in paragraph (58) of this subsection within the 30-day period, the Commissioner may void the transfer.

(61) The Commissioner may void the transfer and order the removal of any director who makes a declaration under paragraph (59) of this subsection without having the grounds to do so.

(62) Upon delivery of the documents referred to in paragraph (58) to the Commissioner, the Commissioner shall, if those documents comply with this chapter:

(A) Record the transfer of the protected cell;

(B) Issue to the protected cell a new certificate of authority; and

(C) Record that the protected cell has ceased to be a protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer that transferred the protected cell.

(63) Upon the issuance of the new certificate of authority:

(A) The protected cell shall cease to be a protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer that transferred it;

(B) The protected cell becomes a protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer to which it has been transferred;

(C) If a protected cell was an incorporated protected cell or an unincorporated protected cell;

(i) All property and rights to which the protected cell was entitled immediately before the issue of the new certificate of authority shall remain the property and rights of the protected cell;

(ii) The liabilities, and all contracts, debts, and other obligations to which the protected cell was subject immediately before the issue of the new certificate of authority, shall remain the liabilities, contracts, debts, and other obligations of the protected cell; and

(iii) All actions and other legal proceedings which, immediately before the issue of the new certificate of authority were pending by or against such protected cell may be continued by or against the protected cell.

(64) The operation of paragraph (63) of this subsection shall not be regarded as:

(A) A breach of contract or otherwise as a civil wrong;

(B) A breach of any contractual provision prohibiting, restricting, or regulating the assignment or transfer of rights or liabilities; or

(C) Giving rise to any remedy by a party to a contract or other instrument as an event of default under any contract or other instrument or as causing or permitting the termination of any contract or other instrument or of any obligation or relationship.

(65) A protected cell shall not be transferred under this chapter if the transfer would be inconsistent with the articles of incorporation or similar organizational document, if applicable, of the protected cell, the protected cell captive insurer transferring the protected cell, or the protected cell captive insurer to which it is to be transferred.

(66) Any insurer, including a captive insurer, that is not a protected cell captive insurer, may become a protected cell of a protected cell captive insurer.

(67) A protected cell of a protected cell captive insurer may apply to the Commissioner to be incorporated as an insurer, including a captive insurer, independent from the protected cell captive insurer.

(68) An application made under paragraph (67) of this subsection shall be approved by 2/3 of the participants of the protected cell or, if the protected cell has more than one class of participants, 2/3 approval of each class of participants, unless the organizational document of the protected cell provides for a greater percentage.

(69) If a protected cell has made an application under paragraph (68) of this subsection, a participant of the protected cell who objects to the protected cell being incorporated as an insurer, including a captive, independent of its protective cell captive may petition the Commissioner for an order denying the application on the grounds that the incorporation or the terms of the incorporation unfairly prejudice his or her interests.

(70) An application shall not be made under paragraph (69) of this subsection after the expiration of the 30-day period following the application being made under paragraph (67) of this subsection.

(71) If a protected cell is licensed as a legal entity pursuant to this section, and if the protected cell was either an incorporated protected cell or an unincorporated protected cell of a protected cell captive insurer:

(A) All property and rights to which the protected cell was entitled immediately before its licensure as a new entity shall remain the property and rights of the new entity;

(B) The protected cell shall remain subject to all criminal and civil liabilities and all contracts, debts, and other obligations to which the protected cell was subject immediately before its licensure as a new entity;

(C) All contracts, debts, and other obligations of the protected cell shall remain the contracts, debts, other obligations of the new entity; and

(D) All actions and other legal proceedings which, immediately before the licensure of the protected cell as a new entity, were pending by or against the protected cell may be continued by or against the new entity.

(72) The operation of paragraph (71)(B) and (D) of this subsection shall not be regarded as:

(A) A breach of contract;

(B) A breach of any contractual provision prohibiting, restricting, or regulating the assignment or transfer of rights or liabilities; or

(C) Giving rise to any remedy by a party to a contract or other instrument as an event of default under the contract or other instrument or as causing or permitting the termination of any contract or other instrument or of any obligation or relationship.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 5, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-286, § 2, 54 DCR 957; Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-353, § 166, 56 DCR 1117; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(b), 61 DCR 12572.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3931.05 and § 31-3932.03.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-286 rewrote this section, which formerly read:

“(a) A captive insurer may form one or more segregated accounts to insure risks of one or more participants.

“(b) A captive insurer that maintains a segregated account shall, at the time of paying the annual fee, pay an additional annual fee in an amount to be established by the Commissioner for each segregated account.

“(c) A captive insurer may create one or more segregated accounts to segregate its assets and liabilities from the assets and liabilities of its segregated accounts. The assets and liabilities of each segregated account shall be held separately from the assets and liabilities of all other segregated accounts.

“(d) A captive insurer shall be a single legal entity and each segregated account of or within a captive insurer may be established as a separate legal entity, which shall constitute a legal entity separate from the captive insurer. Each segregated account shall be separately identified or designated as being a part of the captive insurer.

“(e) A captive insurer may create and issue shares in one or more classes or series for one or more segregated accounts. The proceeds of the issue shall be included in the assets of the segregated account that issued the shares.

“(f) The proceeds of the issue of shares, other than segregated account shares, shall be included in the captive insurer’s general assets.

“(g) A captive insurer may pay a dividend on segregated account shares of any class or series whether or not a dividend is declared on any other class or series of segregated account shares, or any other shares.

“(h) Segregated account dividends may be paid on the segregated account shares from the segregated account assets. The dividends shall only be paid to the shareholders of the segregated account from which the segregated account shares were issued and otherwise in accordance with the rights of the shares.

“(i) Any act, matter, deed, agreement, contract, instrument under seal, or other instrument or arrangement which is to be binding on or to inure to the benefit of a segregated account or accounts shall be executed by the captive insurer for and on behalf of such segregated account or accounts, shall be identified, and, if in writing, shall indicate that the execution is in the name of, or by or for the account of, the segregated account or accounts.

“(j) If a captive insurer is in breach of subsection (i) of this section:

“(1) The directors of the captive insurer shall, notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary in the captive insurer’s organizational documents or in any contract with the company or otherwise, incur personal liability for the liabilities of the captive insurer and the segregated account under this chapter, matter, deed, agreement, contract, instrument, or arrangement that was executed; and

“(2) Unless they were fraudulent, reckless, negligent, or acted in bad faith, the directors of the captive insurer shall have a right of indemnity:

“(A) In the case of a matter on behalf of or attributable to a segregated account or accounts; against the assets of that account or accounts.

“(B) In the case of a matter not on behalf of or attributable to any segregated account or accounts, against the general assets of the captive insurer.

“(k) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (j)(1) of this section, a court may relieve a director of all or part of this personal liability thereunder if he or she satisfies the court that he or she should be relieved because:

“(1) The director was not aware of the circumstances giving rise to the liability and, in being not so aware, the director was not fraudulent, reckless, or negligent, and did not act in bad faith; or

“(2) The director expressly objected, and exercised his or her rights as a director, whether by way of voting power or otherwise, so as to try to prevent the circumstances giving rise to the liability.

“(l) If, pursuant to the provisions of subsection (k) of this section, the court relieves a director of all or part of his or her personal liability under subsection (j)(1) of this section, the court may order that the liability in question shall instead be met from such of the segregated account or general assets of the account of the captive insurer as may be specified in the order.

“(m) Any provision in the organizational documents of a captive insurer, or any other contractual provision under which the captive insurer may be liable, which purports to indemnify directors in respect of conduct which would otherwise disentitle them to an indemnity by virtue of subsection (j)(2) of this section, shall be void.

“(n) The assets of a captive insurer shall be either segregated account assets or general assets. The segregated account assets shall comprise the assets of the captive insurer held within or on behalf of the segregated accounts of the captive insurer. The general assets of a captive insurer shall comprise the assets of the captive insurer which are not segregated account assets.

“(o) The assets of a segregated account are comprised of assets representing the capital stock and reserves attributable to the segregated account or all other assets attributable to or held within the segregated account. For the purposes of this subsection, ‘reserves’ includes retained earnings, capital surplus, and paid-in capital.

“(p) The directors of a captive insurer shall establish and maintain, or cause to be established and maintained, procedures:

“(1) To segregate, and keep segregated, account assets separate and separately identifiable from general assets;

“(2) To segregate, and keep segregated, account assets of each segregated account separate and separately identifiable from segregated account assets of any other segregated account; and

“(3) If relevant, to apportion or transfer assets and liabilities between segregated accounts, or between segregated accounts and general assets, of the segregated account captive insurer.

“(q) Segregated account assets shall:

“(1) Only be available and used to meet liabilities of the creditors with respect to that segregated account, and those creditors shall thereby be entitled to have recourse to the segregated account assets attributable to that segregated account; and

“(2) Not be available or used to meet liabilities to, and shall be absolutely protected from, the creditors of the captive insurer who are not creditors with respect to a particular segregated account, and those creditors shall not be entitled to have recourse to the protected segregated account assets.

“(r) If a liability of a captive insurer to a person arises from a matter, or is otherwise imposed, with respect to a particular segregated account, the liability shall extend only to, and that person shall, with respect to that liability, be entitled to have recourse only to:

“(1) First, the segregated account assets attributable to the segregated account; and

“(2) Second, the captive insurer’s general assets, to the extent that the segregated account assets attributable to the segregated account, are insufficient to satisfy the liability, and to the extent that the captive insurer’s general assets exceed any minimum capital amounts lawfully required by this chapter.

“(s) If a liability of a captive insurer to a person arises otherwise than from a matter in respect of a particular segregated account or accounts, or is imposed otherwise than in respect of a particular segregated account or accounts, the liability shall extend only to, and that person shall, with respect to that liability, be entitled to have recourse only to the captive insurer’s general assets.

“(t) Liabilities of a captive insurer not attributable to any of its segregated accounts shall be discharged from the account captive insurer’s general assets. Income, receipts, and other property or rights of or acquired by a captive insurer not otherwise attributable to any segregated account shall be attributed to the captive insurer’s general assets to the extent that the captive insurer’s general assets exceed any minimum capital amounts lawfully required by this chapter.

“(u)(1) Each segregated account shall be accounted for separately on the books and records of the captive insurer to reflect the financial condition and results of operations of the segregated account, including net income or loss, dividends, or other distributions to participants, and such other factors as may be provided by the participant contract or required by the Commissioner.

“(2) No sale, exchange, or other transfer of assets shall be made by the captive insurer between or among any of its segregated accounts without the written consent of the segregated accounts and the Commissioner.

“(3) No sale, exchange, transfer of assets, dividend, or distribution shall be made from a segregated account to any person without the Commissioner’s prior written approval and the approval shall not be given if the sale, exchange, transfer, dividend, or distribution would result in the insolvency or impairment with respect to the segregated account.

“(4) Each segregated account captive insurer shall annually file with the Commissioner such financial reports as the Commissioner shall require, which shall include financial statements detailing the financial experience of each segregated account.

“(5) Each captive insurer shall notify the Commissioner within 10 business days of any segregated account that is insolvent or otherwise unable to meet its claims or expense obligations.

“(6) No participant contract shall take effect without the Commissioner’s prior written approval. The addition of each new segregated account or the withdrawal of any participant from any existing segregated account shall constitute a change in the strategic business plan of that segregated account requiring the Commissioner’s prior written approval.

“(v) Any person or legal entity may be a participant in a segregated account formed or licensed under this chapter.

“(w) A participant in a segregated account need not be a shareholder insured within the segregated account or by the captive insurer or any affiliate thereof.”

D.C. Law 17-353 validated a previously made technical correction in subsec. (b)(41)

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 substituted “chapter” for “section” in (a); repealed (b)(2) and (b)(3); added “In addition to the requirements in § 31-3931.03(b)” in (b)(8); and substituted “paragraphs (9), (10), (11), or (12)” for “paragraphs (6), (8), or (9)” in (b)(13).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 5 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.05. Liquidation and rehabilitation of protected cells.

(a) If a protected cell captive insurer with one or more protected cells is being liquidated under this chapter, the protected cell captive insurer shall not be deemed to have no assets and no liabilities if the protected cell captive insurer continues to have a protected cell.

(b) In the course of the liquidating the protected cell captive insurer, each protected cell shall be:

(1) Transferred to another protected cell captive insurer;

(2) Liquidated;

(3) Continued as a separate legal entity or protected cell under the law of another jurisdiction;

(4) Incorporated independently of the protected cell captive insurer; or

(5) Merged with another insurer.

(c) If a protected cell captive insurer is being liquidated, the liquidation shall not apply with respect to any protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer.

(d) If a protected cell of a protected cell captive insurer is being liquidated, the liquidation shall not apply with respect to the protected cell captive insurer or any other protected cell of the protected cell captive insurer.

(e) The court, on the application of a protected cell captive insurer, may determine, in accordance with this chapter, if a liability of the protected cell captive insurer shall be satisfied by its general assets, by the cell assets of a specific protected cell of the company, or by a combination of those assets.

(f) Notwithstanding any statutory provision or rule of law to the contrary, in the winding-up of a captive insurer, the liquidator shall:

(1) Deal with the captive insurer’s assets only in accordance with the procedures set out in subsection (h)(6) of this section; and

(2) In the discharge of the claims of creditors of the captive insurer, shall apply the captive insurer’s assets to those entitled to have recourse thereto under the provisions of § 31-3931.04.

(g)(1) A petition for a liquidation or rehabilitation order with respect to a protected cell of a protected cell captive insurer may be made by:

(A) The protected cell captive insurer;

(B) The majority of the directors of the protected cell captive insurer;

(C) Any creditor of that protected cell; or

(D) The Commissioner.

(2) Notice of a petition to the court for a liquidation or rehabilitation order with respect to a protected cell of a captive insurer shall be served upon:

(A) The captive insurer;

(B) The Commissioner; and

(C) Such other persons as the court may direct.

(h)(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, the court may make a liquidation or rehabilitation order with respect to a protected cell if, in relation to a captive insurer, the court is satisfied that:

(A) The cell assets attributable to a particular protected cell of the captive insurer, and in those cases where creditors of the captive insurer with respect to the protected cell are entitled to have recourse to the captive insurer’s general assets, are, or are likely to be, insufficient to discharge the claims of creditors with respect to that protected cell; and

(B) An order would achieve the purposes set forth in paragraph (3) of this subsection.

(2) A liquidation or rehabilitation order may be made with respect to one or more protected cells.

(3) A liquidation or rehabilitation order shall direct that the business and cell assets of, or attributable to, a protected cell shall be managed by a liquidator or rehabilitator specified in the order for the purpose of:

(A) The orderly closing or rehabilitation of the business of, or attributable to, the protected cell; and

(B) The distribution of the cell assets, or assets attributable to the protected cell, to those having recourse thereto.

(i) The liquidator or rehabilitator of a protected cell:

(1) Shall have all the functions and powers of the directors responsible for the business and cell assets of, or attributable to, the protected cell;

(2) May at any time apply to the court for directions as to the extent or exercise of any function or power, for the liquidation or rehabilitation order to be discharged or varied, or for an order as to any matter occurring during the course of the liquidation or rehabilitation.

(3) In exercising his functions and powers, shall act as the agent of the captive insurer and shall not incur personal liability except to the extent that he or she acts fraudulently, recklessly, negligently, or in bad faith.

(j) Upon the filing of a petition for, and during the period of operation of, a liquidation or rehabilitation order:

(1) No proceedings shall be instituted or continued by or against the captive insurer or protected cell in respect of which the liquidation or rehabilitation order was made; and

(2) No action shall be taken to enforce any security or in the execution of legal process with respect to the business or cell assets of or attributable to the protected cell with respect to which the liquidation or rehabilitation order was made, except by leave of the court.

(k) During the period of operation of a liquidation or rehabilitation order:

(1) The functions and powers of the directors shall cease with respect to the business of, or attributable to, the protected cell or cell assets for which the order was made; and

(2)(A) The liquidator or rehabilitator of the protected cell shall be entitled to be present at all meetings of the captive insurer or protected cell and to vote at such meetings as if he or she were a director of the captive insurer.

(B) Unless there are no creditors that are entitled to have recourse to the captive insurer’s general assets, the liquidator’s or rehabilitator’s voting authority shall include matters concerning the captive insurer’s general assets.

(l)(1) The court shall not discharge a liquidation or rehabilitation order issued pursuant to this section unless it appears to the court that the purpose for which the order was made has been achieved, substantially achieved, or is incapable of being achieved.

(2) The court, on hearing a petition for the discharge or variation of a liquidation or rehabilitation order, may make any interim order or adjourn the proceeding.

(3) Upon the court issuing an order discharging a liquidation or rehabilitation order for a protected cell on the ground that the purpose for which the order was made had been achieved or substantially achieved, the court may direct that any payment made by the liquidator or rehabilitator to any creditor of the captive insurer, with respect to that protected cell, shall be deemed full satisfaction of the liabilities of the captive insurer to the creditor with respect to the protected cell, and the creditor’s claims against the captive insurer with respect to that protected cell shall be of its administrative, regulatory, and marketing activities as prescribed by law.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 6, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-286, § 2, 54 DCR 957.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3931.09 and § 31-3932.03.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-286 rewrote this section, which formerly read:

“(a) Notwithstanding any statutory provision or rule of law to the contrary, in the winding-up of a captive insurer, the liquidator:

“(1) Shall deal with the company’s assets only in accordance with the procedures set forth in subsection (c)(6) of this section; and

“(2) In the discharge of the claims of creditors of the captive insurer, shall apply the captive insurer’s assets to those entitled to have recourse thereto under the provisions of § 31-3931.04.

“(b)(1) A petition for a liquidation or rehabilitation order with respect to a segregated account of a captive insurer may be made by:

“(A) The segregated account captive insurer;

“(B) The majority of the directors of the segregated account captive insurer;

“(C) Any creditor of the segregated account; or

“(D) The Commissioner.

“(2) Notice of a petition to the court for a liquidation or rehabilitation order with respect to a segregated account of a captive insurer shall be served upon:

“(A) The captive insurer;

“(B) The Commissioner; and

“(C) Such other persons as the court may direct.

“(c)(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, the court may make a liquidation or rehabilitation order with respect to a segregated account if, in relation to a captive insurer, the court is satisfied that the:

“(A) Segregated account assets attributable to a particular segregated account of the captive insurer, and in those cases where creditors of the captive insurer with respect to that segregated account are entitled to have recourse to the captive insurer’s general assets, are or are likely to be insufficient to discharge the claims of creditors with respect to that segregated account; and

“(B) Making of an order under this section would achieve the purposes set forth in paragraph (3) of this subsection.

“(2) A liquidation or rehabilitation order may be made with respect to one or more segregated accounts.

“(3) A liquidation or rehabilitation order shall direct that the business and segregated account assets of, or attributable to, a segregated account shall be managed by a liquidator or rehabilitator specified in the order for the purpose of:

“(A) The orderly closing or rehabilitation of the business of, or attributable to, the segregated account; and

“(B) The distribution of the segregated account assets, or assets attributable to the segregated account, to those having recourse thereto.

“(d) The liquidator or rehabilitator of a segregated account:

“(1) Shall have all the functions and powers of the directors responsible for the business and segregated account assets of, or attributable to, the segregated account;

“(2) May at any time apply to the court for directions as to the extent or exercise of any function or power, for the liquidation or rehabilitation order to be discharged or varied, or for an order as to any matter occurring during the course of the liquidation or rehabilitation; and

“(3) In exercising his functions and powers, shall be deemed to act as the agent of the captive insurer and shall not incur personal liability except to the extent that he acts fraudulently, recklessly, negligently, or in bad faith.

“(e) Upon the filing of a petition for, and during the period of operation of, a liquidation or rehabilitation order:

“(1) No proceedings shall be instituted or continued by or against the captive insurer or segregated account in respect of which the liquidation or rehabilitation order was made; and

“(2) No steps shall be taken to enforce any security or in the execution of legal process in respect of the business or segregated account assets of or attributable to the segregated account in respect of which the liquidation or rehabilitation order was made, except by leave of the court.

“(f)(1) During the period of operation of a liquidation or rehabilitation order:

“(A) The functions and powers of the directors shall cease with respect to the business of, or attributable to, the segregated account or segregated account assets for which the order was made; and

“(B) The liquidator or rehabilitator of the segregated account shall be entitled to be present at all meetings of the captive insurer or segregated account and to vote at such meetings as if he or she were a director of the captive insurer.

“(2) Unless there are no creditors that are entitled to have recourse to the captive insurer’s general assets, the liquidator’s or rehabilitator’s voting authority includes matters concerning the captive insurer’s general assets.

“(g)(1) The Court shall not discharge a liquidation or rehabilitation order issued pursuant to this section unless it appears to the Court that the purpose for which the order was made has been achieved, substantially achieved, or is incapable of being achieved.

“(2) The Court, on hearing a petition for the discharge or variation of a liquidation or rehabilitation order, may make any interim order or adjourn the proceeding.

“(3) Upon the Court issuing an order discharging a liquidation or rehabilitation order for a segregated account on the ground that the purpose for which the order was made had been achieved or substantially achieved, the Court may direct that any payment made by the liquidator or rehabilitator to any creditor of the captive insurer, with respect to that segregated account, shall be full satisfaction of the liabilities of the captive insurer to that creditor with respect to that segregated account, and the creditor’s claims against the captive insurer with respect to that segregated account shall be thereby extinguished.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 6 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.06. Capital and surplus.

(a)(1) In addition to any other capital required to be maintained pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, a captive insurer (except a protected cell captive insurer) authorized to do business in the District shall at all times maintain a minimum unimpaired capital of $ 100,000.

(2) The Commissioner shall, in the Commissioner's discretion, establish the required minimum capital for a protected cell captive insurer, and for each protected cell, based on the type, volume, and nature of insurance that is transacted by the insurer and by the cell; provided, that the required minimum capital for a protected cell captive insurer may be zero so long as each of its protected cells maintains the minimum capital required for that cell.

(b) Except as otherwise provided by the Commissioner pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the capital required to be maintained pursuant to this section shall be in the form of cash or an irrevocable letter of credit.

(c) The Commissioner may require a captive insurer, including each protected cell, to maintain additional unimpaired capital based on the type, volume, and nature of the insurance business that is transacted by the captive insurer and may determine the amount of capital, if any, that may be in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit.

(d) A letter of credit used by a captive insurer or protected cell as evidence of capital required pursuant to this section shall:

(1) Be issued by a bank chartered in the District or by a branch of a bank located in the District if such bank is a member of the United States Federal Reserve System, or its deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;

(2) Be issued on a form approved by the Commissioner; and

(3) Include a provision pursuant to which a letter of credit is automatically renewed each year.

(e) The Commissioner may approve an ongoing plan for the payment of dividends or other distributions by a captive insurer or protected cell if, at the time of each payment or distribution, the amount of capital and surplus retained by the captive insurer or protected cell is in excess of the amounts required by the Commissioner. The Commissioner shall adopt by rule:

(1) A specific amount that a captive insurer or protected cell must have in excess capital and surplus for the approval of an ongoing plan for the payment of dividends or other distributions; or

(2) A formula pursuant to which the specific amount of required excess capital and surplus may be calculated.

(f) A captive insurer shall not be issued a certificate of authority, and shall not hold a certificate of authority, unless the captive insurer has and maintains, in addition to any other surplus required to be maintained pursuant to subsection (h) of this section, an unencumbered surplus of:

(1) For a pure captive insurer, not less than $150,000;

(2) For an association captive insurer incorporated as a stock insurer, not less than $300,000;

(3) For an agency captive insurer, not less than $300,000;

(4) For a rental captive insurer, not less than $300,000;

(5) For an association captive insurer incorporated as a mutual insurer or reciprocal insurer, not less than $500,000; and

(6) For each protected cell captive insurer, and for each protected cell, not less than an amount to be established by the Commissioner in the Commissioner's discretion; provided, that a protected cell captive insurer that does not write any insurance business in the District shall not be required to maintain any surplus so long as each of its protected cells maintains the required surplus for that cell.

(g) Except as otherwise provided by the Commissioner pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the surplus required to be maintained pursuant to this section shall be in the form of cash or an irrevocable letter of credit.

(h) The Commissioner may prescribe additional requirements relating to surplus based on the type, volume, and nature of the insurance business that is transacted by a captive insurer or protected cell and requirements regarding which surplus, if any, may be in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit.

(i) A letter of credit used by a captive insurer or a protected cell as evidence of surplus required pursuant to this section shall meet the same requirements as a letter of credit issued for paid-in capital found subsection (d) of this section.

(j) The parent of a branch captive insurer shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for all matters involving the branch captive insurer.

(k) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a captive insurer or protected cell shall pay dividends out of, or make any other distribution from, its capital or surplus, or both, in accordance with the provisions set forth in subsection (e) of this section. A captive insurer or protected cell shall not pay dividends out of, or make any other distribution out of, its capital or surplus or both, in violation of this section unless the captive insurer or protected cell has obtained the prior written approval of the Commissioner to make the a payment or distribution.

(l) Section 31-2502.12 shall apply to risk retention groups licensed as captive insurers. A risk retention group subject to this section may petition the Commissioner for a waiver of the limitation on exposure to risks or hazards. The Commissioner may issues rules, pursuant to § 31-3931.21, establishing the circumstances under which a risk retention group may obtain, and the conditions a risk retention group shall satisfy to obtain, a waiver of the limitation.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 7, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 14, 2012, D.C. Law 19-103, § 2(b), 59 DCR 432; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(c), 61 DCR 12572.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3931.07.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-103 added subsec. (l).

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 rewrote (a) and (f)(6); and substituted “protected cell” for “segregated account” throughout the section.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 7 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.07. Investments.

(a) A captive insurer shall file with the Commissioner a schedule of its proposed investments, and any material changes thereto, which the Commissioner may approve if he or she determines that the investments do not threaten the solvency or liquidity of the captive insurer. The Commissioner shall not unreasonably disapprove the investments.

(b) A captive insurer or protected cell may make a loan to its parent or affiliated company if the loan:

(1) Is first approved in writing by the Commissioner;

(2) Is evidenced by a note that is in a form that is approved by the Commissioner; and

(3) Does not include any money that has been set aside as capital or surplus as required by § 31-3931.06(a) or (f).

(c) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section, a risk retention group licensed as a captive insurer shall be subject to subchapters I, III, and V of Chapter 13A of this title [§§ 31-1371.01 through 31-1371.07, 31-1373.01 through 31-1373.12, and 31-1375.01].


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 8, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 14, 2012, D.C. Law 19-103, § 2(c), 59 DCR 432; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(d), 61 DCR 12572.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-103 added subsec. (c).

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 substituted “protected cell” for “segregated account” in (b).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 8 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.08. Reinsurance.

(a) A captive insurer or protected cell may provide reinsurance on risks ceded by any other insurer, captive insurer, or protected cell.

(b) A captive insurer or protected cell may take credit for the reinsurance of risks or portions of risks ceded to reinsurers in compliance with Chapter 5 of this title. Prior approval of the Commissioner shall be required for ceding or taking credit for the reinsurance of risks or portions of risks ceded to reinsurers not complying with Chapter 5 of this title, except for business written by an alien captive insurer outside of the United States.

(c) In addition to reinsurers authorized under Chapter 5 of this title, a captive insurer or protected cell may take credit for the reinsurance of risks or portions of risks ceded to a pool, exchange, or association acting as a reinsurer which has been authorized by the Commissioner. The Commissioner may require any other documents, financial information, or other evidence that the pool, exchange, or association will be able to provide adequate security for its financial obligations. The Commissioner may deny authorization or impose any limitations on the activities of a reinsurance pool, exchange, or association that, in the Commissioner’s judgment, are necessary and proper to provide adequate security for the ceding captive insurer or protected cell and for the protection and consequent benefit of the public at large.

(d) For all purposes of this chapter, insurance written by a captive insurer or protected cell of any workers’ compensation qualified self-insured plan of its parent or affiliates shall be deemed to be reinsurance.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 9, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(e), 61 DCR 12572.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3931.02.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 substituted “protected cell” for “segregated account” throughout the section.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 9 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.09. Application requirements.

(a) A captive insurer shall apply to the Commissioner for a certificate of authority. If one or more protected cells are established as separate legal entities, each protected cell shall apply for a certificate of authority. The application shall include:

(1) A proposed copy of the organizational documents of the captive insurer if the captive insurer has not been organized, or a certified copy of the organizational documents and evidence of good standing if the captive insurer has been organized;

(2) A pro forma financial statement for the captive insurer that has been prepared by a certified public accountant; and

(3) Any other statements or documents that the Commissioner requires to be filed with the application.

(b) A captive insurer shall include in its application for a certificate of authority evidence of:

(1) The amount of liquidity of its assets relative to the risks to be assumed by the captive insurer;

(2) The expertise, experience, and character of the persons who will manage the captive insurer;

(3) The overall soundness of the plan of operation of the captive insurer;

(4) The adequacy of the programs that the captive insurer is providing for loss prevention by its parent or member organizations, as applicable;

(5) Minimum capital and surplus requirements as set forth in § 31-3931.05(a) and (f) [apparently intended to be a reference to § 31-3931.09(a) and (f)]; and

(6) Such other information considered to be relevant by the Commissioner in ascertaining whether the proposed captive insurer will be able to meet its policy obligations.

(c) An application by a captive insurer or protected cell for a certificate of authority shall include a nonrefundable application fee to be determined by the Commissioner. The Commissioner may require the applicant to retain independent legal, financial, and examination services from outside the Department to review and make recommendations regarding the applicant’s qualifications, and to submit those reports and recommendations to the Commissioner for his or her review. The cost of those services shall be paid by the applicant.

(d) If the Commissioner determines that the documents and statements filed by the captive insurer or protected cell of a captive insurer are complete and satisfy the requirements for a certificate of authority, the Commissioner shall issue a certificate of authority to the captive insurer or protected cell within 30 days. Each certificate shall be renewed each year not later than the 30th day of April succeeding the date of its issuance. The Commissioner may impose an administrative fine or penalty on a captive insurer or protected cell that fails to renew its certificate of authority before August 1. The Commissioner may suspend or revoke the certificate of authority of a captive insurer or protected cell that fails to renew its certificate of authority on or after August 1.

(e) A captive insurer shall pay a fee to be established by the Commissioner for the issuance of a certificate of authority and an annual fee to be established by the Commissioner for the renewal of its certificate of authority. A captive insurer may be required to pay a fee for one or more protected cells.

(f) A captive insurer shall include its strategic business plan with its application for the issuance of its certificate of authority. If the captive insurer intends to make any material or substantive changes to its strategic business plan, the captive insurer shall file a copy of the amended strategic business plan with the Commissioner for prior written approval.

(g)(1) Documents, materials, and other information submitted pursuant to this section shall be confidential and shall be exempt from any otherwise applicable freedom of information law, including Chapter 5 of Title 2 [§ 2-531 et seq.], public records law, public records disclosure law, or other similar statute and shall not be subject to subpoena or discovery or admissible in evidence in a private civil action, and shall not be divulged to any person except either as provided for in this subsection or with the written consent of the captive insurer or protected cell.

(2) The Commissioner may use documents, materials, and other information submitted pursuant to this section in the furtherance of any regulatory or legal action brought as a part of the Commissioner's official duties.

(3) To assist in the performance of the Commissioner's duties, the Commissioner may share documents, materials, or other information submitted pursuant to this section with state, federal, and international regulatory agencies, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, including its affiliates and subsidiaries, and with state, federal, and international law enforcement authorities; provided, that the recipient agrees in writing, and has the legal authority to so agree, to maintain the confidentiality of the documents, materials, and other information.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 10, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(f), 61 DCR 12572.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03 and § 31-3932.04.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 substituted “protected cell” for “segregated account” throughout the section; substituted “protected cells” for “segregated accounts” in (e); and added (g).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 10 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.10. Name.

A captive insurer shall not use or adopt a name that is the same as, deceptively similar to, or likely to be confused with or mistaken for any other insurer licensed in the District.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 11, 52 DCR 1205.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 11 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.11. Requirements for transacting business.

(a) A captive insurer shall not transact business in the District unless the captive insurer and, if applicable, each protected cell of a captive insurer, first obtains a certificate of authority from the Commissioner.

(b) In determining whether to grant the approval required in subsection (a) of this section, the Commissioner shall consider:

(1) The character, reputation, financial standing, and purposes of the incorporators or organizers;

(2) The character, reputation, financial responsibility, experience relating to insurance, and business qualifications of the officers and directors (or equivalent managers if other than a corporation) of the captive insurer;

(3) The competence of any person who, pursuant to a contract with the captive insurer, will manage the affairs of the captive insurer;

(4) The competence, reputation, and experience of the legal counsel of the captive insurer relating to the regulation of insurance;

(5) If the captive insurer is a rental captive insurer, the competence, reputation and experience of the underwriter of the captive insurer;

(6) The strategic business plan of the insurer; and

(7) Such other aspects of the captive insurer as the Commissioner considers advisable.

(c) A captive insurer shall:

(1) Maintain an office in the District;

(2)(A) Appoint a person in the District of Columbia, consistent with the requirements of § 31-202(b), as the agent for service of process and to otherwise act on behalf of the captive insurer in the District.

(B) If the registered agent cannot be located with reasonable diligence for the purpose of serving notice or demand on the captive insurer, the notice or demand may be served on the Commissioner, who shall be deemed to be the agent for the captive insurer;

(3) Make adequate arrangements with a bank chartered in the District, or a branch of a bank located in the District if the bank is a member of the United States Federal Reserve System or its deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;

(4) Employ or enter into a contract with an individual or business organization to manage the affairs of the captive insurer, which individual or business organization shall meet the standards of competence and experience satisfactory to the Commissioner;

(5) Employ or enter into a contract with a qualified, experienced, certified public accountant or a firm of certified public accountants, which accountant or firm shall meet the standards of competence and experience in matters concerning the regulation of insurance in the District, as determined by the Commissioner;

(6) Employ or enter into a contract with qualified, experienced actuaries to perform reviews and evaluations of the operations of the captive insurer; and

(7) Employ or enter into a contract with an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the District, which attorney shall meet the standards of competence and experience in matters concerning the regulation of insurance in the District, as determined by the Commissioner.

(d) The board of directors of a captive insurer shall meet at least one time each year in the District.

(e) Repealed.

(f) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, a captive insurer that obtains a provisional certificate of authority may engage in limited activities as part of the initial organization and capitalization of the captive insurer.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 12, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(g), 61 DCR 12572.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03 and § 31-3932.04.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 substituted “protected cell” for “segregated account” in (a);and repealed (e).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 12 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.12. Tax on premiums collected.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a captive insurer shall pay to the District, not later than March 2 of each year, a tax at the rate of:

(1) Two hundred fifty thousandths of one percent on the first $25 million of its net direct premiums;

(2) One hundred fifty thousandths of one percent on the next $25 million of its net direct premiums; and

(3) Fifty thousandths of one percent on each additional dollar of its net direct premiums.

(a-1) A captive insurer organized as a risk retention group, as defined in § 31-4101(12), shall pay to the District, not later than March 2 of each year, a tax at the rate of:

(1) Thirty-eight hundredths of 1% on the first $20 million of its total net direct premiums;

(2) Twenty-five hundredths of 1% on the next $20 million of its total net direct premiums; and

(3) Eighteen hundredths of 1% on each additional dollar of its total net direct premiums.

(b)(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a captive insurer shall pay to the District, not later than March 2 of each year, a tax at the rate of:

(A) Two hundred twenty-five thousandths of one percent on the first $25 million of revenue from assumed reinsurance premiums;

(B) One hundred fifty thousandths of one percent on the next $25 million of revenue from assumed reinsurance premiums; and

(C) Twenty-five thousandths of one percent on each additional dollar of revenue from assumed reinsurance premiums.

(2) The tax on reinsurance premiums pursuant to this subsection shall not be levied on premiums for risks or portions of risks which are subject to taxation on a direct basis pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. A captive insurer shall not pay any reinsurance premium tax pursuant to this subsection on revenue related to the receipt of assets by the captive insurer in exchange for the assumption of loss reserves and other liabilities of another insurer that is under common ownership and control with the captive insurer, if the transaction is part of a plan to discontinue the operation of the other insurer and the intent of the parties to the transaction is to renew or maintain such business with the captive insurer.

(c) If the sum of the taxes to be paid by a captive insurer, other than a risk retention group licensed as an association captive insurer, calculated pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section is less than $7,500 in any given year, the captive insurer shall pay a minimum tax of $7,500 for the year.

(d) If the sum of the taxes to be paid by a risk retention group, licensed as an association captive insurer, calculated pursuant to subsections (a-1) and (b) of this section is less than $15,000 in any given year, the captive insurer shall pay a minimum tax of $15,000 for the year.

(e) The total tax paid by a captive insurer shall not exceed $100,000 in any year.

(f) In the case of a branch captive insurer, the tax provided for in this section shall apply only to the branch business of the branch captive insurer.

(g) In the case of annuity business, the tax provided for in this section shall not apply.

(h) Notwithstanding any specific statute to the contrary and except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the tax provided for by this section shall constitute all the taxes collectible pursuant to the laws of the District from a captive insurer, and no occupation tax or other taxes shall be levied or collected from a captive insurer by the District, except for real property taxes pursuant to Chapter 8 of Title 47 or personal property taxes pursuant to subchapter II of Chapter 15 of Title 47.

(i) A captive insurer that is issued a certificate of authority during the last quarter of the calendar year may file a written request with the Commissioner for a reduction in the minimum premium tax obligation calculated pursuant to subsections (c) and (d) of this section. The Commissioner may grant the a [sic] request pursuant to an appropriate methodology adopted by rule.

(j) The tax provided for in this section shall be calculated on an annual basis, notwithstanding policies, contracts, insurance, or contracts of reinsurance issued on a multiyear basis. In the case of multiyear policies or contracts, the premium shall be prorated for purposes of determining the tax obligation under this section.

(k) One hundred percent of the revenues collected from the tax imposed pursuant to this section shall be credited to the account for the regulation and supervision of captive insurers created by § 31-1202(BB).

(l) Repealed.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 13, 52 DCR 1205; Apr. 7, 2006, D.C. Law 16-91, § 102(b), 52 DCR 10637; Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-191, § 54(c), 53 DCR 6794; Aug. 16, 2008, D.C. Law 17-219, § 2014, 55 DCR 7598.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3931.13 and § 31-3932.03.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-91, in subsec. (k), validated previously made technical corrections.

D.C. Law 16-191, in subsec. (k), validated a previously made technical correction.

D.C. Law 17-219 added subsec. (a-1); in subsec. (d), substituted “subsections (a-1) and (b)” for “subsections (a) and (b)” and substituted “$15,000” for “$10,000”; and repealed subsec. (l), which had read as follows: “(l) In determining the amount of premium taxes payable under this section, any insurance contract entered into by a captive insurance company issued a certificate of authority pursuant to this chapter, regardless of the location of the risk or the domicile of the purchaser, shall be subject to the payment of premium taxes on that transaction to the District of Columbia; provided, that upon presentation of evidence that another jurisdiction has claimed, and the company has paid, premium taxes to that jurisdiction on the same transaction, the company may credit the amount paid to the other jurisdiction against premium taxes owed to the District of Columbia.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 13 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).

Short Title

Short title: Section 2013 of D.C. Law 17-219 provided that subtitle F of title II of the act may be cited as the “Captive Insurance Company Adjustment Amendment Act of 2008”.

Editor's Notes

Section 2015 of D.C. Law 17-219 provided that this subtitle shall apply as of January 1, 2008.


§ 31–3931.13. Annual report.

(a)(1) On or before March 2 of each year, a captive insurer, including, if applicable, each protected cell, shall submit to the Commissioner, on a form prescribed by the Commissioner, a report of its financial condition, as prepared by a certified public accountant. A captive insurer shall file a consolidated report on behalf of each of its protected cells.

(2) A captive insurer, including, if applicable, each protected cell, shall use generally accepted accounting principles and include any useful or necessary modifications or adaptations of these principles that have been approved or accepted by the Commissioner for the type of insurance and kinds of insurers to be reported upon, as supplemented by additional information required by the Commissioner.

(b) A pure captive insurer may apply, in writing, for authorization to file its annual report based on a fiscal year that is consistent with the fiscal year of the parent company of the pure captive insurer. If an alternative date is granted:

(1) The annual report shall be due not later than 60 days after the end of each fiscal year; and

(2) The pure captive insurer shall file on or before March 2 of each year such forms as required by the Commissioner by regulation to provide sufficient detail to support its premium tax return filed pursuant to § 31-3931.12.

(c) All risk retention groups licensed as captive insurers shall comply with Chapter 3 of this title [§ 31-301 et seq.], except that the exemption in § 31-314(a) shall not apply to risk retention groups. All risk retention groups licensed as captive insurers shall comply with the actuarial opinion filing requirements set forth in §§ 31-2502.26a and 31-2502.26b.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 14, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 14, 2012, D.C. Law 19-103, § 2(d), 59 DCR 432; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(h), 61 DCR 12572.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-103 added subsec. (c).

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 rewrote (a).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 14 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.14. Financial examination.

(a) The Commissioner, or his designee, may visit each captive insurer at such times as he or she considers necessary to thoroughly inspect and examine the affairs of the captive insurer or protected cell of a captive insurer to ascertain:

(1) The financial condition of the captive insurer;

(2) The ability of the captive insurer to fulfill its obligations; and

(3) Whether the captive insurer has complied with the provisions of this chapter and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

(b) The Commissioner may require a captive insurer to retain qualified independent legal, financial, and examination services from outside the Department to conduct the examination and make recommendations to the Commissioner. The cost of the examination shall be paid by the captive insurer.

(c) Chapter 14 of this title [§ 31-1401 et seq.] shall apply to examinations conducted pursuant to this section. The Commissioner may waive the requirement in § 13-1402(a) that a captive insurer must be examined at least once every 5 years, if the:

(1) Captive insurer has filed unqualified audited financial statements each year since the captive insurer's last financial examination or the date of licensure;

(2) Commissioner determines that the audited financial statements demonstrate that the captive insurer maintains sufficient surplus to satisfy all of its obligations to its policyholders and creditors;

(3) Captive insurer is in compliance with all applicable District laws and regulations; and

(4) Captive insurer is not a risk retention group licensed as a captive insurer.

(d) For purposes of subsection (a) of this section, protected cells of a captive insurer shall not be separately examined unless the Commissioner has sufficient cause to examine one or more protected cells.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 15, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(i), 61 DCR 12572.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 substituted “protected cell” for “segregated account” in (a); rewrote (c); and substituted “protected cells” for “segregated accounts” in (d).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 15 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.15. Revocation, suspension, or fine.

(a) The Commissioner may revoke or suspend the certificate of authority to transact insurance business in the District of a captive insurer, including, if applicable, a protected cell, which:

(1) Has failed or refused to comply with any provision or requirement of this chapter;

(2) Is impaired in capital or surplus;

(3) Is insolvent;

(4) Is determined, pursuant to Chapter 21 of this title, to be in such condition that further transaction of business by the company will be hazardous to its policyholders, creditors, or the general public;

(5) Has failed or refused to submit any report or statement required by law or order of the Commissioner;

(6) Has failed or refused to comply with any provision of its charter or bylaws;

(6A) Has violated Chapter 22A of this title [§  31-2231.01 et seq.]; provided, that this paragraph shall apply only to District-domiciled risk retention groups licensed as captive insurers;

(7) Has used any method in transacting insurance business pursuant to this chapter which would be detrimental to the operation of the captive insurer or would make its condition unsound with respect to its policyholders or the general public; or

(8) Has failed otherwise to comply with the laws of the District or any jurisdiction.

(b) The Commissioner may also impose a fine not to exceed $5,000 for each violation by a captive insurer, including, if applicable, a protected cell, of any of the provisions found in subsection (a) of this section.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 16, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(j), 61 DCR 12572.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03 and § 31-3932.14.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 added “including, if applicable, a protected cell” in the introductory language of (a) and (b); and added (a)(6A).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 16 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.16. Insolvency.

(a) A captive insurer shall not join or contribute financially to any risk-sharing plan, risk pool, or insurance insolvency guaranty fund in the District. A captive insurer or its insured, its parent or an affiliated company, or any member organization of its association shall not receive any benefit from the plan, pool, or fund for claims arising out of the operations of the captive insurer.

(b) The terms and conditions set forth in Chapter 13 of this title [§ 31-1301 et seq.] (“1993 Act”), pertaining to insurer rehabilitation, insolvency, and receiverships shall apply in full to captive insurers licensed under this chapter and shall apply to the protected cells of a captive insurer on a cell basis. If there is a conflict between the provisions of this chapter and the 1993 Act, the provisions of this chapter shall prevail, including the provisions of § 31-3931.05 for liquidation and rehabilitation of protected cells.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 17, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(k), 61 DCR 12572.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 rewrote (b).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 17 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.17. Redomestication.

(a) Any captive insurer which is licensed under laws of any jurisdiction may become a domestic captive insurer in the District by complying with all of the requirements of this chapter relative to the organization and licensing of a domestic insurer of the same type and by designating an office at a place within the District. The redomesticated captive insurer may transact business in the District and shall be subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the District.

(b) All insurance contracts which are in existence at the time any captive insurer transfers its insurance domicile to the District by merger, consolidation, or any other lawful method shall continue in full force and effect upon the transfer if the captive insurer is duly qualified to transact the same type of insurance business in the District.

(c) Every transferring insurer shall notify the Commissioner of the details of the proposed transfer and shall file promptly any resulting amendments to application documents filed or required to be filed with the Commissioner.

(d) Any domestic captive insurer, upon the approval of the Commissioner, may transfer its domicile to any state in which it is licensed to transact business as a captive insurance company and, upon the transfer, shall cease to be a domestic insurer. The Commissioner shall approve any proposed transfer unless he or she determines the transfer is not in the best interest of the policyholders.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 18, 52 DCR 1205.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 18 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.18. Rating organization.

A captive insurer shall not be required to join a rating organization.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 19, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(l), 61 DCR 12572.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 substituted “shall not be required” for “shall not required.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 19 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.19. Captive insurance regulatory and supervision trust account.

All fees, fines, penalties, and assessments received by the Commissioner under this chapter shall be deposited in, and credited to, the account established by § 31-1202(BB), and expended in accordance with § 31-1202(BB).


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 20, 52 DCR 1205.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 20 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.20. Judicial review; mandamus.

(a) Any captive insurer aggrieved by any act, determination, rule, regulation, order, or any other action taken by Commissioner pursuant to this chapter, and which was the subject of a contested case, may appeal to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, in accordance with § 2-510.

(b) The filing of an appeal pursuant to this section shall not stay the application of any rule, regulation, order, or other action of the Commissioner to the appealing party unless the court, after giving the appealing party notice and an opportunity to be heard, determines that failure to grant the stay would be detrimental to the interest of policyholders, shareholders, creditors, or the public.

(c) Any captive insurer aggrieved by any failure of the Commissioner to act or make a determination required by this chapter may petition the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for a writ in the nature of a mandamus or a peremptory mandamus directing the Commissioner to act or make such determination forthwith.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 21, 52 DCR 1205.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3932.03.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 21 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.21. Regulations.

The Commissioner may issue rules and regulations relating to captive insurers as are necessary to enable him or her to carry out the provisions of this chapter.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 22, 52 DCR 1205.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 31-3931.06, § 31-3931.22, and § 31-3932.03.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 22 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.22. Applicable laws.

(a) Except as otherwise expressly provided in this chapter, only the following laws relating to insurance shall apply to risk retention groups licensed as captive insurers:

(1) Chapter 4 of this title notwithstanding the definition of the term “licensed insurer” or “insurer” in § 31-3931.01(7)(A);

(2) Subchapter I of Chapter 7 of this title;

(3) Chapter 15 of this title; and

(4) Chapter 18 of this title.

(b) Except for §§ 31-2002(a)(2) and 31-2003(f), Chapter 20 of this title shall, effective January 1, 2012, apply to risk retention groups licensed as captive insurers; provided, that the Commissioner may waive the requirement that a risk retention group licensed as a captive insurer file a Risk Based Capital Plan under Chapter 20 of this title if the insurer is in compliance with its approved plan of operation and any additional requirements imposed by the Commissioner by rule pursuant to § 31-3931.21.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 23, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 14, 2012, D.C. Law 19-103, § 2(e), 59 DCR 432.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-103 rewrote the section, which formerly read:

“Except as provided in this chapter, no law relating to the insurance industry shall apply to captive insurers other than this chapter.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 23 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).


§ 31–3931.23. Repeal and transition provisions.

(a) Chapter 39 of this title is repealed, subject to the provisions of this section.

(b) All existing fees set forth in Chapter 39 of this title, shall remain in effect under the corresponding provisions of this chapter, and shall be applicable to protected cells, unless modified or repealed by rules promulgated by the Commissioner.

(c) All effective certificates of authority and all conditions imposed on the certificates of authority shall apply to the extent they would have applied under prior law.

(d) All captive insurers granted a certificate of authority as sponsored captive insurers under prior law shall comply with all of the provisions found in this chapter.


(Mar. 17, 2005, D.C. Law 15-262, § 24, 52 DCR 1205; Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-191, § 54(d), 53 DCR 6794; Mar. 10, 2015, D.C. Law 20-203, § 2(m), 61 DCR 12572.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-203 substituted “protected cells” for “segregated accounts” in (b).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 24 of Captive Insurance Company Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-640, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1238).