20211028 - New Appointment and Renewal Requirement - Public
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New Appointment and Renewal Requirement
October 28, 2021
The U.S. Department of The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) determines whether an individual or company is authorized to do business in the United States and maintains records of current restrictions and sanctions.
Citizens is prohibited from doing business with any individual or entity on an OFAC restrictions or sanctions list. An OFAC screening is required for agent and agency applications submitted to Citizens on or after October 28.
Citizens now uses Social Security numbers and tax identification numbers (TIN) prior to appointing new and renewing agents, agency principals and agencies for all application types.
|Introduction||Section 119.071(5), Florida Statutes, governs the collection of Social Security numbers by certain government entities, including Citizens. Citizens collects Social Security numbers only in cases where it is specifically authorized to do so or when it is imperative for performance of Citizens’ duties. To protect your identity, Citizens secures your Social Security number from unauthorized access and strictly prohibits the release of your Social Security number to unauthorized parties contrary to state or federal law.|
|How are Social Security numbers used in the agent appointment process?||
Citizens collects Social Security numbers from agents applying to write Citizens insurance during the agent appointment process. Purposes for collection are:
Citizens will freeze any accounts that are listed in the OFAC restricted or sanctioned list
- Citizens’ Notice of Collection and Use of Social Security Numbers is located in the Resources section on the right side of the following pages:
- To review up-to-date information regarding OFAC restrictions and sanctions, agents and agency staff can view the U.S. Department of The Treasury website under Financial Sanctions.
For additional assistance or to check the status of the OFAC check request, submit a request via Contact Us, by emailing Agency Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 888.685.1555 (select Option 1).
Citizens provides agent communications online for historical purposes only, and the communications have not been updated to include any changes that may have been made after publication. Agents can find the latest information by reviewing the applicable underwriting manuals, and by logging in and accessing our FAQs, which are available from the top of any page on our website.