Renewal Information for Surplus Lines Licensees

Section 500.240(1)(i) of the Michigan Insurance Code, being MCL 500.240(1)(i), requires all resident and non-resident surplus lines producers and business entity producers (agencies) to pay an annual $100.00 renewal fee before the license expires on March 31. All fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

NOTE:  A surplus lines agency will become inactive if the renewal fee is paid for the agency but the renewal fee is not paid for the only surplus lines producer affiliated with the agency.

The Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has implemented an online renewal process through the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR), at  The website will be available annually from February 1 through March 31.  The website allows each licensee and agency to renew the license online through the appropriate renewal links, using their NPN or FEIN, and paying appropriate license renewal fees with a valid credit card.  NIPR charges a $5.00 service fee in addition to the renewal fee for utilizing their service.

After renewing online, a receipt can either be printed or emailed to confirm the renewal fee was submitted and paid.  The next business day, the licensee/agency record will reflect an updated expiration date, and a new license will automatically be generated and mailed to the mailing address on file.  Additionally, licensees/agencies can view their updated license record information using one of the DIFS insurance locators:

Insurance Licensee Locator
Insurance Agency Locator

Voluntary Surrender

If the license is no longer needed, the licensee may submit a request to voluntarily surrender the license. The license should be sent to DIFS with a signed and dated statement indicating the licensee wants to voluntarily surrender the license.  If the license document cannot be located, the licensee should send a signed and dated statement to DIFS, indicating the license has been lost or destroyed and if located it will be destroyed.  The statement should include the licensee’s name, Michigan System ID number, and be sent to:

DIFS Licensing
PO Box 30220
Lansing MI 48909-7720
Fax Number: 517-284-8836

Cancellation and Reinstatement

Renewals not paid by March 31 will result in cancellation of the license and the license status will be changed to inactive.  Notification of a canceled license will be sent to the mailing address on file.

Inactive licensees who want to reinstate their license should review the steps for this process on the web page:

Reinstatement of a Surplus Lines Producer License
Reinstatement of a Surplus Lines Agency License

Questions regarding the renewal process may be sent to Liza Leal at