(a) The commissioner, by rule pursuant to Chapter 2, may provide for the implementation of the requirements of this chapter.
(b) Each title insurance agent certificate of authority in force prior to January 1, 2013, shall be issued a replacement title insurance agent license and appointment upon payment of the annual fee in the amount set forth in Section 27-25-4 prior to January 1, 2013. A replacement title insurance agent shall be authorized to continue to issue title insurance policies in the same manner as permitted in Section 27-25-4 prior to January 1, 2013.
(c) A replacement title insurance agent license issued in accordance with subsection (b) shall be valid for six months, during which time the person shall satisfy the requirements for a title insurance agent license pursuant to Sections 27-25-4.1 and 27-25-4.3 or the replacement license shall thereupon expire and be canceled. The appointment issued in accordance with subsection (b) shall be transferred to the title insurance agent license when the license is issued.
(d) The commissioner may stagger the renewal periods of title insurance agents over the first two calendar years following January 1, 2013. Certain licensees may be required to renew for one year at half of the biennial fee and continuing education requirements otherwise required under this chapter.
(e) The commissioner may provide for the delayed enforcement of Section 27-25-4.3, regarding examinations, Section 27-25-4.4, regarding continuing education, and Section 27-25-4.6, regarding fingerprinting, for up to 24 months following January 1, 2013, to allow for implementation.
(f) If the enforcement of the examination requirement of Section 27-25-4.3 is delayed as authorized in subsection (e), the commissioner may issue a temporary title insurance agent license to an applicant who is otherwise qualified except as to the prelicensing course and examination requirements of Section 27-25-4.3. A temporary license may be renewed once in accordance with the renewal schedule established by the commissioner as provided in subsection (d). A temporary license shall not be valid for a period of time exceeding three months following implementation of the examination requirement.
(Act 2012-397, p. 1078, §2.)