TO: All Insurance Companies and Insurance Producers Writing Motor Vehicle Insurance in Alaska
RE: Automobile Insurance Operator and Passenger Exclusions
The following bulletins are revoked and no longer in effect:
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide guidance to insurers regarding the use of operator and passenger exclusions in connection with automobile insurance.
Operator and passenger exclusions must clearly and unambiguously identify each person and coverage or peril to which its provisions apply. An insurance policy that provides coverage only against physical damage to a motor vehicle and does not provide liability coverage as required by AS 28.22.101(d) must comply with the notice provisions of AS 21.36.045.
Resident Operator Exclusions
Effective July 1, 1997, a section of Alaskas Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act (AS 28.20.440) was amended to include the following provisions:
The mandate of this statute is clear and specific. If requested by the named insured, an insurer must honor that insureds request to remove such a person from the list of persons insured under the liability insurance provisions of the named insureds policy. Insurers are required to file and receive approval from the director for appropriate policy forms to comply with this statutory mandate.
Other Named Operator Exclusions
An automobile liability insurance policy that limits coverage for named persons other than as specified in AS 28.20.440(l) must clearly indicate that the policy does not meet the minimum coverage standards of either Alaskas mandatory automobile insurance or financial responsibility laws.
An insurer seeking approval of exclusionary language broader in application than that required by AS 28.20.440(1) must include in its filing sufficient documentation concerning its prospective use so that the director can determine whether the anticipated application of their form violates AS 21.36.
Blanket Passenger or Operator Exclusions
In the Divisions view, our motor vehicle insurance laws, as interpreted by Alaska Courts, effectively preclude the use of blanket passenger or operator exclusions to the extent that the exclusions reduce coverage below the legal minimums required by AS 28.20 and AS 29.22. Accordingly, a blanket exclusion may deceptively affect the coverage purported to be assumed under a contract titled or sold as automobile or motor vehicle liability insurance and, therefore, may not be approved under AS 21.42.130.
For the purposes of AS 28.20, a motor vehicle liability policy delivered or issued for delivery in Alaska must clearly and unambiguously disclose whether an insurer will seek reimbursement from the insured for any payment the insurer would not have been obligated to make under the terms of the policy except for the provisions of AS 28.20.
If you have any questions regarding bulletin or filing requirements for automobile insurance policies, please contact the Division of Insurance; P.O. Box 110805; Juneau, AK 99811-0805, (907) 465-2515; fax (907) 465-3422; or via electronic mail at: .
DATED: September 10, 1998.