Service of Process Procedural Requirements—C.G.S. §38a-26

The types of documents and methods of serving process on the Insurance Commissioner are discussed below:

  • Legal Process refers to writs, original summons and complaints, orders of courts or judicial officers, liens, subpoenas and wage executions for lawsuits filed in Connecticut.
  • Correspondence, pleadings, appearances, motions, notices and/or briefs are not considered legal process
  • All Legal Process must identify the exact legal name of the insurance company or other entity for whom the Insurance Commissioner is serving as agent.

    »   Here is the list of Approved Insurance Companies, Reinsurers and Surplus Lines Insurers in Connecticut (list updated quarterly) regarding the proper legal name and place of domicile of a licensed insurance company, approved reinsurer or surplus lines carrier.
  • Legal process must be properly served on the Insurance Commissioner by persons authorized to serve federal or state court process.
  • Service may be made by mail only when authorized by statute or by court rules. For example, C.G.S. §49-73 provides for service on the Insurance Commissioner by registered or certified mail for certain hospital and ambulance liens. Also, refer to Rule 4(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which addresses a request for waiver of service of a summons and Section 24-10 of the Connecticut Superior Court Rules concerning small claims lawsuits.
  • For small claims lawsuits filed in Connecticut, the Insurance Commissioner is the agent for service of process for those entities and persons listed under Authority of Commissioner. Here is general information regarding small claim lawsuits.
  • For a combination policy covering marine and transportation business refer to C.G.S. §38a-285.

»   Please refer to Service of Process Fee Requirements for additional information related to service of small claims lawsuits.