(a) For the purpose of determining its financial condition, ability to fulfill its obligations and compliance with the law, the commissioner shall examine the affairs, transactions, accounts, records, and assets of each authorized insurer, and the records of surplus line brokers restricted to those matters under Section 27-10-29, including the attorney-in-fact of a reciprocal insurer insofar as insurer transactions are involved as often as the commissioner deems appropriate but shall, at a minimum, conduct an examination of every insurer licensed in this state not less frequently than once every five years. In scheduling and determining the nature, scope, and frequency of the examinations, the commissioner shall consider such matters as the results of financial statement analyses and ratios, changes in management or ownership, actuarial opinions, reports of independent certified public accountants, and other criteria as set forth in the Examiners' Handbook adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and in effect when the commissioner exercises discretion under this section.
(b) The commissioner shall in like manner examine each insurer applying for an initial certificate of authority to transact insurance in this state.
(c) In lieu of an examination under this article of any foreign or alien insurer licensed in this state or applying for an initial certificate of authority, the commissioner may accept an examination report on the company as prepared by the Department of Insurance for the company's state of domicile or port-of-entry state until January 1, 1994. Thereafter, the reports may only be accepted if: (1) the Department of Insurance was at the time of the examination accredited under the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Program, or (2) the examination is performed under the supervision of an accredited Department of Insurance or with the participation of one or more examiners who are employed by an accredited State Department of Insurance and who, after a review of the examination work papers and report, state under oath that the examination was performed in a manner consistent with the standards and procedures required by the accredited State Department of Insurance.
(d) As far as practical, the examination of a foreign or alien insurer shall be made in cooperation with the insurance supervisory officials of other states in which the insurer transacts business.