(a) A sworn application for a license under this chapter shall be made to and filed with the department on forms prescribed and furnished by the commissioner.
(b) The application shall provide all of the following:
(1) The name, residence address, and other information required by the commissioner for an employee or officer of the vendor that is designated by the applicant as the person responsible for the vendor's compliance with the requirements of this chapter. However, if the vendor derives more than 50 percent of its revenue from the sale of portable electronics insurance the information noted above shall be provided for all officers, directors, and shareholders of record having beneficial ownership of 10 percent or more of any class of securities registered under the federal securities law.
(2) The location of the applicant's home office.
(c) Any vendor engaging in portable electronics insurance transactions on or before January 1, 2013, must apply for licensure within 90 days of the application being made available by the department. Any applicant commencing operations after January 1, 2013, must obtain a license prior to offering portable electronics insurance.
(d) The commissioner shall by regulation provide for the expiration date of licenses and for the biennial renewal of licenses issued pursuant to this chapter.
(e) Each vendor of portable electronics licensed under this chapter shall pay to the commissioner a fee as prescribed by the commissioner but in no event shall the fee exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) for an initial portable electronics limited lines license and five hundred dollars ($500) for each renewal thereof. However, for a vendor that is engaged in portable electronics transactions at 10 or fewer locations in the state the fee shall not exceed one hundred dollars ($100) for an initial license and for each renewal thereof.
(f) Each vendor licensed in accordance with this chapter shall be considered to have performed acts equivalent to and constituting an appointment of the commissioner as the vendor's attorney to receive service of legal process issued against the vendor in this state upon causes of action arising within this state out of transactions under the license. The provisions of Section 27-7-29 applicable to nonresident insurance producers shall be applicable to vendors licensed in accordance with this chapter.