(a) Within 30 days after January 1, 1972, every automobile club or association organized and/or operating in the State of Alabama shall file with the commissioner an application for a certificate of authority to continue said operations within the state, and every automobile club or association desiring to commence operations within the state shall, prior to the commencement of said operation, file application with and receive a certificate of authority from the commissioner. No certificate of authority shall be issued until the automobile club or association has paid to the commissioner $250.00 as an annual license fee, which fee shall not be returnable. Licenses shall be issued for the period beginning January 1 of each year and shall expire on the following December 31. The commissioner shall deposit all fees collected in the State Treasury to the credit of the General Fund.
(b) The following documents and information shall be filed with the application of all such clubs and associations:
(1) The sum of $25,000.00 in cash or securities, as approved by the commissioner and deposited in trust with the State Treasurer or, in lieu thereof, a surety bond payable to the commissioner in the amount of $25,000.00 of a surety company authorized to do business in this state, conditioned upon the full compliance with this chapter and the faithful performance of the obligations of such club or association to its members. The bonds shall be approved by the commissioner and shall not be cancelled without 30 days' notice to the commissioner. If such bond is filed, any person defrauded or injured by any wrongful act, misrepresentation, or failure on the part of a motor club with respect to selling or rendering of any service may maintain an action on such bond in his own name. Upon receipt of notice of the intended dissolution of such automobile club or association and upon receipt of notice of evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that all obligations of the club or association to its members and creditors have been satisfied, the State Treasurer, upon written authorization from the commissioner, shall refund said money or securities and the obligations of said bond shall terminate;
(2) Appointment of an agent for service of process who shall be a resident of the State of Alabama or, in lieu thereof, the commissioner; and
(3) A copy of the proposed form of membership application, membership certificate, bylaws, contracts for service, and any other material, including advertising matter, requested by the commissioner.
(c) If the commissioner shall be satisfied that the applicant is competent and trustworthy and possesses the professional ability to perform the services and that he meets all the requirements of this chapter, he shall issue to the applicant a certificate of authority to conduct the business of such automobile club or association within this state.