(a) No insurer or producer shall pay, directly or indirectly, any commission or other valuable consideration to any person for services as a producer or service representative within this state unless the person holds a currently valid license as a producer or service representative as to the kind or class of business involved as required by this chapter.
(b) Any insurer or producer violating this section shall be liable for a fine in an amount of up to three times the amount of the commission paid. The fine shall be levied and collected by the commissioner. Upon failure to pay the fine the commissioner may, in the commissioner's discretion, revoke the license of the producer or the insurer's certificate of authority.
(c) The provisions of this section shall not prevent any of the following:
(1) Payment of renewal or other deferred commissions to any person solely because the person has ceased to hold a license to act as a producer.
(2) Payment to the personal representative of a deceased producer.
(3) Payment to a person holding a temporary producer license.