Applying to be a licensed insurer

How insurers are licensed and supervised

All insurers must be licensed by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and listed on a register of licensed insurers, which the Reserve Bank holds.

Applying for a licence

Entities intending to carry on insurance business in New Zealand must apply to the Reserve Bank for a licence and satisfy conditions under the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010.

Refer to the legislation

The Reserve Bank's role

The Reserve Bank regulates and supervises all licensed insurers in New Zealand and is responsible for administering the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010.

The Reserve Bank maintains the register of insurers who are licensed to carry on insurance business in New Zealand.

After you're licensed as an insurer

All insurers are required to be registered on the Financial Service Providers Register (FSPR) and must file an annual confirmation, and pay the associated fee and levies. The amount of levy you pay as a licensed Insurer depends on your annual gross premium revenue (GPR).

As a licensed insurer, the FMA levies you pay come under Class 3 of the Financial Markets Authority (Levies) Amendment Regulations 2017.

All help topics

Getting started on the register 4 guides

A new financial advice regime came into effect on 15 March 2021 which also brought about changes to the Financial Service Providers Register.

Registering a financial service provider (FSP) 9 guides

Dispute resolution schemes (DRSs) 2 guides

If you provide financial services to retail clients, you must join a DRS within 10 working days of registering and keep your membership details up to date on the Financial Service Providers Register (FSPR).

Applying to provide licensed services 4 guides

Filing an annual confirmation 3 guides

To remain registered as a financial service provider (FSP) you must confirm your FSP's details and services each year. Find out how to file your confirmation online, or to change the month you do it

Managing your registration as a financial service provider (FSP) 6 guides

Deregistration and reregistration 3 guides

You can voluntarily deregister a financial service provider (FSP), or it may be deregistered by the Registrar. In some circumstances you can object to a deregistration, or apply to have the FSP reregistered.

Paying fees and levies 3 guides

If you're a financial service provider (FSP), you pay fees for some transactions, including registration. You also pay levies to the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). There are several ways to pay.

Managing your online services account 6 guides

Your FSPR online services account allows you to keep your FSP's contact and payment details up to date. From your account dashboard you can view and manage outstanding applications and tasks.