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You are not required to file electronically; however, filing your policies electronically will expedite the submission and examination process and eliminate postage costs. As well as filing convenience, using SLIP will give you historical account, invoice and tag information, as well as allow you to pay your stamping fees online using a credit card or ACH/eCheck. There are numerous benefits of filing electronically, and we've seen that once a member files electronically, they do not go back to paper. If you are unable to submit documents electronically, you can still submit paper copies of your policy documentation via mail.

 

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Yes, you must have a SLIP account to submit policy data electronically.
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You no longer must use the Create Copy function to create a renewal in SLIP 2.0. You can create a renewal based on an existing policy stored in SLIP or you can create a renewal from scratch. To create a renewal, simply click the Create Renewal hyperlink on the SLIP Home screen and follow the prompts on the subsequent screens. *You must upload a Declarations Page/Binder/Cover Note or Certificate and check the Declarations Page or Binder or Cover Note or Certificate checkbox in order to submit renewals to the SLA California through SLIP. You should also upload or complete the SL-1 form (and possibly the SL-2 or GAP form if conditions apply) to avoid receiving a system generated alert for missing documents. See What documents/forms should I include with my policy filings? for more detail on documents to include in policy filings.
Note: If your policy has multiple insurers and/or is a layered policy, please contact the SLA at 415-434-4900 for instructions on how to handle this in the new version of SLIP.
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You no longer must use the Create Copy function to create an endorsement in SLIP 2.0. You can create an endorsement based on an existing policy stored in SLIP or you can create an endorsement from scratch. To create an endorsement, simply click the Create Endorsement/Cancellation hyperlink on the SLIP Home screen and follow the prompts on the subsequent screens. *You must upload an Endorsement document and check the Endorsement document checkbox in order to submit Endorsements to the SLA California through SLIP.
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Document/forms requirements for policies submitted through the SLIP application depend on what type of policy you are filing. 

For new business and renewals:

  • Always include a Declarations Page/Binder/Cover Note or Certificate
  • Always include a SL-1 form
  • Include a SL-2 form (Diligent Search Report) if the type of coverage is not on the Export List or if the insured qualifies as an Exempt Commercial Purchaser/Commercial Insured. View Export List
  • Include a Syndicate List/Multiple Insurer List if the policy contains multiple insurers
For endorsements:
  • Always include an Endorsement document
  • Include a Bordereau for Master Policy Certificates and Endorsements
For extension endorsements extending the policy term for more than 90 days:
  • Always include an Endorsement document
  • Always include a SL-1 form
  • Include a SL-2 form (Diligent Search Report) if the type of coverage is not on the Export List or if the insured qualifies as an Exempt Commercial Purchaser/Commercial Insured. View Export List
  • Include a Syndicate List/Multiple Insurer List if the policy contains multiple insurers
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SLIP alerts generate if your policy contains missing or inaccurate information that is required by California regulation. You should correct any SLIP alerts before you submit the policy to the SLA California. The alert review function is still present in SLIP 2.0 but it is not automatic during policy creation. During policy creation, users can opt to review or not review policy data entered in SLIP for alerts. *SLIP will still review your policy for alerts after it is saved to the system and will display an alert count when you view the policy later.
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There are four ways to submit batch data to SLA California:

  1. Manual Data Entry - An authorized user can log into SLIP to enter policy information for their brokerage one record at a time.
  2. XML Batch Upload - An authorized user can log into SLIP to upload a batch file containing policy data for one or more policies.
  3. AMS Upload - An authorized user can generate and submit a batch file from their internal Agency Management System (AMS) using Web Services provided by SLIP.
  4. Batch Image Upload - An authorized user may submit a batch by uploading a document image file or files. Users will get a confirmation that the file(s) were successfully uploaded, but no other batch information will be available in SLIP for that batch. This function is nearly identical to the old Broker Extranet method.
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An XML file can greatly decrease the amount of time it takes to file a policy or batch; however, it may require a small amount of programming to fully automate this feature at your company. You will need to work with your IT staff to identify the best method to export data from your data management system in the required format. The Batch Reporting Procedures Manual provides the detail necessary to generate the XML file. If you have any questions regarding this convenient and time saving feature of SLIP, you can email the SLA Technology Department at support@slacal.org, and they can assist you with all of your XML needs.
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Yes, you can modify policy information within a batch you submitted via XML file upload. However, you cannot add a policy to the batch.
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Yes, you can submit data using any of the four batch submission options; however, please ensure you do not submit the same data using two different methods.
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No, you will need to create an XML file according to the specifications identified in the Batch Reporting Procedures Manual. XML is a different way of storing data than Excel. XML is a leading standard for data exchange that provides several inherent benefits including: data validation, structural enforcement, and platform independence. Please review the manual and work with your technical staff to prepare your file accordingly.
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SLIP does not restrict how often you can upload a batch. However, the SLA California requests that organizations with a high volume of submissions contact them to determine an appropriate rate of submission that will ensure a timely examination process.
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Yes, you can submit a single policy to the SLA California but it still must be included in a SLIP batch. To create a batch for a single policy, click the Submit button on the View Policy screen for the desired policy. Add any associated documents or batch detail, and submit the batch to the SLA California. Or, click the Create New Batch button on the SLIP Home screen, add the desired policy to the batch, and submit the batch to the SLA California.
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Tags indicate inaccuracies or missing information for a submitted policy and are generated by the SLA California after your policy filings have been processed. To respond to tags through SLIP, simply select the desired tags from the Tag Search screen or the My Open Tags tab and click the Respond to Tags button at the bottom of the screen. On the Tag Response screen, enter a Tag Response in the field provided, upload any related documents, and click the Submit button at the bottom of the screen. You can also respond to a single tag by clicking the Respond to Tags button on the Tag Details modal overlay for the desired tag. *You can only respond to multiple tags if they belong to the same batch. Tag responses must be a minimum of six characters. Informational tags do not require a tag response.
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Informational tags contain communication from the SLA California regarding your policy filing and do not require a response. To close an informational tag, simply click the Tag Number, review the Tag Details, and click OK to close the window. The informational tag is now Closed and will no longer display as Open on the Tag Search screen or in the My Open Tags tab.
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You can pay your stamping fees via ACH/eCheck (Automated Clearing House) funds or by credit card. For ACH/eCheck payments, depending on the security setup with your bank, you may need the SLA's bank identifier number to remove a debit block from your account. If you need this piece of information, please send an email to support@slacal.org and contact your bank with the information.  You are also able to pay "automatically" via ACH, which allows you to establish an auto-payment schedule for paying your stamping fees a pre-selected number of days after the monthly invoice is generated.  This eliminates the burden of logging into SLIP and paying the stamping fees every month.
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The SLA California will create master accounts for each licensed broker and must be contacted for proper verification and documentation. Once the master account is created, the master account holder may create additional user accounts within his/her organization for other individuals to submit filings.
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To create a new business policy in SLIP, simply click the Create New Business Policy hyperlink on the SLIP Home screen and follow the prompts on the subsequent screens. *You must upload a Declarations Page/Binder/Cover Note or Certificate and check the Declarations Page or Binder or Cover Note or Certificate checkbox in order to submit a new business policy to the SLA through SLIP. You should also upload or complete the SL-1 form (and possibly the SL-2 or GAP form if conditions apply) to avoid receiving a system generated alert for missing documents. See What documents should be filed with the SLA? for more detail on documents to include in policy filings.

Note: If your policy has multiple insurers and/or is a layered policy, please contact the SLA at 415-434-4900 for instructions on how to handle this in the new version of SLIP.
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To pay your stamping fee invoices online either by credit card or ACH, select the desired invoices from the Outstanding Invoice tab on the Invoice Statements screen, and click the Pay Stamping Fee button. Follow the prompts on the subsequent screens and click the Submit Payment button. *Payments are processed by COB PST on the business day following submission of payment. Only SLIP users with appropriate permissions can pay invoices online through SLIP; contact your Master User to update your permissions.  You are also able to pay "automatically" via ACH, which allows you to establish an auto-payment schedule for paying your stamping fees a pre-selected number of days after the monthly invoice is generated. This eliminates the burden of logging into SLIP and paying the stamping fees every month.