Bureau of Captive & Financial Insurance Products—Delaware Department of Insurance

In Delaware, our captive regulators are dedicated exclusively to our captive insurance clients' needs and work under the direction of our Captive Bureau leadership, directed by Steve Kinion.

There are 34 people working on Delaware's Captive team. Of this total, 15 are financial analysts. Under Delaware's regulatory organization, the financial analyst is the first-line regulator who communicates with the captive manager or owner.

As a result, all inquiries, business plan changes, dividend requests, and other related matters are first addressed by the analyst. The experience level of these analysts is unmatched.

Our team has 15 analysts.

• 12 hold the Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation

• 12 hold the Accredited Financial Examiner (AFE) designation

• 9 hold the Certified Financial Examiner (CFE) designation

• 2 are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)

Call us today to speak with a team member: (302) 577–5280 

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Watch the "Why Delaware?" video below to learn more about the Delaware captive domicile.


In the above interview with Captive.com, Steve Kinion discusses recent amendments to the state's captive law allowing same-day conditional licensing for captive insurers.

Captive Domicile Contacts

Trinidad Navarro

Trinidad Navarro
Insurance Commissioner
Delaware Department of Insurance
The Nemours Building
1007 North Orange Street
Suite 1010
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 674–7305


Steve Kinion

Steve Kinion
Bureau of Captive & Financial Insurance Products
Delaware Department of Insurance
The Nemours Building
1007 North Orange Street
Suite 1010
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 577–5280

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Captive Domicile Summary

Delaware is not only one of the oldest captive insurance company domiciles in the United States, but it also is one of the largest.

The year 2019 marks the Delaware captive statute's 35th anniversary. During those three and a half decades, the state has seen its captive count, including a relatively new captive structure known as "series captives," top more than 1,000.

There are several reasons for that growth, with captive managers putting at the top of the list the high quality of Delaware's captive regulators.

"Regulators know the captive business and are very open to discussions. In addition, legislators are very receptive to new ideas," said Joanne Shaver, president of the Delaware Captive Insurance Association (DCIA).

"Captive laws for many domiciles are very similar. It is the people that make things work," said Richard Eldridge, president and CEO in the Denver office of captive manager the Intuitive Companies.


Captive Domicile Statistics

Total Captive Count*
Year Captives
2018  979
2017 1,010
2016 987
2015 1,187
2014 323
*Includes series captives and excludes inactive captives       

Captives' Gross Written Premiums
Year Gross Written Premiums
2018 $5.4 billion
2017 $12.5 billion
2016 $4.4 billion
2015 $4.9 billion
2014 $6.6 billion

Applicable Captive Insurance Laws

Revised Captive Insurance Company Act, Title 18, Chapter 69; Delaware Administration Code, Title 18, 302 Captive Insurance Financial Regulation; HB 15


Domicile Benefits

In 2005, the Delaware General Assembly passed House Bill 218, modernizing Delaware law regarding the formation of these companies and positioning Delaware to become a home to the growing number of captive insurance companies being created by companies worldwide.

Modernized captive insurance law
Sophisticated corporate laws, judiciary, and financial infrastructure
Same-day conditional licensing
Dormant captive legislation
ICCIE trained organization
First-line regulators (financial analysts) communicate directly with captive managers and captive owners providing an unmatched experience level
Convenient premium tax payment reporting dates
The most multilingual captive staff in the United States

Delaware's experienced captive insurance team has reviewed and licensed some the world's most complex and innovative captive insurance transactions.

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