Oklahoma Insurance Department Captive Insurance Division

Like many other captive insurance company domiciles, Oklahoma has seen steady growth in its captives' premium volume.

Between 2017 and 2021, captive premium volume increased significantly, rising to $214.4 million in 2021, up from $147.3 million in 2017.

Captive managers say the growth, at least in part, has been driven by the high quality and accessibility of Oklahoma captive regulators.

"The captive division is phenomenal. They really want to help and are very accessible," said Jerry Messick, CEO of captive manager Elevate Captives in Oklahoma City.

"They really are on their toes. They are quick and responsive," Mr. Messick added.

"The staff is very willing to engage in discussions and answer questions. They really are dedicated to the captive insurance marketplace," said Victoria Fimea, the former senior vice president, legal counsel, and head of the regulatory department for North America for Artex Risk Solutions in Mesa, Arizona, adding that the outlook "is very positive for growth."

Company Contacts

Captive Director
(918) 704–8136
Captive Analyst
(405) 521–2348

Mailing Address:
400 NE 50th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Captive Domicile Summary

Thanks to a surge in captive formations, Oklahoma's captive count has risen. In 2022, 11 new captives were licensed in Oklahoma, bringing, after 4 dissolutions, the total captive count to 52, up from 45 in 2021.

And that growth is continuing. "I am not only pleased with 2022's growth. but to date in 2023, Oklahoma has already issued three additional captive insurance licenses," said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready.

"Our Captive Insurance Division's dedication and efficient regulation of captive insurance companies have helped raise awareness about captive insurance in Oklahoma. We look forward to continuing this momentum and expanding our efforts  in 2023," said Oklahoma Insurance Department Captive Insurance Director Steve Kinion.

In addition, Oklahoma's captive statute has many appealing features, Mr. Mulready noted.

For example, while single-parent captives have to maintain at least $250,000 in capital and surplus, only $150,000 has to be contributed at the time the captive is being licensed, with the remaining $100,000 to be paid on or before the first anniversary of the issuance of the initial license.

Capital and surplus requirements for other captives include $250,000 for branch captives, $500,000 for sponsored captives, $750,000 for trade association captives, and $1 million for risk retention groups.

The tax rate on direct premiums is .2 percent of 1 percent, with annual captive premium taxes capped at $100,000. A $5,000 minimum annual premium tax is assessed.

Unlike many other domiciles, Oklahoma does not require captive insurance companies to have annual in-state meetings, and a captive's manager does not have to be based in the state.

Any change in a captive's business from what is stated in its plan of business filed with the Oklahoma insurance commissioner requires prior approval by the commissioner.

Captives also are required to file with the insurance commissioner annual financial reports, verified by two of their financial officers, by March 1.

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Captive Domicile Statistics

Total Captive Count* Oklahoma
Year Captives
2022 52
2021 45
2020 40
2019 47
2018 60
*Does not include inactive captives and cell captives
Captives' Gross Written Premiums Oklahoma
Year Premium Volume
2021 $214.4 million
2020 $225.8 million
2019 $224.5 million
2018 $158.2 million
2017 $147.3 million