How To Form a Captive in South Carolina

ü  Contact the Captive Insurance Division to discuss the opportunity with Joe McDonald at (843) 577-3413.

ü  Select an approved captive manager to assist you with the preparation of the documents and provide guidance for provider selection.

ü  Arrange a meeting with the Division to discuss the plan of operation for your captive.  An Executive Summary is due five days prior to the meeting.

ü  Submit a completed application in electronic form to Captive Mail.  Send checks for the prescribed fees via USPS or courier.

ü  Incorporate the company with the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office and provide these documents in electronic form to the Division.

ü  A certificate of authority will be provided by the Division along with a licensing letter. Expect the process to take 30 – 45 days depending on complexity, following the receipt of a completed application. Special purpose financial captives may require additional review time.

ü  You may begin writing business following receipt of a letter of approval from the Division.

The complete list of forms you may need can be found on the Captive Filing Forms page.  During the formation process, you will need:

Forms for SPFCs:

Forms for Foreign RRG's: 

Please complete the following documentation and submit the information as a complete package. Questions should be directed to

  • Application for Registration as a Risk Retention Group, Form 1030
  • Appointment of Attorney to Accept Service, Form 1027
  • Certification  **The certification must be completed by the Risk Retention Group's domiciliary insurance department.

The list of approved captive managers, actuaries, and auditors can be found on the Service Providers page. The forms to apply for approval and to be listed on our website can be found on the Apply to be a Service Provider page.