Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 4. Application, Issuance, Renewal, Assignment, and Return

Application As Evidence -- Copy To Insured -- Alteration

33-15-402. Application as evidence -- copy to insured -- alteration. (1) An application for the issuance of any life or disability insurance policy or annuity contract may not be admissible in evidence in any action relative to the policy or contract unless a true copy of the application was attached to or otherwise made a part of the policy or contract when issued. This provision does not apply to industrial life insurance policies.

(2) If any policy of life or disability insurance delivered in this state is reinstated or renewed and the insured or the beneficiary or assignee of the policy makes written request to the insurer for a copy of the application, if any, for reinstatement or renewal, the insurer shall, within 30 days after receipt of the request at its home office or at any of its branch offices, deliver or mail to the person making the request a copy of the application. If the copy is not delivered or mailed after having been requested, the insurer is precluded from introducing the application in evidence in any action or proceeding based upon or involving the policy or its reinstatement or renewal. In the case of a request from a beneficiary, the time within which the insurer is required to furnish a copy of the application may not begin to run until after receipt of evidence satisfactory to the insurer of the beneficiary's vested interest in the policy or contract.

(3) As to kinds of insurance other than life or disability insurance, an application for insurance signed by or on behalf of the insured may not be admissible in evidence in any action between the insured and the insurer arising out of the policy applied for if the insurer has failed, at expiration of 30 days after receipt by the insurer of written demand by or on behalf of the insured, to furnish to the insured a copy of the application reproduced by any legible means.

(4) An alteration of any written application for any life or disability insurance policy may not be made by any person other than the applicant without the applicant's written consent, except that insertions may be made by the insurer, for administrative purposes only, in a manner that clearly indicates that the insertions are not to be ascribed to the applicant.

History: En. Sec. 269, Ch. 286, L. 1959; R.C.M. 1947, 40-3712; amd. Sec. 1189, Ch. 56, L. 2009.