What is a Certificate of Insurance?

A certificate of insurance is a document that shows that insurance is in effect. It includes policy coverage information, such as the limits of liability, the policy period and a description of coverage.

Certificates of insurance are usually requested by vendors or service providers who want to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance coverage in place for the services provided. Alternatively, you may need to request a certificate of insurance from a vendor or contractor who is providing services to your parish or institution.

A certificate of insurance is NOT an insurance policy.

A certificate of insurance does not serve to provide, endorse, amend, extend or alter in any way the terms of an insurance policy. Only an endorsement, rider or amendment to the policy can effect changes in coverage. Reference to a contract between the client and a third party on a certificate does not provide coverage.

For more information about certificates of insurance, please call our office.

Download a Sample Acord Form.

Download an Acord Certificate of Insurance Fact Sheet for a detailed explanation of the different form fields.

Download a Certificate of Insurance Request Form.