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FAQ About Insurance Licensing

Frequently Asked Questions

Exam Related

For each state licensing exam, the test provider (e.g., Prometric, Pearson VUE, PSI, etc.) publishes an exam content outline that contains a list of the exam subjects used to develop the test questions. This outline is in the Candidate Licensing Handbook for each state and can be viewed at the test provider's website. The actual questions that appear on the state exam are not available to a candidate, or to any test provider.

Exam preparation time varies greatly, from a few weeks to several months. Candidates may take longer or shorter, depending on their education level, experience in the industry, and other time commitments (e.g., full-time job, family commitments, etc.). Our goal is to help you minimize this time commitment.

Testing centers are operated by a test provider—a company hired by the state insurance commissioner and/or the state securities administrator for conducting the testing process. At these locations, many different tests are administered (e.g., insurance, securities, nursing, contractors, etc.).

Checking in
When candidates arrive to take their pre-arranged exam, they must check in. If they arrive late, they will not be allowed to take their exam unless they notified the testing center in advance. Each state publishes a Candidate Licensing Handbook that details the test-taking procedure and explains what reasons qualify for being late (e.g., traffic, illness, family emergencies, etc.). When they arrive at the center, candidates must identify themselves using a picture ID (e.g., state driver’s license, passport, eligible state ID card, etc.). In some states, where required, candidates must present a valid Certificate of Completion form. This document is awarded to students by a qualified state provider (e.g., Kaplan) when they successfully complete the required prelicensing course.

After check in
After check-in, candidates must place everything from their pockets, including jewelry, watches, purses, and so on, in a locker and return to the main desk. Candidates will be escorted into the testing room with only their picture ID and locker key and will be placed in their assigned testing cubicle. Before entering the testing room, a test center employee will explain the expected conduct during the exam.

Cameras are present in this room, silence is required, and any suspicious signs of cheating will disqualify a candidate. If cheating is suspected, they will be removed from the room and face disciplinary action from the state administrator. If candidates need to use the public facilities, they will use their ID to leave and return to the testing room. The testing candidates will have a computer terminal in each of their cubicles. They will participate in a tutorial presentation prior to the actual exam. This tutorial will explain to the candidates the directions on how to negotiate the licensing exam. The tutorial explains the functions of the computer, provides a view of multiple-choice sample question and gives directions on how to select an answer.

Pass rates vary from state to state and from license to license. Some states publish pass rate information, while others do not. Visit your respective state’s Department of Insurance website for more information on pass rates. For Kaplan-specific pass rates, click here.

We list exam providers on each state's Insurance Licensing State Requirements page. Please select your state on the main insurance page and then choose State Requirements to find information about your provider.

Insurance Exam Prep Products & Study Tools Related

All of Kaplan Financial Education's prelicensing and continuing education courses are submitted and approved by that state's governing body (where approval is required).

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Our Insurance Licensing test prep tools and packages vary from state to state. In general, we offer live, online, and self-study materials and study tools for Life, Health, Property, Casualty, Surplus Lines, Adjuster Licensing, and a variety of other licenses. Stay up-to-date on our most current offerings by visiting your respective state’s page.

Insurance Industry Related

The requirements for insurance licensing vary from state to state. Visit your state’s Department of Insurance website to understand what the requirements are for the state in which you would like to become licensed. Read our article for general processes of becoming an insurance agent.

Life Insurance Licensees are authorized to sell life insurance and annuities policies. (The requirements for insurance licensing vary from state to state. Visit your state’s Department of Insurance website or check with your company to ensure you are obtaining the correct license.)
 

Health Insurance Licensees are allowed to sell medical, disability, Medicare supplement, and long-term care policies(The requirements for insurance licensing vary from state to state. Visit your state’s Department of Insurance website or check with your company to ensure you are obtaining the correct license.)
 

Property Licensees are allowed to sell homeowners, commercial property, and inland marine policies in the state(s) they are licensed in. Casualty Licensees are allowed to sell auto insurance, workers’ compensation, crime coverage, and professional liability policies in the state(s) they are licensed in. (The requirements for insurance licensing vary from state to state. Visit your state’s Department of Insurance website or check with your company to ensure you are obtaining the correct license.)
 

With a Personal Lines license, an agent can only sell insurance to consumers, not businesses. They can sell products like auto insurance, homeowners insurance, renters insurance, and policies for boats, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. (The requirements for insurance licensing vary from state to state. Visit your state’s Department of Insurance website or check with your company to ensure you are obtaining the correct license.)

Surplus Lines Agents can provide coverage for unique or unusual situations that represent risks that standard/normal insurance companies don't or won't write. Examples include daycare insurance, coverage for oil drilling rigs, and special events like state fairs, car races, and outdoor amusement parks. Most states require individuals to have experience in the insurance industry before they can obtain a Surplus Lines license.

With this license, agents can sell life insurance products that contain an investment element. However, the agents must first obtain the life license before they procure a variable insurance license. Additionally, because the agents are dealing with securities/investments, they must also have certain securities licenses: a federal registration Series 7 or 6, and a state registration Series 63.

Insurance adjusters engage in the business of investigating and adjusting any claim in connection with an insurance policy. They also engage in soliciting for the insurance adjustment business.

A Worker's Compensation Adjuster is someone who investigates and adjusts claims specifically related to worker's compensation policies.

Once an individual obtains a "resident" insurance license (i.e., a license issued by the insurance department in their state of residence), they can apply (online) to other states for a "non-resident" license. It must be in the same line of insurance (e.g., life, health, property, etc.).

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Insurance Licensing 

You're covered by our PassProtection™ program if you utilize Kaplan Financial Education's review class to prepare for a licensing exam. Please visit our PassProtection page for details.

Securities Licensing

You're covered by our PassProtection™ program if you utilize Kaplan Financial Education's review class to prepare for a licensing exam. Please visit our PassProtection page for details.

CFP® Certification

You are eligible for PassProtection™ if you purchase a Live Review Study Solution. If you do not pass the CFP® exam after purchasing a Live Review Study Solution, you will receive a free subsequent Live Review Study Solution within a one-year window of time (three exam cycles).
To be eligible, you must submit your Official Score Report to fpexamresults@kaplan.com within three weeks of receiving it from CFP Board. All exam results will remain confidential.

Insurance Continuing Education

Insurance Continuing Education does not offer PassProtection™. If you take the course, you are able to take the final exam as many times as you wish until you attain the score you need. 

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We know that there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to preparing for your licensing exam. That’s why we offer a variety of options to fit your lifestyle and schedule. Compare our study packages for Insurance, Securities, CFP Education, and CFP Exam Prep.

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