North Dakota Insurance Licensing State Requirements
North Dakota Insurance Department
Effective 4/17/2020: Starting Friday April 17th 2020, North Dakota Insurance Dept. will have the option for candidates to take remotely proctored state licensing exams using a system called ProProctor: www.prometric.com/northdakota/insurance
How to Get Your North Dakota Insurance License
1. Complete an Insurance Exam Prep Course
Prelicensing Education Hour Requirements
The state of North Dakota does not require prelicensing education. Although prelicensing education is not required, due to the difficulty and nature of these exams, Kaplan highly recommends enrolling in a study course.
Adjuster License Requirements
This is a disclosure for states that do not require an adjuster license:
The Texas Designated Home State (DHS) Adjuster license is available to an individual who is a resident of a state that does not license adjusters. This means you can obtain the Texas Property/Casualty Adjuster license just as a Texas resident adjuster would and complete the Texas bi-annual continuing education requirement. The Texas DHS Adjuster license is highly respected in the industry and can significantly enhance your credibility as an adjuster in your home state.
Kaplan’s online Property/Casualty Adjuster licensing course contains the actual state licensing exam for the Texas DHS Adjuster license; therefore, you can satisfy your Texas prelicensing requirement AND pass the Texas P/C Adjuster state licensing exam without having to leave your home or office. Upon completing the Kaplan course and successfully passing the exam, you can remotely apply for the Texas P/C Adjuster License using the procedures found on the Texas State Requirements page. This will qualify you to adjust in both your home state and numerous other states that accept the Texas DHS Adjuster license, including AL, CT, DE, GA, ID, IN, KY, LA, ME, MI, MN, MS, MT, NC, NH, NM, OK, RI, UT, VT, WA, WV, and WY.
Check with the Department of Insurance in your resident state and the states you wish to adjust to see how the Texas PC Adjuster license can be used in those states.
2. Pass Your North Dakota Licensing Exam
After completing your exam prep course, you must pass a state licensing exam. Kaplan’s exam prep content is based directly on the North Dakota licensing exams, so you will be prepared to pass the first time.
Exam Provider: Prometric (effective 9/1/2019)
The applicant must pass the appropriate exams for the lines of authority for which they are seeking to qualify. Exam scores are valid for one year after the date of the exam. The application for licensure must be received by the North Dakota Insurance Department within that year.
Exams are administered by Prometric. For additional exam information or to schedule an exam, visit Prometric's website or call (800) 896-2272.
For major lines of authority (life and annuities, accident and health, property and casualty) you must pass both parts of the appropriate exams, one part on general product knowledge and one part specific to North Dakota state law.
Anyone applying to become a North Dakota resident insurance producer must undergo a criminal background check, which includes fingerprinting. This requirement does not apply to individuals renewing their license, individuals who apply for a license within 12 months after their license was canceled or expired, unless the license was suspended or revoked, or individual resident producers who are adding a line of authority to an existing license. Fingerprints are collected at the test site following passage of the licensing exam.
Frequently Asked Questions About the North Dakota Licensing Exam
On the day of the examination, you should arrive 30 minutes before your appointment. This extra time is for sign-in, identification, and familiarizing yourself with the examination process. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted to the examination test center, and you will forfeit your examination registration fee.
Candidates need to provide two (2) forms of identification. Candidates must register with the full legal name as it appears on their government issued identification. The name on the identification must be the same as the name used to register for the examination. If the candidate fails to bring proper identification or the candidate names do not match, the candidates will not be allowed to test and their examination fee will not be refunded.
Primary Identification (Choose One):
- State Issued Driver’s License
- State Issued Identification Card
- US Government Issued Passport
- US Government Issued Military Identification Card
- US Government Issues Alien Registration Card
Secondary Identification (Choose One):
- Credit Card (must be signed)
Social Security Card
What is the exam like?
The following security procedures apply during examinations:
- Candidates will have access to an online calculator.
- Candidates will be given a piece of scratch paper and a pencil. These will be returned to the proctor at the end of the examination.
- Candidates may take only approved items into the examination room.
- All personal belongings of candidates, with the exception of close-fitting jackets or sweatshirts, should be placed in the secure storage provided at each site prior to entering the examination room. Personal belongings include, but are not limited to, the following items:
- Electronic devices of any type, including cellular / mobile phones, recording devices, electronic watches, cameras, pagers, laptop computers, tablet computers (e.g., iPads), music players (e.g., iPods), smart watches, radios, or electronic games.
- Bulky or loose clothing or coats that could be used to conceal recording devices or notes, including coats, shawls, hooded clothing, heavy jackets, or overcoats.
- Hats or headgear not worn for religious reasons or as religious apparel, including hats, baseball caps, or visors.
- Other personal items, including purses, notebooks, reference or reading material, briefcases, backpacks, wallets, pens, pencils, other writing devices, food, drinks, and good luck items.
- Person(s) accompanying an examination candidate may not wait in the examination center, inside the building, or on the building's property. This applies to guests of any nature, including drivers, children, friends, family, colleagues, or instructors.
- No smoking, eating, or drinking is allowed in the examination center.
- During the check-in process, all candidates will be asked if they possess any prohibited items. Candidates may also be asked to empty their pockets and turn them out for the proctor to ensure they are empty. The proctor may also ask candidates to lift up the ends of their sleeves and the bottoms of their pant legs to ensure that notes or recording devices are not being hidden there.
- Proctors will also carefully inspect eyeglass frames, tie tacks, or any other apparel that could be used to harbor a recording device. Proctors will ask to inspect any such items in candidates’ pockets.
- If prohibited items are found during check-in, candidates shall put them in the provided secure storage or return these items to their vehicle. PSI will not be responsible for the security of any personal belongings or prohibited items.
- Any candidate possessing prohibited items in the examination room shall immediately have his or her test results invalidated, and PSI shall notify the examination sponsor of the occurrence.
Your score will be given to you immediately following completion of the examination. A total score of 70% is required to pass. The following summary describes the score reporting process:
- On screen: Your score will appear on the computer screen, either when you complete all the exam questions or automatically at the end of the time allowed for the examination.
- If you pass, you will immediately be notified that you passed the examination, and you will be provided information about how you performed on each area of the exam. Total score of 70% is required to pass.
- If you do not pass, you will be notified that you failed the examination, and you will be provided information about how you performed on each area of the exam.
- On paper: Make sure to obtain your printed score report from test center staff before you leave the test center.
- If you fail any portion of the examination, you will need to retake ONLY that failed portion. A passing score is valid for one year. For a two-portion examination, if you fail one portion, you must pass that portion within one year of passing the first, passed portion. You may retest an unlimited number of times.
- You cannot make a new examination appointment on the same day you have taken an examination because we need time to process and report examination results. A candidate who fails an exam on a Wednesday can call the next day, Thursday, and can retest as soon as Friday, depending upon space availability.
3. Get Fingerprinted
An applicant must make arrangements with Prometric to schedule an exam and to be fingerprinted.
Applicants need to pass both sections of the test before they are fingerprinted.
If an applicant fails one portion of the exam, they need to reschedule with the vendor another time to take the portion of the test they did not pass. If they pass, the applicant is fingerprinted at that time.
Applicants must fill out and sign the Criminal History Record Check Request form (link https://www.insurance.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/Producers/Resident/Apply%20for%20a%20License/20200617%20Criminal%20History%20Record%20Check%20Request.pdf, prior to being fingerprinted.
Applicants must provide the test vendor with a check or money order in the amount of $41.25; checks must be payable to the North Dakota Attorney General. Credit cards are not accepted. A fee of $15.00 is due to the vendor, which can be paid by credit card, check or money order.