Virginia Insurance Licensing State Requirements
On this page, you will find all of the state-specific information for Insurance Licensing in the state of Virginia. This information pertains to resident license applicants. For additional information on resident licensing or non-resident license information, please refer to the Virginia Department of Insurance website at https://scc.virginia.gov/pages/Home. Information is subject to change, and we will do our very best to make the process of completing your licensing education requirements as simple as possible.
Virginia Bureau of Insurance
Agents Licensing Section
1300 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-371-9631 or 800-552-7945 (in VA)
How to Get Your Virginia Insurance License
1. Complete an Insurance Exam Prep Course
Those looking to earn a Virginia insurance license have a significantly higher chance of passing their licensing exam when they complete one of Kaplan’s exam prep courses. Give yourself the best chance to pass before you sit for the state exam.
Prelicensing Education Hour Requirements
- The state of Virginia does not require prelicensing education.
- Although prelicensing education is not required, Kaplan highly recommends enrolling in a study course due to the difficulty and nature of these exams.
Acceptable Methods of Education
Candidates who hold the following designations or certifications may apply for the indicated lines of authority without taking the prelicensing exam:
- CLU® holders may apply for the Life and Annuities license, Health license, or both.
- CPCU® holders may apply for the Property and Casualty or Personal Lines license.
Note: To request a waiver, candidates must submit proof that they hold the applicable designation to the Bureau of Insurance with their license application.
This information pertains to resident license applicants. For additional information for resident licensing, or for nonresident license information, please refer to the Virginia Bureau of Insurance website at https://scc.virginia.gov/pages/Home.
2. Pass Your Virginia 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 Virginia licensing exams, so you will be prepared to pass the first time.
To obtain a Licensing Information Bulletin or to schedule an exam, please visit the website: https://www.prometric.com/virginia/insurance or call 866-891-6396.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Virginia Licensing Exam
After completing my prelicensing, how should I prepare for exam day?
- You should arrive at least 30 minutes before the exam appointment to sign in and for staff to verify your identification and complete all security checks.
- Acceptable IDs for required identification:
- Driver’s License
- Military Identification Card
- State-Issued Identification Card
- IDs must contain both a current photo and signature (if not, you must present two identification cards: one with your photo and one with your signature).
- IDs must exactly match the name used to register for the exam (including designations such as “Jr.” and “III”).
What is the exam like?
- All testing sessions are monitored during the exam, as well as video and audio recorded.
- You must not bring personal/unauthorized materials into the testing room. These include but are not limited to:
- Cellular telephones
- Recording devices
- Photographic equipment
- Compliance with all testing facility security measures is required.
- The examination contains four-option multiple-choice questions.
- The examination contains experimental questions.
- The experimental questions will:
- Be randomly distributed;
- Be used on future exams based on performance.
- Not count against your final score;
- Not count against your time allotted for the test;
How is the exam scored?
The minimum passing score is 70%. Your score will be shown on the screen at the end of your exam, and you will receive a printed score report. Prometric electronically notifies the Department within two business days of the exam date.
3. Get Fingerprinted
Resident applicants must schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted at one of Fieldprint's 46 locations as part of the application requirements. Visit Fieldprint (https://fieldprintvirginia.com/) and use code “FPVABOICHRR” to create a secure user account. This Fieldprint code ensures that the results are provided to the Bureau of Insurance. Bring the appointment number and two forms of valid identification to your Fieldprint appointment. Your fingerprints are collected electronically by Fieldprint’s trained technicians and are electronically transmitted to the Virginia State Police and FBI for a background check. The results are then sent to the Bureau of Insurance for review. The fingerprinting cost is $35.72, including the Virginia State Police and FBI fees. Fingerprints must be no older than 90 days for use with an application. Fingerprinting is not required if fingerprints have been submitted in the last 12 months and the applicant is currently licensed.”
4. Apply for a Virginia Insurance License
Once you have passed your state licensing exam, you are ready to apply for an insurance license.
You will be assigned an NPN. This unique identifier is assigned through the licensing application process and is used to track individuals and business entities on a national basis. The NPN is used by many states to replace a producer license number.
5. Plan to Complete Required Insurance Continuing Education (CE) Credits
Every insurance producer must adhere to their home state’s CE requirements. Stay on top of your CE and ahead of the competition with 365 days of unlimited course access when you enroll in a CE library with Kaplan.
Learn how to renew a Virginia insurance license by visiting https://www.kaplanfinancial.com/insurance-continuing-education/virginia/state-requirements.