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 for resident licensing, or for non-resident license information, please refer to the Virginia Department of Insurance website at http://www.scc.virginia.gov/boi/. 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)
Effective 4/24/2020: Virginia insurance agent and public adjuster licensing exams will be available 6/1/2020, using an online platform called ProProctor from Prometric. In addition, exams will still be administered at traditional brick & mortar sates throughout VA. Candidates interested in scheduling an exam on or after 6/1/20 may schedule starting April 30, 2020.
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, due to the difficulty and nature of these exams, Kaplan highly recommends enrolling in a study course.
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 license or the 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 http://www.scc.virginia.gov/boi/.
Adjuster License Requirements
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.
If you continue, please be aware that you will be taking Kaplan's online Texas Property/Casualty Adjuster course. 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 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.
Exam Provider: Pearson VUE until 5/31/2020, Prometric effective 6/1/2020
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?
- Bring your prelicensing Certificate of Completion.
- 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%. At the end of your exam, your score will be shown on the screen, and you will receive a printed score report. Prometric electronically notifies the Department within two business days of the exam date.
3. Get Fingerprinted
To request a criminal history record report from Virginia state police, visit: www.vsp.state.va.us/FormsPublications.shtm to request your Criminal History Record Report (“CHRR”). When completing the form, have the report mailed back to you, not to the Bureau. For expedited service, you may also request a Virginia State Police CHRR for an additional fee through the following insurance industry associations: Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia, Inc., www.iiav.com, or National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, www.naifa-virginia.org. When you receive the completed report, visit www.sircon.com/virginia to submit your application with the report attached.
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.