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District of Columbia Insurance Licensing State Requirements

On this page, you will find all of the state-specific information for insurance licensing in the District of Columbia. This information pertains to resident license applicants. For additional information for resident licensing, or for nonresident license information, please refer to the District of Columbia Department of Insurance website at http://www.disb.dc.gov. 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.

Government of the District of Columbia

Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking
The Insurance Bureau
810 1st Street NE, Suite 701  
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-535-1196
Fax: 202-727-8000
Website: http://www.disb.dc.gov
Email: disb@dc.gov

How to Get Your District of Columbia Insurance License

1. Complete an Insurance Exam Prep Course

Those looking to earn a District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia 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

  • Classroom
  • Self-study
  • Online

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, 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.

Additionally, earning the Texas DHS Adjuster license enables you to adjust with enhanced credibility and industry expertise in CO, DC, IA, IL, KS, MA, MD, MO, ND, NE, PA, NJ, OH, SD, TN, VA, and WI.

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 District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia licensing exams, so you will be prepared to pass the first time. 

Exam Provider: Pearson VUE

Frequently Asked Questions About the District of Columbia Licensing Exam

After completing my exam prep/prelicensing, how should I prepare for exam day?

Exam Day

Candidates should report to the test center at least thirty (30) minutes before the examination begins to complete registration. Each candidate will have two (2) hours to complete the examination. Candidates will leave the test center with an official score report in hand.

Required Identification

All candidates are required to bring identification that is deemed acceptable, listed under Acceptable Forms of Candidate Identification, to the test center on the day of examination. All candidates must also bring certain items, based on their particular situation, to the test center on examination day, as detailed below. Candidates must bring a copy of a marriage certificate or divorce decree (if the candidate’s name has legally changed from that shown on his/her identification).

Candidates must present two forms of current signature identification. The name on the identification must exactly match the name on the registration. The primary identification must be government-issued and photo-bearing with a signature, and the secondary identification must contain a valid signature. Identification must be in English.

Primary Identification

  • Primary ID (photograph and signature, not expired)
  • Government-issued Driver’s License
  • U.S. Dept. of State Driver’s License
  • U.S. Learner’s Permit (plastic card only with photo and signature)

Secondary ID

  • National/State/Country identification card
  • Passport
  • Passport card
  • Military ID
  • Military ID for spouses and dependents
  • Alien Registration Card (Green Card, Permanent Resident Visa) (non-expired signature)
  • U.S. Social Security card
  • Debit (ATM) card or Credit card
  • Any form of ID on the Primary ID list

Note: If the ID presented has an embedded signature that is not visible (microchip), or is difficult or impossible to read, the candidate must present another form of identification from the Primary ID or Secondary ID list that contains a visible signature.

Pearson VUE does not recognize grace periods. For example, if a candidate’s driver’s license expired yesterday and the state allows a 30-day grace period for renewing the ID, the ID is considered to be expired.

What is the exam like? 

Security Procedures

The following policies are observed at each test center. Candidates who violate any of these policies will not be permitted to finish the examination and will be dismissed from the test center, forfeiting the examination fee.

  • No personal items are allowed in the testing room. Personal items include but are not limited to: 
    • Cellular phones, hand-held computers or other electronic devices, pagers, watches, wallets, purses, firearms or other weapons, hats, bags, coats, books, and/or notes, pens or pencils.
  • Candidates must store all personal items in a secure area as indicated by the administrator, or return items to their vehicle.
  • All electronic devices must be turned off before storing them in a locker. The test center is not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced personal items.
  • Studying is not allowed in the test center.
  • Visitors, children, family or friends are not allowed in the test center.
  • Dictionaries, books, papers (including scratch paper), and reference materials are not permitted in the examination room (unless permitted by the exam sponsor), and candidates are strongly urged not to bring such materials to the test center.
  • Upon entering and being seated in the testing room, the test administrator will provide the candidate with materials to make notes or calculations and any other items specified by the exam sponsor. The candidate may not write on these items before the exam begins or remove these items from the testing room.
  • Eating, drinking, or chewing gum, smoking and/or making noise that creates a disturbance for other candidates is prohibited during the exam.
  • Break policies are established by the exam sponsor. Most sponsors allow unscheduled breaks. To request an unscheduled break, the candidate must raise their hand to get the administrator’s attention.
  • The exam clock will not stop while the candidate is taking a break.
    • Candidates must leave the testing room for all breaks. However, candidates are not permitted to leave the floor or building for any reason during this time, unless specified by the administrator and the exam sponsor. If a candidate is discovered to have left the floor or building they will not be permitted to proceed with the examination and may forfeit the exam fees.
    • While taking a break, candidates are permitted to access personal items that are being stored during the exam only if necessary—for example, personal medication that must be taken at a specific time. However, a candidate must receive permission from the administrator prior to accessing personal items that have been stored. 
    • Candidates are not allowed access to other items, including but not limited to, cellular phones, exam notes and study guides, unless the exam sponsor specifically permits this.
  • Any candidate discovered causing a disturbance of any kind or engaging in any kind of misconduct—giving or receiving help; using notes, books, or other aids; taking part in an act of impersonation; or removing examination materials or notes from the examination room—will be summarily dismissed from the examination and will be reported to the state licensing agency. Decisions regarding disciplinary measures are the responsibility of the state licensing agency.

How is the exam scored?

Score Reporting

When candidates complete the examination, they will receive a score report marked “pass” or “fail.” Candidates who pass the examination will receive a score report that includes information on how to apply for a license. Candidates who fail the examination will receive a score report that includes a numeric score and diagnostic information relating to the general portion of the examination, as well as information about reexamination. Reservations for reexamination are not made at the test center, and candidates must wait 24 hours before making one.

Exam Evaluation

The passing score for the examination is determined by the District of Columbia Department of Insurance and Securities Regulation. Through standardization and control, Pearson VUE ensures that no individual has an unfair disadvantage or advantage because of a particular examination format.

How long is the exam?

Exam CodeLine of AuthorityExam TimeTotal Questions
01Life2 HoursNo Mention
02Health2 HoursNo Mention
03Property2 HoursNo Mention
04Casualty2 HoursNo Mention
83Title1.5 HoursNo Mention

 

3. Get Fingerprinted

Any applicant who passes the examination to become a resident DC Insurance Producer, must submit to fingerprinting and a background check through the DC Metropolitan Police Department prior to being granted a license.

4. Apply for District of Columbia 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.

DISB Applications are processed electronically. Twenty-four (24) hours after passing the examination, apply electronically on line at www.nipr.com for your insurance license. For any questions or information contact the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, (DISB) at: 

Government of the District of Columbia (DISB)
Attn: Professional Services Division
1050 First Street, NE, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 727-8000
www.disb.dc.gov

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 District of Columbia insurance license by clicking here.

Select a Line of Authority and Start Earning Your License Today:

Life & Health

This license qualifies you to explain, sell, and write life and health insurance products in Washington D.C.

 

Property & Casualty

This license qualifies you to sell products designed to protect from financial issues as a result of damage or injury in Washington D.C.

Personal Lines

This license qualifies you to sell a variety of insurance plans directly to consumers in Washington D.C.

 

 

Adjuster

This license qualifies you to investigate and adjust any claim in connection with an insurance policy in Washington D.C.