50-State Insurance Licensing Compliance Guide
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Delaware Insurance License

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Licensing requirements for Delaware insurance professionals and companies.

This page provides an overview of insurance licensing in Delaware for individuals and companies. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Companies that provide insurance producer services in Delaware must apply for a license prior to doing business. Depending on the lines of authority offered by the entity and the types of services offered, multiple firm licenses may be required.

Before applying, firms should ensure that the licensed individual to be appointed agent in charge has the necessary licenses. Firms should also gather proof of incorporation, or foreign qualification for out-of-state firms, in anticipation of application requirements.

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Company Licenses

Delaware Financial Services Company Licenses

Delaware 17B Travel License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$1,200

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$1,000

Due:

By February 28 of odd-numbered years.

Delaware 17B Travel License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$1,200

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$1,000

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Appraiser License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of odd-numbered years.

Delaware Appraiser License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Bail Producer License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$400

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Collection Agency License

Not required



Debt Collection Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Delaware.

Delaware does not currently issue licenses for collection agencies.

Delaware Fraternal Producer License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of odd-numbered years.

Delaware Fraternal Producer License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Insurance Agency License

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

This section applies to insurance firms that are applying for a license in Delaware for the first time.

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance
Form:

http://www.delawareinsurance.gov/services/renewlicense.shtml

Agency Fee:

Varies by insurance type. Baseline of $75

Registration Renewal

This section applies to insurance firms that are already licensed in Delaware and need to renew their license.

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance
Form:

http://www.delawareinsurance.gov/services/renewlicense.shtml

Agency Fee:

Varies by insurance type. Baseline of $75

Delaware Insurance Producer License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of odd-numbered years.

Delaware Insurance Producer License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Limited Lines Producer License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of odd-numbered years.

Delaware Limited Lines Producer License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Public Adjuster License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of odd-numbered years.

Delaware Public Adjuster License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

A "Third Party Administrator" is defined as who directly or indirectly underwrites, collects charges or premiums from, or denies, modifies, adjusts or settles claims on residents of this state in connection with health and/or pharmacy benefits coverage offered or provided by an insurer.

Delaware Third Party Administrator License

Law:

18 Del. Admin. Code § 1406-2.0

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Uniform Application for License/Registration

Instructions:

Resident Checklist or Non-Resident Checklist

Agency Fee:

$500

Notes:
  • The applicant must apply for and be issued a license in their home state prior to applying for a license in Delaware. 
  • The board must complete a Resolution Authorizing Appointment of the firm's agent for service of process
  • If you are using a DBA or Trade Name, the alternative name must be registered with Office of the Prothonotary of each county in which business is transacted.
    • If you are going to do business in New Castle and/or Kent and/or Sussex Counties, then you MUST register with each respective Prothonotary's Office.
Before you Apply:
  • Applicants must provide all basic organizational documents of the applicant, including any articles of incorporation, articles of association, partnership agreement, trade name certificate, trust agreement, shareholder agreement, and other applicable documents and all amendments to such documents

  • Applicants must provide a copy of the bylaws, rules, regulations or similar documents regulating the internal affairs of the applicant

  • Individual responsible for the conduct and affairs of the applicant company must complete An NAIC Biographical Affidavit.

    • Must include all members of: 

    • the board of directors

    • board of trustees

    • the executive committee or other governing board or committee

    • the principal officers in the case of a corporation or the partners or members in the case of a partnership, association or limited liability company

    • any shareholders or member holding directly or indirectly ten percent (10%) or more of the voting stock, voting securities or voting interest of the applicant

    • any other person who exercises control or influence over the affairs of the applican

  • Audited annual financial statements or reports for the two (2) most recent fiscal years that prove that the applicant has a positive net worth.

    • If the applicant has been in existence for less than two (2) fiscal years, the Uniform Application shall include financial statements or reports, certified by an officer of the applicant and prepared in accordance with GAAP, for any completed fiscal years, and for any month during the current fiscal year for which such financial statements or reports have been completed.

    • An audited financial annual report prepared on a consolidated basis shall include a columnar consolidating or combining worksheet that shall be filed with the report and include all of the following:

      • amounts shown on the consolidated audited financial report shall be shown on the worksheet amounts for each entity shall be stated separately

      • explanations of consolidating and eliminating entries must be included

      • The applicant must also include such other information as the Commissioner may require in order to review the current financial condition of the applicant

  • A statement describing the business plan including information on staffing levels and activities proposed in this state and nationwide.

    • The plan must provide details setting forth the applicant's capability for providing a sufficient number of experienced and qualified personnel in the areas of claims processing, record keeping, and underwriting

    • Additional information or clarification at the discretion of the Commissioner.

  • A list of all states in which the applicant holds a license, including the license number and issuing authority
  • The Commissioner may refuse to issue a certificate of authority or license if the Commissioner determines that the administrator, or any individual responsible for the conduct of affairs of the administrator is not competent, trustworthy, financially responsible or of good personal and business reputation, or has had an insurance or an administrator certificate of authority or license denied or revoked for cause by any jurisdiction, or if the Commissioner determines that it is appropriate
    • A certificate of authority or license issued under this section will remain valid, unless surrendered, suspended or revoked by the Commissioner, for so long as the administrator continues in business in this state and remains in compliance with this Regulation.
  • Submitting the following documents is not required for the application, however, the Commission requires that applicants and licensees keep copies of and produce on demand the following:

    • Copies of all contracts with insurers or other persons utilizing the services of the administrator.

    • A list of its accounts, records, and files for examination, and make its officers available to give information with respect to its affairs, as often as reasonably required by the Commissioner.

  • Provide a list of all owners, partners, officers and directors of the applicant with a 10% or greater interest in the organization
    • Name
    • Title
    • Social Security Number
    • Percentage of Ownership
  • Answer questions about the current and prior conduct of the applicant and its officers, directors, and employees
Required Attachments:
  • Surety Bond (if applicable)
  • All basic organizational documents and amendments
  • A copy of the organization's bylaws, rules, regulations or other applicable governing documents
  • NAIC Biographical Affidavits for all officers, directors, and key employees
  • Audited financial statements or alternative financial reports
  • A business plan statement 
  • At the commissioner's request: 
    • Copies of all contracts for services provided by the administrator
    • A list of its accounts, records, and files for examination
  • A list of all owners, partners, officers and directors of the applicant with a 10% or greater interest in the organization
  • Original Letter of Certification from the resident license/registration jurisdiction dated within 90 days of applications
    • Copies of your resident license/registration are not acceptable.
Bond Amount:

$100,000 or 10% of the aggregate total amount of self-funded coverage under church plans or governmental plans handled in the administrator's home state and all additional states in which the administrator is authorized to conduct business.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Third Party Administrator Annual Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail to:
Company Regulation (BERG)
Delaware Department of Insurance
1351 West North Street, Suite 101
Dover, DE 19904

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by July 1st. Renewals can be filed as early as 60 days prior to the due date.

Required Attachments:

Resident TPA's

  • A copy of the audited financial report verified by at least tow officers for the period ending as of the preceding calendar year
    • A letter of explanation must be included if submitting the renewal without the audited financial report
  • A list of the complete names and addresses of all insurers with which the administrator had agreements during the preceding fiscal year.
  • Officer verification forms to accompany the audited financials

Non-Resident

  • Certificate of Authority (TPA License) from home state

Delaware Utilization Review License

Not required



Utilization Review licensure is not required on the State level in Delaware.

There is no license for utilization review in Delaware, however, employers and insurers are required to follow state guidelines regarding the review process.

More information: Delaware Department of Labor

Delaware Viatical Settlement Broker License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$450

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

By February 28 of odd-numbered years.

Delaware Viatical Settlement Broker License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$450

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Viatical Settlement Provider License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$450

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

By February 28 of odd-numbered years.

Delaware Viatical Settlement Provider License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$450

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Individual Licenses

Delaware Individual Financial Services Licenses

Delaware 17B Travel License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$1,200

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$1,000

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware 17B Travel License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance
Exam Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$1,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$1,000

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Adjuster License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Adjuster License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance
Exam Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Appraiser License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Appraiser License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance
Exam Required?Yes

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Apprentice Adjuster License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Apprentice licenses are valid for one year and cannot be renewed.

Delaware Apprentice Adjuster License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Apprentice licenses are valid for one year and cannot be renewed.

Delaware Apprentice Appraiser License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Apprentice licenses are valid for one year and cannot be renewed.

Delaware Bail Producer License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$400

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Catastrophic Adjuster License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance
Notes:

No adjuster's license shall be required for any adjuster sent into this State on behalf of an insurer for the investigation or adjustment of a particularly unusual or extraordinary loss, or series of losses, resulting from a catastrophe common to all such losses; provided that such adjuster shall furnish to the Commissioner written notice within 10 calendar days of any such catastrophic insurance adjustment work.

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Catastrophic adjuster licenses are issued for 60 days and cannot be renewed.

Delaware Fraternal Producer License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Fraternal Producer License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Insurance Agent License

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

This section applies to insurance agents that are applying for a license in Delaware for the first time.

Agency Fee:

From $0 to $1,000 depending on license type.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

From $100 to $500 based on license type

Due:

Resident - last day of February in even numbered years

Non-Resident - last day of February in odd numbered years

Delaware Insurance Producer License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Insurance Producer License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance
Exam Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Limited Lines Producer License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Limited Lines Producer License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Public Adjuster License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Public Adjuster License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance
Exam Required?Yes

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Surplus Lines Broker License - Non-Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$250

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$400

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Delaware Surplus Lines Broker License - Resident

Agency:Delaware Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$250

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$400

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Learn about insurance licensing in other states:

Adjuster - A person or firm that is paid to adjust, investigate, and negotiate claim settlements. There are 3 categories of adjusters: company, independent, and public. Company adjusters work for insurance companies and investigate claims on behalf of the company. Independent adjusters investigate claims on a contractual basis for insurance companies. Public adjusters investigate claims on behalf of claimants, usually to determine the amount of money that can be claimed.

Agent in Charge - A licensed individual responsible for the supervision of all individuals within an insurance agency. The agent in charge must be licensed in the same lines as the agency.

Insurance Agent - Insurance agents act as intermediaries between the insurance company and policyholders. Agents can be either captive or independent. Captive agents represent a single insurance company, while independent agents represent multiple insurers.

Insurance Broker - Individuals who sell insurance policies while representing the interests of the buyer. Brokers are typically independent intermediaries without an insurance company affiliation.

Insurance Producer - May be used to refer to either individual insurance agents and brokers or insurance agencies and brokerages.

Managing General Agent - An agent or broker that is involved in underwriting and has other areas of authority normally handled by insurers. MGAs are typically involved in unusual lines of coverage or in geographically prohibitive areas.

Surplus Lines Insurer - An insurance carrier that takes on risks that a licensed carrier is unwilling to insure. Surplus lines insurers do not have access to state guaranty funds and are less tightly regulated by state governing bodies.

Third Party Administrator - An organization that manages group insurance policies and works with the employer and insurance carrier to process claims, handle loss control, and provide risk management and consulting services.

Title Agent - Title agents sell insurance that protects real estate owners against loss of ownership of a property due to a legal claim.

Viatical Settlement Provider - A company that purchases life insurance policies at a discount from individuals seeking immediately available funds.

Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (Big “I”)
Advocacy group of independent insurance brokers and agents.

National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
Professional association that advocates for favorable regulatory conditions for insurance agents and financial advisors.

National Association of Insurance Companies (NAIC)
A standard setting and regulatory support organization that is governed by state insurance regulators.

National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA)
Professional association that provides education and advocacy for insurance agents throughout the United States.

National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR)
An affiliate of the NAIC that provides streamlined and uniform producer licensing processes.

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