Illinois Insurance License

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Licensing requirements for Illinois insurance professionals and companies.

This page provides an overview of insurance licensing in Illinois 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 Illinois 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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Illinois Financial Services and Insurance Company Licenses

Illinois Collection Agency Branch Office License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$150

Due:

Triennially by May 31. Upcoming renewal years are 2021, 2024, 2027, etc.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

Changes to company address, email addresses, and telephone numbers can be reported online.

Illinois Collection Agency License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Bond Requirements:

$25,000 surety bond.

Initial Registration

Form:

Collection Agency Registration Application

Agency fee:

$750

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$750

Due:

Triennially by May 31. Upcoming renewal years are 2021, 2024, 2027, etc.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

Changes to company address, email addresses, and telephone numbers can be reported online.

Illinois Insurance Agency License

Agency:Illinois Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

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

Agency:Illinois Department of Insurance
Form:

http://insurance2.illinois.gov/producer/

Agency fee:

Varies by insurance type. Baseline of $150

Registration Renewal

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

Agency:Illinois Department of Insurance
Form:

http://insurance2.illinois.gov/producer/

Agency fee:

Varies by insurance type. Baseline of $150

Due:

Annually or Biennially based on license type

Illinois Utilization Review Organization Registration

Type of Review:

Medical or Workers' Compensation Utilization Review

Agency:Illinois Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

Agency:Illinois Department of Insurance
Form:

Application for Registration of a Utilization Review Organization

Agency fee:

$1,500 for accredited organizations or $3,000 for unaccredited organizations.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Illinois Department of Insurance
Form:

Health Care/Workers' Compensation Utilization Review Renewal Registration Form

Agency fee:

$1,500 for accredited organizations or $3,000 for unaccredited organizations.

Due:

Biennially

Individual Licenses

Illinois Individual Financial Services and Insurance Licenses

Illinois Insurance Agent License

Agency:Illinois Department of Insurance

Initial Registration

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

Agency fee:

From $0 to $400 depending on license type.

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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