Insurance Licensing Compliance Guide
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Insurance Agent Compliance

Insurance agents and other individuals involved in the insurance industry must be licensed to provide the services they offer. Licensing is typically regulated at the state level, although some lines of authority are subject to federal regulation. Insurance licensing requirements vary by state and by type of insurance service being offered.

Table of Insurance Licenses

The following table summarizes insurance licensing requirements across the United States. Click on any state for the licensing information specific to that state.

Alabama

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Agency

Alabama Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $60 to $1,000 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on residency and license type

Alaska

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Agency

Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development - Division of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $0 to $300 depending on license type.

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on residency and license type

Arizona

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Agency

Arizona Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

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

Renewal Fee:

$120

Arkansas

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Agency

Arkansas Insurance Department

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $0 to $1,035 depending on license type.

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type

California

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Agency

California Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $85 to $1,178 depending on license type.

Renewal Fee:

$188 for Property & Casualty

Fees vary based on lines of authority.

Colorado

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Agency

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies - Division of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $57 to $233 depending on license type.

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on residency and lines of authority

Connecticut

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Agency

Connecticut Insurance Department

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $130 to $675 depending on license type.

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on the license type. $80-$650

Delaware

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Agency

Delaware Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

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

Renewal Fee:

From $100 to $500 based on license type

District of Columbia

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Agency

District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $0 to $300 depending on license type.

Renewal Fee:

Florida

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Agency

Florida Department of Financial Services - Division of Insurance Agent and Agency Services

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $55 to $150 depending on license type.

Renewal Fee:

Georgia

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Agency

Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $100 to $600 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

From $100-$600 depending on license type + $5 processing fee

Hawaii

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Agency

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Insurance Division

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $150 to $2,800 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Insurance Producer : $150
Surplus Lines Broker : $90 

Idaho

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Agency

Idaho Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $80 to $500 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies depending on license type

Illinois

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Agency

Illinois Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $0 to $400 depending on license type.

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type

Indiana

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Agency

Indiana Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $40 to $80 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on the license type; Non-Resident retaliatory fee may apply.

Iowa

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Agency

Iowa Insurance Division

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

$50 for most.

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type

Kansas

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Agency

Kansas Insurance Department

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $30 to $100 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

$50

Kentucky

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Agency

Kentucky Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $25 to $500 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type; an agent with one or more active appointments will have a renewal fee of $0.

Louisiana

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Agency

Louisiana Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $55 to $250 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type

Maine

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Agency

Maine Bureau of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $25 to $165 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Maryland

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Agency

Maryland Insurance Administration

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $5 to $250 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Massachusetts

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Agency

Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $150 to $225 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Michigan

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Agency

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $10 to $110 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Minnesota

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Agency

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $50 to $500 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Producer: $50 per line of authority + $25 technology surcharge

Agent: $50 + $25 technology surcharge

Mississippi

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Agency

Mississippi Insurance Department

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $5 to $100 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type + $1 online application fee

Missouri

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Agency

Missouri Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $25 to $150 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

$100

Montana

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Agency

Office of The Montana State Auditor

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $0 to $100 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type

Nebraska

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Agency

Nebraska Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $20 to $250 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type

Nevada

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Agency

Nevada Division of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $138 to $235 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

$185

New Hampshire

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Agency

New Hampshire Insurance Department

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $75 to $210 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

$150

New Jersey

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Agency

New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance - Division of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $70 to $170 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Limited Line License: $75

Major Lines License: $150

New Mexico

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Agency

New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $30 to $100 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type

New York

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Agency

New York Department of Financial Services

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $0 to $7,500 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on Retaliatory Fee

North Carolina

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Agency

North Carolina Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $82 to $582 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

North Dakota

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Agency

North Dakota Insurance Department

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

$100 for most.

Renewal Fee:

$25

Ohio

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Agency

Ohio Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $10 to $500 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type

Oklahoma

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Agency

Oklahoma Insurance Department

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $15 to $250 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type

Oregon

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Agency

Oregon Division of Financial Regulation

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $45 to $75 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

$45

Pennsylvania

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Agency

Pennsylvania Insurance Department

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $55 to $200 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type

Rhode Island

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Agency

Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $0 to $200 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Varies based on license type

South Carolina

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Agency

South Carolina Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $0 to $400 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

South Dakota

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Agency

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation - Division of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $25 to $50 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Non-Resident Producer: Retaliatory Fee based on the resident state

All others: Fee varies depending on license type

Tennessee

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Agency

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $50 to $120 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Texas

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Agency

Texas Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

$50 for most.

Renewal Fee:

$50

Utah

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Agency

Utah Insurance Department

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $50 to $75 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

$75

Vermont

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Agency

Vermont Department of Financial Regulation

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $60 to $430 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Non-Resident : Fee varies based on state of residency

Resident : Fee varies from $30 - $300 based on license type

Virginia

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Agency

Virginia State Corporation Commission - Bureau of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $15 to $250 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Washington

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Agency

Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $25 to $205 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

From $55 to $200 depending on license type

West Virginia

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Agency

West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $25 to $200 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

Wisconsin

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Agency

Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $10 to $750 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

From $35 to $250 depending on license type and residency

Wyoming

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Agency

Wyoming Department of Insurance

Application Types

Applying

Initial License Fee:

From $10 to $100 depending on license type

Renewal Fee:

From $20 to $150 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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