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Producers, carriers, and other companies 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
of insurance service being offered.
Table of Insurance Licenses
The following table summarizes insurance licensing requirements across the United States. Click on
state for the licensing information specific to that state.
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.
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