Massachusetts Insurance License

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Licensing requirements for Massachusetts insurance professionals and companies.

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

Massachusetts Debt Collector License

Agency:Massachusetts Division of Banks

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online through NMLS

Agency fee:

$1,000 license fee + $300 investigation fee + $36.25 background check fee per owner and control person + $15 credit report fee per control person.

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online through NMLS

Agency fee:

$1,000

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Massachusetts Insurance Agency License

Agency:Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Initial Registration

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

Agency:Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
Form:

http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/license-types/insurance/individual-and-business-entity-licensing/

Agency fee:

Varies by insurance type. Baseline of $66 per active member

Registration Renewal

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

Agency:Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
Form:

http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/license-types/insurance/individual-and-business-entity-licensing/

Agency fee:

Varies by insurance type. Baseline of $66 per active member

Due:

Annually

Massachusetts Utilization Review License

Type of Review:

Workers' Compensation Utilization Review

Agency:Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents - Office of Health Policy

Initial Registration

Agency:Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents - Office of Health Policy
Form:

Application for Become an Approved Utilization Review Agent

Registration Renewal

Agency:Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents - Office of Health Policy
Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Individual Licenses

Massachusetts Individual Financial Services and Insurance Licenses

Massachusetts Insurance Agent License

Agency:Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Initial Registration

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

Agency fee:

From $150 to $225 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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