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AGENTS & BROKERS: Steps to Follow after Submitting the FLASH Application

License Examination (if required): 

Effective November 13, 2012 the California Department of Insurance (CDI) now requires California resident applicants to first pass the qualifying license examination prior to submitting their license application.  PSI examination scheduling services at provides links to their procedures to schedule an examination either online or by telephone.

This change affects California residents applying for any license in which an examination is required (i.e., life, accident and health, property, casualty, personal lines, limited lines automobile, and life limited to funeral and burial expenses). CDI's online application service Fast Licensing Application Service is Here (FLASH) now requires applicants to enter a unique 12-digit identification number which is located on the upper left corner of the passed examination letter.  The identification number consists of the applicant's last four digits of his or her social security number (e.g., 7777), followed by the two-digit birth month (e.g., 01), followed by the two-digit birth day (e.g., 02), and finally, the four-digit birth year (e.g., 1963). In this example, the 12-digit identification number would be 777701021963. The online application service will only allow the application to be submitted if the identification number is correct and you passed your license examination.

If you are not required to pass a qualifying license examination, California non-resident and other license applicants are to press the "NEXT" button to complete the Fast Licensing Application Service is Here (FLASH) application.

Print Application:

Please print the completed application and retain that copy for your records.  

Save Application:

After completing and printing the FLASH online application, the application may be saved on the applicant's computer.

E-mail Confirmation:

The CDI will send a confirmation e-mail to the applicant within 24 hours of submitting the application.

Review Checklist Items:

It is important for the applicant to review the Checklist Items. The items listed on the Checklist must mailed to the California Department of Insurance, Attn:  FLASH LOA, 320 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Collect Required Items shown on Checklist:

The collection of the items shown on the Checklist is very important. The applicant needs to consider the amount of time necessary to collect these items prior to scheduling the license examination. Please consider the time needed to collect these items before linking to the Online Examination Scheduling service. To obtain insurance licensing information, you may phone the Producer Licensing Bureau at (800) 967-9331.


All filing fees submitted are not refundable, whether or not the application is acted upon or the examination taken.