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Application Procedures-Individual Residents

License Information

Follow the steps noted below to schedule your license examination and complete an application online:

Step 1 - Fingerprint impressions are required for unlicensed applicants and can be submitted prior to taking the license examination. Select the following link for instructions: California Resident Licensing Fingerprint Requirements.

Note: Fingerprint impressions may be taken at the California Department of Insurance examination sites. Failure to submit fingerprints in a timely manner may cause a delay in the issuance of your license.

Step 2 - 1033 Application for Written Consent - Any person who has been convicted of felony crimes of dishonesty or breach of trust in a state or federal jurisdiction, or who has been convicted of any violation of Title 18 U.S.C. Section 1033 (the "Act"), must first obtain the written consent of the Commissioner prior to engaging or continuing to engage in the business of insurance in California.

Step 3 - Complete prelicensing requirements consisting of 20 hours of approved life-only prelicensing study and 12 hours of approved prelicensing study on ethics and the California Insurance Code. When an applicant seeks both the property and casualty broker-agent license and the life-only agent license, the applicant shall only be required to complete one 12-hour course on ethics and the California Insurance Code.

A new California resident applicant who holds one of the following designations: a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellowship (LUTCF), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (CEBS), Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP) is exempt from the 20 hours of prelicensing education.

Step 4 - Pass the life-only agent license examination. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) requires California resident applicants to first pass the qualifying license examination prior to submitting their license application. This link will provide you with information on how to schedule your examination: Insurance License Examination Information

This 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) requires applicants to enter a unique 12-digit identification number which is located on the upper left corner of the passed examination letter. FLASH only allows the application to be submitted if the applicant enters the correct identification number and has passed the examination, not just scheduled the examination. Consequently, for an application to be accepted, the applicant's identification number entered must be identical to the identification number that is stated on 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.

Step 5 - Apply for an insurance license online - Go to the Fast Licensing Application Service is Here (FLASH) for both resident and nonresident applicants to apply for an insurance license online. This link takes the applicant to the procedures of how to file an application online. If you already know how to use the online application service, you may select the following link to go directly to the FLASH online application.

Step 6 - Fees

  • License filing fee: $170 (effective 3/3/19 this fee is $188).
  • Examination fee: $50 (effective 3/3/19 this fee is $55) per scheduled examination date at a California Department of Insurance examination site or $83 (effective 3/3/19 this fee is $88) per scheduled examination date at a PSI examination site.

Additional Documents: The Insurance Commissioner may require such other documents as will aid in determining whether the applicant meets the qualifications for a license.

A Life Only Agent is not required to have an appointment to have the license issued. Upon application approval the license can be downloaded or printed by using the CDI'sPrint or Download Your License online service. However, the licensee may not transact, solicit, or negotiate the sale of insurance until after one of the following documents is completed and submitted to the California Department of Insurance (CDI).

  • The sponsoring insurance company admitted to California completes an Action Notice of Appointment. Pursuant to Section 2190.22 of Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations, the Action Notice of Appointment must be submitted electronically. To submit appointments electronically contact the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR) and its authorized business partners for a list of approved partners
  • The sponsoring business entity licensed in California completes an Business Entity Endorsement, which must be submitted through the CDI's Business Entity Endorsement and Termination Online Service.
  • Fees are $29 (effective 3/4/19 this fee is $32) per action notice of appointment or business entity endorsement.

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

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