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Notice - FLASH

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) requires California resident applicants to first pass the qualifying license examination prior to submitting their license application.

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.

A California resident applicant applying for licensure in this state using the FLASH Online Application must print the entire license application to receive a copy of the Checklist page. The Checklist will indicate if additional documents are required. If additional documents are required, the Checklist and additional documents must be mailed to the following address:

California Department of Insurance
Attention:  Resident FLASH Application
320 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814. 

If the Checklist states that additional documents are required, failure to mail the required documents to the California Department of Insurance will result in delayed issuance of the applicant's license.

California Non-resident applicants are to complete fingerprint requirement. If the Checklist states that additional documents are required, mail the Checklist and the documents to the following address:

California Department of Insurance
Attention: Nonresident FLASH Application
320 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

Select this link to apply for an insurance license using the CDI's FLASH Online Application.

Important Information!  Please read the following:

Answer the background screening questions on your application truthfully and completely. You must read the background screening questions on the application carefully and answer truthfully and completely. Provide all the information being requested at the time you file your application to prevent delays. 

Failure to disclose disciplinary actions or crimes which occurred, can be considered an attempt to obtain a license by fraud or misrepresentation and could result in the denial and/or delay in processing of your application. Regardless of any advice that may have been received from others, the license applicant is held responsible, under penalty of perjury, for disclosing accurate and complete information.

Carefully review your entire history and provide complete and accurate information. You must provide accurate, complete and detailed background information regarding:

  • Any disciplinary action taken against a business or professional license;
  • Any criminal convictions (except juvenile offenses) (This includes DUIs, reckless driving convictions, driving on a suspended license convictions, misdemeanors, felonies, military offenses, etc.); and
  • Any criminal charges pending at the time you submit your application.

When in doubt disclose. In the event you have one or more offenses to report, please make sure you disclose all convictions regardless of how long ago they occurred, or whether or not a conviction has been dismissed under California Penal Code Section 1203.4 or a similar statute. 

Warning: The failure to disclose charges/convictions will cause substantial delays in the processing of your application and may result in denial of your license application. Failure to disclose all convictions is falsification of the application which was signed under penalty of perjury and is grounds for denial.

Keep in mind that due to the severity and nature of the criminal history in some instances, the license application can still be denied irregardless of how well the applicant follows instructions in the application process in completing the background questions. 

If you need further assistance, please call the CDI's Producer Licensing Bureau at (800) 967-9331, or send an e-mail to Producer Licensing Bureau. Please be sure to include your name, telephone number, license number and e-mail address.

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