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Apprentice Public Insurance Adjuster

Licensing Information

Applicable Forms

Authorizing Act: 

Section 15016 of the California Insurance Code reads, in part:

An Apprentice Public Insurance Adjuster licensee is a person employed by a Public Insurance Adjuster for the purpose of training.


  • Minimum Age: 18 years
  • Residency: California residency or designated home state* is required
  • Entity: Individual
  • Prelicensing Experience/Education: Not required
  • Continuing Education: Not required

* Designated Home State means the District of Columbia and any state or territory of the United States in which the public adjuster's principal place of residence or principal place of business is located. If neither the state in which the public adjuster maintains their principal place of residence nor the state in which the public adjuster maintains their principal place of business has a substantially similar law governing public adjusters, the public adjuster may declare another state in which it becomes licensed and acts as a public adjuster to be their "home state.

Filing Requirements:

  • Application: Individual Application - Public Adjuster and Apprentice License, Go to - New Adjuster Licenses or form CDI-180.
  • Bond: A Bond of Public Insurance Adjuster, form LIC 94A, in the penal sum of $20,000, by a California admitted surety; completed in the name of the applicant.
  • Employer Authorization: Public Insurance Adjuster Authorization Application, form LIC 0100A completed by the Public Insurance Adjuster who will employ the applicant for training purposes.
  • Fingerprint Impressions: Fingerprint impressions are required for unlicensed applicants.
  • Additional Documents: The Insurance Commissioner may require such other documents as will aid in determining whether the applicant meets the qualifications for a license.
  • Examination: Not required


  • License Filing: $264, the license expires one year from date issued unless otherwise canceled.
  • Fingerprint Processing: Review Fingerprint Processing link for fees. 

Additional Information:

  • Federal law (Title 18 United States Code Section 1033) prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a felony involving dishonesty or a breach of trust from conducting the business of insurance unless they have obtained the written consent of the Insurance Commissioner. It is a violation of this statute to conduct business of insurance without the Commissioners written consent. If you have been convicted of a felony involving dishonesty or a breach of trust then you must attach a copy of this consent. If you have not obtained this written consent you must do so by filing a 1033 Short Form Application for Written Consent prior to filing your application.
  • If the Apprentice applicant/licensee ceases to be employed as such, an Public Insurance Adjuster Authorization Application, form LIC 0100A, completed by the employer to show termination of such employment, is required to be filed with the Department. An Apprentice licensee may not act as such unless an active authorization is on file.
  • An Apprentice license is not renewable.
  • After experience qualifications have been met, an Apprentice licensee may file for a Public Insurance Adjuster license. Refer to the Public Insurance Adjuster's licensing requirements.
  • To obtain insurance licensing forms by mail, send an e-mail request to: Producer Licensing Bureau.
  • To obtain Adjuster licensing information, you may phone the Producer Licensing Bureau's Adjuster unit at (916) 492-3085.

All fees mailed to the Department must be addressed to:

Department of Insurance
P.O. Box 1139
Sacramento, CA 95812-1139

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

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