Department now offering Spanish language exams for insurance agent licenses
News: 2017 Press Release
"These new Spanish language exams will now allow Spanish speakers a greater opportunity to obtain their insurance agent license," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "The department is committed to implementing these new exams and urges licensee applicants to take advantage of this new service."
AB 1899, signed into law and effective January 1, 2017, amended Section 1677(b) of the California Insurance Code and now requires the CDI to offer life and accident/health agent license examinations in Spanish from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2024. The department is implementing the exams ahead of schedule to best serve interested licensee applicants.
The Spanish language versions of the exam materials, also known as educational objectives, are available on the department's website and detail the subject matter that is covered on the exams. These materials allow license applicants to view how specific insurance terms will be translated and used in actual exam questions.
Earlier this year, Jones also announced the launch of an online agent language locator service created to make it easier for consumers to find insurance agents and brokers in their area who speak their chosen language. The service is also available for consumers searching for public adjusters and bail agents. The easy-to-use tool gives consumers access to information from over 11,000 agents and brokers in California allowing them to search for a nearby agent or broker who speaks the same language they do.
- The department urges those with questions to e-mail the Producer Licensing Bureau or call CDI's Licensing Hotline at (800) 967-9331.
- As with all exams, the Spanish language exams can be scheduled either online through PSI's Examination Scheduling Service or by telephone at (877) 392-6422.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $394 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.