The New York Series 17-70 Independent General Adjuster License has rightly earned a reputation for being one of the most difficult licenses to obtain. the test is a bear. there are extra steps and a few hurdles to jump over compared to most states. but as we explain in our 2015 golden ticket article, it’s worth it.
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yes, it’s hard. But if I may quote the great Jimmy Dugan from a league of his own: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. the hard… is what makes it great.”
okay, that might be a bit dramatic. Getting your New York license may not be on par with going to the World Series, but trust us. Being an adjuster that independent adjusting firms always need can make you feel like a superstar. Very few candidates are willing to take on the New York challenge, but those who do? those adjusters are almost always in demand.
Remember: The Empire State does not offer reciprocity to out-of-state appraisers. Therefore, there is only one way to file claims in New York: pass the state’s insurance adjuster exam and apply for your license. but that’s where things get a little trickier than in most other states.
So, let’s take a step-by-step look at what you need to do to get a 17-70 General Independent Adjuster license in New York.
step 1: meet the basic requirements for a new york appraiser license
- be at least 18 years old
- be trustworthy and competent
- never have committed a felony or any crime involving fraudulent or dishonest practices
If you meet these requirements, it’s time to devise a strategy to pass the difficult new york state adjuster exam.
Step 2: Prepare for the New York State 17-70 General Adjuster Licensing Exam
We know that the new york insurance adjuster exam is a blast. Therefore, while the state does not require a prelicensing course like it does in Texas or Florida, we strongly recommend that you take an exam preparation course.
AdjusterPro’s new york adjuster exam prep course is one of the best in the industry and we certainly hope you choose us to help you prepare. To be honest, this is not a test that most people can pass by looking up the schematic and researching topics on their own via wikipedia or google.
adjusterpro course has been rigorously prepared and is regularly updated. Our online classroom allows you to print reference materials, take practice tests, and even create your own quizzes to help you with subjects you’re struggling with. once you consistently score 90% on your practice exams and pass all quizzes with flying colors… it’s exam time!
Step 3: Take and pass the New York State Adjuster Licensing Exam
since march 2019, psi exams online became new york test provider. you will need to create an account on their website and pay the $33 fee.
After you register, you’ll schedule a time, date, and location to take the exam in person at a psi testing center. If you need to cancel or reschedule your exam, you must do so at least 2 days in advance or you will forfeit your exam fee.
the exam consists of 100 questions and you must get at least 70% to pass. candidates who score less than 70% will be required to retake the exam and pay the fees again. You will be given 2 hours to take the exam.
Step 4: Submit an Application for Your New York Adjuster License
Once you pass the exam, you must submit your Real Appraiser license application. To do so, follow the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) filing requirements for IA (Independent Adjuster) applicants. there’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s take a closer look at the rules…
- Download and complete the Independent Adjuster Application from the Department of Financial Services website.
- Use a supported browser: the latest plus one older version of ie, ff, chrome, and safari are supported .
- Please disable “pop-up blockers” in your browser before using dfs portal applications.
- maintenance: the application may not be available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. m. to 7:45 a.m. m. every day for scheduled maintenance.
- Pay the license fee ($100) by check made payable to “superintendent of financial services.” full fees are charged during the first year of a license term. going forward, half the fees are charged for the second year. You can pay license fees by credit card, electronic funds transfer (electronic check), or paper check. If you choose to pay by paper check, your request will remain pending until the department receives and processes the check.
- process your fingerprints. new york residents must be fingerprinted electronically through identogo. the fee is $87. The state will not accept fingerprint cards from anyone with a New York address. out-of-state applicants may submit a fingerprint card with a copy of the signed morphotrust pre-registration confirmation along with their application.
- all adjuster applicants must submit fingerprints of both hands. all new york resident applicants must be electronically fingerprinted with identogo. non-resident applicants must submit a completed fingerprint card and fingerprint fees to the department. follow the instructions found in the general fingerprinting section for dfs. Additional instructions can be found on the Agent/Broker Fingerprinting Procedures page.
- provide your original approved score report. We recommend waiting a week to submit your application to ensure your exam has been processed.
- when prompted to select a pre-licensing provider from the drop-down menu, select 7777 no pre-licensing (because a pre-licensing is not required for this license).
- adjusterpro new york 17-70 exam prep course: $199
- state exam fee: $33
- license fee: $100
- fingerprint processing fee: $87
- license renewal fee: $50
Once you have completed these steps, you can check the status of your license on the nydfs license search page. In our experience, applications typically take 3-4 weeks to process. For a full list of application details, visit the nydfs website.
Step 5: Complete New York Adjuster Continuing Education and Renewal Requirements
Once you have your license, you will need to formally renew it to keep it active. new york does not require insurance adjusters to complete continuing education (ce) hours.
Licenses are valid for two years and expire on December 31 of each even-numbered year. renew your license through the nydfs login.
additional information for new york insurance adjusters
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Now that you know how to become an adjuster, let’s take a detailed look at the fees and costs of obtaining and maintaining your license.
new york adjuster license fee 17-70
new york adjuster license reciprocity
reciprocity means that an adjuster who is licensed in the home state can apply for an adjuster’s license in another state without having to take that state’s exam. If you’d like to learn more about reciprocity and why it’s vital to your success, visit our blog article on Reciprocity: The Truth About Interstate Adjuster License Agreements.
Reciprocal license fees vary by state, but on average you can expect to pay between $40 and $60 per application, although some states charge as much as $120. To see which states will offer reciprocal licensing privileges to New York appraisers, visit our New York appraiser reciprocity map. At the bottom of the page, we also offer a downloadable guide to help you prioritize which reciprocal licenses to obtain first.
new york does not offer reciprocal licensing to out-of-state adjusters who are licensed in their home state. If you want to adjust claims in New York, you must complete the NY license process.
new york department of financial services contact information
website: new york department of financial services: insurance
mailing address: new york department of financial services office of licenses one commerce plaza, albany, ny 12257
phone: 800-342-3736email: [email protected]
Getting licensed from your home state is the first step to a career as an insurance adjuster. Successful adjusters know that you need additional state licenses to get noticed and hired. while new york is one of the toughest nuts to crack, it always seems to offer excellent value for money.
No matter where you are in your insurance adjusting career, we can help.