On this page, you’ll discover all the necessary information for obtaining an insurance license in the state of Illinois. This information specifically applies to residents seeking a license. For non-resident or additional resident license information, visit the Illinois Department of Insurance website at https://www.insurance.illinois.gov. Please note that information is subject to change, but we’ll do our best to simplify the process of fulfilling the educational requirements for licensing.
Illinois Insurance Department
If you have any inquiries or need further assistance, reach out to the Illinois Insurance Department at the following address:
- Production Licensing Unit
- 320 West Washington St.
- Springfield, IL 62767
- Phone: 217-782-6366
- Website: insurance.illinois.gov
- Email: email@example.com
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How to Get Your Illinois Insurance License
1. Complete an Insurance Pre-Licensing Course
Before taking the state licensing exam, Illinois requires individuals to complete a pre-licensing course. Kaplan offers pre-licensing courses that have some of the highest pass rates in the industry, giving you the best chance of success.
Pre-Licensing Education Hour Requirements
- Life: 20 hours*
- Accident/Health: 20 hours*
- Fire (Property): 20 hours*
- Low: 20 hours*
- Personal Lines: 20 hours*
*Note: 7.5 of the 20 hours must be completed in a classroom setting.
Acceptable Methods of Education
Live Class Requirements
- Pre-class study (must be completed before attending the live class): 12.5 hours (life only), 12.5 hours (health only), 25 (life and health); 12.5 (property only), 12.5 (loss only), 25 (property and loss)
- Class test: In Illinois, a graded class test is administered to assess your readiness for the state test. To receive a certificate of completion, you must pass the test with a score of 70% or better.
Pre-Licensing Education Exemptions
Applicants who have obtained any of the following designations or certifications may be exempt from pre-licensing education requirements for the indicated lines of authority:
- Life: CEBS, ChFC®, CIC, CFP®, CLU®, FLMI, LUTCF
- Accident and Health: RHU, CEBS, REBC, HIA
- Property and Accidents: AAI, ARM, CIC, CPCU®
- A college degree in insurance
Adjuster License Requirements
Individuals who are residents of a state that doesn’t license appraisers or business appraisers residing in a state that only licenses independent appraisers have the option to apply for the Designated Home State (DHS) Appraiser license. This license designates another state as its home state.
2. Pass Your Illinois License Exam
After completing the required pre-licensing course, you must pass the state licensing exam. Kaplan’s pre-licensing content aligns directly with the Illinois licensing exams, ensuring you’re fully prepared to pass on your first attempt.
Certificate of Completion Requirements
- Candidates must show proof of pre-licensing completion at the test center before taking the exam.
- Pre-licensing education certificates are valid for one year from the date of completion.
- Live Online Premium Package: Candidates enrolling in this package must complete 12.5 hours of pre-study per line of authority and answer attendance verification survey questions for the entire live online class to receive credit.
Exam Provider: Pearson Vue
- To access a license information bulletin, visit the Pearson Vue website at http://www.pearsonvue.com.
- To schedule an exam, contact Pearson Vue at http://www.pearsonvue.com or call 800-274-0402.
- After taking the Illinois state exam, candidates must wait for five days before applying for a state license.
- Starting from 7/19/2021, candidates can register to take the Illinois Insurance Licensing exams remotely using Pearson Vue’s online proctoring service, OnVue. For more information and scheduling, visit their website at https://home.pearsonvue.com/il/insurance/onvue.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Illinois Licensing Exam
- Q: After completing my pre-licensing, how should I prepare for test day?
- A: The most efficient way to schedule your exam is by booking online. Visit www.pearsonvue.com/il/insurance and create an account if you’re a new user. Fill out all the required fields, marked with an asterisk (*), to create an ID and password. Follow the step-by-step instructions to complete the exam booking process. Online reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Telephone reservations can be made at (800) 274-0402, but they must be made at least 24 hours prior to the desired exam date (unless paying by electronic check).
- Q: What should I bring when making a reservation?
- A: You’ll need to provide your legal name, address, social security number, daytime telephone number, and date of birth. Additionally, provide the name of the exam(s) you’ll be taking, as well as your preferred test date and location. You must present a current copy of your signed pre-licensing course certificate (excluding Public Adjuster) when making a reservation. The certificate can be submitted as a fax, email, or on a device like a phone. All course completion certificates remain valid for one year from the completion date, and you must take the test within that year. Only first-time candidates need to present their certificate before taking the exam; repeating candidates are exempt.
- Q: What identification is needed on test day?
- A: Candidates must present two forms of current signature identification. The primary ID should be government-issued and feature a photo with a signature. The secondary ID must have a valid signature. Both IDs must be in English.
- Primary Identification (photo and signature, not expired):
- Government-issued driver’s license
- US state driver license department
- US learner’s permit (plastic card with photo and signature)
- National/state/country identification card
- Passport card
- Military ID
- Military ID for spouses and dependents
- Alien registration card (green card, permanent resident visa)
- Secondary Identification (signature, not expired):
- United States Social Security card
- Debit (ATM) or credit card
- Any form of identification from the primary list
This is just a sample of the complete article. For more information on how to apply for an Illinois insurance license and what to expect during the exam, continue reading the full article.