on this page, you will find all the state specific information for insurance licensing in the state of tennessee. this information refers to applicants for residence licenses. For additional information on resident licenses, or for information on non-resident licenses, see the tennessee department of commerce and insurance website at http://www.state.tn.us/commerce/insurance. information is subject to change and we will do our best to make the process of completing the educational requirements for licensing as simple as possible.
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tennessee department of commerce and insurance
Division of Insurance Agent Licensing Section 500 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN 37243 Phone: (615) 741-2693 or 888-416-0868 Fax: (615) 532-2862 Website: https://www.tn .gov/commerce/insurance-division.html email: [email protected]
how to get your tennessee insurance license
1. complete an insurance pre-licensing course
Tennessee requires those seeking an insurance license to complete the pre-licensing before taking the state licensing exam. prelicensing courses with kaplan give you the best chance of passing – our pass rates are among the highest in the industry.
Pre-licensing education hour requirements
- life: 20 hours
- accident & health: 20 hours
- property: 20 hours
- accidents: 20 hours
- personal lines: 20 hours
Note: Applicants must wait 48 hours after passing the state exam to apply for a license online.
acceptable methods of education
Live Class Requirements:
Pre-class study (must be completed before attending the live class):
- life only: 4 hours
- health only: 4 hours
- property only: 4 hours
- accidents only: 4 hours
Adjuster license requirements
The Designated Home State (DHS) Appraiser license is available to individuals who are 1) residents of a state that does not license appraisers, or 2) individuals who are business appraisers and reside in a state that it only licenses independent appraisers and wants to designate another state as its home state.
2. pass your tennessee license exam
After completing the required prelicensing course, you must pass a state licensing exam. Kaplan’s prelicensing content is based directly on the Tennessee licensing exams, so you’ll be prepared to pass the first time.
certificate of completion requirements:
- The applicant must present the original pre-licensing course certificate for each applicable line of insurance authority they are applying for at the exam site.
- A person who has not successfully passed the exam within six (6) ) months of the first attempt to retake pre-licensing education courses as set forth in rule 0780-01-56-.06.
- this information pertains to resident license applicants. For additional resident license information, or for nonresident license information, see the tennessee department of commerce and insurance website at http://www.state.tn.us/commerce/insurance.
exam provider: pearson vue
tennessee licensing exam frequently asked questions
After completing my pre-licensing, how should I prepare for test day?
Candidates must make an online reservation at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of their desired exam date. walk-in exams are not available.
- original prelicensing course certificate for all exams except public adjuster.
- prelicensing course certificate must be presented to test center staff each time you take the exam , even if you take it again. providing the prelicensing course certificate via cell phone or other electronic device is unacceptable. this document must be printed and submitted on a physical sheet of paper.
- candidates taking the public adjuster exam are not required to complete pre-licensing education prior to the administration of the exam.
Note: Candidates taking the Public Adjuster exam are not required to complete pre-licensing education prior to the administration of the exam.
Candidates must report to the test center thirty (30) minutes prior to the exam and register with the test center administrator. Candidate’s identification and other documentation will be reviewed and photographed for the score report.
Candidate must present two (2) forms of current firm identification. the primary ID must be government-issued and have a photo with a signature, and the secondary ID must contain a valid signature. ID must be in English.
primary identification (photo and signature, not expired)
- government issued driver’s license
- u.s. state department driver’s license
- u.s. learner’s permit (plastic card with photo and signature only)
- national/state/country identification card
- passport card
- military id
- military identification 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 on the primary identification list
If the submitted identification has an embedded signature that is not visible (microchip), or is difficult or impossible to read, the candidate must present another form of identification from the primary or secondary identification list that contains a visible signature.
How is the exam?
The following policies are observed at each test center. Candidates who violate any of these policies will not be allowed to finish the exam and will be dismissed from the test center forfeiting their exam fee.
- No personal items are allowed in the testing room. personal items include but are not limited to:
- cell phones, handheld computers or other electronic devices, pagers, watches, wallets, purses, firearms or other weapons, hats, bags, coats, books and / or notes, pens or pencils.
- To request an unscheduled break, the candidate must raise their hand to get the administrator’s attention.
- The exam clock will not stop while the candidate is taking a break.</ li
- Candidates must leave the testing room during all breaks. however, candidates may not leave the floor or building for any reason during this time, unless specified by the administrator and exam sponsor. if a candidate is found to have left the floor or building, they will not be allowed to continue with the exam and may forfeit their exam fees.
- if necessary, while taking a break, they are allowed to candidates to access personal items that are stored during the exam, for example, personal medications that need to be taken at a specific time. however, a candidate must receive administrator permission before accessing personal items that have been stored.
- Candidates are not allowed access to other items, including but not limited to cell phones, test notes, and study guides, unless specifically permitted by the test sponsor.
Each main lines exam (life, accident and health, property, casualty) is given in a multiple choice format.
the exam will contain “previous” questions. Pretest questions are questions about which statistical information is collected for use in constructing future exams. answers to pretest questions do not affect a candidate’s score. pretest questions are mixed with graded questions and are not identified.
How is the exam scored?
The Department of Commerce and Insurance selected 70 as the passing score for reporting purposes. Raw scores are converted to scaled scores that can range from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 100. To avoid confusion about score information, numerical scores are only reported to failing candidates.
The passing score for each exam is determined by the tennessee department of commerce and insurance, not pearson vue. candidates who pass the exam will receive a score report that says “passed” and no numerical score will be reported. candidates who fail an exam will receive a numerical score. (Numeric scores are scaled scores, as described later in this manual.) Unsuccessful candidates receive diagnostic information relevant to each major area of the exam. diagnostic information is intended to help failing candidates identify areas of strength and weakness in order to prepare for future exams. Summaries of the content in this manual can be used to interpret the diagnostic information on the failing grade report.
Applicants failing an exam for the first time must wait ten (10) days before retaking the exam. after each subsequent attempt, the applicant must wait thirty (30) days before retaking the exam. A person who has not successfully passed the exam within six (6) months of the first attempt will be required to retake the pre-licensing education courses. Candidates wishing to make a reservation for a new exam must follow the procedures listed in Examination Reservations; reservations cannot be made at the test center.
How long is the exam?
3. apply for a tennessee insurance license
Once you have passed the state licensing exam, you are ready to apply for an insurance license.
After you pass the exam, apply for your license by submitting an application electronically through Nipr (www.nipr.com). if you file electronically, you must wait forty-eight (48) hours.
it will be assigned an npn. This unique identifier is assigned through the license application process and is used to track individuals and business entities nationwide. many states use the npn to replace a producer’s license number.
4. plan to complete required insurance continuing education (ce) credits
All insurance producers must comply with the ce requirements of their home state. Stay on top of your CE and ahead of the competition with 365 days of unlimited access to courses when you enroll in a CE Library with Kaplan.
Learn how to renew a Tennessee insurance license by clicking here.