How To Renew Your Insurance License In California
In California, insurance licenses expire every two years. The expiration will be on the last day of the month you were issued your license, biennially, based on the anniversary of your original license year. This means that if you were licensed on an even-numbered year, your license will expire on the last day of your issuance month in the next even-numbered year.
There is no requirement to take another exam from the state, though depending on the format of your continuing education, it is possible that you may take a short knowledge test at the end of the course to be sure that you understand important insurance concepts, laws, and regulations.
If this is the state you reside in, then renewing your license will also keep any non-resident license you have in good standing. You will still need to pay the license renewal fee for non-resident licenses held in other states.
Step 1. California Insurance Continuing Education Requirements
The State of California requires that resident individual licensees complete twenty-four (24) credit hours of continuing education every two-year renewal period. Three (3) of those hours must be in the subject of ethics. Credits cannot include the same course taken repeatedly in one reporting period. You can only receive credits for courses approved for your type of license.
It is recommended to complete all continuing education credits thirty (30) days prior to the expiration date of the license. This will give the CE provider time to report the successful completion to the department of insurance. Your CE courses can be taken at any time within your license term.
If you have a producer license in more than one line of authority (ex. Property & Casualty and Life & Health), you do not need to complete double the hours.
You may take your continuing education courses either in person in a classroom setting or online as a self-paced course. The online courses usually require a reading of the subject at hand, then a test at the end.
Upon completion of these courses, the company who you took the course should send the certificate of completion directly to the state. You should, however, print a copy of this certificate to keep in your records just in case there is a dispute later.
Step 2. Renew Your Insurance License In California
Once you are within 90 days of your license expiration, you may renew your California insurance license online by using the California Department of Insurance Online Renewal tool. You can use this tool before completing your continuing education requirements. However, the renewal will not go into effect until your continuing education is complete.
There is a fee of $188 per line to renew your California Insurance License.
Once this process is complete, your license will be renewed and your new expiration date will be two years from your previous expiration date.
California Insurance License Lookup
You can view your current accrued CE credits using the California Department of Insurance Education Status Lookup tool.
If you don’t know your insurance license number, you can inquire online through the California Department of Insurance License Status Inquiry tool.
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California Department of Insurance Contact Information
California Department of Insurance
Producer Licensing Bureau
320 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (800) 967-9331
Email: Use this electronic form
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