Getting your Iowa insurance license is the first step to becoming an insurance agent in Iowa. Whether you’re interested in selling property and casualty insurance, life insurance, health insurance, or any combination of those lines of authority, this article has the information you need to get started.

    The Iowa Department of Insurance has a 5-step process to getting your insurance license. We’ll walk you through step-by-step; from the license application to insurance test prep, to the Iowa insurance exam, and beyond.

    This guide has everything you need to know to get your Iowa insurance license quickly and easily.

     

    How To Get Your Iowa Insurance License

    Getting your insurance license in Iowa is easy! Just follow our step-by-step guide. Be sure to bookmark this page so that you can visit it again throughout this process.

     

    Step 1

    Step 1. Which Insurance Licenses Do You Need?

    The first step to getting your insurance license is choosing which licenses you need. The most common licenses new insurance agents get are the property & casualty license (P&C)life and health insurance license (L&H).

    The types of insurance products and policies you’ll be selling will determine which licenses you need. Here are some examples of the types of policies you can market with each license:

     

    Most insurance agents and producers choose to get both P&C and L&H licenses, but if you plan on specializing in only one category then you don’t need every license.

    Insurance adjusters require a separate license. You can find more information on becoming an insurance adjuster here: Iowa Insurance Adjuster License

    Note:

    If you plan on specializing as a life insurance agent, then you may also need to hold a certain FINRA securities license.

     

    Step 2Step 2. Iowa Insurance Pre-Exam Education

    After you’ve determined which licenses you need, it’s time to begin studying for the Iowa insurance exams.

    Iowa does not require you to take a certain amount of pre-license credits before testing. This means that studying for your exam is 100% up to you.

    Most folks choose to take an insurance pre-license course online. These courses are created specifically to give you the skills you need to pass the test. Others purchase books or other self-study tools to prepare themselves.

    It’s wise to take a week or so to dedicate to your study of this exam. If you don’t feel as though you’re a strong test taker, take a little longer, but don’t let it drag out for long. We want you to pass your test the first time you take it, and we know that you can do it.

    Recommended Course

    For insurance license exam courses and study tools, StateRequirement recommends: Kaplan Education Company

     

    Step 3Step 3. Iowa Insurance License Exam

    The next step after completing all of your pre-license coursework or self-study is to take the insurance exam. You will take one exam for each line of insurance you wish to carry.

    The State of Iowa and Pearson Vue allow for back-to-back exams in Iowa. This means that you can schedule exams for “like lines” together, and only pay the fee for one. Like lines are Property and Casualty, and the other is Life and Accident & Health.

    This is a proctored test, which means that you will be in a controlled environment with a person watching over you. For people who haven’t tested in a situation like this should be aware of this fact, and work on taming their nerves prior to sitting for the exam.

    The fee for each attempt of the exams is:

    • Life & Accident & Health: $69
    • Property & Casualty: $69
    • Life: $49
    • Accident and Health: $49
    • Property: $49
    • Casualty: $49

    When you show up you must have a photo ID any other documents that the testing facility has asked you to bring.

    • The Life Insurance exam consists of seventy-seven (77) questions.
    • The Accident & Health exam consists of eighty (80) questions.
    • The Property exam consists of eighty-three (83) questions.
    • The Casualty exam consists of eighty-five (85) questions.

    Each of the exams is broken down into two sections: general knowledge and Iowa specific. Be sure to study the Pearson Vue Iowa Insurance Exam Content Outlines.

    To explain the scoring of this exam, we will quote the Pearson Vue Iowa Insurance Licensing Candidate Handbook:

    When candidates complete the examination, they will receive a score report marked “pass” or “fail”. Candidates who pass the examination will receive a score report that includes information on how to apply for a license. Candidates who fail the examination will receive a score report that includes a numeric score and diagnostic information relating to both the general portion and state portion of the examination, as well as information about reexamination. Reservations for reexamination are not made at the test center, and candidates must wait twenty-four (24) hours before making one.

     

    Check out our Insurance Exam Guide. It’s extremely in-depth, and will hopefully help you pass the first time.

     

    Insurance license tests are intentionally difficult, but not impossible by any means. You should study to the point of comfortability with the information before you attempt the test. Failing the exam isn’t the end of the world, but keep in mind that you will need to pay the fee each time you attempt the test.

    Tip:

    StateRequirement recommends that you study for one exam at a time, then after passing, starting on your next line. The exams are difficult enough on their own without confusing information from one line to another.

    Check out our review of the Kaplan Insurance Course.

    You may register to take your exams and find more information on the Pearson Vue Iowa Insurance page.

     

    Step 4Step 4. Iowa Insurance License Application

    Once you have completed your exams, you are now ready to apply for your license. If you have more than one line of authority that you have passed the exam for, be sure to apply for all of those lines.

    The fee for an online application is $50, and NIPR will charge a $5 transaction fee for a total of $55.

    You must wait for two to three (2-3) business after passing the exam to fill out the application. This will allow the system to offer you the correct lines of authority to apply for.

    If you wish to add another line of authority to your license at a later date, you will only pay the $5 NIPR fee.

    Fill out and submit your online application on the NIPR Iowa website.

     

    Step 5Step 5. Application Review

    Once you have submitted your application and have filled all the other requirements, your license application will be reviewed by the state. Your background check initiated by the application will also be reviewed.

    If everything is to acceptable standards your license should be issued quickly. If there are any items from your background check that need to be reviewed, it may slow down the process of issuance. If this is the case, the state may contact you to provide context to the issues that they have run into.

    After submitting the application, you won’t receive any correspondence from the state regarding your license. The instructions we received from the licensing department were to wait a couple of days, then look up your license number with the State Based Systems Iowa License Lookup Tool. This is also where you will go to print your license.

     

    Congratulations!

    You’ve done the work, put in the time and effort, and now hold the key to your own success!  We’re proud of you. Take five (5) minutes and celebrate.




    After Getting Your Iowa Insurance License

    Once you’ve passed your exams and completed the licensing application, you are now a licensed insurance agent in Iowa. A common question we hear is, “I have my insurance license, now what?” Here are a few things you can do or need to know:




    Iowa Department Of Insurance Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    Iowa Insurance Division
    Attn: Licensing
    601 Locust Street – 4th Floor
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3738

    Phone: (515) 281-7757

    Fax: (515) 281-3059

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.iid.state.ia.us

    License Search: Iowa Insurance License Search and Lookup

     

    Iowa Insurance License FAQ

    How long is the insurance license period in Iowa?

    Three years. Learn more here: Iowa Insurance License Renewal

     

    How long does it take to get an insurance license in Iowa?

    2-8 weeks. The bulk of the time is spent studying for your Iowa insurance exam. Some people study for as little as one week and feel comfortable taking the exam. We recommend you take whatever amount of time you need to feel comfortable with the material. Check out our guide: How to Pass the Insurance Exam

     

    How much does the Iowa insurance license cost?

    The total cost for your insurance course, application, and exam will be about $375. If you don’t pass the exam the first time, add $69 for each subsequent attempt.

     

    How do I get a life insurance license in Iowa?

    Follow the steps above. The licensing process is the same for all insurance agent and producer licenses.

     

    How do I get a property and casualty license in Iowa?

    Follow the steps above. The licensing process is the same for all insurance agent and producer licenses.




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