How To Become An Insurance Agent In Louisiana
What Kind Of Agent Are You Going To Be?A majority of people who are applying for their insurance license have a plan in already in place of where they are going to use it. If you don't yet have a plan on how you will be using your insurance license, this is the place to start. Here are some of the questions that you should ask yourself:
- What type of insurance am I going to sell?
- Am I starting my own agency or working inside of an existing agency?
- It may depend on how your agency is set up to tell you what type of licenses you need to hold.
- What types of licenses does my company require me to hold?
How To Get Your Insurance License In Louisiana
1. Pre-License Education
The first step in getting a Louisiana insurance license is taking pre-license education courses. These are state required courses pertaining to the subject matter that will be on the license exam. To fill the pre-license requirement, you must complete a certain amount of credit hours depending on the lines of authority (types of licenses) you wish to attain.
You must complete twenty (20) hours of pre-license education per line of insurance that you will test for. Property and Casualty are separate lines, even though they are combined in the exams, so you will need to complete forty (40) hours in total for this exam. The same is true for the Life, Health, and Accident lines.
You will receive a certificate upon completion of the courses. Keep these certificates, as you will need them when taking your exams.
Most applicants choose to take these courses online, as it fits their schedule better, but there are also in-person courses available. You should choose which format in which to take your courses based on your preferred method of learning. The goal isn't just to get the courses out of the way, it's to prepare you to pass your license exam on the first attempt.
2. Insurance License Exams
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. Life, Health, & Accident (LH&A) and Property & Casualty (P&C) lines are combined exams in Louisiana, so you only have to take two tests if you wish to attain all of these lines of authority: Property, Casualty, Life, and Health & Accident.
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 $65 (one exam per combined lines of authority). When you show up you must have a photo ID any other documents that the testing facility has asked you to bring.
Both the Life, Health & Accident and the Property & Casualty exams, contain one hundred fifty (150) questions and have a time limit of one hundred sixty (160) minutes. A minimum score of 70% correct answers is required to pass each exam.
PSI Exams offers content outlines for each of the exams:
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.
Note: 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.
You may register to take your exams and find more information on the PSI Exams Louisiana Insurance page. PSI Exams provides more testing information in their Louisiana Insurance License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin.
Note: When contacting PSI Exams about your testing, also ask them about their fingerprinting services, as this is your next step.
3. Fingerprinting And Background Check
The state of Louisiana requires that all insurance license applications provide fingerprints prior to licensing. Giving your fingerprints will initiate a background check. If you have any prior misdemeanors or felonies, this may affect the outcome of your licensing efforts. For more information on this topic, call the Louisiana Department of Insurance at (225) 342-0860 or email the department.
Your fingerprints will be done through PSI Exams, so when you are scheduled to take an exam, have your fingerprinting done on the same day.
The fee for fingerprint services is $58. Your fingerprints will be submitted automatically to the Louisiana Insurance Department.
4. License Application
After you have completed your exams and fingerprinting, the next step is to apply for your license. If you have more than one line of authority that you have taken the education for, be sure to apply for all of those lines.
The fee for an online application is $75 per combined line, plus a $5 NIPR fee, for a total of $80.
Apply for your license online on the NIPR Louisiana Insurance page.
5. License Application Review
Once you have submitted your application and passed your exams, your license application will be reviewed by the state. Your background check 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 applying for the license, the best way to check if it has been issued is to call the licensing department at 225-342-0860.
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.
Information on this page has been gathered by a multitude of sources and was most recently updated in April 2019.
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