How To Become An Insurance Agent In Mississippi

How to Become an Insurance Agent in Mississippi

Getting your insurance license is the first step to becoming an insurance agent in Mississippi. Life insurance, car insurance, home insurance, or business insurance all require a license to sell in any state.

Follow our step-by-step guide to get your insurance license in Mississippi.

How To Get Your Insurance License In Mississippi


Step 1

Step 1. Which Types of Insurance Licenses Do You Need?


Depending on what type of insurance agent you want to be or what types of policies you need to sell, you will need to choose what type or types of insurance licenses you need to get.

These are examples of the types of insurance policies you can sell with each type of license:

Most insurance agents choose to get both of these licenses, but if you will only sell one type of policy then you just need to choose which license fits your needs.



Step 2

Step 2. Insurance Pre-License Education


After you’ve determined which licenses you need, you must now take your Illinois insurance pre-license education courses.

Most folks choose to take their insurance pre-license course online. These courses are created specifically to give you the skills you need to pass the test. The types of licenses you choose (also known as “lines of authority”) will determine which courses you take.

Each line of authority in Mississippi requires twenty (20) hours of pre-license education. This means that if you wish to get a Property and Casualty license, you must take forty (40) hours of pre-licensing, and for Life, Accident, and Health you must also take forty (40) hours.  

You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Keep this certificate, as you will need it when taking your exam.

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For required insurance pre-license courses and exam prep, StateRequirement recommends:



Step 3

Step 3. Mississippi Insurance License Exams


The next step after completing all of your pre-license coursework is to take the insurance exam. You will take one exam for each line of insurance you wish to carry. Life, Accident, & Health (LA&H) and Property & Casualty (P&C) are a total of four lines, but they are given in two exams.

This is a proctored test, which means that you will be in a controlled environment with a person watching 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 $52. When you show up you must have a photo ID and the original pre-license education certificate.

Note: Military veterans that show proper ID are exempt from exam fees.

You must achieve 70% correct answers to pass the Property & Casualty exam, and 65% correct answers to pass the Life and Accident & Health exam.

Be sure to study the Pearson Vue Mississippi Insurance Exam Content Outlines before studying for the tests.

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 Pearson Vue Mississippi Insurance site.

Find more information about the exams in the Pearson Vue Mississippi Insurance Candidate Handbook.



Step 4

Step 4. 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 $100, plus a small service fee. If you wish to add a line of authority to your license at a later date, there will be a $25 amendment fee.

Be sure to apply for all of the lines that you passed an exam for.

Fill out your online application on either the Sircon Mississippi page or the NIPR Mississippi page.



Step 5

Step 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 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.

Your application will take three to five (3-5) business days to be reviewed. After the review is complete you will receive an email from the licensing department regarding your license issuance.


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.







Mississippi Department Of Insurance Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Mississippi Insurance Department
P.O. Box 79
Jackson, Mississippi 39205-0079

Phone: (601) 359-3582

Fax: (601) 359-1951

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.mid.ms.gov




Information on this page has been gathered by a multitude of sources and was most recently updated in October 2019.

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