How To Become An Insurance Agent In New Mexico
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?
Answering these questions should give you tell you the types of insurance licenses you need. If you are still unsure of which lines to pursue, you can always ask the folks in the state licensing office at 505-827-4349 or email the Insurance Department.
How To Get Your Insurance License In New Mexico
Fingerprinting And Background Check
The state of New Mexico 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 Department of Insurance at 505-827-4349 or email the Insurance Department.
You must schedule your fingerprinting appointment with 3M/CogentID.
The fee for the fingerprinting is $44. When completed, they will send the results directly to the Insurance Department.
Once you have completed your fingerprinting, you are now ready to apply for your license. Apply for all of the lines of authority that you want to attain.
The fee for an online application is $30, plus a $5 NIPR fee, for a total of $35. If you wish to add a line of authority to your license at a later date, you will fill out a new application with the same fees.
Fill out and submit your online application on the NIPR New Mexico page.
The next step in getting an New Mexico insurance license is passing your license exam. So why do we say the actual next step is pre-license education? The answer is simple. We want you to pass your test the first time you take it. These courses or study materials are not a required step in getting your insurance license, but they are highly recommended.
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.
StateRequirement recommends Kaplan Education Company for all pre-license education courses.
New Mexico does not keep a list of approved pre-license education providers, so visit the New Mexico Continuing Education Provider List, and contact them asking if they have any pre-license solutions.
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. Property and Casualty are considered one line. This is also true for Life, Accident, and 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 $75. When you show up you must have a photo ID any other documents that the testing facility has asked you to bring.
Both the Property and Casualty and the Life, Accident, and Health exams consist of one hundred fifty (150) questions. You will have one hundred sixty-five (165) minutes to complete each exam. The minimum passing score is 70% correct answers.
Be sure to study the content outlines that PSI Exams provides:
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 on the PSI Exams New Mexico Insurance page. For more information on the exams use the PSI Exams Insurance License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin.
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.
After completing your exams, your results will be sent directly to the state license department. A "few weeks" afterwards, you will be mailed a hard copy of your license. In the meantime, you can do an agent search with the New Mexico Agent Search Tool to see if your license has been issued.
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 November 2016.
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