How To Become An Insurance Agent In Ohio

Ohio

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 614-644-2665 or email the License Department.

How To Get Your Insurance License In Ohio

  Pre-License Education

The first step in getting a Ohio 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 twenty (20) hours of education coursework per line of authority that you wish to hold.  You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Keep this certificate, as you will need it when taking your exam.

Example: If you want to get a Life Insurance license, then you would need to take twenty (20) hours of coursework. If you are going for Life, Accident, & Health (LA&H), forty (40) hours is your requirement. For Life, Accident & Health (LA&H) and Property & Casualty (P&C), you will need eighty (80) hours total of pre-license education.

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.

You can find a list course of approved Ohio pre-license education providers on the Ohio Pre-Licensing Education Search Tool.

 Fingerprinting And Background Check

Ohio requires that all insurance license applicants provide fingerprintsprior 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 Ohio Department of Insurance at 614-644-2665 or email the License Department.

The fee for having fingerprints taken can be up to $71, depending on where you have them done.

When scheduling your fingerprinting appointment, be sure to tell them that you are using them to get your Ohio insurance license. This should let them know that they need to send the state and federal results directly to the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Schedule your fingerprinting appointment through any of the vendors listed on the Ohio Attorney General Webcheck page.

 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 & Health (L&H) and Property & Casualty (P&C) lines are combined as one test each, so you wouldn't take four tests, you would only take two all together.

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 $42. When you show up you must have a photo ID and the original pre-license education certificate.

The Ohio Life, Accident, and Health test is one hundred fifty (150) questions long, and you have two and a half hours (2:30) to complete it. PSI offers this Ohio Life, Accident, and Health Exam Content Outline.

The Ohio Property and Casualty test is one hundred fifty (150) questions long, and you have two and a half hours (2:30) to complete it. PSI offers this Ohio Property and Casualty Exam Content Outline.

Each exam requires a minimum of 70% correct answers to pass.

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 Ohio Insurance page.

 License Application

Once you have completed your exams and fingerprinting, 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 $10 per line, plus a $5 NIPR fee.

Fill out your online application on the NIPR Ohio Insurance page.

 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 within 7-10 business days. There are cases when the fingerprints returning will hold up the review time. 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 your application has been approved, you will receive an email from the Department of Insurance regarding the issuance of 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.

Ohio Department Of Insurance Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Ohio Department of Insurance
50 W. Town Street
Third Floor - Suite 300
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-644-2665
Fax: 614-644-3475
Email: licensing@insurance.ohio.gov
Website: https://www.insurance.ohio.gov

Information on this page has been gathered by a multitude of sources, and was most recently updated in May 2018.

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