How To Become An Insurance Agent In South Carolina
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 803-737-6160 or email the Insurance Department.
How To Get Your Insurance License In South Carolina
The first step in getting an South Carolina insurance license is passing your license exam. So why do we say the first 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.
The state offers this list of South Carolina Pre-License Education Resources for exam prep.
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 combined line of insurance you wish to carry. The Property line and Casualty line are combined as one exam. The Life line and Accident and Health line are combined as one exam as well.
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 combined exams is $45. When you show up you must have a photo ID any other documents that the testing facility has asked you to bring.
Each of the exams consist of one hundred fifty (150) questions. You have one hundred sixty-five (165) minutes to complete each test. The minimum score required to pass is 70% correct answers.
PSI Exams provides content outlines for each exam. Be sure to study them before you attempt the test:
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 South Carolina Insurance page. For much more information on testing, visit the PSI Exams South Carolina Insurance License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin.
After passing your exams, the next step is to apply for your license. If you have more than one line of authority that you passed the test for, be sure to apply for all of those lines.
The fee for an online application is $25.
If you wish to add another line of authority at a later date, you will complete another application, and pay the same fee as the original.
Fill out your online application on the South Carolina DOI Application page.
Fingerprinting And Background Check
As of January 1st, 2017, the state of South Carolina 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 803-737-6160 or email the Insurance Department.
You must schedule your fingerprinting appointment with the IdentoGo. Be sure that they know that you are being fingerprinted for insurance licensing. Use the code: SC920124Z-DOI Producer Licensing/Renewal when prompted.
The fee for the fingerprinting is $50.50. When completed, you will receive a receipt and other documents. Send these documents to the department at [email protected]. The sooner you do this, the faster your background check will go through.
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 submitting your application, the background check will take a few days to complete. You will not receive any correspondence from the department, unless they find an issue. You will need to use the South Carolina Insurance License Look-Up Tool to verify that 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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