How To Become An Insurance Agent In South Dakota

South Dakota

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 605-773-3513 or email the Insurance Department.


How To Get Your Insurance License In South Dakota

  Pre-Exam Education

The first step in getting an South Dakota insurance license is passing your license exam. So why do we say the first step is pre-exam 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.

For a list of approved pre-license education providers, reference the North Dakota Pre-License Exam Prep Providers page.


 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 and Casualty lines are combined as one exam, as is the Life, Accident and Health or Sickness lines.

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 $85, plus a $10 state testing fee, for a total of $95. 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 tests consists of one hundred fifty (150) questions, and you have two hours and thirty minutes (2:30) to finish them. The minimum score to pass the exams is 70% correct answers.

Prometric provides content outlines for each of the exams. Be sure to study them before you attempt the tests.

South Dakota Property and Casualty Insurance License Exam Content Outline

South Dakota Life, Accident and Health or Sickness Insurance License Exam Content Outline

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 Prometric South Dakota Insurance page. For much more information on testing, refer to the Prometric South Dakota Insurance Licensing Information Handbook.


 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 $25, plus a transaction fee from Sircon.

If you wish to add a line of authority to your license at a later date, you will only need to pay the Sircon fee.

You must wait five (5) business days after passing the exam to fill out the application.This will allow the system to offer you the correct lines of authority to apply for.

Fill out and submit your online application on the Sircon South Dakota 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 initiated by the application 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 the application, the license department will receive it from Sircon within a few hours. If there are no questions, then your license will be issued right away. You will get an email from the department with verification when the process is complete.



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.


South Dakota Department Of Insurance Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Division of Insurance
124 S. Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-3513
Fax: 605-773-5369


Information on this page has been gathered by a multitude of sources, and was most recently updated in August 2017.

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