How To Become An Insurance Agent In Tennessee
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?
How To Get Your Insurance License In Tennessee
The first step in getting a Tennessee 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 a certain amount of credit hours depending on the lines of authority (types of licenses) you wish to attain.
You must complete twenty (20) hours of pre-license education per line of insurance that you will test for. In Tennessee, Property, Casualty, Life, and Health are all separate lines, so to take the exams for all of these lines, you would need to complete eighty (80) hours of pre-license education.
You will receive a certificate upon completion of the courses. Keep these certificates, as you will need them when taking your exams.
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.
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.
Even though each line has its own exam, Tennessee offers "back to back" exams for Property and Casualty, as well as Life and Health lines. This means that you will take these exams on the same day, and pay only for one test sitting. This will essentially half the cost of your exams if you pass them all on the first attempt.
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 "back to back" exams is $54. When you show up you must have a photo ID any other documents that the testing facility has asked you to bring. You must also bring your pre-license certification. If you don't have this certification at your testing appointment, you will not be allowed to test and your fee will be forfeited.
Each insurance license test is split into two sections: General Knowledge (50 questions) and State Specific (18 questions). Pearson Vue offers specific content outlines for each of the exams here: Pearson Vue Tennessee Insurance 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 and find more information on the Pearson Vue Tennessee Insurance page. More information about the insurance exams is provided in the Pearson Vue Tennessee Insurance Licensing Candidate Handbook.
Fingerprinting And Background Check
The state of Tennessee 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 Tennessee Department of Insurance at 615-741-2693 or email the department.
Fingerprinting must be completed through IdentoGo. You will schedule an appointment at one of the locations in Tennessee, and the will electronically record your fingerprint information using LiveScan (as opposed to ink and paper). You also need to provide IdentoGo with this identifying number: ORI TN920680Z
The fee for fingerprint services is $32.65. Your fingerprints will be submitted automatically to the Tennessee Insurance Department.
After you have completed all of your required pre-licensing education, the next step is to apply for your license. If you have more than one line of authority that you have took the education for, be sure to apply for all of those lines.
The fee for an online application is $50. This fee covers all lines you are applying for at the time. If you wish to add lines to your license at a later date, the $50 fee will be charged again. If you wait more than 6 months between adding lines, you will need to have your fingerprints taken again.
Apply for your license online with the NIPR Tennessee website.
License Application Review
Once you have submitted your application and passed your exams, 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.
The review should take about ten (10) business days to complete. After the review is completed and your license is issued, the insurance department will mail you a hard copy of your license.
If you wish to look up your license status, you may do so with the State Based Systems License Search Tool.
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 October 2018.
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