How To Become An Insurance Agent In Texas
Getting your insurance license is the first step to becoming an insurance agent in Texas. Life insurance, car insurance, home insurance, or business insurance all require a license to sell in any state.
Follow our step-by-step guide to get your insurance license in Texas.
How To Get Your Insurance License In Texas
Step 1. What Type of Insurance Licenses Do You Need?
Depending on what type of insurance agent you want to be or what types of policies you need to sell, you will need to choose what type or types of insurance licenses you need to get.
These are examples of the types of insurance policies you can sell with each type of license:
- Property & Casualty Insurance License – Car Insurance, Home Insurance, Business Insurance, etc…
- Life & Health Insurance License – Life Insurance, Annuities, Health Insurance, etc…
Most insurance agents choose to get both of these licenses, but if you will only sell one type of policy then you just need to choose which license fits your needs.
Step 2. Pre-Exam Education
After you’ve determined which licenses you need, it’s time to begin studying for the Texas insurance exams.
Texas does not require you to take a certain amount of pre-license credits before testing. This means that studying for your exam is 100% up to you.
Most folks choose to take an insurance pre-license course online. These courses are created specifically to give you the skills you need to pass the test. Others purchase books or other self-study tools to prepare themselves.
It’s wise to take a week or so to dedicate to your study of this exam. If you don’t feel as though you’re a strong test taker, take a little longer, but don’t let it drag out for long. We want you to pass your test the first time you take it, and we know that you can do it.
Step 3. Texas 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. Life& Health (L&H) and Property & Casualty (P&C) lines are combined lines in Texas, so you will take two exams if you wish to attain all of these lines of authority: Property, Casualty, Life, Accident, 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 $62 (one exam per combined lines of authority). When you show up you must have a photo ID any other documents that the testing facility has asked you to bring.
The Life & Health exam and the Property and Casualty exams consist of one hundred twenty-five (125) questions. Here is a copy of the exam content outline for the Life & Health exam. Here is a copy of the exam content outline for the Property & Casualty exam. There are no limits on attempts at each exam per year, but once you pass, you must apply for the license within twelve (12) months or retake the test.
We will quote Pearson Vue’s Texas Department of Insurance Licensing Candidate Handbook to explain scoring:
The passing score of an examination was set by the Texas Department of Insurance (in conjunction with Pearson VUE) after a comprehensive study was completed for each examination. Raw scores are converted into scaled scores that can range from 0 to 100. The scaled score that is reported to you is neither the number of questions you answered correctly nor the percentage of questions you answered correctly. With a passing score of 70, any score below 70 indicates how close the candidate came to passing, rather than the actual number or percentage of questions the candidates answered correctly.Pearson Vue
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 Texas web page.
Step 4. Fingerprinting And Background Check
The State of Texas 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 Texas Department of Insurance at 512-676-6500 or email the Insurance Department.
The fee for fingerprinting services is $30.25
At your fingerprinting appointment, you will not receive a fingerprint card, as the information will be automatically sent to the DPS and FBI. You will, however, receive a receipt. Do not throw this receipt away. You need to make a copy of this receipt, as you will be sending one in a later step.
Step 5. 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 $50 per line plus a small transaction fee. (Example: P&C and L&H license application would be $100) You must also upload the fingerprint receipt from MorphoTrust with your application.
Any supporting documentation that needs to be sent with the paper application should be directed to [email protected].
Step 6. 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 3-5 weeks. 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.
Once the review has been completed, you should receive an email from the state regarding the status of your license.
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.
Texas Department Of Insurance Contact Information
Texas Department of Insurance
P.O. Box 149104
Austin, Texas 78714-9104
Phone: (512) 676-6500
Email: [email protected]
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