Obtaining your Utah adjuster license can be done easily by following four straightforward steps:
- Complete a pre-exam course on insurance adjustment
- Achieve a passing grade in your preferred Utah Prometric Adjuster exam
- Complete a fingerprint and background check
- Submit your licensing application to the Utah Insurance Department
In this article, we offer everything you need to know in order to get started, helping you find the best way of getting your Utah insurance adjuster license.
How to Become an Insurance Adjuster in Utah
Getting your Utah adjuster license can be a simple and easy process, but this will ultimately depend on how you go about completing the required steps.
Step 1: Adjuster Pre-Exam Education
Preparing for your exam is not something to take lightly. This is because the average pass rate of insurance exams nationwide is around 55% for first-time test-takers and even less for any following attempts.
This means that it is generally recommended that you complete some form of education — such as purchasing a study guide or a state-approved online course — before sitting your exam(s).
These courses are composed of video, audio, and text and include short knowledge quizzes and practice exams, which will help you obtain the necessary understanding of the material that you will need to know.
Even though this is not a legal prerequisite in Utah, we believe that purchasing a pre-exam course can go a long way in ensuring that you pass your exam(s) on your first attempt.
For Utah insurance adjuster pre-licensing courses, StateRequirement recommends:
Step 2. Utah Insurance Adjuster License Exam
Once you have completed all of your coursework, you will be able to take (and hopefully pass) the Utah insurance adjuster license exam.
This is a proctored test, which means that you will be in a controlled environment with a person watching over you. It is, therefore, a good idea to work on both your timing and nerves prior to sitting for your exam.
Utah offers four primary lines for you to choose between for your adjuster license exam:
- The Property and Casualty Adjuster license exam — This consists of 100 questions, and you have two hours and 30 minutes (2:30:00) to complete it.
- The Accident/Health Adjuster license exam — This consists of 100 questions, and you have two hours (2:00:00) to complete it.
- The Crop Adjuster license exam — This consists of 50 questions, and you have one hour (1:00:00) to complete it.
- The Workers’ Compensation Adjuster license exam — This consists of 50 questions, and you have one hour (1:00:00) to complete it.
Each attempt of the exam costs $32 and will be paid when you make your reservation.
A total score of 70% or more is required to pass this test. To explain the rationale behind the scoring of these exams, the Prometric Utah Insurance Department Licensing Information Bulletin notes:
At the end of your exam, your score will be shown on the screen and you will receive a printed score report. The report shows your overall score and grade, including the numerical percentage of questions answered correctly and whether you passed or failed.
The report also displays the correct percentage in each major section of the exam, as defined by the exam content outline.
These section scores are shown to guide you, or your employer and/or trainer, about areas requiring additional preparation for retesting if you do not pass the exam.
Even after you pass, you may want to focus on these areas as you begin to provide insurance products and services to the public.
Prometric electronically notifies the Department of Insurance of exam results within 48 hours of passing the exam. Note that exam scores are confidential and will be revealed only to you and the Department.
StateRequirement recommends that you study for one exam at a time. This is because insurance adjuster exams are difficult enough on their own without the possibility of confusing information from one line to another. This will allow you to work incrementally towards completing your final exam.
You can register to take your exams — as well as find out more information — on the Prometric Utah Insurance page or by calling Prometric at 888-226-8740.
Note: Before registering with this exam provider, we recommend completing some form of pre-exam education. Even though this is not a legal requirement in Utah, it can go a long way in ensuring that you pass your exam(s) on your first attempt.
For your insurance adjuster pre-license education courses, StateRequirement recommends:
Step 3. Utah Insurance Adjuster License Application
Once you have completed all your coursework and passed the examination, you are now ready to apply for your license.
Note: The fee for an online application is $75.
You can apply online through the NIPR – Utah Insurance Adjuster License Application page or with the Sircon – Utah Producer Portal.
Step 4. Fingerprinting and Background Check
The State of Utah 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.
If you have specific questions regarding things that may come up on your background check, you may call the Utah Insurance Department at (801) 538-3855 or send them an email.
You will process your fingerprints through Prometric.
You may not do your fingerprints before applying, so plan to take care of all of these procedures at the Prometric Exams location.
Note: The fee for fingerprinting services is $34.25.
Step 5. Application Review
Once you have submitted your application and have completed all the other requirements, your Utah resident license application will be reviewed by the state.
This process generally takes about 5–10 business days. Depending on the results of your background check, the Department of Insurance may request more information or documentation.
After the review is complete, you will receive an email from the state regarding the status of your license. You may also check the status of your application by using the Utah Insurance Department Insurance License Search tool.
Note: Utah grants reciprocal licenses in 30 states, meaning that you will not need to pass additional state exams in order to receive a license in those states.
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What Kind of Insurance Adjuster Will You Be?
There are four main types of insurance adjusters: staff adjusters, independent adjusters, catastrophe adjusters, and public adjusters.
Each of these positions accomplishes essentially the same task: assess the damage to property brought about by some event and make an evaluation of what monetary value the insurance claim should carry.
The big difference between these different types of insurance adjusters is who pays them and, in the case of the public adjuster, who they are advocating for. Staff, independent, and catastrophe adjusters all require the same type of license, while a public adjuster license is a little different in its specifications.
- Staff Adjuster – Works directly for one insurance company in order to investigate, evaluate, and potentially settle claims
- Independent Adjuster – Works for a third-party company, often called an Independent Adjusting Firm, which has been contracted by insurance carriers to help settle their claims
- Catastrophe (CAT) Adjuster – Can be an independent or staff adjuster who travels to an area that has been largely affected by an event (usually severe weather) and performs adjustment services to insurance claims en masse
- Inside Adjuster – Inside adjusters, sometimes referred to as “desk” or “remote” adjusters, handle claims from an office. They are the policyholder’s main contact and the person who applies the policy terms and standards to the claim
- Public Adjuster – Independent insurance adjusters that customers choose to hire in order to settle insurance claims. Public adjusters are not hired by insurance companies
Note: To become a public adjuster, you must obtain a standard adjuster license, get an appointment from a public adjusting firm, gain work experience, and eventually pass an additional exam.
Utah Department of Insurance Contact Information
State Office Building Suite 3110
Capitol Hill Complex
450 North State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
Phone: (801) 538-3855
Fax: (801) 538-3830
Utah Insurance Adjuster License FAQ
Does Utah require an adjuster license?
Yes. In order to be able to legally engage in insurance adjusting in Utah you will need to be licensed. Once you have this license, you can evaluate insurance claims and represent policyholders during trials. To find out more about what you’ll be able to do when you have your Utah insurance adjuster license, see our What Does an Insurance Adjuster Do article.
How do I become an adjuster in Utah?
The main steps to becoming an adjuster in Utah include obtaining sufficient pre-exam education, passing the Prometric exam, completing a background check, and finally submitting your application. You can read about this general process in greater detail in our article on the topic: How to Become an Insurance Adjuster.
How many questions are on the Utah Health Insurance exam?
The Accident/Health Adjuster license exam is composed of 100 questions, and you have two hours (2:00:00) to complete it. On top of this, a score of 70% or above is required to pass. We recommend using AdjusterPro to prepare for all your Utah insurance adjuster exams, see why in our AdjusterPro Course Review.
How much does it cost to get a Utah insurance adjuster license?
The total cost to obtain your Utah adjuster license should be around $320. This is the sum of the cost of your exam prep course ($179), any exam attempts ($34), license application ($32), and background check ($75). That being said, you must also include the cost of continuing education each time you renew your license. For more info about Utah CE requirements, see our article on Adjuster Continuing Education.
When does my insurance adjuster license expire in Utah?
Your insurance adjuster license will expire every two years on your date of birth. These two-year cycles will take place during even-numbered years if your birth year is even, and vice versa. If you would like to find out more, our How to Renew Your Insurance License in Utah article covers this topic in greater detail.