How to get an Insurance License in D.C.

Licensing Information

Licensing Steps

Studying for Exam

Scheduling the Exam

Parts of the Exam

Renewal Information

How to Renew

Continue Education

Expired License

Nonresident License

Q: What type of insurance license is needed to offer Medicare plans in D.C.?

Accident and Health or Sickness Producer Insurance License

Q: What are the Licensing Steps in D.C.?

Step 1 (optional): Complete an optional prelicensing course that helps prepare you to take and pass your licensing exam.
Step 2: Schedule your exam with your state’s testing provider, PearsonVUE, online at www.pearsonvue.com/dc/insurance. You may also schedule over the phone at (800) 274-0610. Your exam fee will be $75 per examination
Step 3: Take and pass you state licensing exam. On the day of your appointment you must bring with you two valid forms of government issued identification (driver’s license, passport, military I.D., etc.) one of which must contain a photograph and a signature. You will not be able to take your exam if these requirements are not met.
At the end of your exam, you will receive a score report marked “pass” or “fail.”

Step 4: After you pass your exam, you must submit to fingerprinting and a background check through the DC Metropolitan Police Department prior to being granted a license. Please contact Sheila Johnson-Parker via e-mail at sheila.parker@dc.gov to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting.
Step 5: Apply for your license with NIPR at www.nipr.com. Licensing fee: $100
Step 6: Maintain your license by being aware of your continuing education requirements. Most insurance licenses must be maintained by completing a certain number of credit hours of continuing education each licensing period. ExamFX offers continuing education courses that will help you comply with your state’s requirements. Click here to view your state’s education rules and stay on top of your license.

Q: How do I study for my health insurance license exam in D.C.?

The District of Columbia does not require applicants to complete prelicensing courses before taking their licensing exam. However, the prelicensing courses are created specifically for the licensing exam. We highly recommend you take one of these course, and we recommend ExamFX as the platform to use.

Here is a list of all the subjects included in the exam to help you study:

District of Columbia Health Insurance Examination

95 Questions (80 scored, 15 pretest)

Time limit: 2 hours

Passing score: 70%

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE 

  • Field Underwriting Procedures
  • Types of Health Policies
  • Health Policy Provisions, Clauses, and Riders
  • Social Insurance
  • Other Health Insurance Concepts

STATE LAW

  • District of Columbia Statutes and Regulations Common to All Lines
  • District of Columbia Statutes and Regulations Pertinent to Health Only

Q: How do I schedule to take my health insurance exam in D.C.?

Schedule your exam with your state’s testing provider, PearsonVUE. By phone at 1 (800) 274-0610.

Your exam fee will be $75 per examination. Make sure to have your 2 forms of ID.

Q: Are there different parts to the health insurance exam?

The license exam for each type of license consists of 100 questions that test knowledge of topical areas listed in the content outline for that exam.

District of Columbia Health Insurance Examination

95 Questions (80 scored, 15 pretest)

Time limit: 2 hours

Passing score: 70%

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE 

  • Field Underwriting Procedures
  • Types of Health Policies
  • Health Policy Provisions, Clauses, and Riders
  • Social Insurance
  • Other Health Insurance Concepts

STATE LAW   

  • District of Columbia Statutes and Regulations Common to All Lines
  • District of Columbia Statutes and Regulations Pertinent to Health Only

Q: How do I apply for a nonresident health insurance license in D.C.?

Apply for your license. Washington D.C. resident applicants must use the online application service at www.nipr.com. Additional licensing application guidance may be accessed on the NIPR website.
Licensing Fee is $100 for Residents and Non-Residents.

Maintain your license by being aware of your continuing education requirements. Most insurance licenses must be maintained by completing a certain number of credit hours of continuing education each licensing period. ExamFX offers continuing education courses that will help you comply with your state’s requirements.

Q: How do I renew my health insurance license in D.C.?

Maintain your license by being aware of your continuing education requirements. Most insurance licenses must be maintained by completing a certain number of credit hours of continuing education each licensing period. ExamFX offers continuing education courses that will help you comply with your state’s requirements.

Renewal Fee: $100

Go to www.nipr.com and follow these steps:

  • Select “Renew.”
  • On the “Application Select” page
  • Select “Resident Licensing Renewals” or “Non-Resident Renewals”
  • On the “State Requirements” page, select “RENEW HERE” (Green box)

Q: What do I do if my health insurance license has expired in D.C.?

Applicants may late renew through NIPR’s Resident License Renewal Application. After 30 days of expiration, applicant must reinstate through NIIPR’s Resident License Application.

Reinstatement Fee: $200

Q: What do I do for Continuing Education to keep my health insurance license in D.C.?

Insurance producers holding major line of authority (Life, Accident/Health, Property and or Casualty) must complete 24 credit hours which includes 21 general and 3 ethics. Additional credit hours do not roll over to the next year and additional ethic hours will not roll over to general credit hours.

To find listings of available CE course in the District of Columbia, go here.