How To Get An Insurance License in Illinois

Resident License

The first step to launching your business as an independent producer is obtaining your insurance license.

If you live in Illinois, you will need to apply for a Resident Producer's License with the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI).

To sell Medicare plans with ABC Medicare Plans, you will need to obtain an Accident & Health license. The Life Insurance license is not required, but many agents complete their requirements since most of the pre-licensing study courses cover that material.

You also may need a Life License to enroll your clients in additional coverage beyond Medicare plans.

To become a resident insurance producer in the state of Illinois you must complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete the pre-licensing requirement of 20 hours per line of authority; 7.5 of the 20 hours must be completed in a classroom setting i.e. life, Accident/Health.Here is a link to our Education provider look-up up where you can find a certified provider.
  2. Once you have completed your pre-licensing requirement you may then take the insurance examination. Please take a copy of your proof of completion for your pre-licensing course to the test center, you will not be allowed to sit for the exam without it. Exam Fee $102
  3. Please review the Insurance Licensing Examination Candidate Handbook PDF. The handbook describes how, when and where to apply for the producer examination.
  4. When you pass the licensing examination you will be given your pass sheet along with an instruction sheet by the test administrator, Pearson VUE. Carefully read the instruction sheet and retain for your records. If you fail the exam, Pearson VUE will provide the results and the procedures to arrange for another exam.
  5. VERY IMPORTANT - Please wait five (5) days after passing your exam, at that time you will be able to apply online at Here are step by step directions to help you with the application process. License Fee $180


Additional Information

You MUST wait 5 days after passing your exam, to apply for your license.

Illinois is using the last day of your birth month as your expiration date and the fee paid for licensure through NIPR will be prorated for the birth month expiration date.

Once you have completed the application process through NIPR and you have received an e-mail from them that is was a successful transaction your application will be submitted to Illinois.

Effective 8-1-2012, Illinois now requires that you apply for your license electronically. Please see the company bulletin at PDF

Uniform application for Individual Producer License/Registration PDF

How to Print Your License

  1. Go to
  2. At Step 1:  Select Illinois.
  3. At Step 2:   Click on Print License
  4. This should take you to the License Manager page
  5. Change Jurisdiction to:  Illinois
  6. Enter Individual or Business Entity at Entity Type:
  7. Enter Last Name
  8. Enter NPN#
  9. Enter Last 4 digits of SSN
  10. Click on “Search”
  11. Once you have searched for your transcript with License Manager, click the list icon on the black tool bar on the summary page. (top of page)   For best results, print your education transcript in landscape orientation. Here's how: 1) click the list icon on the black tool bar; 2) click the Properties button or link in the Print dialog box; 3) select the Layout/Finishing tab; 4) select the Landscape radio button; 5) click the OK button; 6) at the main Print screen, click the OK button. The select print directions may differ, depending on your printer.
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