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Getting Licensed in Washington

Getting Licensed in Washington

What type of insurance license is needed to offer Medicare plans in Washington?

Health or Disability Insurance Producer License

 

What are the Licensing Steps in Washington?

Step 1: Complete a prelicensing course that has been approved by the Department of Insurance. Once you have completed your course, ExamFX will issue a certificate of completion which you may download and print from your online ExamFX account.

Step 2: Schedule your exam with your state’s testing provider, PSI Exams. The fastest way to schedule your exam is to do so online at PSI Exams. You can also schedule your exam over the phone at (800) 733-9267. Washington candidates may also call 855-205-5825. Your exam may be taken at a physical PSI examination center or via a remote online proctored exam. Exam fees must be paid at the time of reservation.

Exam Fee: $66

**Be aware that the state of Washington requires fingerprinting and background checks with your insurance agent licensing application. Fingerprinting requirements may be met at the exam site at the time of your appointment or after.
**ExamFX strongly recommends that you make your fingerprinting appointment at least 48 hours in advance of your licensing exam date to ensure successful scheduling. You must either visit www.Identogo.com or contact MorphoTrust USA at (866) 761-8069 to schedule your fingerprinting session.

Fingerprinting Fee: $47

You will be charged during the scheduling process and covers the Washington State Patrol processing fee and the PSI fingerprint processing fee. Fingerprinting is an important part of the licensing process. ExamFX highly recommends completing your fingerprinting requirement at the time of your exam as it will help ensure efficient processing of your licensing application.

Step 3: Take and pass your 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 your name and photograph and your Certificate of Completion. You will not be able to take your exam if these requirements are not met.

Step 4: Apply for your license. Washington resident applicants must use the online application service at NIPR. A copy of your passing score report must be submitted with the application by fax or as an attachment in your online application. Fingerprinting records are required for processing of your license application. Fingerprints will be sent electronically from the PSI exam center or MorphoTrust Center to the Washington State Patrol who will forward the results of your background check to the insurance commissioner’s licensing unit.

License Fee: $60

How do I study for my health insurance license exam in Washington?

We recommend using ExamFX for prelicensing study.

How do I schedule to take my health insurance exam in Washington?

Schedule your exam with your state’s testing provider, PSI Exams. The fastest way to schedule your exam is to do so online at PSI Exams. You can also schedule your exam over the phone at (800) 733-9267. Washington candidates may also call 855-205-5825. Your exam may be taken at a physical PSI examination center or via a remote online proctored exam. Exam fees must be paid at the time of reservation.

Exam Fee: $66

**Be aware that the state of Washington requires fingerprinting and background checks with your insurance agent licensing application. Fingerprinting requirements may be met at the exam site at the time of your appointment or after.
**ExamFX strongly recommends that you make your fingerprinting appointment at least 48 hours in advance of your licensing exam date to ensure successful scheduling. You must either visit www.Identogo.com or contact MorphoTrust USA at (866) 761-8069 to schedule your fingerprinting session.

Are there different parts to the health insurance exam?

  • General Insurance Concepts
  • Life, Accident and Health Insurance Basics
  • Types of Life Insurance Policies
  • Life Insurance Policy Provisions, Options, and Riders
  • Annuities
  • Federal Tax Considerations for Life Insurance
  • Individual Accident and Health Insurance Policy Provisions
  • Disability Income Related Insurance
  • Medical Plans
  • Group Health Insurance
  • Health Insurance for Senior Citizens and Special Needs Individuals
  • Federal Tax Considerations for Health Insurance
  • Washington Laws, Rules, and Regulations
  • Federal Laws, Rules, and Regulations

 

How do I apply for a nonresident health insurance license in Washington?

Non-resident can apply for their producer license National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR)(www.nipr.com). Fee: $60

How do I renew my health insurance license in Washington?

To renew your license, you’ll need to complete your renewal application and pay renewal fees online. Renewal applications are available no sooner than 90 days prior to your license-expiry date and no later than 60 calendar days following your license-expiry date.

A complimentary email reminder is sent to the registered email address on record 90, 60 and 30 days prior to your license-expiry date. No additional renewal reminders will be sent.

If a license is not renewed within the 60 days following the expiry date, a complimentary email notice is sent to the registered email address on record to notify the licensee that the license can no longer be renewed. It is the responsibility of the licensee to know their license-expiry date. Reminders from our office are merely a courtesy.

Renewal Fee: $55

 

What do I do if my health insurance license has expired in Washington?

A license may be reinstated within 12 months of the date the license was canceled or expired. To reinstate your license, you need to complete a reinstatement application and pay reinstatement fees online. Resident, full-line producers need to complete 24 hours of continuing education, three of which are ethics credits, before the reinstatement application can be completed.

To reinstate, log into your account and select “Reinstate License.”

 

What do I do for Continuing Education to keep my health insurance license in Washington?

CE Guidelines

Resident, full-lines licensees must complete the 24 credit hours of continuing education (three of which are ethics credits) in order to renew their license.

Required Courses

Only the hours in the “Credit Hours” column count toward your CE total. CE hours listed in the “Ethics Hours” column are included in the hours you see in the “Credit Hours” column.

Credits Carried Over

CE credit is applied only to courses taken during your current renewal period. Your renewal period begins the day after your last expiry date and lasts until your next expiry date. If you took a course outside of that time period, you will not receive CE credit, even though it may be less than 24 months from your date of completion.