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New York Insurance License Requirements

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The Department is authorized to license individuals who wish to operate as insurance agents, brokers and consultants, independent adjusters and public adjusters, and others, as defined in New York Insurance Laws.

The steps to become licensed are:

  • Complete any pre-licensing education requirements.
  • Pass a licensing examination to confirm that you have attained at least a minimum level of knowledge regarding the principles, practices, statutes, and regulations relating to the insurance profession and the services you will sell or represent to the public.
  • Submit a completed license application to the Department within two years of passing your exam. The Department reviews your application packet, verifies that you have nothing in your background that should prohibit you from being licensed, and then issues the appropriate license.

Pre-License Education Requirements

Prelicensing education requirements have been established to ensure that license candidates have a minimum level of knowledge about the insurance marketplace and related New York State laws and regulations.

Prelicensing requirements are as follows:

Life, Accident and Health Agent 40 hours
Life Agent only 20 hours
Accident and Health Agent only 20 hours

New York Candidate Handbook provides additional information regarding the examination procedures.

All questions about licensure should be directed to:

New York State Insurance Department
One Commerce Plaza, Suite 2003
Albany, NY 12257
Phone: 518.474.6630
www.ins.state.ny.us
licensing@ins.state.ny.us


Securities License Requirements

Any securities professional associated with a member firm-including partners, officers, directors, branch managers, department supervisors, and salespersons-must register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The registration application requires information about the individual's prior employment and disciplinary history. FINRA prescribes two levels of qualification and registration:

  • Registered representatives, generally sales personnel
  • Principals, generally officers of the firm and other management personnel involved in the day-to-day operation of the firm's investment banking or securities business

As part of the registration process, securities professionals must pass examinations administered by FINRA to demonstrate competence in the areas in which they will work. These mandatory qualification examinations cover a broad range of subjects on the markets, as well as the securities industry and its regulatory structure, ensuring a minimum level of understanding and expertise. For additional information, you should consult with your broker-dealer management team. You may also visit FINRA's website for detailed information.





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