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California Insurance Exam Prep & Licensing Requirements

California Insurance Exam Prep Provider Number: 257117

What are the Insurance Exam Prep education requirements for California?

Individuals must complete a pre-licensing course of study for the lines of authority desired before taking any examination. The prelicensing course must consist of 20 hours per line of authority on the general principles of insurance for that line of authority. In combination with the required hours per line of authority, a 12 hours of Code and Ethics course must also be completed. This requirement only needs to be completed once. The lines of authority requiring a pre-licensing course are as follows:
  • Life – 20 hours
  • Health and Accident – 20 hour
  • Life, Health, and Accident – 40 hours
  • Property – 20 hours
  • Casualty – 20 hours
  • Property and Casualty – 40 hours
  • Personal Lines – 20 hours

How to get an insurance license in California

Service Interruption Scheduled : No CDI licensing services will be available from 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022, through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022 (Pacific Time).

  1. Meet the general eligibility criteria
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Must be a US citizen or have a current work authorization.
    • Reside or maintain a principal place of residence in California.

  2. Complete required prelicensing education
    • Applicants must complete 20 hours of PLE for each major line of authority (LOA) being sought, plus 12 hours of Ethics and California Insurance Code education.
    • Please Note: Prelicense education providers are required to record the actual time the applicant spends in the course and not allow access to the certificate of completion until the applicant's time equals the number of required hours for the LOA.

  3. Register and pass state licensing exam
    • Make an exam reservation at or by calling 800-733-9267. Before making an exam reservation applicants should thoroughly review the State of California Licensing Candidate Handbook. The Candidate Handbook and additional licensing information can be accessed by clicking on the Student Handbook button above.
    • Bring a current form of identification (a valid driver’s license, non-driver ID, passport, military ID, or employee ID card).

  4. Submit fingerprints
    California requires fingerprint impressions from all unlicensed applicants. Fingerprinting requirements may be met before the exam is taken or at the exam site at the time of your appointment. You have three fingerprinting options:
    • PSI EXAMINATION SITES: Technicians are on site at PSI examination locations. Fees will be charged at the time of the testing appointment and covers the Federal Bureau of Investigation processing fee, Department of Justice processing fee, and the service fee charged by PSI Exams.
    • CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE EXAMINATION SITES: Accurate Biometrics, a fingerprint vendor, is available at CDI examination sites to fingerprint candidates. A fee will be charged and covers the Federal Bureau of Investigation processing fee, Department of Justice processing fee, and the service fee charged by Accurate Biometrics. The fee must be paid directly to Accurate Biometrics
    • LOCAL LIVE SCAN VENDORS: A listing is available on the Department of Justice website which contains the approved live scan vendors, broken down by county and processing fees.

  5. Apply for a License
    • After successfully completing the required examination, applicants must complete an Online application through Sicron or through NIPR. You may use the Check License Application Status Service (CLASS) to check the status of your license application.

What are the WebCE California Insurance Exam Prep course requirements?

  • Per California PLE requirements, applicants are required to complete all of the lessons and answer each set of end-of-chapter quizzes with a score of at least 70 percent prior to taking an open-book final exam.
    Please Note: Prelicense education providers are required to record the actual time the applicant spends in the course and not allow access to the certificate of completion until the applicant's time equals the number of required hours for the LOA.
  • Students should pass the open-book final exam with a score of 70% or higher.
  • If the final exam is not passed on the first attempt, students have an unlimited number of retakes.
  • WebCE suggest to then utilize Exam Tutor and Flash Tutor for further practice before your exam day.

What is the access period for WebCE California Insurance Exam Prep courses?

90 days from the date of purchase. One additional extension for an additional 90 days can be purchased for $50.

How often does WebCE report California Insurance Exam Prep course completions?

Every business day to Sircon.

Does WebCE supply a certificate of completion for California Insurance Exam Prep courses?

Online PDF certificates of completion are available to print immediately after the final exam is passed. Pre-licensing course certificates are valid for three years from date of completion.

What is the process to transfer an insurance license to California?

  • Licensed agents who move to California, and are in good standing with their former home state, are exempt from the license examination requirement when applying for a new resident agent or broker license. To qualify for the waiver, the agent or broker must currently hold an active non-resident license in California.
  • Agents and brokers currently licensed as non-residents who move to California must still complete the 12-hour Ethics and California Insurance Code PreLicense education course before the license can be issued.
  • The agent must apply for the resident license within 90 days of canceling the license in their previous home state.

What is the process to obtain a non-resident insurance license in California?

Non-resident license candidates may obtain a California agent license, without having to complete the Prelicense education requirement or take a license examination, as long as they currently hold an active resident license of a similar type and are in good standing in their home state.

Are there any California insurance product specific training requirements?

Who to contact for additional questions

California Department of Insurance

  • Phone: (800) 967-9331
  • Website:
  • Mail: Producer Licensing Bureau, 320 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA 95814

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This information is based on state laws and regulations and is subject to change. WebCE makes every effort to make sure this information is current and accurate, however, WebCE is not engaged in rendering legal or professional advice and shall not be held responsible for inaccuracies contained herein. We urge you to check with your state's insurance department for complete and current information about its licensing rules and requirements.
Last updated on 10/11/2022