How Do I Get My New York Insurance License?
Step 1: Complete a Pre-License Training Course
Step 2: Complete Training Course Final Exam with a Department approved Provider
Step 3: Book your Licensing Exam
Step 4: Take and Pass Your Licensing Exam
Step 5: Apply for Your License
Step 6: Maintain Your License with Continuing Education
Complete a Pre-License Training Course
Prior to taking your insurance licensing exam, you are required to complete an approved pre-license training course.
Depending on the line of insurance you want to sell, you will be required to complete a minimum number of course hours:
|Lines of Insurance||Course Hours|
|Life, Accident & Health Agent||40|
|Accident and Health Agent||20|
|Personal Lines Agent||40|
Check out ProTraining’s course catalog and take the first step to getting your insurance license now.Enroll Into Your Course
Once you have successfully completed your pre-license training course on ProTraining, you will receive a certificate of course completion.
Complete Training Course Certification Exam with a Department approved Provider
If you are taking your pre-license training course online, your certification exam must be monitored by a state-approved monitor.
A list of state-approved providers can be found here.
Book your Licensing Exam
Once you’ve passed and completed your pre-license training course and certification exam, you can now schedule your licensing exam with the approved testing provider, PSI. To book visit PSI and create an account OR call (800) 733-9267.
Take and Pass Your Licensing Exam
Exams will be in multiple-choice format, and will contain “pretest questions,” which are mixed in with the scored questions and are not identified.
The topics covered on each exam and number of questions devoted to each topic are listed in the Content Outline document (select New York, then select ‘NY - Insurance’).
The following table shows the total number of questions on each exam, the seat times, and passing percentages needed for each exam.
|Exam Type||Total Questions||Seat Time||Passing Score (%)|
|Accident and Health||100||2 hours||70%|
|Life, Accident, and Health||150||2.5 hours||70%|
|Property and Casualty||150||2.5 hours||70%|
Apply for Your License
Once you have passed your licensing exam, apply for your license by visiting New York State’s website and follow the instructions they provide.
Maintain Your License with Continuing Education
To renew and/or maintain your insurance license, you will be required to complete a minimum number of continuing education (CE) credits.
All licensees (producers, brokers, consultants, adjuster) must complete 15 hours of CE credit every 2 years in the line in which the license is held.
Check out ProTraining’s course catalog for available CE courses.Start Your Career in Insurance
ProTraining is happy to provide licensing information for candidates looking to obtain their insurance license. While reasonable efforts will be made to ensure this information is up to date and accurate, we recommend that licensees ensure they are compliant with all requirements mandated by the New York Department of Financial Services