Virginia Life & Health Insurance Pre-License Course

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How to Get an Virginia Insurance License


Do You Qualify for an Insurance License?

See the Following Prerequisites:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED)
  • Possess a Social Security number

1. Complete a Pre-licensing Course

If you would like to sell insurance in Virginia, you must pass a licensing exam. To prepare for the licensing exam, you should take an insurance course. All courses are cross-referenced with the exam content outline.

2. Pass a Licensing Exam

Making Exam Reservations

Licensing exams are provided by Pearson VUE. An exam fee must be paid at the time of reservation by credit card, debit card, voucher or electronic check. You can make an exam reservation through the following methods:

  • Online:  Make an online reservation at http://www.pearsonvue.com/va/insurance at least 24 hours before the desired exam date or 5 days in advance if paying by electronic check
  • Phone: (888) 204-6272
    • Before calling, you must have the following:
      • Legal name, address, Social Security number, daytime phone number, and date of birth
      • Name of the exam
      • Preferred  exam date and test center location

What to Bring

Two forms of current signature identification:

  1. A primary ID (photograph and signature, not expired) such as a Driver’s License or Passport
  2. A secondary ID (signature, not expired) such as a Debit or Credit card

Exam Procedures

  • Report to the test center 30 minutes before the exam to verify identification and be photographed for the score report.
  • No personal items are allowed in the testing room such as cell phones, watches, wallets, or purses.
  • Studying is not allowed in the test center.
  • The test administrator will provide you with materials to make notes or calculations. You may not write on these items before the exam begins or remove these items from the testing room.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a tutorial that will not reduce the exam time.

Exam Format

  • Each major line exam is given in a multiple-choice format.
  • The exam consists of two parts:
    1. The general section deals with basic insurance product knowledge
    2. The state section deals with insurance laws, rules, and regulations, and practices that are unique to Virginia
  • Each exam contains “pretest” questions that are mixed in with the scored questions and are not identified. Pretest questions may not be covered in your educational materials and do not affect your final score!
  • The passing score required on each exam is 70.
  • When you complete the exam, you will receive a score report marked “pass or fail”.
  • Candidates who fail will receive a score report that includes a numeric score, diagnostic and re-testing information.  Candidates can schedule another exam but must wait 24 hours before making the reservation.
Virginia Exam Information
Exam Name Exam Time Gradable Questions Pretest Questions Total Questions
Life and Annuities 2 hrs 90 15 105
Health 2 hrs 90 15 105
Life and Annuities and Health 2 hrs 30 min 140 10 150
Property & Casualty 2 hrs 30 min 135 10 145
Personal Lines 2 hrs 30 min 107 11 118
Public Adjuster 1 hr 50 0 50

3. Apply for a License

After passing the exam, apply for your license by completing an application at http://www.nipr.com.  At the time of application, you must submit a current (no more than 90 days old) Criminal History Report. A Criminal History Report may be obtained from the Virginia State Police by calling (804) 674-2000 or requested online at www.vsp.state.va.us.

Average Salary | Virginia Insurance Agent

Salary Range (Percentile)
25th Average 75th
Annual Salary $31,321 $70,255 $97,391
Monthly Salary $2,610 $5,855 $8,116
Weekly Salary $602 $1,351 $1,873
Hourly Salary $15 $34 $47

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