Washington Life & Health Insurance 40-Hour Pre-License Course

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How to Get an Washington 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 Washington, you must complete an approved line of pre-licensing education and pass the state licensing exam. All courses are cross-referenced with the exam content outline.

To satisfy the requirements for your course, you will need to pass a Certification Exam.  The Certification Exam is not monitored.  After passing the Certification Exam with a 70% or greater, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Pre-licensing education is valid for 12 months from the date of completion; you will need to take and pass your state exam within this timeframe.

Line Hours
Life 20
Disability 20
Property 20
Casualty 20
Personal Lines 20

2. Pass a Licensing Exam

Making Exam Reservations

An exam fee must be paid at the time of reservation by credit card, debit card, voucher or electronic check. You can make a reservation through the following methods:

What to Bring

Two forms of current signature identification:

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

You will be required to supply a copy of your Certificate of Completion in order to be admitted to the exam.

Exam Procedures

  • Report to the test center 30 minutes before the exam to sign in and verify identification.
  • No talking or any other form of communication among candidates is permitted in the exam area.
  • Children, cell phones, calculators, pagers, cameras, programmable electronic devices and recording devices of any kind are NOT allowed.
  • No smoking, eating, or drinking will be allowed at the exam site.
  • Dictionaries, books, papers, or study and reference materials are NOT permitted.
  • You may not exit the building during the exam.
  • Copying or communicating exam content is a violation of PSI security policy. Either may result in the disqualification of exam results and lead to legal action and prosecution.

PSI exam sites have additional procedures:

  • You will have your picture taken prior to admittance into the exam.
  • You may not wear a jacket, coat or any type of hooded clothing into the exam room. Sweaters that do not have pockets are allowed.
  • You may not bring a purse or backpack into the exam room.
  • You will be asked to put these items in your vehicle. PSI only provides accordion type folders for any items. These folders are left in the lobby and PSI is not responsible for the security of those items.
  • You may not wear a wristwatch into the exam room and you will be asked to empty your pockets.

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 Washington
  • 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”.
    • If you do not pass, you will immediately receive an unsuccessful exam results letter along with a diagnostic report indicating your strengths and weaknesses by exam portion.  Candidates can schedule another exam but must wait 24 hours before making the reservation.
    • If you pass, you will immediately receive a successful notification and performance summary on an exam results letter.
Washington Exam Information
Exam Code Exam Name Exam Time Gradable Questions Pretest Questions Total Questions
71 Life Producer 2 hrs 80 15 95
72 Disability Producer 2 hrs 80 15 95
05 Life & Disability Combo 3 hrs 30 min 145 25 170
73 Property Producer 2 hrs 80 15 95
74 Casualty Producer 2 hrs 80 15 95
06 Property & Casualty Combo 3 hrs 30 min 145 25 170
55 Personal Lines 2 hrs 110 11 121
31 Adjuster 1 hr 50 0 50

Times reflect total exam time; General and State portions of exams are timed separately

3. Get Fingerprinting

Fingerprinting is available at the Lacey/Olympia, Spokane, Everett, Yakima, Yukwila/Seattle, Vancouver, and Kennewick testing centers. You can make an appointment on the phone by contacting MorphoTrust, USA at (866) 761-8069.

4. Apply for a License

After passing the exam, apply for your license by completing an application at http://www.insurance.wa.gov.

Average Salary | Washington Insurance Agent

  • $84,386 per year (20% above national average) *Credit: InDeed

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