How to Apply for an Insurance License in California

How to Apply for an Insurance License in California

If you’re ready to become a broker in California, this article walks you through the steps it takes to apply for an insurance license in California. 

Meet California Licensure Requirements

Before you can become a California insurance broker, there are several requirements you need to meet first.

Prelicensing Education: Before taking your licensing exam, the state of California requires you to meet specific education requirements. Some of these education requirements include classes in an expertise you have selected. To learn more about prelicensing education, click here.

Submit Your Fingerprints: Before your license can be approved, you need to submit your fingerprints to the California Department of Insurance (CDI). To learn more about how the CDI requires you to do that, click here.

Pass Your Exam: After you have completed your prelicensing education and submitted your fingerprints, it’s time to take your exam. Schedule your exam ahead of time so you have plenty of time to study. You can schedule your exam here. To be admitted to your exam, you must bring proper identification. If your identification does not fit these requirements, you will not be admitted to take your exam. Find additional information about the exam here

Submit Your License Application Online

After meeting licensing requirements, you’re ready to submit your application. All applications must be submitted online. Visit this site to begin the application process. You’ll answer a series of questions, such as, are you a resident? Are you an individual applicant or are you part of a firm?

Check on Your Application Status

If you would like to check on the status of your application, click here. You will need either a license number or name to retrieve the license status.


Once you have earned your license, you will need to maintain it. You are required to continue your education to maintain your license. Depending on your specialization, the CDI requires a certain amount of continuing education hours. To learn more about continuing education requirements, click here.

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