To qualify for the California insurance license exam, you must complete a pre-licensing insurance course that is certified by the California Department of Insurance (CDI). Upon passing the pre-licensing course final exam, you will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.
Our California pre-licensing insurance courses cover the various insurance concepts, definitions, insurance laws and agent regulations listed on the California Pre-Licensing Educational and Examination Objectives. Courses are presented in a clear and concise format and include instructional videos, interactive illustrations, practice exams, and student support.
National Online Insurance School is certified by the California Department of Insurance to offer the following courses below. Each course includes the required 12 hours of Ethics and California Insurance Code.
|Pre-Licensing Course||Course Credit Hours|
|Life, Accident & Health||52|
|Accident & Health||32|
Your Certificate of Course Completion is valid for a period of 3 years from the date you pass your pre-licensing course final exam.
Upon successfully completing your pre-licensing insurance course, you must register with PSI Services to take your state insurance exam. Exam reservations can be made online at the PSI website by following the steps below and clicking the 'Register for the State Exam' button, or over the phone at (800) 733-9267.
$83.00 when testing at a California Department of Insurance (CDI) testing center
$116.00 when testing at a PSI testing center
|License Exam||Exam Time||Scored Questions||Pre-Test Questions||Total Questions|
|Life, Accident & Health||3 hrs 15 mins||150||10||160|
|Life||1 hr 45 mins||75||5||80|
|Accident & Health||1 hr 45 mins||75||5||80|
Review our Insurance License Exam Tips to learn more about the state exam format and the types of questions asked on the exam, as well as additional test-taking tips to help you prepare for your exam day.
Fingerprints are required by the California Department of Insurance to ensure that applicants do not have a disqualifying criminal or social services background that would prevent them from being a licensed insurance agent. You can schedule an appointment to submit electronic fingerprints on the day of your exam at a PSI testing site or CDI testing site. If you would prefer to have your fingerprint impressions taken before the day of your exam, you may schedule it at a CDI testing site.
You should bring a completed Live Scan Request, form LIC 442-39A with you on the day of your fingerprint impressions.
Resident candidates taking an insurance exam for the first time must be fingerprinted; however, if you have already submitted electronic fingerprints within the past 12 months for a previous insurance exam, you may not be required to submit a new set of fingerprints. You can contact the California Department of Insurance to determine if a new set of fingerprints is required.
$68.95 at a PSI testing site
$59.00 at a CDI testing site
If you have any background issues regarding law enforcement records that may prevent you from obtaining your insurance license, visit the California Department of Insurance for more information.
Once you have passed your state insurance exam you can apply for your insurance license through the CDI website. Please keep in mind that you will only be able to electronically apply for your license once you have passed your state insurance exam and the testing vendor has reported your successful completion to the Department of Insurance. Click the button below and follow the steps to complete your application.
Application Fee: $170.00
The Department typically requires 4 weeks to process and approve your insurance license, once they have received the required documentation. Upon approval, you will receive an email that includes a link to the Department's website that will allow you to view and print your insurance license. You are required to complete your application and fingerprints, and receive your insurance license from the Department of Insurance within 12 months of passing your state insurance exam.