You must first complete the pre-licensing education requirement:
Pre-licensing Education Requirements for Each Applicant:
Class Of Insurance Number of Hours
*Life 20
*Accident/Health 20
*Fire 20
*Casualty 20
Personal Lines - Property Casualty 20
Motor Vehicle 12.5
Proof of completion will be submitted to the Illinois Division of Insurance by the education provider. The required hours should be completed prior to the candidate's examination date.

*New Illinois Dept of Insurance Regulations require 7.5 of the 20 hours to be completed in a classroom setting!

Candidates will be required to show proof of pre-licensing education completion at the test centers before being allowed to sit for the exam!

The information below has been taken from the Insurance Licensing Candidate Handbook (Sept. 2004), available from both the Ill. Dept. of Insurance and from PearsonVue, the testing service. If you wish, you may download and print the 16 page document from PearsonVue at

Scheduling a Pre-Licensing Exam
Call PearsonVue toll-free at 1-800-274-0402.
Their phone center is available weekdays from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call at least 2 business days prior to your requested test date.

or Fax a downloaded registration form to 1-800-274-8920 Fax at least 4 business days prior to your requested date.

or Register online at Register online at least 4 business days prior to your requested date.

• Indicate the exam you wish to take (i.e., Life and Accident/Health parts I and II, or Fire and Casualty parts I and II)
• 2) Provide the necessary demographic data (legal name, home address, SS#, DOB, daytime phone number).
• 3) Select the exam location, date and time.
• Exams are given daily Tuesday through Saturday at most of the N. Illinois sites. If at all possible select a morning test time as most people are more alert in the a.m. hours! (Local locations include: Chicago on N. Michigan Ave., Schaumburg, Oakbrook Terrace, Springfield, and Schererville, IN)

The testing fee is $103 - and must be paid at time of reservation! You can pay with credit card, debit card, voucher or electronic check. You no longer pay at time of test!

Receive and record your Confirmation Number _______________________, which you will need at the test center.

• Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to assigned time.
• Check in and provide the Confirmation Number.
• Provide two forms of signature I.D., one of which must be photo bearing.
• Provide other information as needed.
• Your picture will be taken.
• NOTE: If you fail to appear at your assigned exam time, or if you show up without proper identification, you will lose your $106 registration.

• The exam is now given on a PC.
• Each exam begins with an on-line tutorial, designed to make candidates comfortable with the PC. The tutorial does not reduce your exam time, but you are given up to 45 minutes to get
comfortable with the testing device.
• Each section of the exam is timed and you cannot return to a section after the time has expired:

License Section Questions Time Allowed
Life General 60 85 min.
State 39 50 min.
A & H General 60 80 min.
State 47 55 min.
Property General 60 80 min.
State 36 55 min.
Casualty General 60 80 min.
State 42 55 min.

• Within each section, you have the ability to change answers, mark answers for later review, review skipped questions, review the entire section and review specific questions.
• Scratch paper is provided.
• If you bring a calculator it must be approved by staff. No programmable calculators or machines with a printer will be allowed. It is a dark room so avoid any solar powered devices.
• Breaks do not stop timing of the exam.
• Candidates are not allowed to leave the exam center during testing.
• We suggest that you complete each section of the test in 3 passes: first time through, answer all the easy questions, second time through, answering those you left open and that require a minute or two of thought, third time through answer those hard questions that you left unanswered the first two times through. These may take a bit longer. If you don’t know an answer take an educated guess! Remember, once you leave a section, you can’t go back.
• Additional help with the PC is available from test center staff.
• Be prepared to answer an optional Exit Survey. Your responses do not affect your score or results in any way.

Exam Scoring and Reporting
• Upon completion, your exam will be scored in seconds.
• Passing will require 70% or better scores on each section of the exam.
• All documents are photo bearing.
• Failing candidates will receive a diagnostic of the General portion of the exam.
If you pass the licensing examination you will be given a license application and instruction sheet by PearsonVue, the test administrator. Carefully read the instruction sheet and retain for your records. We have no way of providing you a duplicate copy.
If you fail the exam, PearsonVue will provide the results and the procedures to arrange for another exam with PearsonVue.

There are two way to apply for your resident license
1: Apply electronically:

2: Apply via paper application, download at this site:

• Complete the ORIGINAL license application received from National Insurance Producer Register Web Site (NIPR), and
• Send a $180.00 license fee (payable to the Director of Insurance). Your pre licensing proof of completion results must be sent by your education provider and received by the Division of Insurance prior to the license being issued.
• Mail the license application and fee to the Producer Section, Illinois Division of Insurance, 320 W. Washington, Springfield, Illinois 62767-0001. Do not mail reproductions of your license application. They will only accept the ORIGINAL license application.


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