Property & Casualty and Life & Health
How to Get Your Maryland Insurance License
Are you interested in becoming an insurance agent? Maryland insurance law define an insurance agent or producer as anyone who – for compensation – sells, solicits, or negotiates insurance. The information below applies to Property & Casualty and Life & Health.
Maryland requires those seeking an insurance license to complete pre-licensing education (PLE) before taking the state licensing exam. The PLE course must be certified by the Maryland Insurance Administration.
Candidates must complete a 20-hour approved course for each major line of authority. For combination exams (e.g. Property/Casualty), 40 hours of PLE is required. A certificate of completion must be submitted in order to take the examination.
A Note about Pre-Licensing Education Waivers: The Maryland Insurance Commissioner may waive the pre-licensing education requirement for an individual who:
- Holds an approved insurance designation,
- Has a qualifying level of work experience, or
- Has taken equivalent college courses.
Unless a waiver has been approved by the Maryland Insurance Administration, candidates must complete a Maryland approved pre-licensing course.
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You will be assigned a National Producer Number (NPN). This unique identifier is assigned through the licensing application process and is used to track individuals and business entities on a national basis. The NPN is used by many states to replace a producer license number.