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IL Insurance Pre-license

Who needs an insurance producer license in Illinois?

In general, a person must be licensed as an insurance producer before doing any of the following activities in exchange for compensation:

  • Selling insurance.
  • Encouraging someone to purchase insurance.
  • Negotiating the terms or conditions of an insurance product.
  • Giving advice about insurance products.’

This includes but isn’t limited to people who want to work as insurance agents or insurance brokers.

What are the necessary qualifications to obtain an insurance producer license?

To become licensed as an Illinois insurance producer, a person must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Complete the required pre-license education.
  • Pass the applicable state exams.
  • Pay the applicable licensing fees.
  • Have a level of character acceptable to the Department of Insurance (DOI). 

Are special courses required in order to become an Illinois insurance producer?

Yes. In general, a state-approved 20-hour pre-license course must be completed for EACH major type of insurance (known as a “line of authority”) that a person plans to sell. For example, someone who wants to sell BOTH property insurance and casualty insurance must complete two 20-hour pre-license courses.

Can I complete insurance pre-license courses online or via self-study?

The Illinois Insurance Code requires that at least 7 ½ hours of each 20-hour pre-license course be conducted in an in-person setting. The remaining 12 ½ hours of each course can be completed in a self-study format.

Are Real Estate Institute’s insurance pre-license courses approved by the Illinois Department of Insurance?

Yes. Our courses are intended to satisfy the state’s pre-license education requirement. Approved provider #102877.

What makes your school different?

Our quality programs, dedicated instructors, and outstanding service are all designed to help you prepare for your new career (and the state licensing exams) with confidence. Our courses were created by and for Illinois insurance producers and pay special attention to topics that are included on the content outlines for the state exams. Whether you’re taking live training or reading from home, our team knows how to communicate the most important information at a comfortable, retainable pace.

What kinds of insurance can I sell if I become a licensed property and casualty insurance producer?

The most common kinds of insurance sold by property and casualty producers include homeowners insurance, commercial property insurance, auto insurance and various forms of liability insurance.

Do you offer pre-license courses for life insurance or health insurance?

Not at this time. Please contact us to receive a referral to another education provider for those courses.

Does someone need to be sponsored by or work for an insurance company in order to have an insurance producer license?

No. Unlike some other states, Illinois doesn’t make this a requirement for licensure.

Real Estate Institute offers insurance education approved by the Illinois Department of Insurance.
Approved provider #102877.