According to independent insurance agent definition, only those persons, who have valid license and an appointment letter permitting them to sell insurance products of one or more insurers, can be called agents. Besides, an agent must not have any blot on his character in the form of criminal record, should be able to provide valid ID proof and valid ID prooffor getting license.
Nevertheless, some people manage to get licenses and even secure appointments without any kind of contracts. They develop networks with qualified independent agents and benefit from their vast experience in the insurance industry.
Thus, licenses & appointments may not be necessary if you have the knack for making friends while maintaining an assertive personality.
Many of you may wonder,
“What do independent insurance agents do?”
Well, they sell variety of insurance products that include life, accident, health, car/boat and homeowners’ insurance policies. For selling Medicare coverage and HMO insurance, which are part of life and healthcare insurance, you might need to apply for a "General Lines License".
On the other hand, to sell car/boat or even homeowner’s insurance covers, you may be required to have "Property & Casualty Agent’s License".
A license of this type is granted in two forms
While personal lines license puts restrictions on selling insurance products to private individuals, general lines license permits selling of causality, liability and property related insurance products. Some agents get both these licenses but it could be advisable to at least one of them in the first place. Later on, you can apply for the other.Get Involved
To translate independent insurance agent opportunity into reality, you need both aforesaid licenses, you may have to take separate exam for each license. Although class room instructions might not be mandatory depending on the state in which you live, it is desirable to prepare yourself for examinations by getting enrolled for a classroom course either in person or online.
These examinations are conducted by private contractors and you may be required to answer more than 100 questions in both papers. The time duration for each paper is roughly two and half hours. You will be comprehensively tested for knowledge of various insurance concepts as well as state laws and regulations.
Agent’s license will be issued only if you pass the exam as well as the background check.