08/09/21: Illinois HB 1957 was approved and is now in effect. Webinars are now approved to satisfy the required classroom portion of education.
07/26/21: Illinois issued Executive Order 2021-15 which extends the allowance of webinars and distance learning for Prelicensing through August 21, 2021, or until corresponding legislation (HB 1957) is enacted and takes effect, whichever occurs first.
07/19/21: Illinois insurance candidates can now schedule for Pearson VUE's online proctoring program, OnVUE, for exams starting on August 3, 2021 and later. Additionally, candidates will have to take two individual exams to obtain a license (a General exam and State exam). Pearson VUE has provided some FAQs regarding the changes.
07/23/21: Illinois Executive Order 2021-14 extends the allowance of webinars and distance learning for Prelicensing through July 24, 2021.
1. Complete a Prelicensing Course with Exam FX
If you would like to sell insurance in Illinois, you must complete an approved line of prelicensing education and pass the state licensing exam.
Due to state educational requirements, 7.5 hours of education (per line of insurance) must be completed in a classroom or web classs course. Motor Vehicle requires 5 hours in a classroom course.
To satisfy the requirements for your course, you will need to complete the required classroom education AND pass a Certification Exam. The Certification Exam is not monitored. After passing the Certification Exam with a 70% or greater, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Prelicensing education is valid for one year from the date of completion; you will need to take and pass your state exam within this timeframe. Use manager discount email firstname.lastname@example.org to take advantage of special rates for your prelicensing course. Start your licensing course here.
2. Pass a Licensing Exam
Making Exam Reservations
Licensing exams are provided by Pearson VUE. An exam fee must be paid at the time of reservation by credit card, debit card, voucher, or electronic check. You can make an exam reservation through the following methods:
· Online: Make an online reservation at http://www.pearsonvue.com/il/insurance at least 24 hours before the desired exam date or 5 days in advance if paying by electronic check
· Phone: (800) 274-0402
o Before you call, you must have the following:
-Legal name, address, Social Security number, daytime phone number, and date of birth
-Name of the exam
-Preferred exam date and test center location
What to Bring
Two forms of current signature identification:
· A primary ID (photograph and signature, not expired) such as a Driver’s License or Passport
· A secondary ID (signature, not expired) such as a Debit or Credit card
You will be required to supply a copy of your Prelicensing Certificate of Completion in order to be admitted to the exam.
· Report to the test center 30 minutes before the exam to verify identification and be photographed for the score report.
· No personal items are allowed in the testing room such as cell phones, watches, wallets, or purses.
· Studying is not allowed in the test center.
· The test administrator will provide you with materials to make notes or calculations. You may not write on these items before the exam begins or remove these items from the testing room.
· You will have the opportunity to take a tutorial that will not reduce the exam time.
· Each major line exam is given in a multiple-choice format.
· The exam consists of two parts:
1. The general section deals with basic insurance product knowledge
2. The state section deals with insurance laws, rules, and regulations, and practices that are unique to Illinois
· Each exam contains “pretest” questions that are mixed in with the scored questions and are not identified. Pretest questions may not be covered in your educational materials and do not affect your final score!
· The passing score required on each exam is 70.
· When you complete the exam, you will receive a score report marked “pass or fail”.
· Candidates who fail will receive a score report that includes a numeric score, diagnostic, and re-testing information. Candidates can schedule another exam but must wait 24 hours before making the reservation.
3. Apply for a License
After passing the exam, wait five (5) days, then apply for your license by completing an application at http://www.nipr.com.