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North Carolina PreLicense Exam Prep Requirements

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North Carolina PreLicense Education Requirements

Individual Resident Producer Requirements

To qualify for a resident North Carolina state insurance producer license, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a resident of the state of North Carolina
  • Pass the license examination as required by the state statute (see Prelicense education requirements below)
  • File a license application online and submit fingerprints

Required North Carolina PreLicense Exam Prep Hours

PreLicense Education Requirements (PLE)

Applicants must complete 20-hours of Prelicense education (PLE) for each major line of authority (LOA). An applicant who wishes to obtain a Life and Health license must complete 40 hours of Prelicense, and will receive a separate Examination Admission Ticket for each LOA. In addition, applicants wishing to take the Medicare Supplement/Long-Term Care examination must complete 10-hours of PLE. Applicants must hold an Accident and Health and Sickness license to be eligible for a Medicare Supplement/Long-Term Care license.
  • Life – 20
  • Accident & Health or Sickness – 20
  • Property – 20
  • Casualty – 20
  • Medicare Supplement/Long-Term Care– 20
  • Personal Lines – 20
Before making an exam reservation applicants should thoroughly review the State of North Carolina Licensing Candidate Handbook. The Candidate Handbook and additional licensing information can be accessed by clicking on the tabs above.

North Carolina PreLicense Product Training Requirements

Long-Term Care Training

State required training for insurance producers that sell long-term care products.

Initial Training
Hours: 8
Frequency: One-time training must be complete prior to selling LTC products.

Ongoing Training
Hours: 4
Frequency: Ongoing training must be completed every 24-month period, following the initial training requirement.

Additional Information

North Carolina PreLicense Exam Prep Course Requirements

Prelicense Course Delivery

  • Prelicense education providers are required to record the actual time the applicant spends in the course. Applicants are not allowed access to the Exam Admission Ticket until the applicant's time equals the number of required hours for the LOA.
  • Per North Carolina Division of Insurance regulations, online course providers are not permitted to allow printing of course lesson material.

North Carolina PreLicense Exam Prep Exam Requirements

Prelicense Course Exam

  • Passing Score:Applicants must pass the PLE final exam with a passing score of 70% or higher to receive an Exam Admission Ticket.
  • Exam Proctor Requirements:The PLE final exam does not require a proctor.

Reporting and North Carolina PreLicense Exam Prep Certificates of Completion

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the course and Final Exam, PreLicense.com will e-mail you a partially completed Exam Admission Ticket. Note: Certificates are typically emailed within 15 minutes of course completion. You must enter the date of your scheduled license examination (determined after you contact PearsonVUE, the exam provider) and sign the Exam Admission Ticket. You are required to bring the completed Exam Admission Ticket to the test site on the day of your license exam.

IMPORTANT: Please note, per North Carolina rules, Exam Admission Tickets cannot be faxed to applicants.

An Exam Admission ticket is valid for only ninety (90) days from the date of course completion, or a maximum of five (5) examination attempts, whichever occurs first.

State Reporting Requirements

Currently, North Carolina Division of Insurance does not require PLE course completions to be reported to the state.

North Carolina PreLicense Application Process

License Application Process

  1. Complete Prelicense course: Completing the 20-hour course in the relevant field and passing the final exam with a score of at least 70% provides a Certificate of Completion, also called an Exam Admission Ticket. This Ticket is required to sit for the state licensing exam.

  2. Apply for your License: Applicants should submit a resident initial application on www.nipr.com prior to taking any required licensing examinations. Licensing exams cannot be scheduled until you complete a license application online with NIPR and receive an email authorization from PearsonVUE that you are eligible to take an exam.

  3. NIPR applications are valid for six (6) months from the application submission date and the applicant must complete all requirements for the license application to be completed within this timeframe.

  4. Register for the state licensing exam: Once you have passed the pre-licensing course, you will need to make a reservation to take the state examination. To do so, visit www.pearsonvue.com . You must bring your Exam Admission Ticket to sit for the state exam. The Exam Admission Ticket gives you 5 attempts to pass the state exam in a 90-day period that follows the completion of the pre-licensing course. If you use all 5 attempts without passing, or the 90-day period expires without passing, you will need to take the pre-licensure course again before you can make another attempt.

    State Exam Format
      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 Social Security Card, Debit or Credit card
    • The passing score required on each exam is 70.

  5. Fingerprinting Process: All new resident applicants are required to submit electronic fingerprints through a vendor selected by the Department for a criminal background check. Candidates will receive a link to the fingerprint submission forms in the NIPR/Pearson Vue exam confirmation email. The electronic fingerprint submission process is outlined here on the North Carolina Agent Services Division website. You may download a copy of the Fingerprint/Criminal Background Packet here. In addition, pursuant to North Carolina law, fingerprints must be certified by a law enforcement officer. Electronic fingerprint submission must be done at a law enforcement office in North Carolina that has Live Scan capability. Click here to view a list of Live Scan locations. Send the completed SBI forms pages 1 through 3 to the NC Licensing Office of Pearson VUE via: Fax to 888-959-3010 or; Scan documents and send via email to [email protected]; or

    Mail to:
    NCDOI/Pearson VUE
    PO Box 14209
    Raleigh, NC 27620

  6. Pass the State Licensing Exam: Once you have successfully passed all the insurance licensing exams you have applied for through NIPR, you will receive a congratulatory email with instructions on printing your license(s). Wait 48-72 hour after receiving the email notification that your application has been processed.

Transfer North Carolina PreLicense Application Process

Transfer Producer Requirements

New residents who still hold an active license in their previous home state will not be required to complete Prelicense education or take the license examination as long as:
  • The application is received within 90 days of their former home state license being canceled
  • The license being applied for is the same line of authority as in the previous state.

License Application Process

A nonresident licensee who wishes to become a resident licensee must submit a license application and appropriate fees to the North Carolina Division of Insurance.

IMPORTANT: North Carolina requires licensees to obtain an additional Medicare Supplement/Long-Term Care license to sell Medicare supplement long-term care insurance, and Medicare Advantage plans. However, applicants who held an Accident and Health and Sickness license in their previous home state and had authority under that license to sell these policies will not be subject to complete the NC Medicare supplement pre-license course.
Applicants who have authority for Medicare Supplement and Long-Term Care under their previous home state Accident, Health, and Sickness license may apply for a Medicare Supplement/Long-Term Care license online at www.nipr.com.

Ways to Apply

Apply online: Click here to submit your license application and fees online. If you are unable to complete the application online, you may contact the North Carolina Agent Services Division at (919) 807-6800 for further assistance.

Materials Needed to Apply: Applicants who wish to receive a resident insurance license in North Carolina will need to forward the materials listed below to the North Carolina Division of Insurance.
Fingerprinting Process: All new resident applicants are required to submit electronic fingerprints through a vendor selected by the Department for a criminal background check. The applicant shall bear the cost of electronic fingerprinting, which is currently $38.00. Applicants will need to submit fingerprints within 30 days of applying for a license. The electronic fingerprint submission process is outlined here on the North Carolina Agent Services Division website. You may download a copy of the Fingerprint/Criminal Background Packet here. In addition, pursuant to North Carolina law, fingerprints must be certified by a law enforcement officer. Electronic fingerprint submission must be done at a law enforcement office in North Carolina that has Live Scan capability. Click here to view a list of Live Scan locations.

Non-Resident North Carolina PreLicense Exam Prep Requirements

Non-Resident License Requirements

Nonresident license candidates may obtain a North Carolina agent license, without having to complete the Prelicense education requirement or take a license examination, as long as they are currently licensed as a resident and in good standing in their home state.

License Application Process

Nonresident applicants who hold an active resident license in their home state for the same license type may apply for a North Carolina nonresident license online at www.nipr.com.

IMPORTANT: North Carolina requires licensees to obtain an additional Medicare Supplement/Long-Term Care license to sell Medicare supplement long-term care insurance, and Medicare Advantage plans. However, applicants who hold an Accident and Health and Sickness license in their home state and have authority under that license to sell these policies will not be subject to complete the NC Medicare supplement pre-license course.

Applicants who have authority for Medicare Supplement and Long-Term Care under their home state Accident, Health, and Sickness license may apply for a Medicare Supplement/Long-Term Care license online at www.nipr.com.

Fingerprinting Process: Fingerprints are not required for non-resident insurance producer license applicants.

North Carolina PreLicense Contact Info

North Carolina Division of Insurance

  • Phone: (919) -807-6800
  • Website: http://www.ncdoi.com
  • Mail: 1204 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-12047

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The licensing information presented here is a brief summary only and is not intended to be comprehensive or complete. We urge you to check with your state's insurance department for complete and current information about its licensing rules and requirements.