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Washington PreLicense Exam Prep Requirements

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Washington PreLicense Education Requirements

Individual Resident Producer Requirements

To qualify for a resident Washington 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 Washington
  • Be trustworthy and competent
  • Pass the license examination as required by the state statute (see Prelicense education requirements below)

Required Washington 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 Disability license must complete 40 hours of PLE and will receive a separate certificate of completion for each LOA.
  • Life – 20
  • Disability– 20
  • Property – 20
  • Casualty – 20
Before making an exam reservation applicants should thoroughly review the State of Washington Licensing Candidate Handbook. The Candidate Handbook and additional licensing information can be accessed by clicking on the tabs above.

Washington PreLicense Product Training Requirements

Annuity Training

State required training for insurance producers that sell annuity products.

Initial Training
Hours: 4
Frequency: One-time training must be complete prior to selling annuity products.

Additional Information

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 license period, following the initial training requirement.

Additional Information

Washington PreLicense Exam Prep Course Requirements

Prelicense Course Delivery

  • Prelicense education providers are required to record the actual time the applicant spends in the course and not allow access to the certificate of completion until the applicant's time equals the number of required hours for the LOA.
  • Applicants must pass quizzes at the end of major lessons with a 70% or higher to proceed on to the next lesson.

Washington PreLicense Exam Prep Exam Requirements

Prelicense Course Exam

  • Passing Score: recommends students pass's Practice exam with a score of 70% or higher.
  • Exam Proctor Requirements: The Practice exam does not require a proctor.

Reporting and Washington PreLicense Exam Prep Certificates of Completion

Certificate of Completion provides online, printable certificates of completion in Washington. An applicant must meet the course delivery requirements before a certificate of completion is issued. Once the PLE certificate has been issued by, the student can register for the corresponding state licensing exam. Certificates are valid for 12 months from the date of completion.

State Reporting Requirements reports PLE course completions to the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner monthly. It is not required for hours to be processed by the state for a student to register for the state exam.

Washington PreLicense Application Process

Resident License Application Process

  1. Complete WA Prelicense Education: Once you have completed your Washington insurance pre-licensing course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The course is valid for one year from your date of completion.

  2. Important: Exam score cards are valid for 180 days. Candidates have 180 days to apply for their insurance license. After that, the score card is no longer valid and they have to retake the exam.

  3. Register for State Licensing Exam: You can make an exam reservation online by Visiting or by calling (800) 733-9267.

  4. Check Test Center Availability By Visiting:

    Material required at Test Center: Bring two forms of current signature identification, including: A primary ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or military ID that contains a photograph and signature. The ID cannot be expired. A secondary ID, such as a debit or credit card that contains your signature and has not expired. Bring a copy of your pre-licensing Certificate of Completion

    Exam Format:
    • Each major line exam is given in a multiple-choice format
    • The passing score required on the exam is 70.
    • Each exam includes a mix of “pretest” questions and scored questions, the pretest questions do not affect your grade.
    • Once you complete the Exam you will receive a score report marked “pass or fail”

  5. Fingerprinting Process: Washington state requires resident applicants to submit their fingerprints electronically for a background check.Submit your fingerprints electronically from the PSI examination center or MorphoTrust–IdentoGo Center. Candidates must make a fingerprint reservation with MorphoTrust USA™ no later than one (1) business day prior to the desired examination date. Candidates must either schedule their appointment online at or contact MorphoTrust USA™ at (866) 761-8069.

  6. Apply for a Washington Insurance License: Candidates who receive a passing score on the state exam will need to forward the materials listed below to the Washington Office of Insurance Commissioner.

  7. If you don’t apply for licensure within 180 days of passing the examination, you will need to retake the examination.
    • Exam score report(s) - A copy of your passing score report, provided at the test site, will need to be submitted with the application. You may fax it to (360) 586-2019 or attach a copy to your online application
    • Appointment form(s), completed by each insurer represented
    • One (1) fingerprint card (FD-258)
    • The appropriate license fee, filing fee, and fingerprint processing fee. View the current fee schedule.
    • Apply for your license by completing an application at

Transfer Washington 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 WA insurance license application is received within 90 days of your former home state license being cancelled and the WA license being applied for is the same line of authority as in the previous state. The new resident is also required to apply for a resident producer's license within 90 days of establishing residency in Washington. The license candidates must obtain a Letter of Clearance from their former home state and submit it along with all required application materials.

License Application Process

Ways to Apply

Apply Online: Apply for your New resident license by visiting

Materials Needed to Apply: The appropriate license fee, filing fee, and fingerprint processing fee. Click here to view the current fee schedule.
  • Letter of clearance from applicant's former home state
  • Appointment form(s), completed by each insurer represented
  • One (1) fingerprint card (FD-258)
  • The appropriate license fee, filing fee, and fingerprint processing fee. View the current fee schedule
Fingerprinting Process: Candidates should make a reservation with MorphoTrust USA (866) 761-8069 if they wish to have their fingerprints taken at the test center. A fee of $54.75 must be paid by credit/debit card or electronic check at the time of the fingerprint reservation.

Non-Resident Washington PreLicense Exam Prep Requirements

Non-Resident License Requirements

Nonresident license candidates may obtain a Washington producer 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

Ways to Apply

Apply Online: Apply for your Non-Resident license Applicantion online by visiting

Additional Washington Disclosures: The Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner requires that candidates are informed about the following information: Washington Disclosures.

Fingerprinting Process: Nonresident applicants do not have any fingerprint requirements.

Washington PreLicense Contact Info

Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner


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.