The Texas Department of Insurance has a new individual agent’s license application. The new application is for individuals who are not required to take the exam and for everyone applying for provisional permits whether testing or not.
The types of licenses that can obtain a provisional permit are General Lines P&C, General Lines Life & Health, Life Insurance Not Exceeding $25,000, Funeral Prearrangement Life and County Mutual.
A provisional permit is available once the applicant passes the exam (if required), submits their fingerprints and pays an additional $50 ($100 total). The process for a provisional permit will be faster providing there are no deficiencies in the application such as errors, problems with the criminal background check, etc. These applications will be processed within 8-10 days. The applicant will receive an e-mail from TDI with information on how to print off the license.
When applying for a provisional permit, Part VII – Provisional Permit Appointment in the application, must be completed or processing will be delayed.
If applying for a provisional permit, the application from the TDI website must be used. The applications in the Pearson Vue Candidate Handbook and on the Pearson Vue website do not have the information on the provisional permit.
Why apply for a provisional permit? If the system works as planned, an applicant can receive a license in 8-10 days. Current processing times for the traditional approach are about 30 days.
Current license processing dates can also be viewed on the TDI website.