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Insurance Licensing State Requirements

Minnesota Department of Commerce
Address: 85 7th Place East, Suite 500
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-539-1599 or
800-657-3978 (in MN)
Website: http://www.insurance.state.mn.us Fax: 651-539-1550
E-mail: licensing.commerce@state.mn.us

Exam Provider: PSI

Prelicensing Education Hour Requirements
  • Life - 20 Hours
  • Accident & Health - 20 Hours
  • Property - 20 Hours
  • Casualty - 20 Hours
  • Personal Lines - 20 Hours
All courses include 10 hours of Pre-license Insurance Basics.

Acceptable Methods of Education
  • Classroom
  • Online (effective 7/1/10) *

* Minnesota requires online Certification Exams to be monitored by a specified disinterested third party. Kaplan offers proctoring services by an approved instructor at no charge at select locations. For information, please contact Kaplan’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-824-8742.

* Other proctor options are available to you. Pursuant to Minnesota Department of Commerce regulations, with the following options we are not able to generate your certificate of completion or notify the Minnesota Department of Commerce of your completion, until your chosen acceptable proctor has provided all of the pertinent information on one of the following, within 2 days of course completion to Kaplan Financial:

Note: For each student, the chosen proctor is required to submit the original signed and dated verification information to the MN approved Education Coordinator immediately after the conclusion of the exam.

Minnesota Distance Learning has strict policies regarding proctor selection. An acceptable proctor is a disinterested third party with no conflict of interest who verifies a student’s identity and processes an affidavit testifying that the student received no outside assistance with the examination. Relatives, spouses, friends, neighbors and co-workers are not acceptable proctors. Some examples of acceptable proctors include but are not limited to:

  • For teaching staff of an accredited institution of higher education such as a community college, college, or university, please submit a page from the institution’s directory, catalog or web address that lists the proctor’s name, title and institution’s name.
  • For members of the Armed Forces, a military base education officer, a base librarian or commissioned officer of higher rank than the student, please submit a letter on official letterhead from the base commander verifying the proctor’s position.
  • For a high school superintendent, supervising principal or other administrator within the local school system, please submit a letter from the superintendent or principal on official letterhead.
  • For a librarian within the local school or public library system, please submit a letter from the proctor on the library system letterhead.
* Note: This state requires forced progression (requires the user to successfully complete each page of the online course before being allowed to proceed to the next) and that your online study time be tracked. In order to successfully complete the course, you must complete the required number of hours while studying in the Course Contents Units of the online course. Your online course tracker will be displayed in the upper right hand corner of your page so that you can verify the time spent in the course is being tracked.

Certificate of Completion Requirements
  • Prelicensing education course provider must submit electronic certification that applicant has completed all prelicensing requirements.
  • Candidates must provide proof of prelicensing education at the exam site.
  • Currently prelicensing education certificates are valid indefinitely.

Prelicensing Education Exemptions
The following are exempt from the insurance prelicense eduction requirement:
  • Someone with a two-year Minnesota vocational school degree in insurance
  • Someone with a four-year college degree in business with an insurance emphasis
  • Life applicants with any of the following professional designations: CEBS, ChFC®, CIC, CFP®, CLU®, FLMI, or LUTCF
  • Health applicants with any of the following professional designations: RHU, CEBS, REBC, or HIA
  • Property, Casualty, or Personal Lines P & C applicants with any of the following professional designations: AAI, ARM, CIC, or CPCU®

This information pertains to resident license applicants. For additional information for resident licensing, or for nonresident license information, please refer to the the Minnesota Department of Commerce website at http://www.insurance.state.mn.us.

This information is based on state laws and regulations and is subject to change. Kaplan Financial Education makes every effort to make sure this information is current and accurate, however, Kaplan Financial Education is not engaged in rendering legal or professional advice and shall not be held responsible for inaccuracies contained herein.

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