How can I become a licensed car insurance agent?

I recently graduated and have been applying for jobs at a few car insurance companies, but many have told me I must become an agent first. How can I become a car insurance agent?

Pursuing a career in the insurance industry can be very rewarding (not that I’m biased or anything) but there are a few things you should know before becoming an insurance agent.
Working as a car insurance agent requires you to have a property and casualty license. Requirements for this license vary by state but in general, you will need to:
  • Meet the minimum education requirements for your state
  • Complete an insurance licensing course (typically 20-40 hours)
  • Pass the course exam (if there is one)
  • Pass the state licensing exam
  • Submit a licensing application to the state
  • Pass a background check
To find out your state’s specific licensing requirements, you should visit the state’s government website. It may also be helpful to speak with someone who currently works as an agent to better understand their licensing experience and develop a better understanding of what the work entails.
Once licensed, you can work directly for a specific insurance company or work for a company like Jerry who compares quotes from many insurance companies to ensure customers are getting the best possible rate.
Before you know it, you’ll be selling car insurance like a pro!
Jack Walsh
Answered on Oct 22, 2021

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