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Producer Licensing

IMPORTANT -  
EFFECTIVE NOW, you CANNOT renew your Producer license on the DOI website until AFTER  you have completed all of your required CE.

It is important to note that it usually takes 5 to 7 days for your CE hours to post to Prometric after you complete a course. Legally, CE Administrators have 30 days. Please do not wait until the final days to complete your CE, or your license may laspe.


Step One

Check CE with Prometric. PLEASE NOTE: Effective July 1, 2019, Prometric will no longer be the CE admin, and you will need to check SCDOI's State Based System (SBS) to view your CE records.

Even if you are certain that you have taken the required hours, recordkeeping errors sometimes happen! You need to be sure that Prometric, the SC CE administrator (until July 1, 2019), has an accurate record of the classes that you have completed in the compliance period and any carryover hours from the previous period.

How: Go to www.prometric.com/CE/scceprod and click CE Services Online in Related Links on leftside menu. If you do not have a login account you will be redirected to create one first.

Click "Look Up Transcript Credits" and follow prompts. You may also call Prometric directly at 800-490-6551.


Step Two

After you have found out exactly what CE hours you need to stay in compliance, go to our online Education Calendar page. We usually have at least 10 classes/webcasts scheduled each month. Remember, you cannot renew your producer license until all CE requirements are completed and reported to Prometric.

See also our "Continuing Education Requirements" page for more info about CE requirements.


Step Three

Pay admin fee to Prometric. PLEASE NOTE: Effective July 1, 2019, Prometric will no longer be the CE admin, and the producer CE recordkeeping fee will be eliminated.

How:  Go to www.prometric.com/CE/scceprod and click CE Services Online in Related Links on leftside menu. If you do not have a login account you will be redirected to create one first.

Click Producer Fee Payment and follow prompts. You may also call Prometric directly at 800-490-6551. 


Step Four

Renew license and pay license renewal fee through the National Insurancer Producer Registry (NIPR) website. This process must be done online, paper applications will not be accepted.

How: Go to www.nipr.com and click the  "Renew" button in the center of the page. 

Select "Resident Licensing Renewals"

Click on the green RENEW HERE button at the top of the page.

Select "Individual", put in your last name and National Producer Number (NPN). Accept the terms of the Use Agreement and click Next. 

You will then enter the last four digits of you SS# and your birthdate. 

Click on your name to begin the renewal process. 

Renewal and payment is done in the same transaction. Fees may be paid by electronic check or credit card. If paying by credit card, a processing fee will be added. 


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For fingerprinting FAQs, please see our special informational webpage.

PLEASE NOTE: Fingerprinting is not required at every producer license renewal as long as it remains active.




FAQs

What happens if I miss my compliance deadline?
Your license is considered lapsed, and all appointments and other licenses tied to the producer license is also lapsed. After six months if you still fail to be in compliance with the above requirements, the producer license and all other applicable licenses will be cancelled.

What does it mean if my license has lapsed? It means you will be out of business until your license is reinstated.

But specifically, it means:

  • You cannot transact any insurance business until your license has been reinstated.
  • All licenses based upon your producer license, like your agency or brokers license, will also lapse.
  • All producer appointments will lapse.
  • Any business transacted while this license is lapsed shall constitute the unauthorized transaction of insurance business and will be subject to severe penalties.
  • Insurers accepting business from you, an unlicensed individual, will be considered to have violated the unauthorized transaction of insurance business and will also be subject to severe penalties.


What does it mean if my license has been cancelled? 
The producer license, agency license and brokers license is cancelled an cannot be reinstated. The producer must reapply for licensure, pay all applicable fees and pass all applicable exams in order to be licensed again. Any CE exemption/ reduction will be cancelled with no chance of ever getting it back even if you do become licensed again.

Need a producer exam review?

We have a variety of self study materials for both the P&C and the L&H pre-licensing exams. Print, video or live online classroom - choose the learning environment that works best for you.  Learn more on our Online Self Study page. Login for access to member rates.   

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About Birth Month/ Birth Year Compliance Periods

ALL licensed agents that have not been previously exempt will be required to have 24 hours of continuing education by the end of their birth month every other year.

If you have an even birth year you will be required to have 24 hours of CE, including three hours in Ethics and at least eight hours in each line of authority by the end of your birth month in even years.

If you have an odd birth year you will be required to have 24 hours of CE, including three hours in Ethics and at least eight in each line of authority by the end of your birth month in odd years.

View "Continuing Education Requirements" page for more info about CE requirements.