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Funeral pre-arrangement life

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Training and exam

  • You must take a 5-hour training class and take and pass an exam through the funeral pre-arrangement life insurance company that you will work for (appointing company).
  • You do not need to take an exam if your license has been expired for more than 90 days, but less than one year.
  • If you apply for an agency license, at least one officer or active partner must either: (1) already have a funeral pre-arrangement life license or other license with greater authority, or (2) apply for and take an exam for a funeral pre-arrangement life license or other license with greater authority.

Fingerprint background check

  • Most people who apply for a license must: (1) get a fingerprint background check from IdentoGO, and (2) send us a copy of the IdentoGO receipt showing that their fingerprints were sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
  • Some people can ask for an exemption from getting a fingerprint background check. To learn more, see the Texas Administrative Code.
  • You do not need to get a fingerprint background check if:
    • You live in Texas and have: (1) an active license or registration with us, and (2) already submitted fingerprints.
    • You don’t live in Texas, but you send one of the following with your application:
      • Your criminal history record from your state’s law enforcement agency.
      • Your current Certificate of Good Standing from your state.
  • To schedule a fingerprint appointment, go to IdentoGO or call 1-888-467-2080. Use service code 11G6QF when making the appointment.
  • To learn more, read the fingerprinting requirements and instructions and the Application for Individual Agent License (Form FIN506).

Application: agent or agency

  • If you want to apply for an agent license:
    • Use the Application for Individual Agent License (Form FIN506).
    • The application fee is $50.
    • You must complete the application process within one year of passing the exam or the exam must be retaken.
    • You must pass the exam given by the funeral pre-arrangement life insurance company you will work for (appointing company).
  • If you want to apply for an agency license:
    • Use the Application for Insurance Agency License (Form FIN507).
    • The application fee is $50.
    • On the application, you must give information for:
      • All executive officers, directors, or partners who administer the agency’s operations in Texas.
      • All individuals and entities in control of the agency’s operations.
    • At least one officer or active partner must have a funeral pre-arrangement life license or a license with greater authority.
  • Tips for successful application processing.

Temporary license

  • A 90-day temporary license is offered for a funeral pre-arrangement life license.
  • Use the Application for Individual Agent License (Form FIN506).
  • The application fee is $150. Payment instructions are on the application form.
  • The agent, insurer, or health maintenance organization that you will work for (appointing company) must send us a signed certificate that says:
    • You are being considered for appointment as a full-time agent.
    • They would like you to have a temporary license.
    • They will supervise your training.
  • You must take at least 40 hours of training and it must:
    • Be given by the appointing company.
    • Take place no later than the 30th day after the application, application fee, and certificate from the appointing company are delivered or mailed to us.

Emergency license

An emergency license is not available for a funeral pre-arrangement life license.

Provisional permit

  • A provisional permit is offered for a funeral pre-arrangement life license. It is only available to people who live in Texas (residents). It is not available for reinstatement applications.
  • It allows you to act as an agent, with the supervision of a sponsor, until either: (1) your license is issued, or (2) we tell you that your application doesn't qualify for a permit.
  • A sponsor can be another agent, an insurer, or health maintenance organization. The sponsor must appoint you as an agent under them.
  • The application fee is $50 and the permit fee is $50. Instructions for how to pay the fees are on the Application for Individual Agent License (Form FIN506).
  • To learn more, go to the Provisional permits webpage.

Laws: Texas Insurance Code

Laws about the funeral pre-arrangement life license can be found in the Texas Insurance Code Sections 4001.151 to 4001.153 and 4001.160(a).

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Last updated: 5/2/2018