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Surplus lines

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  • To learn about how and where to take an exam, go to Pearson VUE and see the Insurance Licensing Candidate HandbookPearson VUE also provides exam outlines and an ESL (English as a second language) request form.
  • You do not need to take an exam if your license has been expired for more than 90 days, but less than one year.
  • The exam code, which is needed when signing up for an exam, is: InsTX-Surp60.
  • The exam fee is $48. The fee must be paid when making an exam reservation. You can pay online by credit card, debit card, voucher, or electronic check. Payments are not accepted at the testing center.

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

  • To apply for a surplus lines license, you already must have another license in good standing:
    • If you live in Texas, you must have either a general lines agent, property and casualty agent, or managing general agent license.
    • If you don't live in Texas, you must have a reciprocal state's surplus lines license.
  • If you want to apply for an agent license:
  • If you want to apply for an agency license:
    • 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 surplus lines license.
  • Tips for successful application processing.

Temporary license

A temporary license is not offered for a surplus lines license.

Emergency license

An emergency license is not offered for a surplus lines license.

Provisional permit

A provisional permit is not offered for a surplus lines license.

Laws: Texas Insurance Code

Laws about the surplus lines license can be found in the Texas Insurance Code, section 981.202.

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Last updated: 5/2/2018