Before sitting for a licensing exam, insurance producer applicants must first complete the 20 hours of Minnesota Department of Commerce pre-approved insurance pre-license education per line of authority as required in MN Statute 60K.36 Subd.4.
Send the request form by email to Commerce to request a Letter of Clearance. The department will mail your Letter of Clearance to the address provided on the form.
Any individual applying for a resident license as an insurance producer, independent adjuster, or public adjuster.
Under Minnesota law, an individual applying for a resident insurance producer, resident independent adjuster, or resident public adjuster license must consent to a criminal history record check and submit a fingerprint card.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce will have the criminal history record check performed by requesting searches of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Computerized Criminal History system and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services system. The purpose of the criminal history record check is to assist the Minnesota Department of Commerce in determining your qualifications and eligibility for the license that you are applying for. If you refuse to consent to a criminal history record check, your license application will not be processed.
Not unless you decide to add a line of authority.
I will be applying for a resident license as an insurance producer (or independent adjuster or public adjuster). What should I do to meet the requirement to submit fingerprints?
There are two options for having your fingerprints taken: you may pre-register with Idemia to schedule a time to be fingerprinted electronically at one of the Pearson VUE test centers that provides fingerprinting services, or you may go to any local police station or similar facility with manual fingerprinting capability to have your fingerprints taken manually.
Appointments for fingerprinting at a test center must be scheduled in advance through Idemia’s call center or website; Pearson VUE cannot provide walk-in fingerprinting services. You should schedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance, although same-day appointments are possible if times are available.
Scheduling with Idemia (electronic fingerprinting at a test center)
Go to https://pearsonwest.ibtfingerprint.com, or call Idemia at (866) 761-8069 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central time) to make a fingerprint reservation as close to the start time of your examination as possible. (It does not need to be the exact same time. As long as you have made a fingerprint reservation, the test center will be able to process your prints when you arrive for your exam.) Use your full legal name, as it appears on your government-issued ID, when you make your fingerprint reservation, and be sure to select the correct license type. Write down the confirmation number; you will need it on the day of your appointment.
The fingerprint fee of $67.25 must be paid at the time of the reservation by credit card, debit card, or electronic check. If you are paying by e-check you must allow 3 business days (Monday-Friday) between the date you are making the appointment and the actual date of the appointment. That will allow sufficient time for the payment to clear.
When you arrive at the test center for your fingerprint appointment, please have the confirmation number that you received during the fingerprint reservation process. Your fingerprints will be taken electronically as close to your reserved time as possible. You will be required to sign a background check consent form. Be sure to select the correct license type when completing the consent form to avoid delays in processing your license application.
You do not need to pass the test in order to have your fingerprints taken.
Pearson VUE provides electronic fingerprinting services at the following test centers to all candidates who have reserved a time through Idemia.
BLOOMINGTON 5601 GREEN VALLEY DR, SUITE 150
BRAINERD 501 WEST COLLEGE DRIVE
FARGO 3170 43RD STREET SOUTH, SUITE 102
HERMANTOWN 4815 WEST ARROWHEAD ROAD, SUITE 100
MARSHALL 1501 STATE STREET
PINE CITY 900 4TH STREET SE
ROCHESTER 1544 GREENVIEW DRIVE SW, SUITE 200
ST. PAUL 2610 UNIVERSITY AVENUE W, SUITE 400
You may go to any local police station or similar facility with manual fingerprinting capability to have your fingerprints taken manually. The facility will charge a processing fee. After your fingerprints are taken, the fingerprint card will be given back to you in a sealed envelope. Do not fold it. Put it into another envelope along with a fully completed “Resident Insurance Producer/Insurance Adjuster/Real Estate Appraiser License Background Check Consent Form” and a check for $33.25 made out to “Minnesota Department of Commerce” and mail it to:
Government & External Affairs
Minnesota Department of Commerce
85 – 7th Place East, Suite 280
St. Paul, MN 55101
The total cost is $67.25. This includes charges for background checks conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI as well as vendor processing fees.
The fee may be paid by credit card, debit card, or electronic check.
No. You can submit your application as soon as you have passed the examination and submitted your fingerprints.
No. Because the FBI background check can take several weeks, the Minnesota Department of Commerce will grant a license to otherwise-eligible applicants before receiving the background check results. If the results indicate that the applicant did not actually qualify for the license, then the license will be revoked.
Before your fingerprints are taken, you will need to sign a background check authorization form that expires one year after it is signed. Accordingly, if more than a year passes between the day your fingerprints are taken and the day you apply for your license, you will need to be fingerprinted again and pay another fee.
Under the law, your fingerprints and any criminal history record information obtained as a part of this licensing process must be treated and maintained as confidential, and security measures that are consistent with the standards specified by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division for the electronic storage of fingerprints and necessary identifying information must be applied. The data obtained from the criminal history record check will be confidential and, therefore, accessible only to the following: personnel who determine your eligibility for the license you are applying for; any appropriate person(s) or agency, if the Commissioner of Commerce determines that failure to make the data accessible is likely to create a clear and present danger to public health or safety; person(s) authorized by a court order; or any other person authorized by state or federal law.
If the FBI rejects a set of fingerprints, the Minnesota Department of Commerce will be notified that the fingerprints are illegible, erroneous, or incomplete. The Minnesota Department of Commerce will then notify you that you must be reprinted.
If the technician at the test center determines that a cast or other physical feature prevents your fingerprints from being taken electronically, you will not be charged the vendor processing fee. (In this case, you will pay $33.25 at the test center—for the BCA and FBI background checks—and an additional processing fee later at the manual fingerprinting site.) You will receive an FBI fingerprint card, the “Resident Insurance Producer License/Resident Adjuster License Background Check Consent Form,” and instructions to go to the nearest police station or similar facility with manual fingerprinting capability to have your fingerprints taken manually. After your fingerprints are taken, the fingerprint card will be given back to you in a sealed envelope. Do not fold it. Put it into another envelope along with a fully completed “Resident Insurance Producer License/Resident Adjuster License Background Check Consent Form” (see the last page of this document) and mail it to:
Consumer & External Affairs
Minnesota Department of Commerce
85 – 7th Place East, Suite 600
St. Paul, MN 55101
No. Owing to security requirements and data privacy concerns, fingerprints taken for Minnesota insurance licensing purposes may only be submitted electronically via the single transmission network authorized for the Minnesota Department of Commerce by the FBI.