Illinois Insurance Prelicensing Requirements

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Updated February 12, 2024

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Illinois requires producer licensing candidates to take and complete a state-approved prelicensing course. Potential agents must complete 20 hours of education and 7.5 of those hours must be completed in a classroom. You will also need to apply to your license with the state insurance department and register for the state licensing exam. Make sure to register for all 3 (prelicensing course, license application, state exam) using the personally identifiable information exactly as it appears on your government-issued ID. Discrepancies will delay the licensing process.


Life20 hours
Accident and Health20 hours
Property20 hours
Casualty20 hours
Personal Lines*20 hours
* ExamFX does not offer this prelicensing course.



To earn your certificate of completion:

  • Read every chapter and take the end-of-chapter quiz
  • Score 70% or better on each chapter quiz before progressing to the next chapter
  • Attend the required 7.5 hours per line classroom education portion of the course
  • Complete and pass the Certificate Exam (may also be called Practice Exam: Exam Mode in your course) with a score of 70% or better


ExamFX is so confident in the quality of its material that we offer our customers a first-time pass guarantee. If you don’t pass the first time around, we will refund your money. To qualify for this offer, you must pass our Readiness Exam with a score of 80% to determine maximum exam readiness. While completing this portion of your online course is not required, we highly recommend taking this extra step.


Step 1: Complete a prelicensing course that has been approved by the Department of Insurance. Once you have completed your course, ExamFX will review your completion to verify that you have attended the required classroom portion of the course and completed your Certificate exam. Prelicensing education Certificates of Completion are valid for 12 months, but it is best to leave plenty of time for exam scheduling and state application processing. ExamFX recommends completing the licensing process within 6-9 months of course completion.

Step 2: Schedule your exam with your state’s testing provider, Pearson VUE. The fastest way to schedule your exam is to do so online. You can also schedule your exam over the phone at (800) 274-0402. Your exam may be taken at a physical Pearson VUE examination center or via a remote online proctored exam.

Step 3: Take and pass your state licensing exam. On the day of your appointment, you must bring with you two valid forms of government issued identification (driver’s license, passport, military I.D., etc.) one of which must contain your name and photograph. You must also supply a copy of a signed Prelicensing Course Certificate issued by ExamFX. You will not be able to take your exam if these requirements are not met.

If testing at a Pearson VUE testing site, the score report will be provided at the test center. If testing online, candidates will need to log into their Pearson VUE account to obtain their score report.

Step 4: Apply for your license. You must wait at least 5 days after passing the licensing exam before you may apply for your license. Once you have waited the necessary amount of time, apply online with NIPR.

Step 5: Maintain your license by being aware of your continuing education requirements. Most insurance licenses must be maintained by completing a certain number of credit hours of continuing education each licensing period. ExamFX offers continuing education courses that will help you comply with your state’s requirements. Click here to view your state’s education rules and stay on top of your license.


Your exam experience is dependent on the line of authority you are testing for. Review the exam summaries below. The exam content outlines can be found on the testing provider's website.

The breakdown of testing topics can be found here.

  1. The number of questions on your exam
  2. The time limit
  3. The score that you must achieve to pass the exam


ExamFX offers the following courses in Spanish: IL Life and IL Health.

Note: The practice tests and the state exam will be broken into two sections: General Knowledge and State Law. You are required to obtain a passing score in each of the two sections of the exam.

Illinois Life-Only Agent Examination

94 Total Questions (81 scored, 13 pretest)
Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Passing score: 70%

Train for your test with our Illinois Life exam prep course.

Illinois Accident and Health Insurance Examination

102 Total Questions (89 scored, 13 pretest)
Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Passing score: 70%

Train for your test with our Illinois Health exam prep course.

Illinois Property Insurance Examination

92 Total Questions (80 scored, 12 pretest)
Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Passing score: 70%

Illinois Casualty Insurance Examination

99 Total Questions (87 scored, 11 pretest)
Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Passing score: 70%

Train for your test with our Illinois Property and Casualty exam prep course.



ExamFX recommends that you contact your Department of Insurance or testing center directly.

For licensing questions:
Illinois Department of Insurance
320 West Washington Street
Springfield, IL 62767
Phone: (217) 782-6366

For questions about the examination:
Pearson VUE/Illinois Insurance
5601 Green Valley Dr.
Bloomington, MN 55437
Phone: (800) 274-0402
Email: [email protected]

The information displayed above is for informational purposes only. ExamFX is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on this page. All steps have been taken to make sure that the information relayed on this page is accurate; however, information is subject to change without notice. It is the responsibility of the producer to be compliant per their states requirements.

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