HB 1061
As Passed Senate, March 22, 2023
Title: An act relating to the elimination of prelicensing education requirements for licensed insurance producers.
Brief Description: Eliminating prelicensing education requirements for licensed insurance producers.
Sponsors: Representatives Ryu, Corry and Reeves.
Brief History: Passed House: 2/27/23, 96-0.
Committee Activity: Business, Financial Services, Gaming & Trade: 3/09/23 [DP, w/oRec].
Floor Activity: Passed Senate: 3/22/23, 48-0.
Brief Summary of Bill
  • Removes pre-licensing education requirements for first-time resident insurance producer licensee applicants.
Majority Report: Do pass.
Signed by Senators Stanford, Chair; Frame, Vice Chair; Dozier, Ranking Member; Boehnke, Gildon, Lovick, MacEwen and Mullet.
Minority Report: That it be referred without recommendation.
Signed by Senator Hasegawa.
Staff: Kellee Gunn (786-7429)

Resident Insurance Producer Licensing in Washington.  All persons wishing to sell, solicit, or negotiate insurance contracts in Washington State for any line of insurance must be licensed as an insurance producer.  Insurance producer licenses are available through the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC).  Licensing requirements differ depending on the major line of authority (LOA) sought, such as life, disability, property, casualty and personal lines.
First-time Resident Producer Licensees in Washington.  First-time resident producer license applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • complete pre-licensing education (PLE) for each major LOA wished to be obtained;
  • pay any required fees; and
  • successfully pass the state examinations for the LOA in which they have applied.  

All persons applying for a resident insurance producer license must not have committed any act that is grounds for dismissal.  Each applicant shall furnish fingerprints for submission to the governmental agency or entity authorized to receive this information for the state and national criminal background check.
Resident Producers From Other States Who Move to Washington.  Any resident producer licensed in another state, who wishes to move their residence to Washington, may waive the PLE and exam requirements if they apply for their Washington State license, cancel their previous home state license, and submit fingerprints within 90 days of moving to the state.
Continuing Education.  All licensees must follow up with continuing education requirements over the course of their career.
Pre-licensing Education Requirements.  Twenty-four states, including Washington, require first-time resident producer licensees to complete PLE.  The number of hours required of the PLE differs by state and major LOA.  In Washington, an applicant must complete 20 hours of PLE for each LOA wished to be obtained.

Summary of Bill:

Those seeking a license as a first-time resident insurance producer are not required to complete pre-licensing education to obtain their insurance producer license in Washington.

Appropriation: None.
Fiscal Note: Available.
Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.
Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony:

No public hearing was held.

Persons Testifying: N/A
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: N/A