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How to Renew an Arkansas Insurance License

How to Renew an Arkansas Insurance License

Updated: September 6, 2022

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On this page, you’ll find a comprehensive guide to renewing your Arkansas insurance license. At A.D. Banker & Company, we’re here to walk you through the process and make completing your continuing education requirements as easy and painless as possible.

We offer several different study methods to cater to your needs and help you grow as an insurance professional. Whether you’re interested in learning the latest topics in insurance CE webinars, or having unlimited access to our online CE courses, we strive to provide options that fit around your busy schedule. Each of our courses are designed to not only be straightforward and simple, but also valuable to your career.

To begin the renewal process, you will need to complete 3 steps listed below.

1. Review the State Requirements

The first step to renewing your insurance license is to review Arkansas’s CE requirements. Depending on which lines of insurance you’re licensed in, the continuing education hours you’re required to complete will vary. All hours must be completed and reported prior to your license renewal date to avoid a lapse in your license.

General Requirements

How many total hours of CE do I need to complete?

Producers and Adjusters are required to complete 24 total hours every 2 years.

**Note: For licensees who hold both an Adjuster and Producer license, 24 hours of CE must be completed for each license with no duplicating courses.

What courses can I take to satisfy my total hour requirement?

21 of your total hours must be approved for the line(s) of insurance you’re licensed to sell. The remaining 3 hours must be approved as Ethics.

For instance, if you’re a personal lines broker or a limited lines automobile agent, you can take any approved property and casualty course. If you’re a producer with a life license, you can take courses approved as life.

Can I take any continuing education course?

No. You can only take courses that are approved for the line(s) of insurance you are licensed to sell.

When is the renewal date for my insurance license?

The renewal date occurs every 2 years on the last day of your birth month, based on odd/even birth year. The first renewal is not due until the license has been held for at least 1 year.
Do extra hours completed in a previous CE period carry over?

The state of Arkansas allows excess continuing education hours to be carried over into the next renewal period, up to 24 hours. Excess hours in ethics or speciality training can carry over to the next renewal period; however, those hours will only be counted as general credits, and will not be counted to fulfill the requirement. Education requirements for ethics and specialty training must be completed during every renewal period. Hours must be completed before the expiration date, or they do not carry forward.

Can I repeat Continuing Education courses for credit?

No, you may not repeat courses for credit more than once in a two-year period. Completion dates must be at least 24 months apart.

Am I exempt from Continuing Education?

The following individuals are exempt from completing CE requirements:

  • Nonresidents
  • Individuals holding limited lines licenses for which an exam is not required
  • Individuals holding a limited or restricted license
  • Individuals who are at least 60 years old and were licensed prior to 7/1/03
  • Individuals licensed for less than one year
  • Individuals in their first full year of licensure following the year they made a change in residency or domicile to Arkansas
  • Third-party administrators who do not solicit business

 If you believe you qualify for an exemption, contact the Arkansas Department of Insurance at (501) 371-2750, or submit an email inquiry.

Life & Health Producer Product-specific Requirements

Prior to selling, soliciting or negotiating the following products, you’re required to complete initial certification training. These training hours can be applied towards the total hours needed to renew your license.

What are the requirements to sell annuities?

Resident and non-resident producers must complete a one-time, 4-hour Annuity Best Interest Certfication course prior to selling, soliciting, or negotiating annuity products in Arkansas. A.D. Banker & Company offers this training online or via live webinar formats; both satisfy the training requirement. The satisfaction of annuity best interest training requirements of another state that are substantially similar to the requirements of Arkansas are reciprocal. 

What are the requirements to sell long-term care products?

Producers must complete 8 hours of initial Long-Term Care (LTC) Certification Training before selling, soliciting or negotiating Long-Term Care (LTC) products. After completing the initial requirement, producers must complete a 4-hour ongoing training, due on the completion date of the 8-hour training every 24 months thereafter.

Property & Casualty Producers Product-specific Requirements

Prior to selling, soliciting or negotiating the following products, you’re required to complete initial certification training. These training hours can be applied towards the total hours needed to renew your license.

What are the requirements to sell flood insurance?

Property/Casualty producers must complete a one-time 3-hour NFIP Flood Insurance Certification Training course prior to selling flood insurance policies.

2. Register for and Complete Courses

Once you have determined the renewal requirements for your license, you are ready to choose and register for insurance continuing education courses. You may complete your hours through webinars, online courses, or any combination of the two. These options allow you to decide how to best fit your continuing education into your existing schedule.

Each course is listed with an associated credit type. You must select courses that have the appropriate credit types for fulfilling the renewal requirements for your license.

Webinars: Completion is based on attendance and participation. You must be present for the full duration of the course, and you must be active throughout to receive credit. There is no certification exam required.

Online courses: Completion is self-paced. You must review the course material and pass the Certification Exam at the end to receive credit. Online and self study exams are required to be monitored by a disinterested third party (a person with no family or financial relationship).

A.D. Banker will report your completed hours to the Arkansas Department of Insurance within 1 business day.

3. File a Renewal Application

Once you have completed your courses and satisfied the renewal requirements for your license, you will need to file a renewal application. The online application will guide you through the renewal process. Upon successful renewal, your licensing record will be updated on the Arkansas Department of Insurance's website, and your renewed license can be immediately obtained using the state’s Print or Download Your License service.

We’re Here to Help

Ready to start fulfilling your continuing education requirements? Get started online now or call A.D. Banker’s direct enrollment line at 1-(800)-866-2468. Courses can be completed online and through live webinars. A.D. Banker’s customer care team is available to assist with any questions and create a course plan for you.

Course completions are automatically reported daily and are approved to satisfy LTC, AML, Annuity Suitability, Flood, Ethics, and other state-specific requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find my license number?

To find your license number and other additional details relating to your license, use Arkansas’s Check a License service.

How do I print my license?

Your license can be printed online through the Arkansas Department of Insurance’s Print Your License service.

How do I view my Continuing Education (CE) transcript?

Your continuing education transcript can be accessed by making an inquiry through SBS. Your transcript will show the number of hours you’ve completed.

What do I need to have with me when I’m renewing my license?

When you are ready to renew your license online, you should gather the following items to ensure the smoothest process possible:

  • The renewal email reminder you received, which will contain:
    • Your license number; and
    • The 6-digit renewal ID number
  • A credit card or debit card
  • Your email address

If you did not receive a renewal notice, you can still complete your online renewal using the last 4 digits of your social security number, your license number, and your date of birth.

How will I know when my license is renewed?

Once you have successfully completed the renewal process, your renewed license can be immediately obtained using the state’s Print or Download Your License service. Your licensing record will be updated on the Arkansas Department of Insurance's website.

What if my license renewal is late?

If your license renewal is late, a penalty fee double the amount of the renewal fee is required to late renew your license. In Arkansas, you have one calendar year from the expiration date of your license to renew an expired license. During this time, you will not be able to transact insurance business until the license is renewed. If the expired license is not renewed within one year, you will need to file a new application, appointment(s), fees, and if required, complete prelicensing education and pass the qualifying exam.

For additional information on late renewals, consult the Arkansas Department of Insurance.



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