Most types of insurance professionals (both residents and nonresidents) can apply for licenses, renew licenses, or submit updated addresses and phone numbers online through the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR), at www.nipr.com.
NIPR license and renewal applications are easy to complete, and we can usually process them faster than applications that are mailed to us. NIPR charges a small transaction fee (around $5 to $7) to process a license application and fee payment. Many people have found that overall, the added convenience plus the time and postage savings are worth paying the fee.
USE NIPR FOR FREE to change an address, e-mail address or phone number!
ADOI Licensing Services Will Be Suspended in April
Between April 10 and April 21, 2017, the Department will be moving off of its almost 30-year-old green-screen computer programs and onto "SBS 2016," a web-based system hosted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The new system will provide the Department with new capabilities and lower maintenance overhead.
Beginning April 10, you will NOT be able to apply for licenses or license renewals online at www.nipr.com and we will not be able to process any paper applications delivered to our office until we complete our move to SBS, which we expect to be accomplished by or before April 21 (no guarantees, though). If you intend to apply for a new license, to add authority to an existing license, or to renew a license, we urge you to do so as soon as you can. It is especially important that your license or renewal application is complete and correct when you submit it because any license applications that are pending when our licensing system shuts down will be delayed until we complete our move to SBS.
Renewing an Insurance Producer License - Continuing Education
If you hold an insurance producer (or personal lines P&C) license in Arizona, use our new "DETERMINING YOUR ARIZONA INSURANCE CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS" online resource to determine if you need to complete insurance continuing education, and if so, how much.
Relocating to Arizona from Another State
If you an insurance producer or adjuster relocating to Arizona from another state where you are licensed as a resident, the application process is the same as for any other person applying for an Arizona resident license EXCEPT you are not subject to the pre-license examination requirement if you submit with your license application a Clearance Letter issued by the insurance department/commission in your previous resident state. The Clearance Letter must show the previous resident license was cancelled within 90 days of our receiving your license application. If your previous resident state does not issue Clearance Letters, you must provide evidence of the date your resident license was cancelled by your previous resident state.
Changes to Addresses, E-mail and Phone Numbers
Individuals must use the NIPR Contact Change Request (CCR) system to submit changes to addresses (business, mailing or residential), e-mail addresses and phone numbers. NIPR does not charge a fee for using CCR.
- Go to the NIPR Home page (www.nipr.com).
- Click the "Contact Change Request" menu option on the left side of the page.
- Click the big green "START" button, enter information needed to locate your license record, and then use the system to enter changes.
The NIPR CCR system is only available for licensed individuals - it does not yet allow licensed business entities to make changes.
Submitting Documents to the Licensing Section
The Insurance Licensing Section no longer accepts documents by fax. You may submit documents using one of the following means:
- You must submit license applications either through the NIPR electronic licensing system (www.nipr.com) or by delivery to the Insurance Licensing Section. NOTE: NIPR applications are prioritized for processing, and are processed faster than mailed paper applications.
- Fingerprints (if required) must be delivered with Form L-FPV to the Insurance Licensing Section. Carefully follow the instructions on Form L-FPV.
- If you answer "Yes" to a background question on the application, submit your written statement accompanied by corresponding official court documents (printouts from a court's web site are not acceptable):
- as part of your NIPR electronic license application (using the Attachments Warehouse), or
- by e-mail to [email protected], or
- by delivery to the Insurance Licensing Section.
- Submit all other documents that we used to accept by fax either by e-mail to [email protected] or by delivery to the Insurance Licensing Section.
18 USC § 1033 prohibits individuals convicted of certain offenses from engaging in or proposing to become engaged in the business of insurance without the written consent of an insurance regulatory official. 18 USC § 1033(e)(2). Apart from applying for an insurance license, you must request permission to engage in the business of insurance if:
- You have been convicted of any FELONY involving dishonesty or breach of trust that you have not disclosed on your application for an Arizona insurance license, or
- You have been convicted of an 18 USC § 1033 offense, even if you have disclosed it on your application for an Arizona insurance license.
An 18 USC § 1033 offense includes:
- Knowingly making a false material statement or report or overvaluing land, property or security in connection with reports or documents presented to any insurance regulatory official or agency for the purposes of influencing the actions of the official or agency. 18 USC § 1033(a)(1).
- Knowingly making a false entry in any book, report or statement with the intent to deceive any person about the financial condition of an insurance business. 18 USC § 1033(c)(1).
- Using, or attempting to use, threats or force or any threatening letter or communication to corruptly influence, obstruct or impede the due and proper administration of the law in a proceeding involving the business of insurance pending before any insurance regulatory official or agency. 18 USC § 1033(d).
ARS § 41-1030(G) requires most Arizona government agencies to prominently print the provisions of ARS § 41-1030(B), (D), (E) and (F) on all license applications. The following is the language in ARS § 41-1030(B), (D), (E) and (F):
B. An agency shall not base a licensing decision in whole or in part on a licensing requirement or condition that is not specifically authorized by statute, rule or state tribal gaming compact. A general grant of authority in statute does not constitute a basis for imposing a licensing requirement or condition unless a rule is made pursuant to that general grant of authority that specifically authorizes the requirement or condition.
D. This section may be enforced in a private civil action and relief may be awarded against the state. The court may award reasonable attorney fees, damages and all fees associated with the license application to a party that prevails in an action against the state for a violation of this section.
E. A state employee may not intentionally or knowingly violate this section. A violation of this section is cause for disciplinary action or dismissal pursuant to the agency’s adopted personnel policy.
F. This section does not abrogate the immunity provided by section 12-820.01 or 12-820.02.