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In light of the COVID-19 spread in this Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department ("Department”) issues this notice to all licensees of this Department. Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all in person classroom continuing education (CE) approved by the Department is temporarily suspended due to the circumstances related to COVID-19. Instead, classroom courses may be offered via internet based webinar format. Providers previously approved for classroom training do not need to contact the Department to offer courses via webinar. To the extent that education providers have currently approved online CE courses, the Department encourages you to utilize these programs to continue to provide producers with CE. Providers and licensees are encouraged to monitor www.insurance.pa.gov/licensees for periodic licensure updates.
While the Department strongly encourages licensees to take advantage of online CE courses, we understand that at this time, the circumstances related to COVID-19 may prevent some licensees from being able to complete CE requirements in time for their licensing renewal. Therefore, until further notice, the Commissioner of the Commonwealth, pursuant to 40 P.S. 310.8(e), will temporarily waive CE requirements for licensees who cannot meet requirements due to extenuating circumstances related to COVID-19.
The Department understands that this will necessarily impact licensees who are either renewing their licenses or preparing to renew their licenses. In anticipation of these concerns, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 the Department, pursuant to 40 P.S. 310.8(e), will temporarily extend the licensing renewal deadline for licensees impacted by extenuating circumstances related to COVID-19.
While the Insurance Department strongly encourages licensees to renew their licenses by the due date, as well as take advantage of online CE courses, we understand that at this time, the circumstances related to COVID-19 may prevent some licensees from being able to renew their licenses or complete CE requirements in time. Licensees are encouraged to monitor www.insurance.pa.gov/licensees for periodic licensure updates. Any and all renewal requirements, including CE, are still applicable and the Department will work with licensees once COVID-19 has been contained to meet these requirements.
All Pennsylvania licensees: print your license from the PA website at www.insurance.pa.gov/licensees. The PA Insurance Department no longer mails paper licenses. Your renewed license is available within 24 hours after your license has been renewed. New applicants who apply online can verify their information on the PA website once the license is issued.
You may check the status of your continuing education compliance. For a free continuing education transcript, use the Lookup Education Courses or Transcript service and then click on "Continuing Education Transcript Inquiry".
You may verify approved continuing education or pre-licensing education courses and course providers, use the Look up Education Courses or Transcript service and then click on "Approved Courses Inquiry".
You may obtain your own license history by using the Check Your Status with a State service. A $3.00 service fee applies. Note: only current, active information will be provided. If your license is inactive or you require a complete license history, you must submit a written request to the Department along with a $25 fee (check or money order, payable to the Commonwealth of PA).
Wonder what your National Producer Number (NPN) is? This unique identifying number is assigned to licensed individuals by the NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) and most states now use it for various licensing purposes. If you hold a license in Pennsylvania, use the License Number/National Producer Number Inquiry to find your NPN today. Please note an NPN is assigned within 48-72 hours of licensure.
To request a letter of clearance, obtain a request form from the Department's website here: https://www.insurance.pa.gov/Licensees/MaintainYourLicense/Documents/Letter_of_Clearance_Request_Form.pdf
A $25 fee (check or money order, payable to the Commonwealth of PA) is required to surrender/inactivate the license. This form is to be used only when you will be obtaining resident producer licensure in a new state.