North Carolina Licensing

1. Complete a Prelicensing Course

If you would like to sell insurance in North Carolina, you must complete an approved line of prelicensing education and pass the state licensing exam. 

Register for your Pre-Licensing Course

  • Request your exclusive Discount Code from your agency admin to take the course for free.

To satisfy the requirements for your course, you will need to pass a Certification Exam in the online course.  After passing the Certification Exam with a 70% or greater, you will receive an Examination Admission, which you will need to be admitted to your state exam. The Examination Admission Ticket is valid for 90 days or 5 exam attempts (whichever comes first); you will need to take and pass your state exam within the 90-day time-frame.

2. Apply for Your License

Once you have your Examination Admission, you will need to apply for your license and pay the appropriate fees at The license application is valid for 6 months. If you have not obtained your confirmation that your license has been issued within that period, you will need to reapply.

Once you have applied for your license, you will receive an Authorization Email from Pearson VUE that will contain your NPN (National Producer Number) and other information that you need to schedule your state exam.

You will also receive an email from NIPR. This email will contain information that you will need to schedule your fingerprinting, so make sure that you save it.

3. Pass a Licensing Exam

Making Exam Reservations

Licensing exams are provided by Pearson VUE. An exam fee must be paid at the time of reservation by credit card, debit card, voucher or electronic check, and exam reservations can be made up until 24 hours prior to the exam session. You can make an exam reservation through the following methods:

  • Phone: (800) 274-2616
    • Before you call, you must have the following:
      • Email Authorization to Test with NPN number
        • Legal name, address, Social Security number, daytime phone number, and date of birth
        • Name of the exam
        • Preferred  exam date and test center location

4. Get Fingerprinted

  1. Open the email that you receive from NIPR and follow the link to print off the Fingerprint Submission Packet-Releases forms.
  2. Contact your local law enforcement to obtain days/hours for fingerprinting service
    • Be sure to find if they will be able to do Livescan fingerprints for non-criminal reasons
      • Fingerprint card will not be accepted
  3. Take the packet to the local law enforcement agency for digital fingerprints
    • Applicant must have a photo ID
    • Applicant must complete pages 1 and 3 of the packet
    • The local law enforcement person taking the prints must sign page 2 of the packet
    • The local law enforcement agency may require a fee to take the fingerprints
  4. Send the completed forms (pages 1 through 3) to the NC Licensing Offices of Pearson VUE via:

5. Print Your License

  • Wait 48-72 hour after receiving the email notification that your application has been processed
  • Access SBS Connect:
  • Click on “Print Your License” and follow the prompts
    • You may want to save a copy on your computer for your records, as it is only free to print the first time

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