How To Obtain Your Virginia Life & Health Insurance License

Getting your Virginia life & health insurance license is the first step to becoming an insurance agent in Virginia. If you’re interested in selling life insurance and/or health insurance, or any combination of those lines of authority, this article has the information you need to get started. The Virginia Bureau of Insurance has a process to getting your insurance license.

Do I Need To Be Hired or Sponsored By An Insurance Agency To Get My Insurance License?


No, you don’t need to be hired or sponsored by an insurance company or agency to go through the process of obtaining your insurance license. In fact, going through the process of getting and being licensed beforehand actually makes you more marketable for opportunities.



Complete a Virginia Life & Health Insurance Pre-Licensing Course


If you would like to sell insurance in Virginia, you must pass a licensing exam. To prepare for the Virginia licensing exam, you will need to take an insurance pre-licensing study course. It’s important to make time to acquire the knowledge you’ll need to pass this exam on your first attempt. Completing a pre-license education course will equip you with the necessary information and tools you’ll need to prepare for your exam.


You can enroll in your Virginia pre-licensing course here: Virginia Life and Health Insurance Prep Course (



 Pass Your Virginia Insurance Licensing Exam 


After you complete a Virginia Life & Health prep course, it’s time to take the Virginia life & health insurance exam. Licensing exams are provided by Prometric. An exam fee must be paid at the time of scheduling by credit card, debit card, voucher or electronic check. 


Before scheduling your exam, you will need the following:


  • Legal name, address, Social Security number, daytime phone number, and date of birth
  • Name of the exam
  • Preferred exam date and test center location



What to Bring 


Two forms of current signature identification: 


  • A primary ID (photograph and signature, not expired) such as a Driver’s License or Passport
  • A secondary ID (signature, not expired) such as a Debit or Credit card



Exam Format


Each major line exam is given in a multiple-choice format. 


Exam Name: VA Life, Annuities and Health Insurance (11-01)

Total Questions: 150 multiple choice questions (only 140 scored - 10 “pretest” or “pilot” questions – these 10 pretest questions do not count for or against your score)

Exam Time: 2.5 hours

Passing Score: 70%


The exam consists of two parts:


  • The general section deals with basic insurance product knowledge
  • The state section deals with insurance laws, rules, and regulations, and practices that are unique to Virginia 


When you complete the exam, you will receive a score report marked “pass or fail”.



Register for Electronic Fingerprinting 


Virginia requires electronic fingerprints be taken in order to run a criminal background check.  


Click here to make a reservation with Fieldprint, or call 877-614-4364. Insurance license fingerprint records are good for 1 year. The results of your criminal history check will be submitted electronically to the Virginia Bureau of Insurance.



Complete a Virginia Life & Health Insurance License Application


Once you pass the life insurance exam and complete the background check, you can apply for your Virginia life & health insurance license. You must apply at or


The Virginia Bureau of Insurance will issue a life insurance license to individuals who are at least 18 years old and have passed the proper licensing exam. You should submit your completed license application within 1 year of passing the exam.


After you complete the previous four steps, the Virginia Bureau of Insurance will review your application and background check. It reviews applications in the order it receives them, and this process usually takes 15 to 20 business days from the date you submit your application.


Once the Virginia Bureau of Insurance finishes reviewing your application, they will email you with its decision or ask you to provide more information.

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