Guidance on Coronavirus and Insurance Producer Licensing Requirements
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, DFS understands that it may be challenging for certain producers to obtain the requisite number of continuing education credits in advance of their license expiration dates. As a temporary accommodation, DFS will suspend the expiration of licenses for all individual producers for the next 60 days and waive any late fees resulting from, and accruing during, this suspension period. At the end of this 60-day period, all licenses that would have expired but for this circular letter will automatically expire unless the producer has submitted a license renewal application, including completion of all necessary continuing education credits, before that date. Furthermore, DFS will suspend the requirement that a monitor be present to complete producer continuing education and pre-licensing course exams online during this 60-day period. Except as provided in this circular letter, all licensing requirements, including those relating to continuing education, will continue to apply.
Please direct any questions regarding this circular letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Producers are also encouraged to visit www.dfs.ny.gov for periodic updates related to licensing requirements.
March License Renewal and
Insurance License Reinstatements
The Commerce Department is providing temporary, emergency relief in regard to March license renewal and insurance license reinstatements.
Renewals. The March 31, 2020, deadline for insurance producers and adjusters to comply with renewal requirements is delayed to April 30, 2020.
Individuals who are due to renew a Minnesota insurance producer or insurance adjuster license by the end of March now have until April 30, 2020 to complete all renewal requirements, including continuing education hours and the required application and fee. These renewal applications can be submitted anytime between now and 11:59 PM Central time on April 30.
Reinstatements. The deadline for producers and adjusters to reinstate a lapsed license without having to retake and pass the written examination by paying twice the unpaid renewal fee is also delayed. Individuals seeking to reinstate will be able to reinstate but are still responsible for paying double fees in order to do so.
Individual questions are best directed to email@example.com. Commerce staff are responding as soon as possible to written inquiries from all regulated license types.
Amended Special Notice to Oklahoma Insurance Professionals|
March 20, 2020 (updated April 3, 2020)
To: All licensed Insurance Professionals
From: Oklahoma Insurance Department- Licensing Division
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, led by Commissioner Glen Mulready, has closed both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City office locations to the Public. The Licensing Division is currently utilizing our telecommute policy and maintaining daily operations regarding the review and processing of license requests and changes. Our availability by phone may be limited at times while we prioritize applications, incoming emails and other requests, but we do have Division staff working every day to minimize the effects of the current public health situation.
At this time, the Governor has issued Amended Executive Order 2020-07 which orders:
“All occupational licenses issued by any agency, board, or commission of the State of Oklahoma that expire during this emergency shall be extended so long as this Order is in effect. All occupational licenses extended during this Order will expire fourteen (14) days following the withdrawal or termination of this Order.”
You can view that order by clicking here: https://www.sos.ok.gov/documents/executive/1916.pdf
The Oklahoma Insurance Department is temporarily extending the deadline for continuing education requirements to the fourteenth (14th) day following the withdrawal or termination of Governor Stitt’s Amended Executive Order 2020-07.
With advancements in technology and a move by the Department to all paperless procedures several years ago, this current situation will cause minimal internal setbacks to the renewal process of current licensees. Licensees can take CE classes online, view their transcripts online and renew electronically through the NIPR.
In order to assist Oklahoma licensees with completing their continuing education requirements, the Oklahoma Insurance Department is temporarily allowing Oklahoma Continuing Education Providers the ability to offer courses that are approved for the classroom course method as webinars until May 1, 2020. In order to qualify for this allowance, the CE Provider can e-mail Education@oid.ok.gov to request the form required for approval of this special allowance. If you are a licensee, please contact your Provider directly to discuss changes to any courses you may have scheduled in advance. You can view the current course catalog by clicking the following link:
Prometric, Oklahoma’s Examination Provider, has advised they have suspended operations at all national testing centers, including all locations here in Oklahoma.
You can view their statement here: PROMETRIC or by reviewing our website www.licensing.oid.ok.gov
We understand the delays this will potentially create with employers. At this time alternate examination options are being considered. This situation is very fluid and alternate avenues are being discussed to determine the best approach to keep business moving during this time of wide-spread uncertainty. We are actively working with the NAIC, NIPR and other state regulatory departments to monitor this situation and implement changes to normal processes and procedures when deemed necessary.
The mission of the Oklahoma Insurance Department is to protect and enhance the financial security of Oklahoma and Oklahomans. Additional notification will be provided to all licensee’s as the situation evolves. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize delays and hardships to our licensees and the industry while still providing the protections needed to Oklahoma Consumers.
Oklahoma Insurance Department
400 NE 50th Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105