Licensing Updates and Frequently Asked Questions

Licensing Updates and Frequently Asked Questions

The Mississippi Insurance Department provides updates for insurance producers, individuals and business entities. Click on the links (where available) for license information, frequently asked questions and bulletins. Questions pertaining to the licensing process should be directed to licensing@mid.ms.gov or by calling the MID Licensing Division at 601-359-3582.

Use the index below to go directly to a particular section on this page:


MID Producer Licensing Update

On-line License Renewal Dates

Go to www.sircon.com/Mississippi “Renew or Reinstate your License” or www.nipr.com

Agents/Producers Renewable Dates On-Line
1. Insurance Producers, Limited Lines Insurance Producer, Limited Line Credit Insurance Producer Licenses will expire on the last day of the birth month of the licensee on a biennial basis. Licenses may be renewed online 67 days prior to the expiration date.

2. Auto Club Jan. 25 thru March 30
3. Legal Dec. 25 thru Feb. 27
4. Adjuster Mar. 25 thru May 30
5. Surplus Lines 67 days before expiration thru expiration date.
6. Bail Bonds (Sircon only) July 25 thru Sept. 29. The license period expires Sept. 30th of each odd numbered year.

7. Viatical Oct. 25 thru Dec. 30
8. Supervising General Agent (Indiv)
NonRes – NIPR & SIRCON
Res - paper only
Licenses will expire on the last day of the birth month of the licensee on a biennial basis. Licenses may be renewed online 67 days prior to the expiration date.


The following license types for individuals are NOT available to be renewed on-line: Burial, Risk Retention Agent and Reinsurance Intermediary, SGA resident.

Agencies/Business Entities Renewable Dates On-Line
1. Insurance Producer Entity, Limited Lines Insurance Producer Entity, Limited Line Credit Insurance Producer Entity Licenses will expire on May 31 on a biennial basis. Licenses may be renewed online 67 days prior to the expiration date.

2. Supervising General Agent (entity)
Res & NonRes – SIRCON
Licenses will expire on May 31 on a biennial basis. Licenses may be renewed online 67 days prior to the expiration date.

3. Independent Adjuster Mar. 25 thru May 30
4. Third Party Administrator 67 days before expiration thru day prior to expiration date.
5. Viatical Oct. 25 thru Dec. 30

The following Agency license types for business entities are NOT available to be renewed on-line: Managing General Agent and Reinsurance Intermediary. Supervising General Agent NOT available for renewal on NIPR.


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On-line License Applications

MS first-time licenses and reinstatements available through Sircon:

Go to www.sircon.com/Mississippi “Apply for a License”

Agents/Producers Agencies/Business Entities
1. Insurance Producer 1. Insurance Producer Entity
2. Limited Lines Insurance Producer 2. Limited Lines Insurance Producer Entity
3. Limited Line Credit Insurance Producer 3. Limited Line Credit Insurance Producer Entity
4. Independent Adjuster 4. Portable Electronics Entity
5. Surplus Lines Insurance Producer 5. Viatical
6. Auto Club 6. TPA
7. Legal
8. Supervising General Agent (Indiv)
NonRes – NIPR & SIRCON
Res - NIPR

Note: Auto Club and Legal license on-line applicants must fax (601-359-1951) or email (licensing@mid.ms.gov) the company endorsement located on the third page of the respective applications. Viatical and TPA applicants must submit required documentation by fax, email or mail.

The following license types are NOT available on-line: Burial, MGA, Reinsurance BKR/MGR, BAIL, SGA Entity, Risk Retention Group and Risk Purchasing Group.

Bail is NOT available online for applications. SGA individual residents are NOT available to renew online. SGA individual residents are NOT available online for applications on SIRCON. SGA entities are NOT available to renew online on NIPR. SGA entities are NOT available to apply on online.


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Downloads of Company Appointment Lists and Specific License Types

The Mississippi Insurance Department has made available free access to active company appointments and all individuals licensed under specific types.

Search for Licensed Insurance Company - To access company appointments, type in either: (1) the company name, (2) the MS license number, or (3) NAIC number. The company's license information and appointments will appear on the screen. To place this information in an Excel spreadsheet, highlight the entire area, copy and paste onto Excel. To download only the company appointments to Excel, click on the Download Button above the list of Company Appointments. To download lists of licensed insurance companies, companies by authorized lines, or companies by license type, select the list to download in the List Search Section and then click the Download Button above the list.

Search for Licensed Individual or Entity - To download lists of individuals or entities to Excel, select the list to download in the List Search Section and then click the Download Button above the list.

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SPLD is Updated Daily

The Mississippi Insurance Department submits daily license and appointment information to the NAIC State Producer Licensing Database (SPLD). The process normally takes two days after the license and appointment information is entered before it displays on the SPLD. This information is used by all 50 states to verify home state licensure of non-resident applicants.

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Test Scores for Residents

The Mississippi Insurance Department now has the capability of receiving test scores electronically for resident producers and adjusters. The Testing Service submits these scores on a daily basis. MID processors verify the electronic test results upon receiving a license application, license fee and electronic pre-licensing record. Industrial Life examination results must be submitted with the application or faxed to the Licensing Division at 601-359-1951.

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Appointment Renewals

Appointment Renewals will be mailed out for all license types on April 1st of each year and payment in full will be due on May 31st of each year. Please see Bulletin 2009-8 for more information.

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Printing Licenses

Licenses are printed and mailed by the Department when approved. Licenses can be printed on SIRCON for a fee at www.sircon.com. Producers/adjusters who have a ProducerEdge account can print their license free by accessing their account at www.sircon.com


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Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions and Answers

Question What is your mailing address?

Answer Mississippi Insurance Department (MID)
P.O. Box 79
Jackson, MS 39205-0079

Question What is your physical address for personal or overnight delivery?

Answer Mississippi Department of Insurance (MID)
1001 Woolfolk State Office Building
501 North West St.
Jackson, MS 39201

Question What is your fax number?

Answer (601) 359-1951

Question What is the turn-around time for paperwork submitted to the department?

Answer Requests can be handled in up to 5 business days.

Question Why does it take that long?

Answer The significant volume of paperwork received by this agency must be processed by several departments before a license or appointment can be issued.

Question What is the agency’s processing procedures for my licensing paperwork?

Answer The mailroom clerks separate incoming paperwork by license type. The accounting department enters the check number, SSN and demographic information and assigns the license type for the applicant. An invoice number is generated for the unscheduled payment of the first-time applicant. Renewal invoice payments are applied to the scheduled payment. The licensing division must ensure each individual application, Letter of Certification or Cancellation, pre-license and continuing education information and license fees all meet the requirements established by state law. Once the information is verified and approved by our processors, the application is forwarded to the data entry personnel who enter the license data. The licenses are issued and mailed the following business day.

Question Why can’t I bring my money and application to the department and receive my license on the spot?

Answer There are several steps involved in processing an application, requiring up to 5 business days.


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Producer\Agent Licensing Questions and Answers

Question How do I request a Letter of Certification?

Answer A Letter of Certification may be requested online/electronically at www.sircon.com/mississippi or by mail with a $20 fee per letter payable to Mississippi Insurance Department at www.mid.ms.gov : select “Individual/Entities,” select “Online Licensing Services”, select “list of Customer Services and Fees,” then chose appropriate service.

Question How do I request a Letter of Clearance?

Answer A Letter of Clearance may be requested via mail, including $20 fee per letter payable to Mississippi Insurance Department. The agent/producer must submit a signed statement requesting for the letter of clearance. Be sure to indicate the out of state address where you would like the letter of clearance to be sent. The form is found at www.mid.ms.gov : under the “Individual/Entities” box select “Online Licensing Services”, select “list of Customer Services and Fees,” then chose appropriate service.

Question How do I cancel my producer/agent/adjuster license?

Answer You may simply allow your license to lapse or you may submit a written request, signed and dated, fax 601-359-1951 or scan and email: licensing@mid.ms.gov to “Cancel” your license with the effective date of cancellation. Only the licensee may cancel their license.

Question What are the basic requirements for getting an insurance producer/agent license in Mississippi?

Answer The proper procedure is to complete the required approved pre-license course, pass the examination, if required, and submit a producer application with the appropriate license fee electronically (www.sircon.com or www.nipr.com) or by paper.

Question What are the time frames and requirements for renewing an insurance producer license?

Answer The insurance producer license, with Life Accident & Health or Property & Casualty lines expire biennially the last day of the birth month. Renewal invoices are mailed 60 days in advance of expiration. If a producer did not renew in the current license period, they can reinstate within 12 months of the license expiration date online or by downloading a new application. Residents and nonresidents submit the renewal invoice and appropriate license fee online or by paper. There is a 50% penalty to reinstate a license within 12 months of expiration. Residents applying for a new license after the 12 month period are required to complete a new pre-licensing course and state exam.

Question How do I get a schedule of insurance classes and exams?

Answer Classes and exams are conducted by outside providers. You need to contact the providers and request their schedule of classes. A list of providers and courses may be found at www.sircon.com/mississippi: click on “Look up education courses and credits” and follow the prompts. For pre-licensing information, change education type to "Pre licensing Education." A schedule of exams can be found at www.pearsonvue.com or call them at (888) 293-4222 Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 7:00pm CT, Closed on local holidays.

Question What is ProducerEdge?

Answer A no-initial cost subscription for producers and adjusters applying for, renewing, and managing your licenses, upcoming renewals, and CE from one convenient and secure online location. https://www.produceredge.com/

Question What is needed for a “Change in Address” for a producer/agent?

Answer The producer is strongly encouraged to change his/her address for free online at www.nipr.com or the producer may either complete a change in address form www.mid.ms.gov under “Individuals/Entities,” select “Online Licensing Services,” select “List of Customer Services and Fees” and select appropriate service or write a letter requesting a change in address. The form needs to be signed and dated with your license # and may be scanned and emailed (licensing@mid.ms.gov), faxed to (601) 359-1951 or mailed to P.O. Box 79, Jackson, MS 39205-0079. There is a $25 fee to print a new license, if requested.

Question What is needed for a “Change in Name” for a producer/agent?

Answer Non-resident producers who request a name change must submit a signed letter requesting such. The MID staff will verify the individual’s new name based on their home state license information on the NAIC Producer Licensing Database (SPLD). Resident producers must submit a signed letter with a copy of their marriage license, divorce decree or other legal document reflecting the new name. There is a $25 fee to print a new license, if requested.

Question What happens if the State issues a license but it is not received by the producer or agency in the mail?

Answer MID requires a signed letter with the current mailing address certifying the license was not received. MID will verify that the correct address is on file. If MID has the correct address, one duplicate license will be provided at no charge if received within 30 days of MID mailing the license. The letter may be scanned and emailed to licensing@mid.ms.gov, faxed to 601-359-1951 or mailed. A duplicate license fee will be required if the individual/entity has moved without previously providing MID the current mailing address.

Question Is there a fee to print a duplicate license?

Answer The cost to print duplicate licenses is $25.00 for individuals and $50 for entities.

Question How does someone add a line of authority to an existing license?

Answer The resident producer shall submit a license amendment form for the requested new line(s) and a $25 fee. MID will verify completion of prelicensing education. Non-residents would complete the amendment form with $25 fee and the MID staff will verify home state licensure on the NAIC Producer Licensing Database (SPLD). This option is available online at www.nipr.com and www.sircon.com/mississippi. You may also download and mail the form found at www.mid.ms.gov: select “Individuals/Entities,” select “Online Licensing Services,” select “List of Customer Services and Fees” and select appropriate service.

Question How do I transfer from resident to non-resident?

Answer The producer must obtain a Letter of Clearance from Mississippi ($20 fee); receive a license from the new home state insurance department, submit a new application with new address stating you are changing from resident to nonresident. MID staff will verify new home state licensure on the NAIC producer licensing database (SPLD). There is a $25 fee to print a new license, if requested.

Question How do I transfer from one non-resident state to another?

Answer The producer must submit a change of address letter and the MID staff will verify home state licensure on the NAIC Producer Licensing Database (SPLD). There is a $25 fee to print a new license, if requested.

Question What does a non-resident adjuster need to obtain a license in Mississippi?

Answer The individual must submit an adjuster’s application ($50 fee) found at www.mid.ms.gov: select “Individuals/Entities,” select “Adjuster Licensing.” You may also apply on-line at www.sircon.com/mississippi or www.nipr.com. The MID staff will verify home state licensure on the NAIC Producer Database (SPLD). The applicant must have passed an examination in their home state, in another state they are licensed in providing documentation or in Mississippi to receive the license.

Question Are salaried employees of an insurance company required to obtain an adjuster's license in Mississippi?

Answer No

Question What does it to take to add Variable Contracts to an existing agent's license which has Insurance Producer

License with Life line of authority?

Answer Producer will submit a License Amendment Form by applying online (www.sircon.com/mississippi or www.nipr.com). You can also download and mail the form found at www.mid.ms.gov: select “Individuals/Entities,” select “Online Licensing Services,” select “List of Customer Services and Fees” and select appropriate service. If they are a resident, submit a copy of their NASD registration or series 6 or 7 test results. We will also verify on the FINRA website. If a non-resident the MID staff will verify home state licensure on the NAIC Producer Database (SPLD). There is a $25 fee to amend an existing license.

Question Can I reinstate an expired license?

Answer Yes. Residents need to submit an application, reinstatement fee and complete 12 or 24 hours of continuing education (based on month of birth) within one year of previous license expiration. Non-residents need to submit an application and reinstatement fee, and the MID staff will verify home state licensure on the NAIC Producer Licensing Database (SPLD).

Note: A resident producer whose license has been expired for over one year is not eligible to reinstate and must comply with all initial application requirements. This includes completing a new pre-licensing course and passing a written exam in order to reinstate the license.

Question How can I put my license on an inactive (non-active) status and later reactivate?

Answer You need to write the words “put on non-active status” on the license renewal form and submit the appropriate renewal fee to keep the license current. This must be repeated each license period you are renewing. Non-active is when you are not selling, negotiating or soliciting. To reactivate, residents need to complete required continuing education and notify MID in writing, by fax 601-359-1951 or scan and email to licensing@mid.ms.gov to change status to active.

Question I am currently licensed in your state as an insurance producer with Life line of authority and would like to sell

long term care. Which line of insurance do I have to apply for to sell this product?

Answer Producers would need to amend the license to add the Accident and Health line of authority to their license online (www.sircon.com/mississippi or www.nipr.com) or by paper application. Resident Producers must submit an amendment form, complete 20 hours of Accident & Health pre-license education and pass the Accident & Health exam. Non-resident Producers must submit an amendment form and the MID staff will verify home state licensure on the NAIC Producer Database (SPLD). There is a $25 fee to amend a license.

Question How do I apply for a Temporary Industrial Life, Health & Accident License?

Answer The applicant must complete an application online at www.sircon.com/mississippi or www.nipr.com or submit a paper Temporary Limited Lines Insurance Producer application and submit a $100 license fee. The license is good for 120 days and may be issued one time.

Question May I send a completed application by fax?

Answer No

Question Where may I find licensing forms?

Answer Visit our website at www.mid.ms.gov, scroll down to Individuals/entities and click on “Applications for Licensure ”

Question How do I apply for a Mississippi non-resident license?

Answer You are strongly encouraged to apply electronically at www.sircon.com/mississippi or www.nipr.com. You may submit either a MS application or NAIC Uniform application and appropriate license fee. The MID staff will verify home state licensure on the NAIC Producer Database (SPLD).

Question How do I get scheduled for the exam?

Answer Contact Pearson Vue by telephone (888) 293-4222 / Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 7:00pm CT, Closed on local holidays, or visit www.pearsonvue.com

Question How do I get material to use for examination preparation?

Answer Contact a prelicensing education provider. You can find a list of approved providers at www.sircon.com/mississippi and select Look Up Education Courses and Credits, and then follow the prompts or visit www.mid.ms.gov click on Individuals/Entities, click on Prelicensing and Continuing Education and click on Study Material Sources.


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Agent Appointment Questions and Answers

Question How does the State issue effective dates on appointments?

Answer The required effective date must be within 15 days of receipt by MID per MS Code 83-17-75(2).

Question Is there a fee to request information on agents (to see if they are appointed with other companies)?

Answer This information is available at no charge on our website at www.mid.ms.gov. Under the HOW DO I topic, click on “Search for a Company/Agent.”

Question Is there a fee to cancel producer/agent appointments with insurance companies?

Answer There is no charge to cancel an appointment. Only the appointing company or the agent themselves can request a cancelled appointment.


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Pre-Licensing and Continuing Education Questions and Answers

Question Can I repeat a continuing education course within a license period?

Answer No

Question May I carry over continuing education hours?

Answer No

Question How many hours of prelicensing are there required?

Answer 20 hours per line of authority for Life, Accident & Health, Property, Casualty, Personal Lines. 20 hours for adjusters or proof of prior experience.

Question How many hours are required for continuing education?

Answer Individual Insurance Producers who hold a license in one or more of the following lines of authority: Life, Accident and Health, Property or Casualty, for a license period of more than eighteen (18) months, need twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education (including three (3) hours of ethics) in order to renew their license. Individual producers with a license period of eighteen (18) months or less complete twelve (12) hours of continuing education. Adjusters have the same twenty four (24) hour requirement.


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Business Entity Licensing Questions and Answers

Question What is the procedure for obtaining a Business Entity license?

Answer The resident entity must submit the following: (1) Business Entity application, (2) copy of Articles of Incorporation from the Miss. Secretary of State’s Office or for an LLC, a certificate of formation if it is for a partnership, a Certificate of Limited Partnership and (3) the appropriate license fee.

Question The non-resident entity must submit:

Answer A Business Entity application, documentation if needed and the appropriate license fee. Most applications can be submitted electronically at www.sircon.com or www.nipr.com. A paper application can also be submitted. The MID staff will verify home state licensure on the NAIC State Producer Database (SPLD).

Question Where is the Title Entity license?

Answer Title is included in the Limited Lines Insurance Producer Business Entity license.

Question How do you change an Entity name change?

Answer Complete the Entity Amendment form.

Question How do I add or remove a designated responsible licensed producer (DRLP)?

Answer Complete the Entity Amendment form.

Question How do I add a line of authority to my entity license?

Answer The designated responsible producer would determine the lines of authority.

Question The Secretary of State’s office said they can’t approve my business application without the insurance

department’s approval:

Answer If you use the word “insurance” in your business name, you must apply for a letter of approval from the MS insurance Dept. Please submit a request for review. When approved, a letter will be forwarded to you.


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Bulletin 2009-2 - FAQ's

Mississippi Insurance Department Bulletin 2009-2 - Frequently Asked Questions


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