Fingerprinting Will Be Among the Changes for Insurance Agents in Virginia Effective January 1, 2021
Beginning January 1, 2021, fingerprinting will be among the requirements for individuals living in Virginia who are interested in becoming licensed insurance agents in the Commonwealth. Fingerprinting will be conducted using “live scan" technology, which digitally captures and transmits the fingerprints to the Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for background checks.
The new requirement is the result of legislation passed by the 2019 Virginia General Assembly that requires the submission of fingerprints with applications for resident insurance licenses. This requirement, however, does not pertain to license renewal applications.
The State Corporation Commission's (SCC) Bureau of Insurance (Bureau) has contracted with Fieldprint, which provides a complete electronic fingerprinting process from collection through transmission to the FBI. Used by several other state agencies in the Commonwealth, Fieldprint is authorized to send fingerprints to the FBI.
For insurance license applications requiring fingerprinting, the process is simple:
- Create a secure user account on Fieldprint's website by going to http://fieldprintvirginia.com/, and use Fieldprint Code “FPVABOICHRR" to ensure that the results from the fingerprint review are provided to the Bureau of Insurance.
- Enter all demographic information required by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the FBI to conduct a fingerprint-based background check.
- Search for a fingerprinting location at one of Fieldprint's 46 locations across Virginia or elsewhere in the United States and schedule a 10-minute appointment at a date and time that fits your schedule.
- When you arrive to be fingerprinted, bring your appointment number and two forms of valid identification such as a driver's license or passport. Your fingerprints are collected electronically by Fieldprint's trained technicians and are electronically transmitted to the Virginia State Police and FBI for a background check. The results are then sent to the Bureau of Insurance for review.
The fingerprinting cost is $35.72, which includes fees required by the Virginia State Police and FBI. Applicants can pay the fee by credit card when setting up their appointment with Fieldprint. Companies and agencies that wish to set up an account to pay for their employees may contact the Fieldprint Customer Service Team at 877-614-4364 or email@example.com.
If an applicant does not have any criminal history, the results should be available within 24-48 hours. For individuals who have a criminal history requiring research, a final decision may take up to 60 days.
Applicants must submit their application for an insurance license within 90 days of submitting their fingerprints to Fieldprint. When applying for another insurance license, fingerprinting is not required if the applicant previously submitted fingerprints within the last 12 months and the applicant is currently licensed as an insurance agent.
The new fingerprinting requirements are among numerous changes for insurance agents in Virginia that become effective January 1, 2021. The changes, which include the switch from perpetual agent licenses to biennial license renewal, fee changes, and changes regarding continuing education (CE) due dates, are designed to create greater efficiencies and transparency by ensuring that agent information is updated regularly and to coordinate an agent's license date with their CE due date. The changes also are designed to identify license applicants with criminal histories outside of Virginia.
For questions, contact the Bureau of Insurance Agent Licensing Section at AgentLicensing@scc.virginia.gov or call 804-371-9631.
COVID-19 Update: Insurance Licensing Exam Centers (From the Virginia BIO)
Virginia Bureau of Insurance Deputy Commissioner Mike Beavers announced on Wednesday, April 29 that Pearson Vue will reopen their company owned Virginia testing centers on Friday May 1, 2020. In additio, they will also be providing tests through some of their contracted and third party test centers in an effort to accommodate as many test takers as possible. Please note, that due to social distancing requirements, these test centers will only be able to operate at 50% capacity which means there will be limited availability and times. Pearson is scheduling the exams as close together as possible to provide the most testing opportunities, however ,delays will occur.
Beginning June 1, 2020 insurance licensing exams will be administered by Prometric, and Pearson Vue will no longer administer licensing exams after May 31, 2020. Registration for exams with Prometric opens April 30, 2020. Exams can be taken either online with ProProctor or at Prometric Test Centers throughout Virginia. Virginia will publish new exams and exam content outlines later this week. You can call Prometric at 1-866-891-6396 or go to www.prometric.com/virginia/insurance to schedule your exam. Please note that the phone number and email link will not be accessible until April 30, 2020