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How to Get an Alaska Insurance License

Alaska Insurance Department

Testing Provider (Pearson VUE)

(907) 465-2515

(800) 274-5993

1. Complete a Prelicensing Course

If you would like to sell insurance in Alaska, you must pass a licensing exam. To prepare for the licensing exam, you should take an insurance course.
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2. 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. You can make an exam reservation through the following methods:

  • Online: Make an online reservation at least 24 hours before the desired exam date or 5 days in advance if paying by electronic check
  • Phone:  (800-274-5993)
    • Before calling, you must have the following:
      • Preferred exam date and test center location
      • Name of the exam
      • Legal name, address, Social Security number, daytime phone number, and date of birth

What to Bring

Two forms of current signature identification:

  1. A primary ID (photograph and signature, not expired) such as a Drivers License or Passport
  2. A secondary ID (signature, not expired) such as a Debit or Credit card

Exam Procedures

  • Report to the test center 30 minutes before the exam to verify identification and be photographed for the score report.
  • No personal items are allowed in the testing room such as cell phones, watches, wallets, or purses.
  • Studying is not allowed in the test center.
  • The test administrator will provide you with materials to make notes or calculations. You may not write on these items before the exam begins or remove these items from the testing room.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a tutorial that will not reduce the exam time.

Exam Format

  • Each major line exam is given in a multiple-choice format.
  • The exam consists of two parts:
    1. The general section deals with basic insurance product knowledge
    2. The state section deals with insurance laws, rules, and regulations, and practices that are unique to Alaska
  • Effective 10/9/2020, Alaska's major lines exam will no longer score the General and State portions separately; they are now scored as one exam.  If a candidate fails only one part of an exam, they will be required to retake the entire exam. 
  • Each exam contains "pretest" questions that are mixed in with the scored questions and are not identified. Pretest questions may not be covered in your educational materials and do not affect your final score.
  • The passing score required on each exam is 75.
  • When you complete the exam, you will receive a score report marked "pass or fail".
  • Candidates who fail will receive a score report that includes a numeric score, diagnostic, and re-testing information.  Candidates can schedule the exam again with no waiting period.

Alaska Exam Information

Exam Code

Exam Name

Exam Time

Scoreable Questions

Pretest Questions

Total Questions



2 hrs 15 min





Accident and Health

2 hrs 15 min






2 hrs 15 min






2 hrs 15 min





Personal Lines

2 hrs 15 min






1 hrs 15 min




3. Get Fingerprinted

If you are taking an insurance exam for the first time, you must be fingerprinted. Fingerprinting services are available at the Anchorage testing center. If you are testing elsewhere, you will need to contact your local department of Public Safety.

4. Apply for a License

After passing the exam, complete an application through NIPR to apply for your license.

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