South Carolina Halts Temporary Producer Licenses Related to COVID-19 Emergency

September 16, 2020

The South Carolina Department of Insurance will no longer issue temporary producer licenses related to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, according to a bulletin issued by the department on Sept. 15.

SCDOI said as of the bulletin’s issuance, there is no longer any disruption to the ability of a producer to secure a license as testing centers are now able to test at full capacity and online proctoring of examinations is available. Temporary licenses that have already been issued will expire automatically 180 days after the issue date.

The bulletin modifies the temporary licensing section of an earlier bulletin that was originally issued on April 2, 2020 to all insurers, producers, surplus lines brokers, bail bondsmen, and other licensed or authorized persons transacting insurance business in the state.

“Any active temporary producer license issued pursuant to this bulletin may be converted to a regular producer license by completion of all prerequisites for a license for the desired line or lines of insurance, including meeting all examination and fingerprint requirements pursuant to the applicable statutes,” SCDOI said.

No additional fee will be required in association with the issuance of the regular producer license prior to the expiration of the temporary license. If an individual applies for a regular producer license after the expiration of the temporary license, they must pay the applicable fee.

Remote testing for South Carolina license examinations is available through SCDOI’s third-party vendor. To register for an exam, individuals should visit home.psiexams.com or call 833-518-7457. Producers may contact SCDOI’s Individual Licensing Office with any questions at 803-737-6095 or email agentmail@doi.sc.gov.

Source: South Carolina Department of Insurance

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