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South Dakota Life and Health Pre-licensing

$199.00
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South Dakota Life Pre-licensing

$199.00
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South Dakota Health Pre-licensing

$199.00
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South Dakota Property and Casualty Pre-licensing

$199.00

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South Dakota State Insurance Licensing Requirements

HOW TO OBTAIN A SOUTH DAKOTA INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSE

The state of South Dakota has no formal pre-licensing education requirement however it is recommended as the prelicensing course is designed to prepare candidates for the State Licensing Examination.

Complete the prelicensing course.

  • Life Only
  • Accident & Health Only
  • Life, Accident and Health
  • Casualty
  • Property
  • Property and Casualty
  • Personal lines

Course requirements:

  • This is a forced progression (locked) state that requires the student to review each lesson and pass each of the chapter quiz before moving onto the next section/chapter.
  • Assessments on key topics throughout the course and must be successfully passed with a minimum score of 70% before moving onto the next chapter.

Schedule the South Dakota State examination.

  • Registration must be completed online on Pearson Vue website: www.pearsonvue.com/sd/insurance
  • Exam fee – $85 for Single line and $95 for combined lines
  • OnVUE fees – $85 for Single line and $95 for combined lines

Online proctored exams:

  • You must check the compatibility of your computer before registering for the exam. https://home.pearsonvue.com/sd/insurance/onvue
  • If your computer is not compatible with the online software, you will need to schedule your examination at a Pearson Vue test center.

Limitation on repeat examinations:

  • There are no limitations on retaking the exam.

Pass your state exam

  • Take advantage of the cram courses (Prep Review and Exam Simulator) within your prelicensing course during the waiting period.
    • Prep Review Course: This part of the training features content “boiled down to the essence” of the state exam. Chapters have only a few pages of material, but the content must be mastered to pass. Instructionally designed to teach individuals how to pass, most study effort should be invested here. Chapter exams are substantially larger (50+ questions), providing exposure to the types of questions seen on the state exam.
    • Exam Simulator: These special exams are designed to gauge content retention levels. Important: Only take the Exam Simulators after the Prep Review Course has been successfully completed. It ensures these questions will be “fresh in the mind”.
  • On the day of testing, you must present a valid government issued photo id.

Apply for license

  • Submit license application electronically through NIPR – https://nipr.com/
  • Application fee $25.00
  • NIPR verifies exams prior to allowing submission of an application.

Exam Outlines

DESCRIPTION Question Count % of Exam Questions
Life Health L&H Life Health L&H
Life Insurance
Types of Policies and Features 12 0 12 16% 16% 0%
Policy Riders, Provisions, Options, and Exclusions 18 0 18 24% 24% 0%
Completing the Application, Underwriting, and Delivering the Policies 12 0 12 16% 16% 0%
Taxes, Retirement, and Other Insurance Concepts 8 0 8 11% 11% 0%
Health Insurance
Types of Policies 0 14 14 0% 0% 19%
Policy Provisions, Clauses, and Riders 0 20 20 0% 0% 27%
Social Insurance 0 3 3 0% 0% 4%
Other Insurance Concepts 0 4 4 0% 0% 5%
Field Underwriting Procedures 0 9 9 0% 0% 12%
South Dakota Laws and Rules
South Dakota Statutes, Rules and Regulations Common to All Lines 17 8 8 23% 23% 11%
South Dakota Statutes, Rules and Regulations Pertinent to Life

Insurance

8 0 8 11% 11% 0%
South Dakota Statutes, Rules and Regulations Pertinent to Accident and Health Insurance 0 17 14 0% 0% 23%
Total for all parts
Total Scored Questions on Exam 75 75 130 1 1 1
Maximum Time allowed to complete exam in minutes 120 120 150 120 120 150
Passing Score 70 70 70 70 70 70
DESCRIPTION Question Count % of Exam Questions
Casualty Property P&C Casualty Property P&C
Casualty Insurance
Types of Policies, Bonds, and Related Terms 25 0 25 33% 33% 0%
Insurance Terms and Related Concepts 14 0 14 19% 19% 0%
Policy Provisions 11 0 11 15% 15% 0%
Property Insurance
Types of Property Policies 17 25 25 23% 23% 33%
Insurance Terms and Related Concepts 8 14 14 11% 11% 19%
Policy Provisions and Contract Law 0 11 11 0% 0% 15%
South Dakota Laws and Rules
South Dakota Statutes, Rules, and Regulations Common to All Lines 0 17 18 0% 0% 23%
South Dakota Statutes, Rules and Regulations Pertinent to

Casualty Insurance

0 0 6 0% 0% 0%
South Dakota Statutes, Rules and Regulations Pertinent to Property Insurance 0 8 6 0% 0% 11%
Total for all parts
Total Scored Questions on Exam 75 75 130 1 1 1
Maximum Time allowed to complete exam in minutes 120 120 150 120 120 150
Passing Score 70 70 70 70 70 70

Producer Licensing Checklist:

Task: Date Completed
1. Complete prelicensing course
2. Register for exam
3. Pass exam
4. Apply for License

Governing Agency

Name: South Dakota Division of Insurance
Phone: 605-773-3563
Website: https://dlr.sd.gov/insurance/default.aspx
Address: 124 S. Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor Pierre, SD 57501

Working as an Insurance Agent

Property and Casualty Insurance Agents

What can you expect working as an agent? Property and casualty insurance agents work with clients to help secure policies that protect people and businesses from financial loss.

For individuals many of these events include automobile accidents, fire, theft. For businesses these events can include the same as individuals but can also include workers’ compensation claims, product liability claims, or medical malpractice claims.

Life Insurance Agents

What can you expect from working as an Insurance agent? Life insurance agents work with clients to help secure policies that pay beneficiaries when a policyholder passes away. Life insurance agents also can help people prepare for retirement by offering certain types of annuities.

Health and long-term care insurance agents work with clients to help secure policies that cover the costs of medical care and assisted-living services. They also can help clients secure dental insurance and disability insurance.

Why Students Choose XCEL

XCEL is the nation’s online insurance education industry leader. We provide you with all the tools and study material you will need to pass the state exam the first time. We understand how people learn and incorporate every detail of our knowledge to help you succeed.

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XCEL offers a unique three-step training program instructionally designed to prepare you to pass the first time.

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XCEL is the nation’s most trusted provider of test-prep solutions for insurance industry licensing exams. Our courses are built around questions similar to those seen on the exams.

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