Travel license requirements

Any individual or business entity that will sell, solicit, or negotiate travel insurance must have the travel line of authority specifically listed on their Washington state insurance producer license. Travel is not covered by holding life, disability (health), property or casualty lines of authority on your license.

Questions

What if I’m already licensed for life, disability, property or casualty?

If you want to transact travel insurance business, you must add the travel line of authority to your license. To do this:

  1. Log in to your account via our website,
  2. Select the menu option to "Add Other Line(s)," and
  3. Complete an application to add a line of authority. There is no fee.

Note: If you are a non-resident licensee, we cannot approve an application to add lines unless we can verify that you qualify for travel on your home state license. This applies to both individual and business entity licensees. If your home state does not issue a separate travel line of authority, we cannot issue a travel line of authority to you.

What if I’m already licensed for travel?

You don’t need to make any changes to your license.

What if I want to obtain a new travel-only license?

There are no pre-licensing education (PLE) or exam requirements for a travel-only resident license. First-time resident applicants must complete an online application, pay the $25 limited-line application fee, and submit electronic fingerprints for a background check.

Note: Non-resident travel-only applicants must qualify for travel on their home state license. If your home state does not issue a separate travel line of authority, we cannot issue a travel line of authority to you.

How do I add travel to my individual license?

Note: To be a designated responsible licensed person (DRLP) for a business entity licensed for travel, you must have travel on your own license.

  1. Log in to your account via our website.
  2. Select the menu option to "Add Other Line(s)."
  3. Complete your application to add a line of authority. There is no fee.

How do I add travel to a business entity license?

Note: Your designated responsible licensed person (DRLP) must be licensed for travel first. If you are adding the travel line of authority to your business entity license, make sure your DRLP has already added travel to their individual license.

  1. Log in to your account via our website.
  2. Select the menu option to "Add Other Line(s)."
  3. Complete your application to add a line of authority. There is no fee.

 

There is one exception to these requirements. If a licensed business entity (agency) wants to transact travel insurance business, it must:

  1. Have a producer license with the travel line of authority, and
  2. Have a designated responsible licensed person (DRLP) for the agency who has a producer license with the travel line of authority.

Additional employees of the agency may transact travel business without a license, or without the travel line of authority on their license, as long as the agency and its DRLP are actively licensed with the travel line of authority.

The DRLP is responsible for assuring regulatory compliance by the agency and all its employees.

See WAC 284-17-011 (www.apps.leg.wa.gov).

Updated 05/13/2014

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