Become a Washington Insurance Adjuster

Licensing Rules and Online Exam Prep for Washington Claims Adjusters

AdjusterPro's Bottom-line: The state of Washington licenses residents who have passed the state exam, administered by Pearson VUE. Non-residents are exempt from this requirement if they hold an adjuster license by examination in their resident state, or, if their resident state does not license adjusters, in any other state that requires an examination.


Adjuster License Requirements

To become a licensed Washington insurance adjuster, individuals must:

  • Be 18 years of age or more.
  • Be trustworthy and competent.
  • Meet Washington’s pre-licensing and education requirements.
  • If a resident  of Washington, meet one of the following experience or education criteria:
    • 12 consecutive months of experience as a full-time salaried employee of an insurer or a general agent, adjusting, investigating, or reporting claims arising under insurance contracts. You will have to submit a statement from your employer verifying this employment. Applicants who meet this requirement are exempt from examination.
    • Successful completion of the Associate in Claims (AIC) program.
    • Adjuster Trainee Program. Your employer must notify the Washington Insurance Department that you are beginning the Trainee program, and the program must meet certain criteria. Click here for more information.  Click here to see the state law in regards to adjuster trainee licensing.
  • All residents (except those with one year of experience) must take the Washington exam administered by Pearson VUE.
  • Submit fingerprints (residents only).
  • The following applicants may be licensed reciprocally and do not need the Washington exam:  
    • Non-residents who hold an adjuster license by examination in their home state;
    • Non-residents whose home state does not license adjusters, but who passed an examination for an adjuster license in another state.   

Adjuster Exam Preparation

AdjusterPro offers full-preparedness exam study packages specifically for Washington. Select the package (above-right) and take the state exam with absolute confidence you'll pass the first time.

Adjuster Exam Registration

You may schedule your Washington exam online or by calling Pearson VUE at (800) 274-8949.

Refer to the Washington Candidate Handbook for detailed information on the exam.

Washington License Application

For Residents:

  • Meet the experience or education requirement.
  • Schedule and pass your exam.
  • Apply online through the OIC Licensing Services.
    • Have your proof of experience and exam score report ready.  You'll need to attach them electronically or mail them in.
  • Submit fingerprints. You may request a blank fingerprint card here. (Electronically taken prints, as as long as they are printed on a hard-copy fingerprint card, will be accepted).
  • Get your fingerprints taken at your local law enforcement agency of if you are a resident through Pearson VUE exam sites. For more information, or to schedule a reservation, call Morpho Trust (previously L-1 Services) at 888-771-5097.
  • Please send your card via regular mail to: Attn: Licensing, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, P.O. Box 40257, Olympia, WA 98504-0257.
  • E-fingerprinting is now available and is the preferred way to submit fingerprints. Click here for more information.

For Non-Residents:

Reciprocity

Washington will grant non-resident licenses to applicants who hold a resident license by examination in their home state, as long as that state in turn grants non-resident licenses to Washington residents. If a non-resident’s home state does not license adjusters or does not require an exam, the applicant may designate, for licensing purposes, a “home state” in which they hold an adjuster license by examination. If you do not hold a resident license in any state, you will have to take the Washington exam.

Maintaining Your License

  • There is no continuing education requirement for Washington Adjusters.
  • This is a 2-year license.
  • Use the Department’s Online Services to renew your license, as well as update your personal and license information. Click here for FAQ's about license renewal.
  • The Renewal Fee for this license is $50.

License Fees

  • License Fee $50
  • Filing Fee $5
  • Fingerprint Processing Fee (background check for residents only): For e-fingerprinting: $32.50. (This fee will be paid to MorphoTrust at the time they collect your e-fingerprints).
  • For a hard-copy card: $42.50. (If you submit a hard-copy card, you'll also need to include this fee, payable to Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner).
  • License Renewal Fee $50

Contact the Washington Department of Insurance

Attn: Licensing, Office of Insurance Commissioner, P. O. Box 40257, Olympia, WA 98504-0257

For overnight mail: 5000 Capitol Blvd. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501

Phone: (360) 725-7144, Fax: (360) 586-2019, Email: licinfo@oic.wa.gov

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This information was obtained via a 2014 state by state survey and was based upon the best information available. Please be sure to verify the accuracy individually per state statutes.