New process for resident applicants to submit fingerprints
Effective with applications submitted on and after March 13, 2021 all fingerprints submitted to the Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI) for bail recovery agents and resident insurance professional licenses (that submit an electronic application via NIPR) must be submitted electronically through the state-approved Electronic Fingerprinting Application Services vendor, Gemalto Thales. Please note, this change is only related to the process of how fingerprint cards are submitted to the DIFI insurance licensing section, it does not make any changes to who is required to be fingerprinted.
How do I schedule my fingerprint appointment? Navigate to the Thales Gemalto Applicant Processing website. https://pci.aps.gemalto.com/azperlpub/agency_background_check.pl and enter the appropriate fingerprint code (all codes are in bold).
i. Bail Bond and Bail Recovery Agent applicants - BRA-056.A
ii. Navigator Applicants- NDI-053.A
iii. Certified Application Counselor Applicants- DIC-054.A
iv. All other insurance professional applicants - INS-055.A
After you register you will receive an email providing your registration number.
Please contact DIFI Insurance Licensing at 602-364-4457 or [email protected] with any questions.
Low-income Applicants May Qualify for License Fee Waiver
An individual whose family income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level may qualify to have the license fee waived. See Form L-WAV, below.
Relocating to Arizona from Another State
If you are an insurance producer or adjuster relocating to Arizona from another state where you were licensed as a resident, the application process is the same as for any other person applying for an Arizona resident license EXCEPT you are not subject to the pre-license examination requirement if Arizona offers the exact same license type and line of authority that you held in your resident state. If the license and lines of authority are the same, submit with your license application a Clearance Letter issued by the insurance department/commission in your previous resident state. The Clearance Letter must show the previous resident license was canceled within 90 days of our receiving your license application. If your previous resident state does not issue Clearance Letters, you must provide evidence of the date your resident license was canceled by your previous resident state.
Changes to Addresses, E-mail and Phone Numbers
Individuals must use the NIPR Contact Change Request (CCR) system to submit changes to addresses (business, mailing or residential), e-mail addresses and phone numbers. NIPR does not charge a fee for using CCR.
- Go to the NIPR Home page (www.nipr.com).
- Click the "Contact Change Request" menu option on the left side of the page.
- Click the big green "START" button, enter information needed to locate your license record, and then use the system to enter changes.
The NIPR CCR system is only available for licensed individuals - it does not yet allow licensed business entities to make changes.
18 USC § 1033 prohibits individuals convicted of certain offenses from engaging in or proposing to become engaged in the business of insurance without the written consent of an insurance regulatory official. 18 USC § 1033(e)(2). Apart from applying for an insurance license, you must request permission to engage in the business of insurance if:
- You have been convicted of any FELONY involving dishonesty or breach of trust that you have not disclosed on your application for an Arizona insurance license, or
- You have been convicted of an 18 USC § 1033 offense, even if you have disclosed it on your application for an Arizona insurance license.
An 18 USC § 1033 offense includes:
- Knowingly making a false material statement or report or overvaluing land, property or security in connection with reports or documents presented to any insurance regulatory official or agency for the purposes of influencing the actions of the official or agency. 18 USC § 1033(a)(1).
- Knowingly making a false entry in any book, report or statement with the intent to deceive any person about the financial condition of an insurance business. 18 USC § 1033(c)(1).
- Using, or attempting to use, threats or force or any threatening letter or communication to corruptly influence, obstruct or impede the due and proper administration of the law in a proceeding involving the business of insurance pending before any insurance regulatory official or agency. 18 USC § 1033(d).