One of the reasons you are visiting this site is because you already understand that you must pass the Texas Licensing Exam before you can obtain your Resident Insurance License. In order to take the Texas licensing exam, you must first register with Pearson VUE, which has been selected by Texas to administer your licensing exam.

To schedule an exam with the testing service, either call them at 888-754-7667 or see here. Before you register, read All About Registering For and Taking the Texas Insurance Exam. Please note that taking our course DOES NOT register you for the exam.

The Following Steps will Guide You through the Process of Becoming Licensed in Texas:

1)  Select an Exam Prep (Prelicensing) Course to Help You Pass the Texas Insurance Exam

In Texas, you have a choice of a number of exam prep (prelicensing education) providers. Of course, 180 Licensing considers itself the very best, most enjoyable, and cost-effective method of preparing for your exam. However, in the name of full disclosure, here’s a rundown of your choices and our opinions:

  • Correspondence Courses.  Often these courses consist of a manual and perhaps some sample questions on a disk that may or may not be specific to your state’s exam. The course manuals are boring, often out-of-date, and do not effectively convey the critical points that need to be mastered by you. They do not use techniques that “teach” you the material.
  • Live Classes.  Sometimes these classes are effective and sometimes they are not- pick one and take your chances. Plus, these courses are often not located near you, and you must miss time from work or travel to take the class. When we find what we consider a good live class located in your state through our market research, we will list the class here. If you know of an exceptional class, please email us so we can confirm and list the class.
  • Online Courses with Simulated Instructors.  If you have listened to computer generated voices before, you know that they will drive you nuts after a few hours. We cannot imagine listening to a computer voice for 40+ hours trying to prepare for a licensing exam.
  • Online Courses with Real Instructors.  A couple of companies have online classes with real people lecturing. While good in theory, most of these “real people” are simply talking heads in the corner of the screen that you will soon tire of.
  • A Comprehensive Interactive Course That Teaches.  You guessed it! 180 Licensing has  spent hundreds of hours creating an electronic manual that is not only fun to read, but that is also highly authoritative and effective. We have personally helped over 10,000 students pass their licensing exams using our materials and techniques. Our manual is up-to-date, based on your state’s test content outline, and has our actual teaching notes in the margins. Plus, our interactive course materials take you step by step through the critical test points- the materials are “designed to teach.” You can learn the key points at your own pace, anywhere you wish. With our manual and interactive learning materials, you do not need to second guess anything- it’s all there, in one easy package. Passing the exam cannot be made any easier or more enjoyable than with 180 Licensing!

2)  Register to Take the Texas Insurance Exam with Pearson VUE

You must register to take the exam with Pearson VUE several weeks in advance so that you will be guaranteed a spot for at the test center of your choice on the day of your choice. You may go here or call 888-754-7667. For details, read All About Registering For and Taking the Texas Insurance Exam.

3)  Decide Where to Take the Texas Insurance Exam

The exam is given in a number of locations here in Texas. Go to the Pearson VUE Test Center Locator, here. Before you actually choose a test and location, you may want more details. If so, read All About Registering For and Taking the Texas Insurance Exam. In Texas, you may also be able to be certified to take the exam from home online through OnVUE, Pearson VUE’s online testing platform. Go here for details.

4)  Schedule and Get Your Fingerprints Taken

Texas requires that you be fingerprinted. You must make an appointment prior to arriving for your test. You may obtain your fingerprints throughout Texas at IdentoGO By MorphoTrust locations. Appointments are required. Save your receipt from the fingerprinting process. Go here.

5)  Submit the Proper Licensing Paperwork in Order to Obtain Texas Insurance License

This is the easy part, for you, at least. Your insurance office or company will likely submit the application paperwork for you, or will have you do it through Sircon, the online licensing portal. For information on the required forms, go to the Texas Department of Insurance, here or go to Sircon’s online licensing portal, here.


Warning:  Once you either pass your exam or submit your paperwork for your license, in Texas, you have 12 months to complete the process; otherwise, you must start the entire licensing application process over (this includes having to retake your exam!).