How To Know If Your Dealing With A Licensed Insurance Agent Or Company

Today is this world, it seems like some one is always out to scam or cheat someone else. We all know its very important to protect your identity and other financial information. We all need to be skeptical, and must protect ourselves as best as we can. So how do you know if your dealing with a legitimate agent or company when shopping for insurance? You have to give out a lot of information when shopping for insurance. It’s always good to double-check if that person or company is licensed before you do so.

How Do I check If a Company or Person Is Licensed?

It’s very easy to check if an agent is licensed or if a company has a certificate of authority. You can simply do this by contacting the department of insurance in your state. For example in Colorado, its DORA- Division of insurance.  From here you can see if they’re licensed and what lines they authorized to transact business in. It also shows the dates of inception and expiration of their license or Certificate Of Authority.

The division of insurance also requires agents to pass a mandatory test, and also pass a credit and background check. They require insurance companies to get a Certificate Of Authority, and to prove solvency and stability  in order to write insurance in their state.  Some companies are Surplus and Excess and do not have to got thorough the process of getting a Certificate Of Authority. These companies  write unusual risks or hard to place, and are considered non-standard markets. In most states, the commissioner has a list of Surplus and Excess companies they find the most trust worthy.

Other Ways to Verify Acknowledgement and Recognition

  • Most agents must go through the process of being appointed by an insurance company. This includes license check with the state, background check, and credit check.
  • Check the financial score of an insurance company by visiting AM Best.
  • Check with the BBB.
  • See how long a company or agent has been in business. A new or small company or agent is not necessarily negative.
  • Meeting an agent or company rep in person is always a good idea.
  • See if the agent and/or company has any past or current complaints with the division of insurance.

Most of all if its to good to be true, or you feel uncomfortable, don’t give out your personal information! Check with the State Department of Insurance first. As always if you have more questions please call us during normal business hours.

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