Renew a License

Note: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, DFS will suspend the expiration of licenses for all individual producers from March 25, 2020 through September 6, 2020 and waive any late fees resulting from, and accruing during, this suspension period. At the end of this period, all licenses that would have expired but for this accommodation will automatically expire unless the producer has submitted a license renewal application, including completion of all necessary continuing education credits, before that date. Producers should not expect any further extension of this deadline. Furthermore, DFS will suspend the requirement that a monitor be present to complete producer continuing education and pre-licensing course exams online until November 5, 2020. Except as provided in Insurance Circular Letter No. 9 (2020), Supplement No. 1 to Insurance Circular Letter No. 9 (2020), Supplement No. 2 to Insurance Circular Letter No. 9 (2020), and Supplement No. 3 to Insurance Circular Letter No. 9 (2020), all licensing requirements, including those relating to continuing education, will continue to apply.

A number of Providers are offering courses online or as webinars. You can find a list at: Continuing Education Provider Search. Providers designated with (I) are offering on-line courses; providers designated with (W) are offering webinars.

A license must be renewed prior to its expiration date or it will expire. If your status as an agent is currently “inactive,” and has been “inactive” for more than 2 years, you will not be eligible to renew until a licensed insurance company processes an appointment on your behalf.

Individual/TBA Producers with licenses expiring on their birthday can renew their license up to 180 days prior to the expiration date.

The RI – Reinsurance Intermediary Entity licenses expiring on 08/31/2020 are available to renew via the DFS Portal.

The BR – Property Casualty Broker entity licenses expiring on 10/31/2020 are available to renew via the DFS Portal.

The EX – Excess Lines entity licenses expiring on 10/31/2020 are available to renew via the DFS Portal.

The LB – Life Broker entity licenses expiring on 10/31/2020 are available to renew via the DFS Portal.

NOTE: Insurance Law Sections 2103 and 2104 were amended in 2018 to change the expiration dates of licenses issued to business entities under these sections. Effective July 1, 2021, these business entity licenses will expire on June 30 in odd-numbered years. Accordingly, all BR, EX and LB entities, upon renewal, will be issued a license with an expiration date of June 30, 2023. This will result in an increased licensing fee in 2020 equal to the full fee plus one-half fee. When calculating your license fee from the Fee Schedule, add an additional half fee to accommodate for the extended renewal period.

To renew a license, visit the Renewal Application on the DFS Portal:

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  • Maintenance: The application may be unavailable daily from 7:30am to 7:45am for scheduled maintenance.
  • Applications may not be compatible with cell phones, tablets or other mobile devices.

Printing a License

Once you have processed a renewal for a particular license, it is not necessary for that renewal to be processed again. 

You will be notified when your license has been issued. The notification will include instructions on how to obtain your license number and print your license. You can check on the status of your license at any time by visiting our Producer/Licensee Search.

Contact Us

If you are experiencing technical problems or need help, email us at [email protected]. And again, If you do not think the renewal application went through please call (518) 474-6600 before processing it a second time.