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Preliminary Licensing Determination Process

The Preliminary Licensing Determination Process is a pilot program created for individuals with criminal records who are interested in obtaining a resident producer license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Potential applicants with criminal records may submit an application to receive guidance on how their specific circumstances may affect a formal application for licensure. 

This pilot program is open only to individuals who are interested in obtaining a resident producer license at this time.


Residents and non-residents who wish to sell, solicit, or negotiate contracts of insurance in Pennsylvania must obtain a producer license from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. 

A number of factors are considered and weighed when evaluating producer license applications. While an application for licensure may be denied for several reasons (including an applicant's conviction of any felony, or a misdemeanor involving the misuse or theft of money or property of another), we often find that criminal histories do not always require the application be denied.

We understand individuals interested in obtaining a producer license may be unsure of whether their conviction or set of circumstances will prevent them from successfully obtaining a producer license.  The pre-licensing determination process can provide guidance to potential applicants with criminal records on how their specific circumstances may affect their ability to successfully apply for licensure.

Additional Information on Denials

In order to protect consumers, there are certain convictions and circumstances that will necessarily continue to lead to denial of licensure. The Annual Licensing Report lists the types of convictions and circumstances that have led to the denial of producer licensure applications over the course of the past fiscal year and may help future applicants gain an understanding of the types of convictions and circumstances that would likely continue to lead to denial of licensure in the future.

Getting Started

The resources below can help answer your questions and apply for a pre-licensing determination.

Find answers to a range of questions relating to the pre-licensing process, including the types of charges or convictions you should include and what to expect from the process. 

Submit your application for a pre-licensing determination using our easy, secure online portal.  You will need the grading, date and jurisdiction of any prior charges.

If you have questions or need help with any part of the pre-licensing determination process, please contact us via e-mail: or click the link below.