How to Verify an Insurance Agent Is Legitimate

In order for an insurance agent to legally sell insurance in a state, he or she must be licensed. If the agent does not have a license to work in your state, it means that he or she is working illegitimately. Dealing with illegitimate insurance agents can result in financial loss. For that reason, you should always verify the agent's license before doing business.

Ask the agent for his insurance license number. If he or she does not have a license number, it is an indication that he is not legit.

Visit the Department of Insurance website for the state the agent is doing business in. Select the option to perform an agent search or license search. The exact wording will vary by state.

Enter the name of the insurance agent. If you have the license number, enter the license number as well. Click the “Search” option.

Review the search results to determine whether or not the agent has an active license to do business in the state. If the agent's name is not listed or if the status of his license is expired, it is an indication that the agent is working fraudulently.

Call the Department of Insurance if you don't have Internet access. Request to speak with someone in the licensing division. Once you provide the agent's name or license number, the licensing division will advise you whether or not the insurance agent is licensed to do business in our state.