How to Get an Idaho Adjuster License

Author: Ethan Peyton
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To get your Idaho Adjuster license, you’ll need to follow a few steps. These steps include taking an Idaho adjuster course, passing the state adjuster exam, filing your application and paying licensing fees, and submitting your fingerprints.

We’ve put together this step-by-step guide to ensure your licensing journey is as simple and inexpensive as possible. This guide also covers adjuster requirements and prerequisites along with steps to take after getting your license. 

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can reference the steps as you need them.

Quick Tip

We recommend AdjusterPro adjuster courses to prepare for your exam. Alabama courses start at $179.

Idaho Adjuster License Requirements

Before you begin the steps to getting your Idaho adjuster license there’s a few requirements you’ll need to ensure you qualify.

  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must be a resident of Idaho (non-residents will need to apply for a different license)
  • You must be able to pass a background check (more info in step 4)

Idaho offers only one type of adjuster license, independent adjuster. 

Idaho Adjuster License Course

Before you apply for the license or take the exam, you should consider taking an Idaho Adjuster License course.

This course will prepare you to pass the exam.

Some courses offer not only test prep and pre-license credits, but instruction on the day-to-day operations and duties of an adjuster. If you don’t have any experience handling claims, it would be wise to consider these higher-level courses.

Recommended

We recommend AdjusterPro as our adjuster course of choice. Courses start at $179.

How to Get an Idaho Adjuster License

To get an Idaho Adjuster license, you’ll pass the exam, file your application and fees, then submit your fingerprints for a background check.

A common question we receive is: How much is the Idaho adjuster license? Prices will vary depending on the type of license, but the most common license will cost as little as $395.

Another common question is: How long does it take to get the Idaho adjuster license? If you take the proper time to study and pass the exam on your first attempt, the process should take around 3-4 weeks.

Step 1: Idaho Adjuster License Course

The first step to getting your adjuster license is taking your test-prep course.

As mentioned above, we recommend AdjusterPro’s courses.

The prices of these courses range depending on the provider and level of coursework, but generally start around $179.

Be sure that you’re comfortable with the material in the coursework before moving on to your state exam. AdjusterPro recommends that you consistently score 90% or better on the course quizzes before taking the real test.

Step 2: Idaho Adjuster Exam

Once you’ve completed your adjuster pre-license education course, the next step is to pass the Idaho Adjuster Exam.

To register to take the exam, use the Pearson VUE Idaho website

The price for each attempt of the exam is $65. However, those who have served in the military may be able to have this fee reimbursed

You must score at least 70% on the exam to pass. With this in mind, we suggest taking an adjuster license course through an approved provider.

Adjuster License TypeCostQuestionsTime AllottedExam Outline
Independent Adjuster$65501 hour and 15 minutesExam Outline

Is the Idaho Adjuster Exam Hard?

A common question we receive is: Is the adjuster exam hard?

Difficulty is a subjective matter, but we answer this question with: Yes. The exam is intentionally tough.

The percentage of exam takers that pass is only 57%. 

Don’t let this discourage you. Keep in mind that most folks who take this exam haven’t taken any formal tests since high school or college. The state intentionally makes these tests difficult in the hopes of protecting the average citizen from working with adjusters who don’t understand the laws and guidelines surrounding insurance.

The key to passing the exam is to take your exam-prep course seriously and allow yourself time for in-depth study. 

Check out our Adjuster Exam Study Guide for tips and strategies to pass your exam on the first attempt.

Step 3: Idaho Adjuster Application

Once you’ve passed your exam, the next step is to apply for your license.

The fee to submit an application is $80. 

Apply for your license using the NIPR Idaho Insurance Application page.

Note

Military members and their spouses may be eligible for waived licensing fees. Check this page for more info and to apply.

Step 4: Submit Fingerprints

Once you’ve submitted your license application, the last step in the process is to submit your fingerprints for your background check.

You can complete your fingerprint submission through Pearson VUE, using the account you created to schedule our exam.

You will need to print your fingerprint form, pay the $61.25 fingerprint fee online, then mail your completed form and a printed payment confirmation via USPS to: 

Idaho Dept. of Insurance Fingerprints
OHTI
1125B Avenida High View Rd.
Driftwood, TX 78619

Note

Submitting your fingerprints will initiate a background check. If you have any past offenses on your record and are curious of your eligibility for an insurance license, reach out to the Idaho Department of Insurance for clarification.

Application and Background Check Processing

Once you’ve completed all of the steps above you’ll just need to wait for the background check to come back and the licensing department to process all the paperwork. The IDOI will contact you if they need any supporting documentation or have any questions. Be sure to respond promptly to any requests.

If everything goes smoothly, you’ll receive a message from the licensing department within 5-10 business days containing your license number and any other pertinent information. You can check the status of your license online using the Sircon website.

Congratulations! You are now a licensed insurance adjuster in Idaho!

After Getting Your License

Now that you’re licensed, you can get to work! Most folks take one of two paths at this point. They choose to become an independent adjuster or a staff adjuster.

The main difference is that staff adjusters are employed by one firm, usually an insurance company, whereas independent adjusters operate as contractors, normally being “rostered” to multiple Independent Adjusting (IA) firms.

If you’re interested in becoming a staff adjuster, check out the current job openings on StateRequirement Jobs

If the independent adjuster role is more alluring (we think it is), check out AdjusterPro’s IA Directory

Adjuster Certifications

To be considered a great candidate for IA firms or insurance companies, you’ll need to prove that you know how to actually work an insurance claim. Certifications show that you know your stuff and will give you a strong advantage over other candidates. 

While there are several adjuster certifications available, focus on Xactimate and Insurance Company certs first.

Xactimate Certifications

Xactimate is the industry standard software used by adjusters and insurance companies. There are three levels of certification offered by Xactimate

You should strongly consider levels one and two now, and look into level three after you’ve spent some time in the field.

Insurance Company Adjuster Certifications

Large insurance companies like State Farm, Allstate, Liberty Mutual, and others require that adjusters (staff or independent) get their specific certifications. 

To get these certs, you’ll need to be on the roster of an IA firm that works with that company. They offer courses to their adjusters throughout the year. Staff adjusters that work for the insurance company will be provided training and certification through their employer.

It’s widely accepted that State Farm’s adjuster certification is the most valuable insurance company cert. They are the largest insurer in the US, and therefore have more claims than other insurers.

Out-of-State and Reciprocal Licensing

Most claims, especially catastrophe (CAT) claims come from weather events. And since you can’t control the weather, you should get licenses in states outside your home state. These are called Non-Resident Adjuster Licenses.

IA firms are much more likely to both roster you and select you for work if you are licensed in states where they operate. If you’re already on a roster or two, talk with your contact there to see if they recommend a state to get licensed in.

The best states to start with are generally those that neighbor your home state. For Idaho, this includes:

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Montana
  • Wyoming

All these states offer what’s called reciprocation with Idaho. This means that you don’t need to take a pre-licensing course or pass an exam in order to get their license. All you need to do is apply, pay the fee, and you’ll be licensed quickly.

License Renewal and Continuing Education

The Idaho Adjuster License expires every two years. The expiration date of your license is set as the last day of your birth month.

The renewal fee for an Idaho adjuster license is $60.

Any additional non-resident licenses you hold will also expire. Most state licenses expire every two years and require a renewal fee. Note that unless the state specifically requires it, you will not be required to take CE courses for each state – just your home state.

For detailed instructions, see our Idaho Adjuster License Renewal guide.

References and Links

Idaho Department of Insurance

700 W State St 3rd floor
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 334-4250
agent@doi.idaho.gov