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Hamm: Background checks begin Sept. 1 for resident insurance agent applicants
 
BISMARCK, N.D.—North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm announced today that new requirements for resident agent applicants become effective Sept. 1.
 
Beginning next month, anyone applying to become a North Dakota resident insurance agent must undergo a criminal background check, which includes fingerprinting. This requirement does not apply to individuals renewing a license or individuals who apply for a license within 12 months after their license was cancelled or expired, unless the license was suspended or revoked.
 
“North Dakota joins 25 other states in conducting background checks on individuals applying for resident agent licenses,” Hamm said. “This new requirement is critical in protecting our state’s insurance consumers.”
 
The Department introduced Senate Bill No. 2304 during the 2013 Legislative Assembly in response to the surge of resident license applications coming from people who have recently moved to North Dakota. Most states do not have searchable online court records, making it difficult to obtain information about an applicant’s history.
 
For more information, contact Producer Licensing Division Director Kelvin Zimmer at 701-328-2440 or kelzimmer@nd.gov.
 
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