How to Activate an Inactive Insurance License in the State of Ohio


If you anticipate leaving the insurance industry for at least two years, you may inactivate your Ohio insurance license through the Ohio Department of Insurance, provided that you have met Ohio's continuing education requirements at the time of inactivation. If you decide to return to the insurance industry later, you may apply to reactivate your license. You will have to meet certain conditions to successfully reactivate your license.

Download and print form INS3236, License Reactivation Application, which is available on the Ohio Department of Insurance website (see References). Complete all information on this form, and sign and date the form.

Attach proof that you have completed required continuing education credits less than six months before the date of your reactivation application. If you are reactivating a personal lines, life and health, or property and casualty license, you will need to show that you have completed 24 CE credits, including 3 credits related to ethics. Reactivating a surety bail bond license requires 12 surety credits and 2 ethics credits, and reactivating a title license requires 10 title and 2 ethics credits.

Attach a check or money order for the reactivation fee. The reactivation fee for title, life and health, property and casualty or personal lines license is $50 as of May 2011. The reactivation fee for a surety bail bond license is $200.

Mail the completed application, proof of continuing education credits and fee payment to the Ohio Department of Insurance, License Division, 50 West Town Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 300, Columbus, OH, 43215.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your insurance license has been inactive for less than 24 months, you cannot use this process to reactivate your license. You must complete the prelicensing coursework, exams, background check and fingerprinting just as if you were applying as a new agent.
  • You also must complete the prelicensing process if you have not completed the required continuing education credits less than six months before application or if your license was suspended or revoked for failure to comply with continuing education requirements.

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