Applicant must be eighteen (18) years old or older as determined from the applicant's date of birth.
Public Adjusters are not licensed or regulated by the Alabama Department of Insurance. The Alabama State Bar takes the position that negotiating (or adjusting) claims on behalf of an insured directly with the insurer constitutes the practice of law.
Applicants who actively hold a Property and Casualty (including Workers' Compensation and Crop) Lines of Authority cannot apply for the separate Property and Casualty (excluding Workers' Compensation and Crop), Workers' Compensation or Crop Line of Authority.
Applicants who actively hold any of the separate Lines of Authority: Property and Casualty (excluding Workers' Compensation and Crop), Workers' Compensation or Crop cannot apply for Property and Casualty (including Workers' Compensation and Crop) LOA.
As of September 9, 2014, residents from California, Hawaii and New York applying for a non-resident independent adjuster license must take an Alabama exam based upon their respective states requiring our residents to take an exam under NAIC reciprocity.
Effective January 1, 2015, any non-resident individual choosing Alabama as their designated home state for the independent adjuster license must take and pass the appropriate Alabama adjuster exam and complete the fingerprinting requirements. Approved prelicensing providers can be found on the Alabama website. Highlight Adjuster to choose a provider that offers the adjuster courses.
Alabama Citizenship Law
- Under Ala. Act no. 2011-535, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States and who is not defined as an alien eligible for public benefits under 8 U.S.C. § 1621(a) or 8 U.S.C. § 1641 shall not receive any state or local public benefits, including a professional or commercial license provided by an agency of state government.
- Any person who knowingly makes a false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation in a declaration of United States citizenship commits perjury in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a definite term of imprisonment in the county jail or to hard labor for the county of not more than one year and a definite fine not exceeding $6,000. Ala. Act no. 2011-535, § 7(h).
- Eligibility will be verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program operated within the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Beginning on December 15, 2015, Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants and licensees. Proof may be submitted using this link: https://aldoi.gov/LicenseeCZ/Initial.aspx. Proof is required in accordance with the Beason-Hammon Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act. Citizenship verification is required of ALL APPLICANTS. There are sixteen different identifiers, including your official driver's license, any one of which can be used as proof. Your license will not be renewed or issued until this documentation is received. If information is not received within 10 days your application will be rejected. Please note: fees paid are non-refundable.
If applicant responds "yes" to one of the background questions please submit supporting documents electronically via NIPR's Attachments Warehouse. The documents may also be submitted to the state via mail, email, or fax.
Adjuster Designated Home State (ADHS) Rules:
- In order for an applicant to designate a home state during the application process, the applicant must have an active non-resident adjuster license on the Producer Database (PDB) and no active resident adjuster license.
- If designated home state license is inactive at the time of renewal and no active resident adjuster license exists, applicant may select another state with an active adjuster license as the designated home state. Application will defer to state for review.
- If applicant holds only a non-resident adjuster license in a state that licenses resident adjusters, applicant is permitted to designate an active non-resident adjuster license as their home state license. Application will defer to state for review.
- If applicant holds only an active non-resident adjuster license in a state that offers adjuster licensing, applicant must use current resident license to renew non-resident adjuster license. Application will defer to state for review.
- If applicant has an active non-resident adjuster license in a state that does not license adjusters, and no active non-resident adjuster license, applicant must use current active resident license to renew non-resident adjuster license. Application will defer to state for review.