Licence Status

An insurance licence can have a status of ‘Active,’ ‘Inactive,’ or ‘Terminated.’ You can verify the status of a licence using the Licensee Directory.

Each licence status has requirements and restrictions that licensees must abide by. These are listed below. 

Find out more about the following status types and requirements: 

Active Licence

Inactive Licence 

Terminated Licence


For a quick comparison of Council’s licence statuses, see our infosheet: What Licence Status is Right for Me?

Active Licence

Licensees with an Active licence may conduct insurance business in British Columbia. 

These licensees are required to:

Inactive Licence

Licensees with an Inactive licence may not conduct insurance business or act as an insurance agent. 

These licensees are required to:


A licence can become inactive in one of two ways: 

  1. A licensee may choose to make their licence inactive if they are not conducting insurance business in the short term, but are planning on activating their licence. To do so, licensees should submit a written request to the Insurance Council at licensing@insurancecouncilofbc.com.
  2. If a licensee is no longer authorized to represent an agency, their licence becomes inactive. Licensees are required to notify the Insurance Council within 5 business days if they are no longer authorized to represent an agency. 


Activating an Inactive Licence

If you have an inactive licence, and wish to return to Active Licence status, the following steps apply.

Licensees must make a written request to licensing@insurancecouncilofbc.com to change their status to Active and provide documentation demonstrating that they have:

Download and complete the Add Authoritization To Represent Form

New life agents are also required to complete a Supervisor Undertaking Form if they have not previously completed their two-year supervision requirement. 
 

Terminated Licence

An individual whose licence status is Terminated is not authorized to conduct insurance business or act as an insurance agent. They no longer hold an insurance licence in BC and cannot act as an insurance agent. 

A licence can be terminated in one of two ways:  

  1. The licensee submits a written request to licensing@insurancecouncilofbc.com to terminate their licence.   
  2. The licensee does not complete annual filing to renew their licence.  


Reinstating a Terminated Licence  

Former licensees wishing to reinstate a terminated licence may reapply for licensure. 

If a former licensee reapplies within two years of holding an insurance licence in BC, they may be exempt from retaking qualifying education if they meet the requirements of the Reactivation Provision. They must also be able to demonstrate that they met the annual continuing education credit requirement for last year they were licensed.