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State Annuity Suitability Requirements

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Alaska Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Insurer/Company Product Training (3 AAC 26.778(a))

For producers licensed prior to October 16, 2011 - A person licensed for life authority as of October 16, 2011 has until January 16, 2012 to complete the product specific training requirements. A producer that has already completed product specific training requirements after January 1, 2011 would meet Alaska's training requirements under this section.

For producers licensed on or after October 16, 2011 - New licensees will be required to complete the training program before they solicit or sale an annuity product.

General Annuity Training (One-time 4 hour training requirement) (3 AAC 26.778(b))

For producers licensed for life authority prior to October 16, 2011 who solicit or sale an annuity product - A person licensed for life authority that solicits or sells an annuity product as of October 16, 2011 has until April 16, 2012 to complete the one-time 4 hour general annuity training requirement.

For producers licensed for life authority on or after October 16, 2011 who solicit or sale an annuity product - A person licensed on or after October 16, 2011 for life authority will be required to complete the training program before they solicit or sale an annuity product.

A producer meets Alaska's general annuity training requirements under 3 AAC 23.778(b) if the producer has satisfied substantially similar training requirements of another state.

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California Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Life-only agents who solicit individuals for the sale of Annuities must complete an initial 8-hour specifically designated Annuity training course prior to soliciting individual consumers; thereafter, complete a 4-hour specifically designated Annuity training course every two year license term.

Section 1749.8(b) states in part “Every life agent who sells annuities shall satisfactorily complete four hours of training prior to each license renewal. Completion of the eight-hour annuity training required by subdivision (a) does not satisfy the four-hour annuity training required by this subdivision.”  This came into effect on January 1, 2014.

The eight-hour annuity training course will not satisfy the four-hour annuity training requirement. (Section 1749.8 (b) of the California Insurance Code (CDI))

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Colorado Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Section 6 of the Colorado Insurance Producer Training requirements states: An insurance producer shall not solicit the sale of an annuity product unless the insurance producer has adequate knowledge of the product to recommend the annuity and the insurance producer is in compliance with the insurer’s standards for product training.

Colorado agents must complete a one-time four (4) credit hour training course that has been approved by the Colorado Insurance Division and provided by an approved continuing education provider (we are such a provider).  Agents who are currently licensed to sell annuity products must complete the four hour training requirement within six months after the effective date of June 1, 2011.  Those who obtain a new license may not sell annuity products until the annuity training requirement has been completed.

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Connecticut Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Connecticut's Suitability in Annuity training requirement is effective 2/18/2012. Producers licensed as of the effective date must complete a one-time 4-hour annuity training course by 8/18/2012, while producers and brokers licensed after that date must complete the course before representing annuities. Producers must also be in compliance with the represented carrier's product training requirements.

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District of Columbia Annuity Suitability Requirement:

8404.1 An insurance producer shall not solicit the sale of an annuity product unless the insurance producer has adequate knowledge of the product to recommend the annuity and the insurance producer is in compliance with the insurer’s standards for product training.  An insurance producer may rely on the insurer-to provide product-specific training standards and materials to comply with this section.

8404.2 An insurance producer who engages in the sale of annuity products shall complete a one-time four (4) credit training course approved by the Department.

8404.3 Insurance producers who hold a life insurance line of authority on the effective date (6/24/2011)  of this chapter and who desire to sell annuities shall complete the requirements of this section within six (6) months after the effective date of this chapter.  Individuals who obtain a life insurance line of authority on or after the effective date of this chapter may not engage in the sale of annuities until the annuity training course required under this subsection has been completed.

8404.4 The minimum length of the training required under this subsection shall be sufficient to qualify for at least four (4) CE credits, but may be longer.

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Georgia Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective March 1, 2016, producers who sell or wish to sell, solicit or negotiate annuities must complete a one-time 4 credit course approved by the Department and provided by a department approved education provider. Producers who hold a life license and desire to sell annuities are required to complete the one-time 4 credit training program within six months of the effective date (3/1/16) of this requirement. Producers who obtain a life license on or after March 1, 2016, may not engage in the sale of annuities until the annuity training course has been completed. Producers may complete the one-time 4 credit requirement through either classroom or self-study methods. The satisfaction of the training requirements of another state that are substantially similar to this requirement shall be deemed to satisfy the requirement in Georgia.

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Hawaii Annuity Suitability Requirement:

 An insurance producer who engages in the sale of annuity products shall complete a one-time four (4) credit training course approved by the department of insurance and provided by the department of insurance-approved education provider.  Training must be completed by 1/31/2012.

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Idaho Annuity Suitability Requirement:

 Idaho licensed producers who currently hold a life line of authority and sell annuities but have not completed at least one four-hour CE credit training course approved by the Department must complete the required CE course within six (6) months of the effective date (4-4-2013) of this rule (18.01.09.016.02.b) – that is no later than October 4, 2013.

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Illinois Annuity Suitability Requirement:

An insurance producer who engages in the sale of annuity products shall complete a one-time four (4) credit training course approved by the department of insurance and provided by the department of insurance-approved education provider.  Training must be completed by 7/1/2012.

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Indiana Annuity Suitability Requirement:

An insurance producer who engages in the sale of annuity products shall complete a one-time four (4) credit training course approved by the department of insurance and provided by the department of insurance-approved education provider.  Training must be completed by 7/1/2012.

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Iowa Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective January 1, 2011 Iowa Administrative Rule 191-15.72 requires all Insurance Producers selling or soliciting Annuity Products in the State of Iowa to obtain four (4) continuing education credits by an APPROVED vendor offering an Annuity Products Course. This is a one-time requirement and is not a condition of license renewal.

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Kansas Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective July 1st 2013, newly licensed Kansas brokers and producers must complete a four-hour state-approved annuity course before representing annuity products. Those licensed prior to that date have until January 1, 2014 to complete a course.

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Louisiana Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective 8/15/2012 producers must complete a one-time four (4) hour training course no later than 1/1/2013.  A producer who becomes newly licensed for a life insurance line of authority on or after 8/15/2012 must comply with the training requirements before selling an annuity product.  A producer who satisfied a similar annuity training requirement for another state will be considered to have satisfied Louisiana's requirement.

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Maine Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective November 1, 2015 producers and brokers must complete an annuity course approved by Bureau of Insurance of at least four hours in length and meet carrier producer training requirements. Producers licensed prior to the effective date have until May 1, 2016 to complete training. Completing a course in another state with similar requirements will satisfy the Maine requirement.

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Maryland Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective 11/1/2011 insurance producers who sell, solicit or negotiate an annuity product must complete an approved one-time four (4) credit hour training course by May 1, 2012. This four hour requirement is part of (not in addition to) your 24 hour requirement per two year licensing period. Newly licensed life agents on or after November 1, 2011, have to complete the training before they can sell annuities. No follow-up training is required.

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Michigan Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective June 1, 2013 producers and brokers must complete an annuity course approved by the commissioner of at least four (4) hours in length and meet carrier producer training requirements. Completing a course in another state with requirements that "the commissioner determines to be substantially similar to this section satisfies the training requirements" for Michigan.

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Minnesota Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective June 1, 2013, reuirement for insurance producers holding a life insurance line of athority to complete a one-time intital four-credit annuity suitability training course. See the Annuity Suitability FAQ here: http://mn.gov/commerce/insurance/producers-adjusters/resident/lachpc.jsp.

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Mississippi Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective  September 1, 2013 producers and brokers must complete a one-time annuity course approved by the commissioner of at least four (4) hours in length and meet carrier producer training requirements. Completing a course in another state with similar requirements will satisfy the Mississippi requirement. http://www.mid.ms.gov/regulations/20131reg.pdf.

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Nebraska Annuity Suitability Requirement:

An insurance producer who holds a life insurance line of authority on the July 19, 2012 operative date of LB 887, who desires to solicit the sale of annuity products shall complete, within six months after July 19, 2012, a one-time four-credit training course approved by the Nebraska Department of Insurance and provided by a Nebraska-approved continuing education provider.

An insurance producer who obtains a life insurance line of authority on or after the July 19, 2012 operative date of LB 887, who desires to solicit the sale of annuity products, shall complete a one-time four-credit training course approved by the Nebraska Department of Insurance and provided by a Nebraska-approved continuing education provider prior to soliciting the sale of an annuity products. http://www.doi.ne.gov/license/AnnuitySuitabilityTrainingCourses.pdf

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New Hampshire Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective 1/1/2015 producers and brokers in the New Hampshire must complete a one-time 4 credit hour training course specifically on suitability. Both resident and non-resident producers may complete a course in another state that has implemented a training requirement based upon the 2010 Suitability in Annuities Regulation.

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New Jersey Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective 2/4/2013 producers and brokers must complete a one-time four (4) hour suitability course in annuities training course approved by the Department and meet carrier product-training requirements. Both resident and non-resident producers may meet "the training requirements of another state that are substantially similar" to New Jersey's.

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North Dakota Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective 8/1/2011 insurance producers who sell, solicit or negotiate an annuity product must complete an approved one-time four (4) credit hour training course by August 1, 2012. This four hour requirement is part of (not in addition to) your 24 hour requirement per two year licensing period. Newly licensed life agents on or after August 1, 2011, have to complete the training before they can sell, solicit or negotiate annuities. No follow-up training is required.

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Ohio Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective February 13, 2011 Ohio insurance agents who hold a life insurance or variable annuity line of authority shall complete a one-time four (4) credit hour training course within six (6) month after the effective date of Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3901-6-13.  This rule states that insurance agents shall not sell, solicit or negotiate the sale of an annuity product unless the insurance agent has adequate knowledge of the product to recommend the annuity and the insurance agent is in compliance with the insurer's standards for product training.

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Oklahoma Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Oklahoma requires agents who sell, solicit or negotiate annuity products complete a one-time four (4) hours annuity course.

http://www.ok.gov/oid/documents/Annuity%20requirement%20clarification%20bulletin%20060310.pdf

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Oregon Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Any insurance producer who engages in the sale of annuity products must complete a one-time four credit training course provided by a continuing education provider registered with the department.  http://www.insurance.oregon.gov/producer/procedures/continuing-education_procedures.html#producers

Annuity training courses may be conducted and completed by classroom or self-study methods in accordance with ORS 744.072 and OAR 836-071-0180 to 836-071-0250.

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Rhode Island Annuity Suitability Requirement:

An insurance producer who engages in the sale of annuity products shall complete a one-time four (4) credit training course approved by the department of insurance and provided by the department of insurance-approved education provider.  Training must be completed by 12/1/2011.

 http://www.dbr.state.ri.us/documents/divisions/insurance/licensing/insurance_producer/Annuity_Suitability_Training_Courses.pdf.

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South Carolina Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective 9/25/2011 insurance producers who sell, solicit or negotiate an annuity product must complete a one-time training requirement consisting of four (4) hours within six months of the effective date of this regulation.

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South Dakota Annuity Suitability Requirement:

An insurance producer who engages in the sale of annuity products shall complete a one-time four credit training course approved by the director and provided by a director-approved education provider.  Any insurance producer who holds a life insurance line of authority on the effective date of this Act and who desires to sell annuities shall complete the requirements of this section within six months after the effective date of this Act (effective date is 7/1/2011).

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Tennessee Annuity Suitability Requirement:

The Tennessee Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance adopted revisions to Chapter 0780-01-86, Suitability in Annuity Transactions, effective November 1, 2015, to establish requirements for any person seeking to recommend, sell, exchange, or replace annuities in the State of Tennessee. These rules also require insurance producers to complete training prior to selling annuities and further require insurers, general agents, independent agencies, and insurance producers keep records of information upon which annuity recommendations and transactions were based.

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Texas Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Any resident agent licensed before September 01, 2011, the effective date of House Bill (HB) 2277, who wishes to sell an annuity product in Texas but has not taken the annuity certification course before that effective date, must take either the certification course or the one-time training course as described in the Texas Insurance Code (TIC) §1115.056 as amended by HB 2277 before selling annuities. The older certification course may be taken until March 01, 2012. Beginning March 1, 2012, all licensees who wish to perform the acts of an agent with regards to annuities, must take the one-time training course.

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Utah Annuity Suitability Requirement:

R590-230-6. Producer Training. A producer may not solicit the sale of an annuity product unless the producer has adequate knowledge of the product to recommend the annuity and the producer is in compliance with the insurer's standards for product training.

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Washington Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Producers with a life insurance line of authority who wish to continue to transact annuity products in Washington must complete a one-time 4 hour annuity suitability course within 6 months of 6/29/2012. All new producers must complete the course before transacting annuity products in Washington.

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West Virginia Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective July 1, 2011, all active, veteran producers that sell, solicit or negotiate annuities must complete a one-time Annuity training course of no less than four (4) hours prior to December 31, 2011.  In addition, if a producer is newly licensed they must complete the one-time training immediately, prior to selling annuity products.

Resident producers can have their Annuity training course hours count towards their 24 hour continuing education (CE) requirement by selecting courses that are APPROVED and CATEGORIZED for Annuity credit by West Virginia’s CE plan administrator, Prometric.

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Wisconsin Annuity Suitability Requirement:

Effective May 1, 2011 insurance producers who sell annuity products in Wisconsin must complete a WI approved one-time four (4) credit hour training course by November 1, 2011. This four hour requirement is part of (not in addition to) your 24 hour requirement per two year licensing period. This training is required of both resident and nonresident agents. Non-residents who satisfy the training requirement of another state that are similar to Wisconsin's law will be deemed compliant for Wisconsin's requirement. Newly licensed life agents on or after May 1, 2011, have to complete the training before they can sell annuities. No follow-up training is required.

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Wyoming Annuity Suitability Requirement:

An insurance producer who engages in the sale of life insurance or annuity products shall complete a one-time four (4) credit training course approved by the DOI & provided by a DOI approved education provider.  Training Effective Date - 9/26/2014.

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