How to Become a Georgia Public Adjuster: A Definitive Guide

SuretyBonds.com has developed this comprehensive licensing guide to explain how to get licensed as a public adjuster in Georgia. Follow this Georgia Public Adjuster License Guide to understand Georgia Commissioner of Insurance registration requirements.

To become a licensed adjuster, all requirements must be met in accordance with Section 33-23-6 of the Georgia Insurance Code and 120-2-3-.18 of the Georgia Insurance Department Rules and Regulations.

What do public adjusters do?

According to the Adjuster’s International website, “a public adjuster is an insurance professional who represents the interests of the policyholder in settling a property insurance claim. Public adjusters, such as those from Adjusters International, have special training and expertise in appraising, preparing and negotiating property damage and business interruption losses.”

Responsibilities of a public adjuster include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Evaluating commercial insurance policies to determine how to submit claims to the carrier

  • Documenting all details relating to damages or loss

  • Working on behalf of homeowners to negotiate with insurance companies

  • provide step-by-step information to homeowners as they go through the claims process

  • getting the maximum return for claimants

What is required to get a Georgia public adjuster license?

Before becoming a licensed public adjuster in Georgia, applicants must meet several requirements, including obtaining a bond, completing required coursework and paying all applicable fees.

Step 1: Complete a 40 hour pre-licensing course.

Georgia public adjusters are required to take an approved 40-hour Property and Casualty course, including an adjuster supplement, and pass the Pearson VUE 12-GA-20 Public Adjuster Examination to obtain their license. This process is set forth by the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Title 33, Chapter 23, and Chapter 120-2-3 of the Rules and Regulations of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance cover the licensing of insurance agents, subagents, adjusters and counselors. Other license types are covered in specific code and rule sections.

Applicants are also required to submit electronic fingerprints in order to have a criminal background check run. Registration to submit electronic fingerprints may be completed by visiting the Georgia Applicant Processing Service. By selecting “Applicant Registration” applicants will be asked to choose for which option they are submitting fingerprints. Public Adjusters must choose the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, where they may register to be fingerprinted. At this point, payment and personal information will be requested from the applicant.

This pre-licensing course is available online for $199 and there are several sites offering online courses in public adjuster training. It is important to find one that fits the applicant’s style of learning, especially if the course is being completed online.

Step 2: Pass the Public Adjuster Examination

The Georgia Public Adjuster Exam is a two-hour, 100-question examination required by code 12-GA-20. Ninety-five of the questions cover national insurance rules, and five questions are specific to Georgia’s insurance law. The $63 examination fee must be paid at the time of reservation by credit card, debit card, voucher or electronic check; personal cash and checks are not accepted forms of payment for the exam. Applicants may request to purchase a voucher using a credit card. To redeem a voucher as payment when scheduling a test, applicants should indicate voucher as the payment method and provide the voucher number. All vouchers are pre-paid and are non-refundable and non-returnable. Test takers are also required to be fingerprinted.

Applicants should arrive roughly 30 minutes before the scheduled examination time. During this time they are to sign-in and show two forms of identification as required to take the exam. Test takers who arrive 15 minutes late for an exam and are refused admission are responsible for any examination and delivery fees. The primary identification must be government-issued and contain a photo as well as the applicant’s signature. The secondary identification must also contain a valid signature.

Examples of acceptable primary identification include:

  • Current valid and signed passport

  • Current valid and signed government-issued photo driving license (full or provisional)

  • Employee ID, work badge, military ID, or school ID

Examples of acceptable secondary identification include credit or debit cards, bank cards, or other form of primary identification.

Exam locations can be found on the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner website. It is recommended to contact PearsonVUE at 1 (800) 274-0488 at least 24-48 hours before taking the exam.

Step 3: Complete an application form.

The Resident Insurance License Application, or “GID-103-AL”, can be found on the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner website. The application will ask for information such as the applicant’s name, address, and social security number. It also includes a yes or no questionnaire relating to previous insurance claims and practices, as well as information about whether or not the applicant has been convicted of any crimes.

There is also a portion of the application that asks whether or not the application is for a “Temporary License” or a “Limited Subagent License.” The difference between these is that the temporary license is granted in the case of emergency situations, such as hurricanes. The limited subagent license will be granted to those who have a sponsoring agent and have completed the requirements set forth by Rule 120-2-3-.31 of the State of Georgia Rules and Regulations.

Step 4: Purchase and file a $5,000 surety bond.

Georgia public adjusters must obtain a $5,000 surety bond from an authorized surety provider. Public adjuster bonds are issued instantly for $100 and last for one year unless they are canceled or claimed against. The Georgia Commissioner of Insurance requires public adjusters to purchase this bond so that any mishandled claim will be covered up to $5,000 as provided in Section 33-23-6 of the Georgia Insurance Code annotated and in 120-2-3-.18 of the Georgia Insurance Department Rules and Regulations. Surety bonds for Georgia public adjusters are required to guarantee a specific sum of money is available to protect against any violation of the bond agreement on the part of the adjuster. Upon settling claims against the surety bond, the public adjuster will be required to reimburse the surety company for any money paid out up to the full amount of the bond. 

Step 5: Pay all required fees.

Applicants must pay a $100 license fee and $15 application fee when submitting their application. pay a $100 licensing fee and a $15 application fee at the time of submitting the application. The state-required $5,000 surety bond can be purchased instantly online for just $100. Other costs include a $199 prelicensing class fee and a $63 exam fee for a total cost of $477 to become a public adjuster in Georgia.

How do I get a public adjuster surety bond in Georgia?

You can purchase a Georgia public adjuster bond online 24/7 and receive your official public adjuster bond document set instantly in your email once you’ve submitted your payment. You can also call 1(800)308-4358 to speak with a surety expert about your bonding needs. 

Where should application materials be sent?

The completed application form and all associated licensing documentation should be mailed to:

PSI Services, LLC
P.O. Box 742983,
Atlanta, GA
30348-2983

Need more information?

Additional information regarding licensing and responsibilities of Georgia insurance adjusters is available by calling the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner at (404) 656-2101 or visiting their website.

You can also watch this video to get a better understanding of the Georgia public adjuster bonding process.

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