Definition of "License"

In insurance, legal authority obtained by an insurance company, agent, broker, or consultant that permits them to do business in a particular state. The document issued by the state shows that the company or person is in compliance with the various governing laws and thus is authorized to conduct insurance business in that jurisdiction. A license, in and of itself, is not a guarantee that a consumer will be sold the best product to fit his or her needs or that an agent will have the proper technical expertise to evaluate the products on a consumer's behalf.

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