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Becoming a Title Agent

How can I become a licensed Pennsylvania Title Agent?           

To become a licensed Pennsylvania title agent the Pennsylvania Insurance Department requires that you take and pass the Pennsylvania title agent's licensing exam. 

In preparation for the Pennsylvania title agent's licensing exam it is recommended that you take the Guidelines for Agent Licensing specifically created for this purpose by the Pennsylvania Land Title Institute (PLTI), the educational arm of PLTA.  Click here for information on this course.

The Agent’s Licensing Bulletin published by the Insurance Department contains a test outline. You can register for the test online at candidate.psiexams.com. Under "New Users" on the right side of the page, create an account and register for the test.  Exam sites are located throughout the state and can be found on the PSI website.

Download the Candidate Information Bulletin from PSI.

After the Department has verified that you have passed the required examination and that you have met all standards
for licensure, the Department will issue the appropriate license. The license will list the line or lines of authority granted, if applicable. You may view the status of your license application on the Department’s Web site at www.insurance.pa.gov. Once your license has been issued, you may print your license from the
web site. Please be advised that the Department no longer mails licenses.

Applications for a title agency to be licensed and applications to take the test are also in the licensing Bulletin.

Becoming a licensed title insurance agent in Pennsylvania is as easy as One, Two Three...

One - Learn the Fundamentals

You need in-depth, Pennsylvania-specific reference materials in order to immerse yourself in the knowledge required for your chosen profession. Fundamentals of Real Estate and Title Insurance is an accredited, self-study curriculum that is the gold-standard reference material that leading title insurance professionals in Pennsylvania have on their bookshelves.  Since 1978 the Fundamentals course has been the first source of core title knowledge for those new to the industry as well as for seasoned title professionals. See a list of the topics covered in the Fundamentals of Real Estate and Title Insurance.

Two - Prepare for the Licensing Exam

Prepare for the licensing exam by taking PLTI's Title Insurance Guidelines course, specifically designed to assist you in taking and passing the licensing exam. This course explores the core knowledge and topics covered in the licensing exam and is organized to follow the test outline published in the state licensing bulletin.  Interactive quizzes keep you on track to pass the test. Purchase newly updated Guidelines ebook here.

You should also consider membership in the Pennsylvania Land Title Association (PLTA). PLTA members receive significant discounts on the Fundamentals and Guidelines courses, as well as all live and online courses. 

Three - Take the Test

To become a licensed Pennsylvania title agent the Pennsylvania Insurance Department requires that you take and pass the Pennsylvania title agent's licensing exam. You can register for the test online at PSI Online.   Exam sites are located throughout the state, and can be found at PSI Online

Four - Receive your License

Once you pass your examination, you may complete and submit your application electronically using the
kiosk at the PSI examination site. The license application fee along with the fingerprinting fee will be paid at the kiosk using a credit card. During the electronic application process, once you have paid the fingerprinting fee it will enable you to submit your fingerprints before leaving the exam testing center. You must provide a copy of your passing producer exam score and confirmation of payment of all fees in order to be fingerprinted. Your application and all fees will be forwarded electronically to the Department. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application has been properly completed and that the information is accurate. After the Department has verified that you have passed the required examination and that you have met all standards for licensure, the Department will issue the appropriate license.

You may view the status of your license application on the Department’s Web site at www.insurance.pa.gov. Once your license has been issued, you may print your license from the web site. Please be advised that the Department no longer mails licenses.

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department website outlines the title insurance producer license application instructions detailing the licensing process and links to downloadable forms. 

Five - Get Credits You've Already Earned

If you prepared using the Fundamentals and Guidelines courses, you are eligible for CE Credit.  The state has a continuing education (CE) requirement of 24 credit hours for non-attorney agents and 3 credit hours for licensed attorneys (who must also be compliant with their continuing legal education requirement and have filled out and submitted the Declaration of CE Status form to the state.)  You can get these credits from having taken the Fundamentals or Guidelines courses, or through PLTI live (See upcoming programs on our Calendar) or online (Visit PLTIOnline) programs.

*Please note: YOU CANNOT RECEIVE CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS AS A TITLE AGENT UNLESS YOU ARE LICENSED IN PENNSYLVANIA AS A TITLE AGENT.  You can always take seminars that interest you, however, whether you are licensed or not, in order to keep up with the frequent changes in laws and procedures in title.  Whatever courses you take after you become licensed will count toward your continuing education requirement.

After you are Licensed

Once you are licensed, The state has a continuing education (CE) requirement of 24 credit hours for non-attorney agents and 3 credit hours for licensed attorneys (who must also be compliant with their continuing legal education requirement and have filled out and submitted the Declaration of CE Status form to the state).  In order to comply with the continuing education requirement in Pennsylvania, you can attend any of Pennsylvania Land Title Institute’s (PLTI) programs. 

Click here for a calendar of live accredited PLTI programs.

See the list of online, accredited PLTI programs.

Once you are licensed you will also need in-depth, Pennsylvania-specific reference materials.  Fundamentals of Real Estate and Title Insurance is an accredited self-study curriculum that is also a handy desk reference for those engaged in the business of title insurance or real estate. This is the reference leading title insurance professionals in Pennsylvania have this on their bookshelves.  Click here for more information.

Membership in the Pennsylvania Land Title Association (PLTA) is crucial if you’re going to be in the title business in Pennsylvania.  PLTA offers important, current information and education in addition to a ready-made network of land title professionals.  The dues are more than made up in discounts on all educational programs needed for an agent to maintain his or her license.  The association monitors legislative actions that affect the industry and maintains legislative counsel in the state capitol.   TO JOIN, CLICK HERE.

If you have questions, we are also available by phone at 800-545-7584.

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