Palm Desert, CA asked in Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California

Q: I got this Charge THEFT/UNAUTHD CONTROL/>50-I got Withhold Judgment/2nd ChangeCan I get my insurance license. With

I satisfied all of the conditions and I’m trying to get my insurance lic in California. Will this keep me from it

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, having a criminal record does not automatically disqualify you from obtaining an insurance license. However, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) will review your application and consider the nature, severity, and circumstances of your offense, as well as evidence of rehabilitation, when deciding whether to grant you a license.

According to the California Insurance Code Section 1668.5, the CDI may deny a license if the applicant has been convicted of a felony or a crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of an insurance agent. The CDI will consider the following factors:

1. The nature and gravity of the offense.

2. The time that has passed since the offense, conduct, or conviction.

3. The nature and duties of an insurance agent.

If you have satisfied all the conditions of your withheld judgment and second chance, you may have a better chance of obtaining your insurance license. It's essential to be honest and disclose your criminal history when applying for the license.

To improve your chances, you can:

1. Obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation or a similar document demonstrating your rehabilitation efforts.

2. Provide letters of recommendation from employers, community members, or others who can attest to your good character and rehabilitation.

3. Consult with an attorney specializing in professional licensing to help you navigate the application process and present your case in the best possible light.

Ultimately, the decision to grant or deny your insurance license will be made by the California Department of Insurance based on their evaluation of your specific circumstances.

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