30 June 2014USA analysis

Missouri looks to encourage efficiency through online services

The Missouri Department of Insurance is allowing producers to print their licenses and educational transcripts on demand through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) online State Based Systems (SBS).

The department has partnered with the NAIC and the National Insurance Producers Registry (NIPR) to offer these self-service tools, additionally granting producers the ability to update their email addresses and find their license numbers through SBS.

As part of the initiative, starting July 1st, 2014, the department will no longer mail licenses to producers, business entity producers and other licensees. This online functionality will save producers time because they will no longer have to wait for their license to be mailed to them by the department.

John Huff, director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, says: "The department encourages insurance producers to take advantage of the online capabilities available through SBS to save time,"

"Our department continues to focus on expanding online capabilities in an effort to improve services to both Missouri consumers and the insurance industry," he continues.

Currently, Missouri has 137,089 licensed insurance producers, an increase of 15.1 percent since 2009.