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NIPR Adopts Goals for 2004

The National Insurance Producers Registry (NIPR) board of directors held its annual retreat last week to undertake short and long term planning, including program development...
November 18, 2003

The National Insurance Producers Registry (NIPR) board of directors held its annual retreat last week to undertake short and long term planning, including program development and budget. Ellen Sanders represents PIA on the NIPR board.

NIPR expects to have a majority of the states on its system for electronic non-resident licensing by the end of 2003. During 2004, it will focus on getting the remaining states on the system and developing a system for non-resident licensing renewals. Also in 2004, NIPR will begin to develop programs for electronic resident licensing through NIPR. Indeed, a few states have been reluctant to sign on to electronic non-resident licensing without having a similar program for resident producers.

Recognizing that during 2004, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) Producer Licensing Working Group and Anti-Fraud Task Force will continue to review options for fingerprinting producers, NIPR will research options for collecting and maintaining fingerprints and processing criminal background check reports issued by the FBI based on the fingerprints.

What It Means to Agents: NIPR will continue to have an important role in providing technological support for NAIC's producer licensing initiatives and overall goal of improving the technological capabilities of the states. By serving on the NIPR board of directors, PIA will be able to bring practical considerations to the NIPR board's attention based on the comments we receive from our members and affiliates. For example, at this most recent meeting Ellen Sanders was able to point out some of the problems experienced by states and their producers when trying to initiate fingerprinting -- from finding a qualified entity to record and submit fingerprints, to legal issues regarding who can access the information.

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