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Did you know adjusters need an insurance license?

Access Washington News - July 9, 2015 - 11:54
Many consumers are not aware that insurance adjusters are required to have a license.

First, what’s an adjuster? Most people who have had an auto accident or a homeowner’s claim have worked with an adjuster, the person who investigates or reports claims to the insurer. There are three primary types of adjusters:
  • Crop adjusters work on claims under crop insurance.
  • Independent adjusters represent the insurer and work for the insurer. They interact with consumers who file claims with the company.
  • Public adjusters represent the insured. Consumers can hire a public adjuster to represent them to their insurance company. 
Adjusters can get a resident license, meaning that Washington is their state of residence, or they can have a nonresident license, meaning they reside in another state and conduct business in Washington.

Why is important that an adjuster have a license?
Just like an insurance agent or broker has, there are rules of conduct that adjusters must follow. If they don’t, our office can take action against them via a fine and/or taking action against their license. Before you work with an adjuster, regardless of the type of license he or she has, take a moment to look them up in the OIC’s licensing database. You can see the status of the license, agencies the adjuster may represent, and investigations into and disciplinary action taken against the adjuster.

If you have a bad experience with an adjuster, you can file a complaint through our website.

Inslee says state well-positioned and prepared to manage JBLM downsizing

Access Washington News - July 9, 2015 - 10:48

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Washington is well-prepared to manage the downsizing at JBLM announced today by the Department of Defense and the Army.

Inslee says state well-positioned and prepared to manage JBLM downsizing

Governor's Office - July 9, 2015 - 10:48

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Washington is well-prepared to manage the downsizing at JBLM announced today by the Department of Defense and the Army.

Washington's Armored Brigade Combat Team to convert to Stryker Brigade

Access Washington News - July 9, 2015 - 10:41
The U.S. Department of Defense says it will convert the Washington National Guard's 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team, which currently operates M1A1 Abrams Tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, into a Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Participation Rate High for State Tests in Grades 3 Through 8

Access Washington News - July 9, 2015 - 10:00
Washington schools met the required 95 percent participation rate on this spring’s new Smarter Balanced tests in grades 3 through 8, according to preliminary results released today by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The rate was considerably lower for the 11th grade.

Statement from Inslee on the Senate student testing agreement

Governor's Office - July 8, 2015 - 13:52

“Today’s announcement from Senate leaders about an agreement on student testing is great news and allows the Legislature to move forward on wrapping up its work for this year.

Statement from Inslee on the Senate student testing agreement

Access Washington News - July 8, 2015 - 13:52

“Today’s announcement from Senate leaders about an agreement on student testing is great news and allows the Legislature to move forward on wrapping up its work for this year.

Washington AG stops Chase's unlawful credit card debt collection practices

Access Washington News - July 8, 2015 - 10:51

Agreement halts collections on 7,000 Washingtonians, requires debt collection reforms, secures $4M for Washington

Revenue offers tax workshop July 16 in Bellevue

Access Washington News - July 7, 2015 - 22:41
OLYMPIA – July 2, 2015 – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners in Bellevue on July 16, 2015.

Revenue offers tax workshop July 15 in Vancouver

Access Washington News - July 7, 2015 - 22:40
OLYMPIA – July 2, 2015 – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners in Vancouver on July 15, 2015.

Revenue offers tax workshop July 14 in Bellingham

Access Washington News - July 7, 2015 - 22:39
OLYMPIA – July 2, 2015 – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners in Bellingham on July 14, 2015.

Colorado company settles with L&I over back pay to Washington workers

Access Washington News - July 7, 2015 - 15:00

Fifteen workers will receive more than $100,000 in back pay from a firm testing and treating utility poles in Grant and Franklin counties.

15-044 Celebrate Southeast Asian culture at Saltwater State Park

Access Washington News - July 6, 2015 - 17:58
The public is invited to a free event to celebrate the rich and varied cultures of Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Saltwater State Park near Des Moines.

Seattle employer fined more than $215,000 for serious safety and health violations

Access Washington News - July 6, 2015 - 11:30

A Seattle employer has been cited for multiple serious workplace health violations after a worker became entangled in a rotating shaft while working inside a confined space.