Fingerprinting and 1033 Felony Waiver Requirements

Last Updated: May 9, 2016

Digital Fingerprints/Criminal Background Check for Resident License Applicants

Who is required to be fingerprinted?
Section Ins 6.59 (4) (a), Wis. Adm. Code, requires that any individual resident applying for a resident license or adding additional lines of authority and who has completed and passed an exam must submit fingerprints/criminal background check as a part of the application process. Residents applying for a legal expense license are also required to submit fingerprintsin order to obtain a resident license.

How long are fingerprints valid?
Fingerprints are valid for 180 days (6 months). The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) will not accept fingerprints that were submitted to another entity or to an employer. The applicant will need to complete the fingerprints again for OCI.

Where to make a reservation?
Applicants can make a reservation online on Fieldprint at At the time of reservation, applicants must enter the Fieldprint code: FPWIOCIInsurance. Applicants can use upper or lower case to enter the field code.

What information will be requested at the time of the fingerprinting reservation?

  1. Full legal name
  2. Full current address
  3. Date of birth
  4. Gender
  5. Social Security number
  6. Height
  7. Weight
  8. Hair color
  9. Eye color
  10. Ethnicity
  11. Place of birth
  12. Citizenship

What is the cost for digital fingerprinting?
The cost is $39.25 for digital fingerprinting.

When can applicants be fingerprinted?
Fingerprints can be submitted at any time; however, it is recommended they be completed before the submission of the licensing application. If fingerprinting is not completed at the time of submitting the application, it will not be processed until the fingerprinting requirement is met and will delay the application process.

Where can applicants be fingerprinted?
A list of locations can be found on the Fieldprint Web site at

What is required at the fingerprinting appointment?
Applicants must present two (2) forms of current signature identification. The primary identification must be government issued, photo-bearing with a signature and the secondary identification must contain a valid signature. Identification must be in English.

Primary ID (photograph and signature, non-expired)

  • Government-issued driver's license
  • Learner's permit (plastic card only with photo and signature)
  • National/State/County identification card
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • Military ID for spouses and dependents
  • Alien registration card (Green card, permanent resident visa)

Secondary ID (signature, non-expired)

  • Social Security card
  • Debit (ATM or credit card)

When will OCI receive my fingerprints?

Typical fingerprint processing takes 24-72 hours for OCI to receive depending on when they are completed.

1033 Felony Waiver Requirements

A federal law, 18 U.S.C. section 1033, commonly referred to as the "1033 felony waiver" prohibits certain activities by or affecting persons engaged, or proposing to become engaged, in the business of insurance:

  • (e)(1)(A) Any individual who has been convicted of any criminal felony involving dishonesty or a breach of trust, or who has been convicted of an offense under this section, and who willfully engages in the business of insurance whose activities affect interstate commerce or participates in such business, shall be fined as provided in this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
  • (B) Any individual who is engaged in the business of insurance whose activities affect interstate commerce and who willfully permits the participation described in subparagraph (A) shall be fined as provided in this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
  • (e)(2) A person described in paragraph (1)(A) may engage in the business of insurance or participate in such business if such person has the written consent of any regulatory official authorized to regulate the insurer, which consent specifically refers to this section.

The following must be attached to the 1033 waiver application (external site) (National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Form) and be submitted to the Commissioner's office via mail or e-mail at

  1. Copy of the indictment, criminal complaint, or docket sheet or other initiating documents for the charge(s).
  2. Copy of order of judgment and sentence of the court conviction including certification and performance of all conditions imposed by the court. The documentation does not need to be certified.
  3. Affidavit from the individual who seeks to employ you stating in detail the duties and responsibilities that you are performing or are to perform for them and a statement of the individual's opinion that the performance of these responsibilities does not constitute a threat to the public. The documentation does not need to be certified.
  4. Pictures are NOT required.
  5. There is NO fee for this application.

The application is reviewed by the Commissioner's legal unit to determine whether the application should be given written consent to engage in the business of insurance or participate pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1033 (e)(2). Written correspondence will be sent to the applicant regarding OCI's decision.