Why is DIFS issuing temporary licenses?

The third-party vendor under contract with DIFS to provide licensing examination services suspended its operations by closing its testing facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension of operations and/or closure of testing facilities by this vendor resulted in some prospective new producer license applicants being unable to obtain licensure and secure employment. In May, the testing vendor started reopening testing sites at 50% capacity, and will continue reopening until 100% capacity is attained, as allowed. Additionally, DIFS is working with the testing vendor to allow remotely proctored testing by the end of August 2020.