State of California outline. Independent Automobile Appraiser for Auto Diminished Value Claims.California Requirements

Section 14021 of the California Insurance Code reads, in part: An insurance adjuster is a person other than a private investigator who, for any consideration whatsoever, engages in the business of making an investigation for the purpose of obtaining information in the course of adjusting or participating in the disposal of any claim in connection with a policy of insurance or engages in soliciting insurance adjustment business. In checking with the California Insurance Department, an automobile appraiser who estimates damages or calculates the value of a car or other motor vehicle and reports to an insurance company must be licensed as an Independent Adjuster.

Phone: 800-927-4357


Note: In many instances such as performing automobile valuation or diminished value appraisals for vehicle owners, there are no specific licensing requirements. It is advisable to hire an independent appraiser who is licensed in any state in order to assure a quality appraisal.

Some of the entities that advertise that they certify appraisers are listed below. When hiring an appraiser who is certified by one of these companies, be sure to cross check with their state insurance department to determine whether they are properly licensed.

  • The American Society of Certified Auto Appraisers
  • Bureau of Certified Auto Appraisers
  • Auto Appraisal Group
  • The Appraisal Foundation
  • Certified Automobile Appraisal LLC
  • I-Van, International Vehicle Appraisers Network
  • International Automotive Appraisers Association