Why can’t I lie on a life insurance application?

Why can't I lie on a life insurance application
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    You may have asked yourself, “Why can’t I lie on a life insurance application?”

    For a variety of reasons, there are people who feel like bending the truth isn’t a big deal when applying for life insurance with the top life insurance companies.

    There are times when I speak with people that tell little white lies and there are some that tell the biggest of lies.

    So why does this happen?

    The majority of the time people are hoping for a couple of scenarios.

    1. Perhaps bending the truth will improve their chances of their life insurance policy getting approved.
    2. The other is in hopes of getting approved at a lower premium.

    This usually occurs when applicants omit health or history information during the application process. Unfortunately, both will result in poor outcomes.

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    Top 8 lies on life insurance applications

    Here are the most common lies that are revealed in the application process:

    1. Tobacco use
    2. Prior and current drug use
    3. Depression
    4. Multiple DUI’s
    5. The amount of Moving Violations they have
    6. Cancer history. This goes for you and your family history
    7. Traveling to risky and dangerous locations
    8. Income.  Increasing it to be eligible for higher insurance coverage
    Top 8 lies on life insurance applications

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    So, why can’t I lie on a life insurance application?

    The simple answer is that the life insurance company that you apply with will find out what you’re trying to hide. Life insurance companies have several information resources available to them.

    They don’t just take the information that you provide the agent during the initial application.  

    That is just the beginning.

    3rd party verification resources: Past & Present

    Once your application is submitted the underwriting process kicks off. You will be underwritten no matter if you select a medical exam or No Medical Exam life insurance policy.

    PRO TIP: No exam life insurance does not mean “No Underwriting”. This is a common misunderstanding.  Guaranteed Issue life insurance policies can provide you coverage without underwriting.

    This will provide the insurance company information about your current health status based on height, weight, blood and urine samples. The life insurance company will also have access you your past health history from MIB reports.

    MIB is known as the Medical Information BureauIt is a huge database that all insurance companies will use in order to verify health histories. Think of it as a credit report of all your past medical events.

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    If you happen to omit some health information on your application, it’s going to show up on the MIB report. Your motor vehicle reports are also available to the life insurance companies. If you have had major violations or a DUI, they will have access to that information as well.

    Major consequences for lying on your life insurance application


    Bending the truth on something like a life insurance application…

    …may appear to be not that big of a deal.

    However, it can have major consequences in your quest for life insurance coverage.

    Over the years, I’ve encountered a variety of cases that were affected due to lying.

    what happens if you lie to your insurance company?

    Here are the following scenarios when the insurance companies uncovered lies or omitted information.

    Higher Premiums

    It’s time to make the official offer once the insurance company finds all of the applicant’s information and the underwriting is completed.

    The company may approve the policy, but at a higher rate than you applied for.


    The life insurance company may even decline your application entirely.

    If you omitted significant information or the application contains several occurrences of lies, you may get declined.

    If you are declined from a life insurance company, it may become even more difficult to find affordable life insurance moving forward.

    Cancellation or Reduction of death benefit

    If the life insurance company finds out that you’ve lied after your death they may reduce or cancel your death benefit if it occurs during the 2 year contestability period.

    This is your worst outcome.

    There’s a two year contestability clause in life insurance that occurs from the time of your application until your death.

    This is the time that the insurance company may contest their payment of your benefit.

    Now depending on your state’s laws, the insurance company may possibly avoid paying even after 2 years.  This is due to fraud.  They may prove fraudulent if your death was due to conditions that were known to exist during the time of your application.

    Bottom Line

    The bottom line is: Don’t lie or leave out ANY information when applying for life insurance. Make sure you always use an independent agent who can find out which company will offer you the best deal. At Life Insurance Blog, we use over 60 of the top companies to find the one that’s best for your situation.

    Michael Quinn

    Michael Quinn

    Michael is a licensed life insurance agent, expert & owner of Life Insurance Blog. LIB has helped thousands of shoppers understand life insurance and secure affordable coverage.

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