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How to Become a Real Estate Agent in 66 Days or Less!

The process to get your real estate license can be a confusing one.  Each state has different steps and requirements that make the entire situation confusing if you are not getting the right information.

We created this page to show you the Step by Step requirments and process for getting your real estate license in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

We will also point out to you the real estate schools, classes & companies that we recommend that will best prepare you to satisfy the requirements for your state and get you on your way towards cashing commission checks.

The sooner you can complete the requirements of the state and get associated with a training based brokerage, the better off you will be.

So, let us show you how you can get your real estate license in 66 days of less with the least amount of hassle.

STEP 1: Check Your State Requirements

Each state has certain prerequisites and requirements that you must meet before you are eligible to become a licensed agent. 

These can include, but are not limited to, age, minimum education levels, criminal background checks, etc.

There is also a specific order that you must follow that varies by state.

We have taken the time to compile this state by state list to assist you in determining your path to success. 

Knowing and following the process up front can help you accomplish the task quicker and eliminate any unnecessary delays along the way.

Click on the State Name to see the Requirements.

  • Must by 19 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Resident of Any State
  • No Felony or crime involving moral turpitude
 
  1. Finish the 60 hour Pre-licensure courses
  2. Pass the course final @ 70% or higher
  3. Pass the state/national exams @ 70% or higher given by PSI
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Complete the licensing application
  6. Finish 30 hour post-licensing course within 12 months
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must by 19 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • No Felony or crimes commission judges to disqualify
 
  1. Finish the 40 hour Pre-licensure courses
  2. Pass the course final @ 70% or higher
  3. Pass the state/national exams @ 70% or higher given by Person Vue
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Complete the licensing application within 6 months after passing exam
  6. Finish 30 hour post-licensing course within 12 months
Recommended School:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
 

 

  • Must by 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Lawfully present in the U.S.
  • No Felony or misdemeanor offense
 
  1. Finish the 96 hour Pre-licensure courses 90-hour salesperson pre-licensing course / 6-hour contract writing course
  2. Pass the course final @ 80% or higher
  3. Pass the state/national exams @ 80% or higher given by Pearson Vue
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Complete the licensing application with Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244) & DPS issued AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card
  6. Finish 24 hour post-licensing CE course
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must by 18 Years or Older
  • Subject to Background Check & Fingerprints
 
  1. Finish the 60 hour Pre-licensure courses
  2. Pass the course final @ 70% or higher
  3. Complete the required forms, fingerprint card and fees with criminal background check
  4. Schedule & Pass the 180 question state/national exams @ 70% or higher given by Pearson Vue
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Complete the licensing application
  7. Finish 18 hour post-licensing course within 12 months
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must by 18 Years or Older
  • Subject to Background Check & Fingerprints
 
  1. Finish the 135 hour Pre-licensure course ( 3 – 45 hour courses)
  2. Pass the course final @ 70% or higher
  3. Pass the state/national exams @ 70% or higher given by The Department of Real Estate (DRE) Exam Center
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Complete the licensing application within 6 months after passing exam
  6. Finish 45 hour post-licensing first renewal course
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must by 18 Years or Older
  • Subject to Background Check & Fingerprints
 
  1. Finish the 168 hour Pre-licensure courses 90-hour salesperson pre-licensing course / 6-hour contract writing course
  2. Pass the course final @ 75% or higher
  3. Pass the state/national exams @ 80% or higher given by PSI
  4. Complete a Background Check – Fingerprints
  5. Find a sponsoring broker – Obtain errors & omissions insurance
  6. Complete the licensing application
  7. Finish 16 hour post-licensing CE course
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must by 18 Years or Older
  • Resident of Connecticut
  • Subject to Background Check & Fingerprints
 
  1. Finish the 60/15/15 hour Pre-licensure courses in classroom or Take Massachusetts 40 hour course online and apply for reciprocity
  2. Pass the course final
  3. Pass the state/national exams given by PSI
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Complete the licensing application
Recommended Courses:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package for Massachusetts

 

  • Must by 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Felony or crimes may disqualify
 
  1. Finish the 99 hour Pre-licensure courses
  2. Pass the course final @ 80% or higher
  3. Pass the state/national exams @ 80% or higher given by Person Vue
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Complete the licensing application
  6. Finish 12 hour post-licensing course within 12 months
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
 

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
 
  1. Take a 60-hour pre-licensing course
  2. Pass the course final @ 75% or higher
  3. Pass the D.C. Real Estate Salesperson Exam, administered by PSI
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Submit a licensing application to the DC Real Estate Commission and pay all applicable fees within 6 months of passing the Salesperson exam
  6. Complete 15 hours of continuing education within two-year renewal period
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
 

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • United States Social Security Number
  • Fingerprinting and Background Check

 

  1. Finish a 63-hour pre-licensing course
  2. Pass the course final @ 70% or higher
  3. Submit fingerprints to the Department of Business and Professional Regulations
  4. Apply for licensure with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations
  5. Pass the state licensing exam, administered by Pearson VUE, with a @ 75% or higher
  6. Find a sponsoring broker
  7. Join a realtor association
  8. Complete 45 hours of post-licensing education
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
  • Must be 18 years or older for license activation, though 17-year-olds may take the exam
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Background Check
  • Lawful Presence Verification

 

  1. Take 75 hours of a pre-licensing course
  2. Pass a proctored final exam @ 72% or higher
  3. Complete a background check with the Georgia Crime Information Center
  4. Complete Lawful Presence Verification
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Pass the Georgia Real Estate Exam, administered by PSI, @ 72% or higher
  7. Apply for license within a year of taking the state exam
  8. Finish the 25-hour post-licensing course within 12 months
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • U.S. Work Authorization
  • Background Check
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance

 

  1. Finish the 60-hour pre-licensing course
  2. Create an eHawaii MyPVL account
  3. Pass the pre-licensing course final @ 70% or higher
  4. Pass the Hawaii licensing exam, administered by PSI
  5. Complete the licensing application within 2 years of passing licensing exam
  6. Find a sponsoring broker
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Proof of Legal Presence in U.S.
  • Fingerprinting and Background Check
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance

 

  1. Complete 2 pre-licensing modules totaling 90 hours
  2. Get fingerprinted for background check and pass the state and national exams, given by Pearson VUE, @ 70% or higher
  3. Obtain Errors & Omissions Insurance
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Submit Salesperson application after fingerprints have cleared. Check IREC online services for fingerprint status.
  6. Finish 12 hours of post-licensing courses plus 2 Idaho core courses
Recommended School:
None – Contact a local school in your area for classroom cost and schedule.

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number

 

  1. Complete the 75-hour pre-licensing program
  2. Pass the course final @ 75% or higher
  3. Pass the Illinois Real Estate Licensing Exam with PSI
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Complete the licensing application through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
  6. Finish 45 hours of post-licensing courses
  • Must by 19 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • No Felony or crimes commission judges to disqualify
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED

 

  1. Complete a 90-hour pre-licensing course
  2. Pass the course final @ 75% or higher
  3. Complete a background check
  4. Pass the Indiana Real Estate Exam, given by PSI
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Complete the licensing application
  7. Finish 30 hours of post-licensing courses
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 years or older within 6 months of taking licensing exam
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance

 

  1. Finish the 60-hour pre-licensing course
  2. Complete 3 additional 12-hour live-instruction courses (Buying Practices, Listing Practices, and Developing Professionalism and Ethical Practices course) in any order
  3. Pass the course finals @ 70% or higher
  4. Take the Iowa Real Estate Licensing Exam, given by PSI or Pearson VUE. Pass the state exam with a score of 28 and the national exam with a score of 56.
  5. Complete a criminal background check
  6. Find a sponsoring broker
  7. Complete the licensing application
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Supporting documentation required for felony charges

 

  1. Complete the 30-hour Principles of Real Estate course
  2. Complete the 30-hour Kansas Practice Course
  3. Submit a criminal background check to the Kansas Real Estate Commission
  4. Take the Kansas Real Estate Licensing Exam within a year of finishing the Kansas Practice course
  5. Complete the license application within 6 months of passing the exam
  6. Find a sponsoring broker
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
 

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • FBI Criminal Background Check
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance

 

  1. Finish 96 hours of pre-licensing education or complete 6 credit hours of real estate courses at an accredited college
  2. Pass final exams for the course @ 75% or higher
  3. Pass a criminal background check and get fingerprinted
  4. Pass the state/national exam, administered by PSI, @ 75% or higher
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Submit license application to Kentucky Real Estate Commission
  7. Finish 48 hours of post-licensing courses
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Resident of Any State
  • Applicants with a felony must follow Felony Applicant Process
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance

 

  1. Finish the 90-hour pre-licensing course
  2. Pass the course final @ 75% or higher
  3. Submit Part A of the license application
  4. Complete a criminal background check
  5. Pass the licensing exam (now administered by Pearson VUE, as of 9/1/21) @ 75% or higher
  6. Obtain Errors & Omissions Insurance
  7. Submit Part B of the license application
  8. Find a sponsoring broker
  9. Finish 45 hours of post-licensing courses within 12 months
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Be an honest and truthful individual

 

  1. Finish 55 hours of pre-licensing courses
  2. Pass the course finals @ 75% or higher
  3. Pass all portions of the Maine Real Estate Exam, given by Pearson VUE, @ 75% or higher
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Complete the licensing application
Recommended School:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
 

 

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • Be of good character and reputation
  • Submit True Test copies of court proceedings if previously convicted of felony or misdemeanor

 

  1. Finish the 60-hour pre-licensing courses
  2. Pass the course final @ 70% or higher
  3. Pass the PSI licensing exam @ 70% or higher, with at least 52% on the national portion and 56% on the state portion
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Apply to the Maryland Real Estate Commission for a license
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Social Security Number
  • Resident of Any State

 

  1. Finish a 40-hour pre-licensing course
  2. Pass the course final @ 75% or higher
  3. Apply for Massachusetts Salesperson license
  4. Pass Massachusetts Real Estate Exam, given by PSI, with 70% or higher on each section
  5. Complete a background check
  6. Pay the licensing fee
  7. Find a sponsoring broker
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • Have good moral character

 

  1. Finish the 40-hour pre-licensing courses
  2. Pass the course finals @ 70% or higher
  3. Apply for Michigan Real Estate License within 36 months of passing course exam
  4. Pass the Michigan Real Estate License Exam, given by PSI
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • US Citizen or Lawfully Admitted Alien
  • Background Check

 

  1. Complete 90 hours of pre-licensing education consisting of 3 courses
  2. Pass the course finals @ 75% or higher
  3. Pass the Minnesota Real Estate Salesperson Exam, given by Pearson VUE, @ 75% or higher
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Register with the Minnesota Real Estate Board
  6. Complete background check
  7. File Minnesota Real Estate License application
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • Resident of Mississippi
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Must appeal to MS Real Estate Commission if previously convicted of a felony

 

  1. Complete 60 hours of pre-licensing courses
  2. Pass course finals @ 70% or higher
  3. Find a sponsoring broker
  4. Complete the licensing application
  5. Pass the licensing exam @ 70% or higher on the general portion and 75% or higher on the state portion
  6. Finish 30 hours of post-licensing courses within 12 months and pass final exams @ 70% or higher
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum

 

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Criminal Background Check

 

  1. Finish the 72-hour pre-licensing courses (consists of the 48-hour Missouri Pre-Exam Salesperson Course and the 24-hour Missouri Real Estate Practice Course)
  2. Pass the course final @ 75% or higher
  3. Pass the Missouri Real Estate Exam, given by PSI, with 70% or higher on the national portion and 75% or higher on the state portion
  4. Get fingerprinted and complete background check
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Submit the licensing application
  7. Finish 30-hour post-licensing course
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • Must have completed 10th grade or more at an accredited high school or equivalent

 

  1. Complete 70 hours of pre-licensing coursework
  2. Pass Montana Salesperson Licensing Exam, given by Pearson VUE, @ 70% or higher
  3. Find a sponsoring broker
  4. File Montana real estate licensing application
Recommended School:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
 

 

  • Must be 19 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma, GED, or evidence of enrollment in a homeschool program from the Department of Education
  • Fingerprinting and Background Check
  • Lawful Presence in the U.S.

 

  1. Finish the 66 hours (3 courses) of real estate pre-license education
  2. Find a sponsoring broker
  3. Apply for Nebraska Real Estate License
  4. Complete a background check
  5. Provide a written statement about any felony or misdemeanor convictions
  6. Pass the Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Examination @ 75% or higher
Recommended School:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
 

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien 

 

  1. Finish the 90-hour pre-licensing education (130 hours if completed on or after 10/1/2021)
  2. Pass the course finals @ 75% or higher
  3. Complete fingerprint and background check
  4. Pass the real estate licensing examination, administered by Pearson VUE, @ 75% or higher
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Submit the licensing application within 12 months of passing exam
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Be of good moral character, trustworthy, and professional

 

  1. Complete 40 hours of pre-licensing education
  2. Pass the New Hampshire Real Estate Examination, given by AMP, @ 70% or higher
  3. Find a sponsoring broker
  4. Submit licensing application to the New Hampshire Real Estate Commission within 6 months of passing exam
  5. Take 15 hours of continuing education every two years
Recommended School:
None – Contact a local school in your area for classroom cost and schedule.

 

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Have honesty, trustworthiness, character, and integrity
  • Application may be denied for those convicted of a crime, or currently on parole or probation

 

  1. Complete a 75-hour pre-licensing course
  2. Pass the license examination @ 70% or higher
  3. Get fingerprinted
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. File the licensing application
Recommended School:
 Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Other Choices:
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • U.S. Citizen or Lawfully Admitted Alien
  • Live Fingerprint Scan

 

  1. Complete 90 hours of pre-licensing education, consisting of 3 courses
  2. Pass the state/national licensing exams @ 70% or higher
  3. Do live fingerprint scan no earlier than 21 days prior to submitting license application
  4. Obtain Errors & Omissions Insurance
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Complete the licensing application within 6 months of passing licensing exam
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • NYS Photo Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID Card
  • No felony charges on record
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Fingerprinting

 

  1. Complete 75-hour licensing education Pass the course final @ 75% or higher. All exams must be physically proctored in the State of New York.
  2. Find a sponsoring broker
  3. Pass the New York real estate license exam, administered by the New York Department of State, @ 70% or higher
  4. Apply for a real estate license through eAccessNY
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 19 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • U.S. Citizen or Legal Alien
  • Social Security Number
  • Resident of Any State
  • Criminal Record Report (no older than 6 months)

 

  1. Finish the 75-hour pre-licensing courses
  2. Pass the course finals @ 75% or higher
  3. Pass the North Carolina Real Estate Licensing Exam, given by PSI, @ 75% or higher
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Complete the licensing application
  6. Finish 90 hours of post-licensing courses within 18 months
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Good reputation for competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity, and fair dealing
  • No Felony or crimes commission judges to disqualify
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance

 

  1. Those who believe their background may disqualify them from obtaining a real estate license may want to apply BEFORE taking pre-licensing education
  2. Finish 90 hours of pre-licensing courses (effective 1/1/21)
  3. Pass the course final @ 70% or higher
  4. Pass the licensing exam, given by PSI, @ 70% or higher
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Obtain Errors & Omissions Insurance
  7. Complete the licensing application
  8. Finish 15 hours of post-licensing education within 12 months (if licensed on or before 12/31/21)
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
 

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Proof of Legal Presence
  • No Felony or Crime of Moral Turpitude
  • State and FBI Background Check
  • Fingerprinting

 

  1. Complete 120 hours of pre-licensing courses at an institution of higher education
  2. Pass course finals @ 70% or higher
  3. Find a sponsoring broker
  4. Submit the licensing application
  5. Pass licensing exam, administered by PSI, at @ 80% or higher
  6. Finish 20 hours of post-licensing courses and pass final exams @ 70% or higher
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • U.S. Citizen or of Qualified Alien Status 

  1. Complete a 90-hour pre-licensing course
  2. Pass final course exams at 80% or higher
  3. Submit provisional license application to the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission
  4. Complete a background check
  5. Pass Oklahoma Salesperson Exam at 75% or higher
  6. Find a sponsoring broker
  7. Finish 45-hour post-licensing course and pass final exam @ 80% or higher, within a year

 

Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma, GED, or International Equivalent
  • Criminal Background Check

 

  1. Register for an eLicense account and apply for a license
  2. Complete 150 hours of pre-licensing education
  3. Pass all course finals @ 75% or higher
  4. Have fingerprints taken at the license examination site
  5. Pass the Oregon Real Estate Broker Examination, administered by PSI
  6. Find a sponsoring broker
  7. Finish a 30-hour post-licensing course within 2 years, by the last day of your birth month
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Lawfully present in the U.S.
  • Criminal Background Check by State Police

 

  1. Complete 75 hours of pre-licensing education, consisting of 2 courses
  2. Pass the course finals @ 75% or higher
  3. Complete a background check with the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Submit licensing application to Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission
  6. Pass the Pennsylvania real estate exam, administered by PSI, @ 70% or higher

Finish 14 hours of post-licensing course and pass final exams @ 70% or higher

Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Resident of Any State
  • Criminal History Record
  • Tax Payer Status Affidavit / Identity Verification
  • References from 3 Property Owners
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance

 

  1. Complete 45 hours of pre-licensing education in an approved real estate school
  2. Take three 3-hour courses in Lead Poisoning/Lead Hazard Mitigation
  3. Pass the licensing exam, administered by Pearson VUE
  4. Obtain Errors & Omissions Insurance
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Complete the licensing application
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
 

 

  • Must be 19 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Lawfully present and eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Criminal Background Check

 

  1. Finish a 60-hour pre-licensing course (Unit I)
  2. Apply to take the South Carolina Real Estate Sales Examination
  3. Complete a background check
  4. Pass the license exam @ 70% or higher
  5. Finish an additional 30-hour pre-licensing course (Unit II)
  6. Find a sponsoring broker
  7. Complete the licensing application
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • U.S. Citizen or South Dakota Resident
  • Demonstrate financial responsibility
  • Commission may deny those with felony conviction
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance

 

  1. Complete 116 hours of pre-licensing education
  2. Pass the course final @ 75% or higher
  3. Pass the South Dakota Real Estate Exam, administered by AMP in Sioux Falls and Rapid City, @ 75% or higher
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Apply for license application within 60 days of passing last exam
  6. Take 60 hours of post-licensing education and pass final exams with 80% or higher during first licensing cycle
  7. Take 24 hours of continuing education for every licensing period after that
Recommended School:
None – Contact a local school in your area for classroom cost and schedule.

 

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Electronic Fingerprinting
  • 2 years must have passed from date of expiration of probation, conviction, and/or release from incarceration
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance

 

  1. Complete two pre-licensing courses totaling 90 hours
  2. Pass the course finals @ 70% or higher
  3. Pass the licensing exam, administered by PSI, @ 70% or higher
  4. Submit fingerprint report
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Obtain Errors & Omissions Insurance
  7. Complete the licensing application
  8. Finish 120 hours of post-licensing education within first 3 years of licensure and pass final exams with 70% or higher
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • U.S. Citizen or Lawfully Admitted Alien
  • DACA Recipients do not qualify as Lawfully Admitted Aliens
  • Background Check and Fingerprinting
  • Meet TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
  • Fitness Determination Form (for those with criminal offenses, unpaid judgments, etc.)

 

  1. File a Fitness Determination Form BEFORE applying for a license if your background may disqualify you from obtaining a real estate license
  2. Complete 180 hours of pre-license education
  3. Pass final exams @ 70% or higher
  4. Apply for a Texas Real Estate Agent License
  5. Submit fingerprints
  6. Pass the Texas Real Estate Licensing Exam, given by Pearson VUE, @ 70% or higher
  7. Find a sponsoring broker
  8. Finish a total of 98 hours of post-licensing education and pass final exams @ 70% or higher
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Lawfully present in the U.S.
  • Fingerprinting
  • No felony in the last 5 years
  • No misdemeanor involving fraud, misrepresentation, theft, or dishonesty in the last 3 years

 

  1. Take 120 hours of pre-licensing education
  2. Pass the course finals @ 70% or higher
  3. Pass the Sales Agent Exam, given by Pearson VUE
  4. File a license request with the Division of Real Estate within 90 days of passing exam
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Complete 18 hours of post-licensing education and pass final exams at 75%
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
 

 

  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • Vermont Resident

 

  1. Finish a 40-hour salesperson pre-licensing course
  2. Pass the course final @ 70% or higher
  3. Pass the Vermont state licensing exam
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Have broker complete the Verification of Employment/Supervision Form
  6. Submit the Vermont Real Estate Salesperson application
  7. Finish the 8-hours post-licensing course within 90 days and pass final exam @ 75% or higher
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
 
  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Fingerprinting
  • Be of Good Moral Character

 

  1. Finish 60 hours of pre-licensing courses
  2. Pass the course final at 75% or higher
  3. Pass the Virginia Real Estate Licensing Exam @ 70% or higher on the national portion and 75% or higher on the state portion
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Apply for a Virginia real estate license
  6. Finish 30 hours of post-licensing education and pass final exams @ 75% or higher
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep
  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Fingerprinting

 

  1. Finish 90 total hours of pre-licensing courses
  2. Pass the course final exams @ 75% or higher
  3. Pass the Washington Real Estate Broker’s Exams, given by PSI
  4. Apply for licensing within 1 year of passing the Broker’s Examination
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Finish 90 total hours of post-licensing education for first active renewal
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep
  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • U.S. Citizen or Lawfully Admitted Alien
  • Background Check

 

  1. Complete 90 total hours of pre-licensing courses
  2. Pass the course finals @ 70% or higher
  3. Pass the West Virgina Real Estate Exam, administered by PSI, scoring 70% or higher on the national portion and 76% or higher on the state portion
  4. Find a sponsoring broker
  5. Apply for license through the West Viriginia Real Estate Commission
Recommended School:
None – Contact a local school in your area for classroom cost and schedule.
  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Predetermination Form for those with past felony or misdemeanor convictions

 

  1. Apply for predetermination if past criminal convictions may disqualify you from obtaining a license
  2. Finish 72 hours of pre-licensing courses
  3. Pass the course final exams @ 75% or higher
  4. Pass the Wisconsin Salesperson Licensing Exam, administered by Pearson VUE, @ 75% or higher
  5. Find a sponsoring broker
  6. Complete licensing application through the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep
  • Must be 18 Years or Older
  • U.S. Citizen or Lawfully Admitted Alien
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance

 

  1. Complete 54 hours of pre-licensing education, consisting of two classes
  2. Pass the course final exams
  3. Pass the Wyoming Real Estate Exam @ 70% or higher on the national portion and 75% or higher on the state portion
  4. Get fingerprinted and submit background check to Wyoming Real Estate Commission
  5. Obtain Errors & Omissions Insurance
  6. Find a sponsoring broker

Submit the licensing application

Recommended School:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
 

STEP 2: Take a State Approved Pre-Licensure Course

Your next step is to select a state approved pre licensing course and register for the classes. 

Under the state requirements, we have listed the state approved real estate schools that we have worked with an recommend. 

Recommended School:
The CE Shop – Value or Premium Package (Recommended based upon the student exam pass rate)
Other Choices:
Real Estate Express – Exam Prep or Ultimate
Mbition – Gold or Platinum
Kaplan – Master Exam Prep
 

These schools have been selected because they offer the best courses that prepare you to pass the final exam.  They also provide you with the greatest scheduling flexibility due to the online nature of the class.  We know life can get busy. By learning online, you can access your course whenever you want, wherever you are. Have time first thing in the morning? That’s great. Awake at 2 AM? Hop online and pick up where you left off! 

Each state does have in-person or classroom course available as well.   Before you consider a classroom based course, we encourage you to watch this video to help you decide if a classroom based course is right for you

We recommend that you select a package that at a minimum has the exam preparation materials included with the course or the post licensing course included as well.  For The CE Shop that is the Value or Premium Package.  For Real Estate Express it would be the Exam Prep or Ultimate Package. Mbition would be the Gold or Platinum packages and for Kaplan is would be the Master Exam Prep package.

Part of taking the pre-licensing course is passing the final exam for the course.  This is not the same as the independently administered state/national licensing exam.  (Yes, there will be 2 test that you will have to pass.)

One you have passed the final exam for the course, it will provide you with a proof that you completed the course and understood the materials. You will be provided a Certificate of Completion by the real estate school and will be eligible to register for the state/national exam. 

STEP 3: Take Exam Prep

Every state requires you to take an exam at the end of the course, to prove that you have understood the concepts and principles presented in the required classes, and they require you to pass an independently administered state/national licensing exam. 

These exams are administered in a multiple choice format.

You should either select a real estate course package like we have recommended that includes an Exam Prep module or you should invest in a Exam Preparation system that is available online.  The 3rd Party Exam Prep system that we recommend is PrepAgentThe CE Shop also offers Exam Prep systemm that you can purchase separate from the real estate classes.

PrepAgent offers three packages, depending on the time frame that you are planning of studying for.  The best value is the Premium Package because the materials can also be used to assist you in passing your post-licensing course exams along with continuing education requirements.

The most valuable part of the Exam Prep systems are the National And State-specific Questions with Thousands of questions with clear explanations that are consistently updated with new laws and regulations. 

The systems also have Online Interactive Flashcards with allow you to learn key terminology!

Our experience has shown that students that take the practice exams over and over until they are passing at a 90% or higher score at home are best prepared to pass the final exams, even if they forget some terms on test day or have problems with test taking pressure.

Invest in an Exam Prep system.  It would be a shame to make an investment of time and money into the real estate course, only to fail the final exams.

 

 

STEP 4: Apply and Schedule to Take the State Exam

The State / National Final Exam will be administered by an independently run testing center.  In most cases, after you have you Certificate of Completion for the course, you will need to apply for and schedule a time to take the final exam.

As with the licensing requirements, each state is different in the way that they handle the application and scheduling process. 

Not to fret, we have taken the time to compile the information that you need for your specific state.

Typically students will have a six to twelve month window to take their exam after their pre-licensing course.

Click the state name to find the application and scheduling links. 

 

STEP 5: Finding a Broker

We can assist you in Finding a Broker.  The Digital Agent Show has helped place hundred of agents with training based brokerages and real estate companies all across the country and we can do the same for you.  Robert Earl has personal sponsored hundreds of agents into the real estate business and mentored and coached them along the way, and I can do the same for you. We have dozens of top teams across the country and hundreds of top offices around the United States that are looking for new talent to join their ranks.

 

 

Selecting a real estate brokerage is one of the most important decisions that you will make during the process of getting your real estate license.  I should know, I made a lot of mistakes when I first got into real estate because I selected the wrong company to associate with and it ended up costing me tens of thousands of dollars. 

(Read more about the 21 Mistakes I made when selecting a real estate company when getting started in real estate)

The state required real estate courses will teach you a lot of things.  What they won’t teach you is how to actually sell real estate and make money.  They will not cover how to find and work with buyers and sellers.  In a majority of states, the real estate sales contract is not even covered in the pre-licensing real estate course. 

This instruction is left up to the real estate companies.  And some do a better job of this training than others.  As a matter of fact, some of these companies are so focused on building their brand name that they never cover the basics needed for a newer agent to have a fighting chance at success. 

This is the trap that I fell into.  I didn’t select a training based, agent centric company.

On top of this, I selected a company that did not have the best commission splits and did not have a cap on how much they charged me as an agent each year.

I learned my lesson and have now been with a great, training based, agent centric company for over 18 years, Keller Williams Realty.

I wrote this article a few weeks ago and it will help you evaluate which brokerage to start with.

Best Real Estate Agency to Start With & Mistakes to Avoid

I also penned this article – Which Company Has the Best Commission Split in Real Estate?

 

STEP 6: Keeping Your License

Some states require you to complete a formal Post Licensing Course.  When we discussed the real estate course packages before, we pointed out that some of the packages included the Post Licensing Course.  For The CE Shop, these were the Premium Packages for example.

These Post Licensing Courses must be completed within the first 12 months of being licensed.  Click here to see a list of available online post licensing courses for your state.

All states, no matter how long you have been licensed, require some form of ongoing Continuing Education.  Continuing Education consists of the courses required for retaining your real estate license.  The courses we recommend are industry-leading courses that combine the classroom environment and online learning with state-by-state regulatory requirements.

The CE requirements vary by state when it comes to the time frame and the hours required. Make sure you check with your state to make sure you get all of your continuing education hours.

Without getting the appropriate amount of continuing education hours your license will not be renewed and you will be faced with potential delays, added cost and additional educational requirements

In some states, if you allow you license to lapse for two long of a period, you will be required to start the entire process over by taking the pre-licensing courses for the beginning.

You do not want to ever let this happen.  


*Becoming a real estate agent in 66 days or less is possible in many states. However, there are some states that require more time and more pre-licensing education so it may not be possible in all those specific states. This guide is meant to speed up your process to help you become a real estate agent as fast as possible.