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Real Estate License Requirements (Entire United States)

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Real Estate License Requirements

Real Estate Licensing Requirements (All 52 States)

No matter where you live in the United States, you must be licensed to operate as a real estate agent.

Did you know that each state has its own requirements?  No need to worry.  We have made it easier with the master chart below breaking down the real estate license requirements for every state!  

It can be a confusing and an overwhelming process researching all of the information out there.  Not too mention frustrating… But there is help for finding this information in this article!  

There are many choices when it comes to real estate schools who help you prepare for the final state exam.  You can also choose to study on your own, but there are still minimum requirements that must be met. 

Real Estate License Requirement Chart

We have broken this chart into 6 categories:

  1. State.  This is obviously the state of choice in which you are looking to obtain licensure in.
  2. Classroom Hours.  This is the minimum amount of classroom hours you must complete online or in class.
  3. Estimated Costs.  This is the estimated costs for your state exam as well as license / background, etc.  **This doesn’t include the cost for schooling.
  4. Age.  Minimum age you must be in order to obtain a real estate license.
  5. Education Requirements.  This is foundational requirements such as high school, GED and even any college requirements.
  6. Restrictions.  A person also must meet certain eligibility conditions, such as background checks. If someone has a criminal background of any kind, you must know and understand what your state says on this matter.

Real Estate Classroom Hour Requirements

STATE CLASSROOM HOURS
Alabama 60 hrs pre-license/30 hrs w/ 12 months
Alaska 40 hrs pre-license
Arizona 90 hrs pre-license
Arkansas 60 hrs pre-license/6 hr. class on writing contracts
California 135 hrs pre-license or Complete three college-level courses in specified real estate related topics
Colorado Does not issue a general real estate salesperson license
Connecticut 60 hrs pre-license
Delaware 99 hrs pre-license
District of Columbia 60 hrs pre-license
Florida 63 hrs pre-license
Georgia 75 hrs pre-license
Hawaii 45 hrs pre-license
Idaho 90 hrs pre-license
Illinois Does not issue general salesperson license
Indiana Does not issue general salesperson license
Iowa 96 hrs pre-license
Kansas 60 hrs pre-license
Kentucky 96 hrs pre-license
Louisiana 90 hrs pre-license
Maine 55 hrs pre-license
Maryland 60 hrs pre-license
Massachusetts 40 hrs pre-license
Michigan 40 hrs pre-license
Minnesota 90 hrs pre-license
Mississippi 60 hrs pre-license
Missouri 72 hrs pre-license
Montana 60 hrs pre-license
Nebraska 60 hrs pre-license
Nevada 90 hrs pre-license
New Hampshire 40 hrs pre-license
New Jersey 75 hrs pre-license
New Mexico Does not issue a general real estate salesperson license
New York 75 hrs pre-license
North Carolina Does not issue a general real estate salesperson license
North Dakota Does not issue a general real estate salesperson license
Ohio 120 hrs pre-license
Oklahoma 90 hrs pre-license
Oregon Does not issue a general real estate salesperson license
Pennsylvania 60 hrs pre-license
Rhode Island 45 hrs pre-license
South Carolina 60hrs pre-license or or hold a Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Laws degree, or a baccalaureate degree
with a major in real estate from an accredited college or university
South Dakota Does not issue a general real estate salesperson license
Tennessee Does not issue a general real estate salesperson license
Texas Complete pre-licensing education of at least 12 semester hours, or equivalent classroom hours, of postsecondary
education related to real estate
Utah 120 hrs pre-license. Be a Utah attorney, or have equivalent education
Vermont 40 hrs pre-license
Virginia 60 hrs pre-license
Washington Does not issue a general real estate salesperson license
West Virginia 90 hrs pre-license
Wisconsin 72 hrs pre-license or 10
semester-hour credits in real estate at an accredited higher education institution
Wyoming 30 hrs pre-license

Real Estate License Estimated Costs

STATE ESTIMATED COSTS
Alabama $71/Exam – $150/License
Alaska $100/Exam – $530/License
Arizona $60/Exam – $75/License
Arkansas $125/Exam – $75/License
California $60/Exam – $245/License
Colorado
Connecticut $52/Exam – $385/License
Delaware $69/Exam – $25/Guaranty
District of Columbia $61/Exam – $240/ License
Florida $36.75/Exam – $89/License
Georgia $25/Crime Report – $170/License
Hawaii $68/Exam – License Fee (changes annually)
Idaho $75/Exam – $160/License
Illinois $45 Exam – $125/License
Indiana $35/Exam – $39.25/License
Iowa $92/ Exam – $125/License
Kansas $82/Exam – $100/License
Kentucky $75/Exam – $70/License
Louisiana $85/Exam – $45/License
Maine $85/Exam – $100/License
Maryland $90/Exam – $115/License
Massachusetts $97/Exam – $103/License
Michigan $79/Exam – $88/License
Minnesota $65/EXam – $110/License
Mississippi $75/Exam – $150/License
Missouri $52/Exam – $90/License
Montana $106/Exam(subject to change) – $122.50/License
Nebraska $285/Exam – $90/License
Nevada $100/Exam – $125/License
New Hampshire $45/Exam – $160/License
New Jersey $95/Exam – $270/License
New Mexico
New York $15/Exam – $50/License
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio $60/Application Fee
Oklahoma $60/Exam – $75/Provisional/$165/Initial License
Oregon
Pennsylvania $54/Exam – $107/License
Rhode Island $70/Exam – $100/License
South Carolina $63/Exam – $75/License
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas $54/Exam – $350/License
Utah $66/Exam – $152/License
Vermont $115/Exam – $50/License
Virginia $60/Exam – $170/License
Washington
West Virginia $96/Exam – $100/License
Wisconsin $82//Exam – $75/License
Wyoming $114/Exam – $300/License

Real Estate License Age Requirements

STATE AGE
Alabama 19
Alaska 18
Arizona 18
Arkansas 18
California 18
Colorado
Connecticut 18
Delaware 18
District of Columbia 18
Florida 18
Georgia 18
Hawaii 18
Idaho 18
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa 18
Kansas 18
Kentucky 18
Louisiana 18
Maine 18
Maryland 18
Massachusetts 18
Michigan 18
Minnesota 18
Mississippi 18
Missouri 18
Montana 18
Nebraska 19
Nevada 18
New Hampshire 18
New Jersey 18
New Mexico
New York 18
North Carolina
North Dakota 18
Ohio 18
Oklahoma 18
Oregon
Pennsylvania 18
Rhode Island 18
South Carolina 18
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas 18
Utah 18
Vermont 18
Virginia 18
Washington
West Virginia 18
Wisconsin 18
Wyoming

Real Estate License Education Requirements

STATE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Alabama High School Diploma or equivalent
Alaska High School Diploma or GED
Arizona High School Diploma or GED
Arkansas High School Diploma or GED
California High School Diploma or GED
Colorado
Connecticut High School Diploma or GED
Delaware High School Diploma or GED
District of Columbia High School Diploma or GED
Florida High School Diploma or GED
Georgia High School Diploma or GED
Hawaii High School Diploma or GED
Idaho High School Diploma or GED
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa High School Diploma or GED
Kansas High School Diploma or GED
Kentucky High School Diploma or GED
Louisiana High School Diploma or GED
Maine High School Diploma or GED
Maryland High School Diploma or GED
Massachusetts High School Diploma or GED
Michigan High School Diploma or GED
Minnesota High School Diploma or GED
Mississippi High School Diploma or GED
Missouri High School Diploma or GED
Montana High School Diploma or GED
Nebraska High School Diploma or GED
Nevada High School Diploma or GED
New Hampshire High School Diploma or GED
New Jersey High School Diploma or GED
New Mexico High School Diploma or GED
New York High School Diploma or GED
North Carolina
North Dakota High School Diploma or GED
Ohio High School Diploma or GED
Oklahoma High School Diploma or GED
Oregon
Pennsylvania High School Diploma or GED
Rhode Island High School Diploma or GED
South Carolina High School Diploma or GED
South Dakota High School Diploma or GED
Tennessee
Texas High School Diploma or GED
Utah High School Diploma or GED
Vermont High School Diploma or GED
Virginia High School Diploma or GED
Washington
West Virginia High School Diploma or GED
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Real Estate License Restrictions

STATE RESTRICTIONS
Alabama
No felonies or crime of moral turpitude. Be trustworthy and competent to transact business; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or legally presiding in the United States.Not have had a real estate application or license rejected or revoked in another state within the past two years
Alaska Not be under indictment or felony (fraud, theft) or seven years have elapsed since conviction and serving sentence.
Arizona No crimes of moral turpitude. Not be convicted of a felony and incarcerated, on parole, or on probation for the conviction
Arkansas Have good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity; and have demonstrated no record of unprofessional conduct. Complete criminal history background check
California No convictions. Demonstrate honesty and truthfulness
Colorado
Connecticut Have good reputation for honesty, truthfulness, and fair dealing; and be competent to transact business
Delaware No criminal or pending criminal charges related to real estate or fraud. Nor drug, alcohol or mental incompetence charges.
District of Columbia No convictions that bear upon fitness to be licensed. Not have had license application denied in the past year, be under license suspension, or have had license revoked in past three years
Florida Good reputation for honesty, truthfulness and fair dealings
Georgia No felonies or crime of moral turpitude. 2-5 years since terms have been satisfied.
Hawaii Possess reputation for competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity, and fair dealing
Idaho No felony conviction, no real estate license revoked for fraud, dishonesty in past five years
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa No real estate application rejected within the past 12 months or real estate license revoked in the past two years
Kansas Have a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competency to transact business
Kentucky Be trustworthy and competent to transact business
Louisiana Have a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence to transact business
Maine Have a good reputation for honesty, truthfulness, fair dealing
Maryland Be of good character and reputation; Submit credit report
Massachusetts Be of good moral character
Michigan May be required to provide proof of business experience, competence, and good moral character
Minnesota No real estate license revoked within two years of the application date
Mississippi Trustworthy and competent to transact business
Missouri Be of good moral character; have a good reputation for honesty, integrity, and fair dealing; and be competent to transact business
Montana Honest, trustworthy, and competent to transact business; and have completed 10th grade or its equivalent
Nebraska Submit fingerprints for national criminal history background check
Nevada Have a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity; and be competent to transact business
New Hampshire Have a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
New Jersey Be of good moral character and able to prove honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
New Mexico
New York Trustworthy, and competent to transact business
North Carolina
North Dakota Have good reputation for honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity, and fair dealing; and be competent to transact business
Ohio Be honest, truthful, and of good reputation
Oklahoma
Be of good moral character; Submit to a national criminal history record check. Any specified serious crime (e.g., murder), at least 20 years must have passed since completing all terms and conditions 2. Felony involving forgery, fraud, or a similar offense, at least 10 years 3. Any other felony, at least five years
Oregon
Pennsylvania Have a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence to transact business
Rhode Island Have good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competency
South Carolina Submit to a credit report to demonstrate creditworthiness
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas Must be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted alien; and demonstrate competence, honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
Utah
Prove honesty, integrity, truthfulness, reputation, and competency. Submit fingerprints and consent to a criminal background check. No felony convictions within 5 years or misdemeanor involving fraud, misrepresentation, theft, or dishonesty within the previous three years
Vermont
Virginia Have good reputation for honesty, truthfulness, fair dealing, and competency to transact business
Washington
West Virginia Be trustworthy, of good moral character, and competent to transact business
Wisconsin Competent to transact business. Not have been convicted of a felony
Wyoming Have a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence to transact business. Submit fingerprints for a criminal history record background check

It Pays To Know What Each State’s Real Estate License Restrictions Are

All 52 states require a person to have a certain number of hours of pre-licensing education which prepares you to take the state license exam. There are also multiple fees, such as licensing applications, exam fees and the varying costs from state to state. 

Much luck in getting your real estate license!  And if you’re considering online, take a look at Real Estate Express below.

For your convienence, we included a PDF download.  Here is your Real Estate License Requirement Checklist for all of the USA.