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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

STATECLASSROOM HOURS
Alabama60 hrs pre-license/30 hrs w/ 12 months
Alaska40 hrs pre-license
Arizona90 hrs pre-license
Arkansas60 hrs pre-license/6 hr. class on writing contracts
California135 hrs pre-license or Complete three college-level courses in specified real estate related topics
ColoradoDoes not issue a general real estate salesperson license
Connecticut60 hrs pre-license
Delaware99 hrs pre-license
District of Columbia60 hrs pre-license
Florida63 hrs pre-license
Georgia75 hrs pre-license
Hawaii45 hrs pre-license
Idaho90 hrs pre-license
IllinoisDoes not issue general salesperson license
IndianaDoes not issue general salesperson license
Iowa96 hrs pre-license
Kansas60 hrs pre-license
Kentucky96 hrs pre-license
Louisiana90 hrs pre-license
Maine55 hrs pre-license
Maryland60 hrs pre-license
Massachusetts40 hrs pre-license
Michigan40 hrs pre-license
Minnesota90 hrs pre-license
Mississippi60 hrs pre-license
Missouri72 hrs pre-license
Montana60 hrs pre-license
Nebraska60 hrs pre-license
Nevada90 hrs pre-license
New Hampshire40 hrs pre-license
New Jersey75 hrs pre-license
New MexicoDoes not issue a general real estate salesperson license
New York75 hrs pre-license
North CarolinaDoes not issue a general real estate salesperson license
North DakotaDoes not issue a general real estate salesperson license
Ohio120 hrs pre-license
Oklahoma90 hrs pre-license
OregonDoes not issue a general real estate salesperson license
Pennsylvania60 hrs pre-license
Rhode Island45 hrs pre-license
South Carolina60hrs 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 DakotaDoes not issue a general real estate salesperson license
TennesseeDoes not issue a general real estate salesperson license
TexasComplete pre-licensing education of at least 12 semester hours, or equivalent classroom hours, of postsecondary
education related to real estate
Utah120 hrs pre-license. Be a Utah attorney, or have equivalent education
Vermont40 hrs pre-license
Virginia60 hrs pre-license
WashingtonDoes not issue a general real estate salesperson license
West Virginia90 hrs pre-license
Wisconsin72 hrs pre-license or 10
semester-hour credits in real estate at an accredited higher education institution
Wyoming30 hrs pre-license

Real Estate License Estimated Costs

STATEESTIMATED 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

STATEAGE
Alabama19
Alaska18
Arizona18
Arkansas18
California18
Colorado
Connecticut18
Delaware18
District of Columbia18
Florida18
Georgia18
Hawaii18
Idaho18
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa18
Kansas18
Kentucky18
Louisiana18
Maine18
Maryland18
Massachusetts18
Michigan18
Minnesota18
Mississippi18
Missouri18
Montana18
Nebraska19
Nevada18
New Hampshire18
New Jersey18
New Mexico
New York18
North Carolina
North Dakota18
Ohio18
Oklahoma18
Oregon
Pennsylvania18
Rhode Island18
South Carolina18
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas18
Utah18
Vermont18
Virginia18
Washington
West Virginia18
Wisconsin18
Wyoming

Real Estate License Education Requirements

STATEEDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
AlabamaHigh School Diploma or equivalent
AlaskaHigh School Diploma or GED
ArizonaHigh School Diploma or GED
ArkansasHigh School Diploma or GED
CaliforniaHigh School Diploma or GED
Colorado
ConnecticutHigh School Diploma or GED
DelawareHigh School Diploma or GED
District of ColumbiaHigh School Diploma or GED
FloridaHigh School Diploma or GED
GeorgiaHigh School Diploma or GED
HawaiiHigh School Diploma or GED
IdahoHigh School Diploma or GED
Illinois
Indiana
IowaHigh School Diploma or GED
KansasHigh School Diploma or GED
KentuckyHigh School Diploma or GED
LouisianaHigh School Diploma or GED
MaineHigh School Diploma or GED
MarylandHigh School Diploma or GED
MassachusettsHigh School Diploma or GED
MichiganHigh School Diploma or GED
MinnesotaHigh School Diploma or GED
MississippiHigh School Diploma or GED
MissouriHigh School Diploma or GED
MontanaHigh School Diploma or GED
NebraskaHigh School Diploma or GED
NevadaHigh School Diploma or GED
New HampshireHigh School Diploma or GED
New JerseyHigh School Diploma or GED
New MexicoHigh School Diploma or GED
New YorkHigh School Diploma or GED
North Carolina
North DakotaHigh School Diploma or GED
OhioHigh School Diploma or GED
OklahomaHigh School Diploma or GED
Oregon
PennsylvaniaHigh School Diploma or GED
Rhode IslandHigh School Diploma or GED
South CarolinaHigh School Diploma or GED
South DakotaHigh School Diploma or GED
Tennessee
TexasHigh School Diploma or GED
UtahHigh School Diploma or GED
VermontHigh School Diploma or GED
VirginiaHigh School Diploma or GED
Washington
West VirginiaHigh School Diploma or GED
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Real Estate License Restrictions

STATERESTRICTIONS
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
AlaskaNot be under indictment or felony (fraud, theft) or seven years have elapsed since conviction and serving sentence.
ArizonaNo crimes of moral turpitude. Not be convicted of a felony and incarcerated, on parole, or on probation for the conviction
ArkansasHave good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity; and have demonstrated no record of unprofessional conduct. Complete criminal history background check
CaliforniaNo convictions. Demonstrate honesty and truthfulness
Colorado
ConnecticutHave good reputation for honesty, truthfulness, and fair dealing; and be competent to transact business
DelawareNo criminal or pending criminal charges related to real estate or fraud. Nor drug, alcohol or mental incompetence charges.
District of ColumbiaNo 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
FloridaGood reputation for honesty, truthfulness and fair dealings
GeorgiaNo felonies or crime of moral turpitude. 2-5 years since terms have been satisfied.
HawaiiPossess reputation for competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity, and fair dealing
IdahoNo felony conviction, no real estate license revoked for fraud, dishonesty in past five years
Illinois
Indiana
IowaNo real estate application rejected within the past 12 months or real estate license revoked in the past two years
KansasHave a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competency to transact business
KentuckyBe trustworthy and competent to transact business
LouisianaHave a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence to transact business
MaineHave a good reputation for honesty, truthfulness, fair dealing
MarylandBe of good character and reputation; Submit credit report
MassachusettsBe of good moral character
MichiganMay be required to provide proof of business experience, competence, and good moral character
MinnesotaNo real estate license revoked within two years of the application date
MississippiTrustworthy and competent to transact business
MissouriBe of good moral character; have a good reputation for honesty, integrity, and fair dealing; and be competent to transact business
MontanaHonest, trustworthy, and competent to transact business; and have completed 10th grade or its equivalent
NebraskaSubmit fingerprints for national criminal history background check
NevadaHave a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity; and be competent to transact business
New HampshireHave a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
New JerseyBe of good moral character and able to prove honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
New Mexico
New YorkTrustworthy, and competent to transact business
North Carolina
North DakotaHave good reputation for honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity, and fair dealing; and be competent to transact business
OhioBe 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
PennsylvaniaHave a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence to transact business
Rhode IslandHave good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competency
South CarolinaSubmit to a credit report to demonstrate creditworthiness
South Dakota
Tennessee
TexasMust 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
VirginiaHave good reputation for honesty, truthfulness, fair dealing, and competency to transact business
Washington
West VirginiaBe trustworthy, of good moral character, and competent to transact business
WisconsinCompetent to transact business. Not have been convicted of a felony
WyomingHave 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.