If you’ve considered a career in real estate, here is a quick guide on how to get an Arizona real estate license. Let’s dive right in.
First, let’s look at the main steps to obtain an Arizona real estate license.
- Attend an Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE) approved school (must be in-class attendance) and complete the 90 hours of required course work for the real estate salesperson license.
- During your course work at the real estate school, you will obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card–this card is issued by the Department of Public Safety–most schools will assist with this process, but there is an additional fee for the card and it can take 8-10 weeks for the card to be processed.
- Take and pass the school examination and obtain a Pre-licensure Education Certificate. The certificate provides proof that you completed the required course work and will allow you to gain access to the Arizona exam.
- Take and pass the Arizona exam–this exam is made up of two parts: national questions and Arizona state specific questions–there is a fee for this exam. Exams are administered in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and Yuma.
- Complete a Contract Writing Class–this is a six hour course that is offered by your real estate school–it’s completed after you pass the Arizona exam and before you apply for your real estate license with the ADRE.
- Apply for your real estate license with the ADRE. Prior to applying you will need to complete a few disclosure packets which will be provided by your real estate school.
- “Hang” your license with a real estate brokerage if you intend on maintaining an active real estate license–by “hang” we mean get hired by an Arizona real estate firm.
Requirements to Obtain a Real Estate Salesperson License:
- Must be 18 years of age at the time of license application.
- Provide proof of legal presence.
Also, per Arizona Revised Statute 32-2124, all applicants for a real estate license must show evidence to the real estate commissioner:
- That the applicant demonstrates the honesty, truthfulness and character required.
- That the applicant has not had a real estate license denied within one year, or revoked within two years immediately preceding the application.
A Few Pro Tips
- Don’t take the nine day crash course–the information you’ll learn in school is not rocket science, but there is a lot of information to absorb. It’s best to spread the courses out over six weeks or more. Think about this for a moment–a three credit college course is approximately 45 hours over which you would likely take many exams. To obtain a real estate license, you must take 90 hours and you only take one exam which covers everything.
- Once you begin the course, try not to miss classes–at most schools, taking a make-up class could set you back weeks before the missed course is offered again.
- As you take individual classes, be sure to review the material shortly after the class; take/pass the quiz for the class and take excellent notes.
- After you have completed the course work, take the review class(es) offered by the school and then take the school exam shortly after–don’t wait too long to take the school exam.
- Once you pass the school exam, immediately schedule your Arizona exam and give yourself a few days to no more than a few weeks to study–this will ensure that the material is fresh in your mind.
If you have questions about the process, feel free to contact us any time–we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about how to get an Arizona real estate license. If you are looking for a progressive, virtual real estate brokerage that offers the best fee structure in Arizona, be sure to check out our Careers page for more info. Best of luck as you begin an exciting career in real estate.