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Real estate license | Arkansas state requirement

When you're getting your real estate license in Arkansas, you want to make sure you thoroughly understand the licensing requirements. Every state is different so if you're interested in getting licensed across different states, be sure to carefully review the requirements for Arkansas. Visit the Arkansas Real Estate Commission (AREC) site to learn more about the specific real estate license requirements.

Successful real estate agents and brokers in Arkansas have used Real Estate Express online pre-license and exam prep courses to get their licenses. Our real estate and exam prep courses are designed with Arkansas' state requirements in mind. The state of Arkansas has specific requirements for real estate agent and brokers' licenses and we make sure our online real estate license courses meet the requirements for Arkansas.

Salesperson requirements - real estate license Arkansas requirement

When it comes to getting your real estate license in Arkansas, you need to be 18 years of age and successfully complete 60 hours of real estate classroom education. 30 of those classroom hours must be in the basic principles of real estate. Additionally, you must meet the following education requirements:

  • Pass the licensure examination

  • Send the proper forms and fees to the Arkansas Real Estate Commission no later than 90 days after
    passing the examination

Broker pre-license education requirements - real estate license Arkansas requirement

If you're interested in getting your broker's license in Arkansas, you must be at least 18 years old andsuccessfully complete 60 hours of real estate education. 45 of the 60 hours must be of the commission developed Broker Pre-License Education course. You have 36 months from the time you apply to take your broker's exam to sit for your broker's exam.

You'll also need to meet the following requirements:

  • Licensed as an active real estate salesperson or broker for at least 24 months within the previous 48 months immediately preceding the date of application*;

  • Pass the examination; and

  • Send the proper forms and fees to the Arkansas Real Estate Commission no later than 90 days
    after passing the exam

* The experience requirement may be waived if you were licensed for at least 18 months within another jurisdiction and you met that jurisdiction's licensing requirements. You'll need to provide an official license from the jurisdiction. This needs to be a written request.

* The Arkansas Real Estate Commission will also accept a license if you have acceptable experience within a related real estate field. Make sure this experience falls within 24 of the previous 48-month period immediately preceding the date of the application. This must be a written request.

Applying if you're currently licensed in another state - real estate license Arkansas requirement

If you are currently licensed in another state and you want to get your license in Arkansas, then you can request a waiver of general portion of the exam. This only applies if you are a real estate salesperson requesting a salesperson license or a broker requesting a broker's license. To take only the Arkansas law portion of the exam, you'll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Successfully passed a uniform, general, or multi-state part of a real estate exam license and the exam meets the requirements of that state's commission

  • Your state requires a minimum passing grade of 70. 70 is required for the general part of the Arkansas exam and

  • At the time you take the Arkansas exam, you are licensed in the other state

Application information - real estate license Arkansas requirement

AREC will accept your application for the for real estate license examination before you complete the 60 pre-licensing course.

Be sure you submit proof of completing the education requirement before to receiving eligibility to sit for the real estate exam. AREC issues the Certificate of Eligibility for Examination only after receiving both the application information and the education certificate.

The criminal background reports must be received by the Arkansas Real Estate Commission before the Real Estate Commission will issue the license.

If you want to get your real estate salesperson or broker license, then you'll need to complete a state and federal criminal background check. The federal criminal background check requires you to provide fingerprints on fingerprint cards provided by AREC. This applies to both resident and nonresident applicants.

The Arkansas State Police will conduct the criminal background check, including the FBI check. The ASP will take your fingerprints and submit the report to the Commission.

To process your application, the following needs to be sent to the AREC:

  • Completed Application to take the real estate examination

  • Completed fingerprint card

  • $50 application fee, $22 Arkansas criminal background check fee, and $16.50 FBI criminal background check fee. Make cashier's check or money order payable to "AREC" for a combined total of $88.50.(No personal checks)

Renewing your license - Arkansas requirement

Renew your license online. The license number and your date of birth are required to log into the AREC's site. The costs are as follows:

  • Broker, $110.00

  • Salesperson, $80.00

  • Duplicate, $60.00

Continuing education - real estate license Arkansas requirement

The following requirements must be met in order to meet AREC's continuing education requirements:

  • To renew an active real estate license for the upcoming calendar year, you must obtain six hours of continuing education annually

  • If you're renewing a license within the current year, you'll need to complete your continuing education courses upon the second license active renewal

  • If you are not sure a real estate course you are considering will fulfill the annual continuing education requirements, contact the Arkansas Real Estate Commission (501) 683-8010

  • Make sure you complete the continuing education hours before transferring your license from inactive to inactive. The continuing education hours must be completed during the year the license is activated or the preceding calendar year.

  • One course cannot be used for both continuing education and pre-licensing education

Reciprocal States salesperson and broker license Arkansas

Arkansas currently recognizes real estate salesperson or broker licenses from the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

If you have any questions about the continuing education requirements, please contact the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, 501-683-8010 or visit their website.

Good to know

  • Courses identified as "Exam Prep" courses generally do not fulfill the pre-license requirement. They are designed to help you pass your exams

  • For salesperson applicants, the 60-hour certificate does not expire

  • Download the state of Arkansas real estate candidate handbook to learn how to reserve for your license exam, what to expect on the day of your exam, and where to take your exam



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