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Real estate license | Virginia state requirements

When you're getting your Real Estate License in Virginia, 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 Virginia. Visit Virginia's real estate commission site to learn more about the specific real estate license requirements.

Over 7,000 students in Virginia have used Real Estate Express online license and exam prep courses to get their licenses. Our real estate and exam prep courses are designed with Virginia's state requirements in mind. The state of Virginia has specific requirements for real estate agent and brokers' licenses. Our online real estate license courses meet the requirements for Virginia.

General requirements - real estate license Virginia

When it comes to getting your real estate license in Virginia, you want to make sure you have your high school diploma, are at least 18 years of age, are a resident of the state, and have either a Social Security Number or Virginia DMV Control Number. Additionally, you must meet the following education requirements:

  • Salespersons - complete 60 hours in the principles of real estate and pass the State and National portions of the salesperson examination.

  • Brokers - complete 180 hours of education, pass the State, and National Portions of the broker examination, and submit verification of experience.

  • Brokers - actively engaged as a salesperson for 36 out of the 48 months preceding application for licensure.

Virginia state requirements - salesperson post-license education (ple) requirements

All new salesperson licensees must complete a Board-approved 30-hour post-license education course within one (1) year of obtaining their salesperson licenses. (Section 54.1-2105.01 of the Code of Virginia)

The 30-hour post-license education program consists of the following eight courses:

  • Fair Housing, ADA and Civil Rights (2 hours)

  • Real Estate Law and Regulations (8 hours)

  • Ethics and Standards of Conduct (3 hours)

  • Current Industry Issues and Trends (2 hours)

  • Agency Law (3 hours)

  • Contract Writing (6 hours)

  • Risk Management (3 hours)

  • Escrow Requirements (3 hours)

Continuing education for real estate salespersons in Virginia

Experienced Salespersons must complete 16 hours of Continuing Education courses to renew their licenses.

8 of these hours are elective courses. The remaining 8 hours must be completed with the following courses:

  • 3 hours in Ethics & Standards of Conduct

  • 2 hours in Fair Housing

  • 1 hour in Legal Updates & Emerging Trends

  • 1 hour in Real Estate Agency

  • 1 hour in Real Estate Contracts

Continuing education for real estate brokers in Virginia

Brokers must complete 24 hours of Continuing Education courses to renew their licenses.

8 of these hours are elective. The remaining 16 hours must be completed with the following courses:

  • 8 hours in Broker Management & Agent Supervision

  • 3 hours in Ethics & Standards of Conduct

  • 2 hours in Fair Housing

  • 1 hour in Legal Updates & Emerging Trends

  • 1 hour in Real Estate Agency

  • 1 hour in Real Estate Contracts

These Continuing Education requirements also apply to inactive brokers and salespersons who apply to activate their licenses.

If you have any questions about the continuing education requirements, please contact the VA Real Estate Board at (804) 367-8500 or visit their website at Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation.

Good to know

  • States continually update their requirements. Before taking an exam, check with the state to review the licensing requirements.

  • States have different licensing periods. For example, the Texas real estate agent's license is good for 2 years. In California it's 4 years.



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