How to get your Real Estate License in Iowa

Do you want to become a real estate agent and get Iowa Real Estate License? Real Estate Express taught thousands of aspiring real estate agents in Iowa, we make it easy for you to get up to speed on the Iowa real estate license requirements.

Learn what's required for your Real Estate License in Iowa

This real estate licensing information summarizes the minimum requirements established by the Iowa Real Estate Commission. We recommend you contact the Iowa Real Estate Commission for more detailed information or changes.

If you obtain real estate licenses in multiple states, we recommend you check each state's requirements.

Iowa Real Estate License: Salesperson

  1. 1. Meet the general Iowa real estate license requirements.
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for an Iowa real estate license. But, you must be at least 18 years old.
    • Undergo a criminal history and background investigation. Keep in mind this process alone can take up to a minimum of four weeks, possibly more, and can be started many months ahead of submitting your license application. Criminal history backgrounds are valid for 210 calendar days.
  2. 2. Meet the Educational Real Estate License Requirements in Iowa - Enroll Today
    • Complete a 60-hour pre-license course.
    • Complete the following three courses:
      • 12 hours of a Buying Practices course
      • 12 hours of a Listing Practices course
      • 12 hours of a Developing Professionalism and Ethical Practices course
    • All the courses must have been completed less than 12 months prior to the time the Commission’s receives your completed application. You may take the courses in any order.
  3. 3. Meet Iowa real estate license application requirements:
    • Pass your state exam.
    • Exam results are valid until the last working day of the sixth month following the exam pass date (For example, a test passed on any day in January is valid until June 30 of that same year.)
    • Submit a completed application, which you will receive from the testing service when you pass the exams.
    • Be sponsored by broker at the time of your application.
    • You cannot apply for an inactive license.


Salesperson candidates are required to complete the 60 hour course Iowa Real Estate Principles and Practice. Examinees are required to show their course completion certificate at the examination site as evidence that 60 classroom or computer-based hours of real estate principles and practices have been completed.

In addition all persons applying for a salesperson license beginning January 1, 2009 must show evidence that the following three courses have been completed: 12 hours of Buying Practices, 12 hours of Listing Practices and 12 hours of Developing Professionalism and Ethical Practices. This education is in addition to the 60-hour salesperson prelicense course. The additional three 12 hour courses MUST be completed in a classroom setting.

Students are given 6 months from their registration date to complete their 60-hour pre-license course. If unable to complete in this timeframe, students are required to re-register for the course and take it from the beginning.

Governing Agency

Name: Iowa Real Estate Commission
Phone: 5152817393
Fax: 5152817411
Address: 200 East Grand Ave. Ste 350 Des Moines, IA 50309

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