Alabama Real Estate License Requirements

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Here’s what you need to do to get an Alabama real estate license. The state of Alabama requires 60 hours of pre-license education all of which can be completed online. Read on for the details.

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Alabama State Required Pre-licensing Hours: 60 hours

Step 1. Meet Alabama real estate license requirements as outlined on the Alabama Real Estate Commission website:
— Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or legally present in the U.S
— Be at least 19 years old
— Show proof of bona fide residency in any state in the U.S
— Show proof of high school graduation or the equivalent
— Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude
— Not have had a real estate application or license rejected or revoked in any state within the past two (2) years
Step 2. Complete an approved 60-hour Alabama real estate pre-license course.
Step 3. Pass the real estate licensing examination by earning a score or 70% of higher.
Step 4. Submit an application for an Alabama Temporary Salesperson’s license.
Step 5. Complete the required 30-hour post-license course.
Step 6. Submit an application for an Alabama Permanent Salesperson’s License.

How long does it take to get an Alabama real estate license?

The time required to get an Alabama real estate license varies depending on the pace in which you complete the 60 hours of pre-licensing courses and pass your licensing examination, the time it takes you to complete the application process and post-license course, and application processing times. 

What kind of information will I learn to help me get an Alabama real estate license?

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The 60-hour pre-license coursework for salespersons must be completed within six (6) months of the start date. The start date for distance education courses is the date the course material is first accessed and the end date is when all required documentation is submitted to the provider.

When starting the online course, students will be presented with a Pre-Course Checklist that is required to be signed electronically. The state requires that your course final exam be proctored. You’ll need to schedule an appointment with an online proctor in advance.

After passing the final course exam, you will be required to sign an affidavit to verify your identity as the student who completed the course and the final course exam.

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How do I pre-register with the Alabama Real Estate Commission?

Prior to your pre-license course exam and issuing of an Alabama real estate license, you must pre-register with the Commission using the appropriate school link.

The required pre-registration expedites the exchange of information from instructors, exam providers and the state of Alabama.  Once pre-registered with the Commission you will be assigned a unique ID number which will be required to schedule your state exam. 

How do I complete the Alabama state licensing exam?

The salesperson examination must be taken through The state requires that you achieve a score of 70% or higher to pass.

The salesperson examination must be passed within six (6) months of the end date of the appropriate pre-license course. If you miss the deadline, you must retake the course. Students will not be able to schedule the state exam until the school electronically submits verification of course completion to the Alabama Real Estate Commission. 

The state requires proctoring of your licensing exam.

How do I submit my application for an Alabama Temporary Salesperson’s license?

The Application for a Temporary Salesperson’s License must be submitted to the Commission within ninety (90) days of passing the appropriate state license examination. Please note this is 90 calendar days and the first day is the day the exam is passed.

The exam score report and application are a combined document that will be received at the test site. All appropriate license fees and documentation for minimum age, U.S. citizenship, state residency, and high school completion must accompany the application.

Does Alabama require post-licensing education?

A person shall be required to have a temporary license issued prior to taking a post-license course. If a salesperson’s temporary license is issued on active status, the 30-hour post license course must be completed within six (6) months of licensure for active licensees.

The six month period begins on the first day of the month following issuance of the temporary license and concludes on the last day of the sixth month. The state requires a proctored course final exam. For inactive licensees, the 30-hour post license course must be completed within one (1) year.

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How do I submit my application for an Alabama Permanent Salesperson’s license?

In addition to the required 30-hour post-license course, every temporary salesperson must submit the application for an Original Salesperson License within twelve (12) months. The 12 month period begins on the first day of the month following issuance of the temporary license and concludes on the last day of the twelfth month.

This deadline applies to both active and inactive licensees. The application for an original salesperson’s license can be found on the Commission’s website at Failure to submit an application and have the permanent/original license issued within the 12-month time frame described above will result in the license lapsing, and the applicant will have to begin the licensing process again with the pre-license course.

Does Alabama offer reciprocity?

If you already hold a real estate license in another state, you may obtain an Alabama reciprocal license with the following applicant requirements:

  • Complete a six‐hour course in Alabama real estate law and take and pass the corresponding Alabama portion of the licensing examination
  • Submit with the application an official “Certificate of Licensure” form (license history) showing you hold a current license in another state.

The certification can be obtained from the Real Estate Commission Office in that state. This certification must have been issued within 120 days of the AREC’s receipt of your reciprocal license application. Exam candidates will receive an application for licensure at the test centers upon passage of the exam. Visit the Commission website for more information on reciprocal licenses.

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Alabama Real Estate Commission

Phone: 334-242-5544
Fax: 334-270-9118
Address: 1201 Carmichael Way Montgomery, AL 36106

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Belinda Tucker
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