To sell or lease real estate in Arizona and earn a commission, you must have an Arizona Real Estate License.
The steps to obtain a AZ Real Estate License:
Step #1: Complete the 90-hour Arizona Real Estate Salesperson Pre-license Course
Step #2: Schedule your AZ State License Exam
Step #3: Apply for an AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card
Step #4: Take and Pass the State Licensing Exam
Step #5: Take and pass the 6-hour Contract Writing Course
Step #6: Apply for your AZ real estate salesperson license
Step #7: Be hired by an AZ real estate broker to activate your license
Step 1: Complete the 90-Hour AZ Real Estate Salesperson Pre-License Course
The Arizona Real Estate Commission requires applicants to complete a 90-hour pre-license education course. The course may be taken in person or online, as long as an approved course provider administers it.
In Arizona, your course completion certificate is good for ten years.
You'll earn your Pre-licensure Education Certificate as soon as you pass the final exam.
Step 2: Submit an Exam Application For Real Estate and Schedule Your State Exam
Once you complete the 90-hour Arizona Pre-licensure course, you can then apply to take the state exam.
Arizona has contracted with PearsonVUE to administer the exam. The exams must be done in-person and are given in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma by appointment only.
To schedule your exam, visit www.pearsonvue.com/az/realestate. First-time users will need to create an account.
You can also opt to schedule your exam by calling (888) 405-5776.
All exam reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. You will need to supply your full legal name, Social Security number, payment method, and pre-licensure school name and approval number.
The Arizona Real Estate Salesperson exam fee is $75 per attempt. PearsonVUE accepts debit cards, credit cards, electronic checks, or vouchers.
Step 3: Pass the State Licensing Exam
The Arizona state licensing exam is a single comprehensive exam specific to real estate in Arizona.
The exam is 180 questions with 15 pretest questions, for a total of 195 questions. You will have 300 minutes, or five hours, to complete the test.
You must answer 75% of the 180 questions correctly to pass the exam. You will receive your exam results at the testing center immediately after you complete the exam. A passing score means you will also be given instructions for applying for your license.
Exam sites are located in Chandler, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma on varying days throughout the week.
Step 4: Get Your Fingerprints Taken
The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) manages the Fingerprint Clearance Card process. The DPS fee runs $69, is non-refundable, and must be paid by cashier's check, money order, or business check with a pre-printed business address. Electronic applications also charge an additional $7.95 "convenience fee." Some fingerprinting centers may also charge a separate fee, not controlled by DPS.
According to their site, the processing time for an applicant with no criminal history can be less than ten days, depending on the current application volume. Otherwise, the process to receive your FCC could take 8-10 weeks.
You can begin the FCC application process anytime after completing your pre-license course.
Step 5: Attend and Pass a 6-hour Contract Writing Class
Before you can apply for your salesperson license, you need to take and pass a required six-hour contract writing class. The course covers three hours of Contract Law and three hours of Legal Issues.
An approved course provider must administer the course. You will receive a course completion certificate immediately upon completing the course exam.
Step 6: Apply for Your Arizona Real Estate Salespersons License
After passing the state exam, you will receive Arizona real estate license application instructions from PearsonVUE. You have one year from the date of passing your exam to apply for your license.
Online filing is the fastest way to apply for your Arizona real estate salesperson license.
Your application process will include submitting Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244). All applicants must complete it and, depending on answers, may be required to submit additional information.
The ADRE will not issue a license to a person convicted of a felony who is incarcerated, paroled or under community supervision, or on probation. The ADRE may not issue a license to a person who has been convicted of a felony or convicted of a misdemeanor offense, such as theft, forgery, extortion, conspiracy to defraud, violence against another person, or crimes of moral turpitude.
Submitting documents disclosing disciplinary actions or criminal conviction requires the additional Disclosure Document Checklist Form (LI-400).
In addition, your application documents must include:
Include the $60 license application fee, payable to the Department with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover card, checks, or money order.
Once all the application documents are submitted and the fee paid, the application is considered complete and is approved on inactive status.
Step 7: Find an Arizona Real Estate Broker and Activate Your License
Your last step is to be associated with an Arizona-licensed real estate broker. Once a real estate broker hires you, they must access the ADRE online system to approve your hiring. Follow the directions on your personal online home page to initiate the activation of the license pending the broker's acceptance. You can also follow instructions in Arizona's New Licensee Brochure.
Once the Arizona Real Estate Commission approves your application, your license will change to active, which will allow you to start practicing as an Arizona real estate salesperson! Congratulations!
Can I take the Arizona pre-license course if I'm still in High School
Yes, because Arizona does not stipulate any high school diploma or GED requirements, you could take the 90-hour pre-license course while you are still in high school. Do keep in mind that you must be at least 18 years of age when you apply for your real estate license.
How can I take the 90-hour Arizona real estate license course?
You can take the 90-hour Arizona real estate pre-license course in person or through an online course. Many applicants prefer online so they can work on the content on their schedule. Either way, you must take the course from a state pre-approved education provider.
Can I take the 90-hour Arizona real estate license course online?
Yes, you can take the Arizona pre-license course online as long as it is offered through a pre-approved education provider. Taking the course online enables you to work through the content at your own pace and schedule.