To sell or lease real estate in Connecticut and earn a commission, you must have a Connecticut Real Estate License.
The steps to obtain a CT Real Estate License:
Step #1: Complete the 60-hour Connecticut Real Estate Salesperson Pre-license Course.
Step #2: Apply for your CT real estate salesperson license.
Step #3: Schedule your CT state license exam.
Step #4: Take and pass the state licensing exam.
Step #5: Activate your real estate license.
Step 1: Take 60-hour Pre-license Course
Your first step in the journey towards earning your license is to take 60 hours of classroom instruction in Real Estate Principles and Practices. The real estate course must be from a state approved school. Many candidates opt to take the course online for its affordability and flexibility with their schedule.
After you pass the course final exam, you will earn your course completion certificate essential for the application process.
Step 2: Submit the License Application
The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection has contracted with PSI to manage the licensing process. Your next step will be to submit a notarized license application with all documents, including course completion certificate, to PSI. The Candidate Information Handbook has the Real Estate License Application.
Connecticut requires all applicants disclose their Social Security Number. If you do not, your application may not be processed.
Documents to include in your application include:
Completed applications are to be mailed to:
PSI Examination Services
3210 East Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, CT 89121
Step 3: Be Approved and Schedule the Exam
After your application is processed and approved, you will receive an examination eligibility postcard with scheduling instruction. Your eligibility to take the exam lasts for one year.
The licensing exam fee is $65 made payable to PSI. All registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
PSI highly recommends online scheduling as the fastest and most coCTenient way to scheduling your exam. Visit www.psiexams.com to register. You can call (800)-733-9267 for telephone scheduling. You’ll need a valid credit card. Another option is to do a standard mail registration. Details are in the Candidate Information Handbook.
Exam locations are in West Hartford, Milford, Auburn, Charlestown, Fall River, and West Springfield. Full addresses are in the Candidate Handbook.
Step 4: Take and Pass the Licensing Exam
You must pass both parts of the state exam within one year of your testing eligibility. Otherwise, you must reapply with PSI.
Bring with you on test day two forms of identification. One must be government-issued and have your photo and signature, such as driver’s license, passport, or military ID card.
The state licensing exam has two portions. About the exam:
The Candidate Information Handbook has a breakdown of content for each section and percentage of questions asked in each area.
Your score will be given to you immediately on the computer screen. You’ll also be given an unofficial score report. If you do not pass, you will get a diagnostic report showing strengths and weaknesses.
Once you pass, you have two years from the most recently passed portion to activate your license. Keep in mind all real estate salesperson licenses annually expire on May 31st. If you activate from March 1-May 31, your license will be given an expiration date for the following year.
Step 5: Activate your license
You have up to (2) years after passing the state licensing exam to activate your salesperson license. You’ll need a sponsoring broker and to pay the licensing fee of $285. Once you do that, you’ll be able to practice as a Connecticut real estate agent. Congratulations!