New Hampshire Real Estate License Requirements

To sell or lease real estate in New Hampshire and earn a commission, you must have a New Hampshire Real Estate License.

The steps to obtain a NH Real Estate License:

Step #1: Complete the 40-hour New Hampshire Real Estate Salesperson Course

Step #2: Submit a Criminal Records Request

Step #3: Schedule Your State Exam

Step #4: Take and Pass the State Licensing Exam

Step #5: Apply for your Salesperson License

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General Requirements

How to Get a Real Estate Salesperson License in New Hampshire

All New Hampshire real estate salesperson applicants must be at least 18 years of age. If you meet this basic qualification, earn your license in five steps.

Step 1: Take the 40-hour pre-license course

All New Hampshire salesperson applicants must take a 40-hour pre-licensing course before taking the exam. A pre-approved school must teach the course. Your course completion certificate is good for six months.

During the course, you’ll learn about real estate topics pertinent to New Hampshire practice as well as general issues in selling, listing, and professionally practicing real estate.

Step 2: Submit your criminal records check

All New Hampshire real estate salespersons must submit a notarized criminal record release and the required fee of $25 to the Department of Safety, Division of State Police. Your criminal record report is valid for six months.

If you have a misdemeanor or felony offense from any other jurisdiction, you must provide that criminal record report.

Step 3: Schedule your state licensing exam

The New Hampshire Real Estate Commission must approve you to take the exam. Submit the exam registration form, the pre-licensing course completion certificate, and the examination fee.

The exam fee is $155 paid to the Treasurer, State of New Hampshire, by check or money order. You must take the exam within three months from the receipt of your exam registration (new rule 2021).

PSI will notify you by email once the Real Estate Commission has approved your examination.

Online scheduling is the fastest way to register for the exam. After you create an online account, find your testing approval, search for testing centers, and select your date.

Step 4: Take and pass the real estate licensing exam

Bring to the PSI examination center two forms of identification. One of these must be a valid government-issued ID with your signature and photograph like a driver's license, state ID, or a passport.

The New Hampshire real estate licensing exam has:

  1. A national section with 80 questions worth one point each. The time allowed is 150 minutes. A passing score is 56 points.
  2. A state section with 40 questions worth one point each. The time allowed is 40 minutes. A passing score is 28 points.
  3. Possibly 5 to 10 experimental questions which are not identified and not counted against your test score.

The Candidate Information Bulletin has content outlines and the percentage of questions asked in each topic area.

Immediately upon finishing the test, you will receive a score report on screen. If you pass only one section of the test, you can have up to eight attempts within six months to pass the second portion. Each partial or full retake requires you to resubmit an exam registration and the full fee to the NHREC.

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Step 5: Submit the real estate salesperson license application

Now that you have completed the steps above, it's time to fill out your real estate salesperson application. The New Hampshire Real Estate Commission gives candidates six months to submit and earn their license.

Include in your license application:

  1. Your Principal Broker’s signature and information
  2. Three character affidavits signed by non-relatives
  3. Your original passing exam score sheet
  4. Any additional documentation as required to questions 1-6 in part 4

The license application fee is $40, made payable by check to the Treasurer, State of New Hampshire.

Once your license application is approved, the NHREC will issue your license to the managing broker. Congratulations, you are now a New Hampshire real estate salesperson!

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