South Dakota Real Estate License Course

The fastest and most affordable way to get your real estate broker associate license in South Dakota! Here you'll learn:

  • How To Get Your SD License Online
  • What's Included In Our Courses
  • Why You Should Get Your SD License
  • General Information About the South Dakota Real Estate License Online Course
  • FAQ's
  • Articles For Further Education

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How to Get a Real Estate Broker Associate’s License in South Dakota


To qualify for a South Dakota real estate license, you must be at least 18 years of age, a United States citizen or a South Dakota resident, and meet the statutory requirements in SDCL chapter 36-21A.

Earning a South Dakota broker associate license takes (7) steps.

Step 1: Take 116-hour Pre-Licensing Course

The broker associate pre-licensing course is a minimum of 116 hours. You must take your course from an approved education provider.

During the course, you will learn about South Dakota real estate license law and rules, and eleven areas of study, like real property, agency, contracts, property management, finance, and federal real estate laws. Each subject area of study will have a test, and there will be a comprehensive final exam.

After passing the final exam, you will receive your course completion certificate.

Step 2: Schedule the South Dakota Licensing Exam

The South Dakota Real Estate Commission (SDREC) uses PSI to administer the broker associate licensing exam. The easiest way to schedule your exam appointment is to go to the PSI website. Other registration options are found in the Candidate Handbook.

The examination fee is $98 per test session. If you take the national and state sections separately, it is $98 per exam session. The simulation exam is $98.

Step 3: Pass the South Dakota Licensing exam

Bring to the test center two forms of identification. One of your IDs must be government-issued, current, and have your photo with a signature.

The broker associate licensing exam consists of:

  1. State multiple-choice exam of 57 questions allotted 1.5 hours
  2. National multiple-choice exam of 100 questions allotted 2.5 hours
  3. Broker simulation exam with 11 problems allotted 3 hours

The Candidate Information Handbook supplies you with the number of questions per tested topic. It also explains how the broker simulation examination works.

The multiple-choice sections and simulation portion of the exam uses a scaled score to adjust your score based on variations in exam difficulty. To pass, you need a minimum scaled score of 75 on each exam.

If you do not pass a section of the exam, register to retake the exam. You will need to pay for a new test session.

Step 4: Get fingerprints for background check

All applicants must send fingerprints for a state and federal criminal background check. Request cards from the SDREC. The Commission recommends scheduling the fingerprints at a local law enforcement agency or a fingerprint office.

Return the cards to the Commission with your license application and a separate check for $43.25 made payable to DCI.

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Step 5: Purchase E&O Insurance

To be issued an active license, you’ll need errors and omissions insurance. South Dakota offers a group policy through RISC. You have the option to find a private carrier, but you need to provide the SDREC with a certificate of coverage.

Step 6: Submit Broker Associate Application

You have 60 days after passing the last portion of your state licensing exam to submit your broker associate license application. The non-refundable application fee is $225.

Include in your application your fingerprint cards, licensing education certificate, and exam score reports. Prepare the application with your paperwork and mail it to the South Dakota Real Estate Commission.

Step 7: Wait for application approval

The SDREC estimates 2-4 weeks to process your application. Your responsible broker will need to request your license for it to become active, either on the application or by contacting SDREC.

Once you are associated with a responsible South Dakota license broker, you can conduct real estate business in South Dakota. Congratulations!

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What’s Included in Your Course​

Course Structure

The RealEstateU 116-Hour South Dakota Real Estate Broker Associate’s Course is arranged in the following way:

  • The course contains audio presentations and written transcripts for each lecture.
  • An orientation is at the start of the course.
  • The course is made up of subject areas as chapters. These are further segmented into lessons.
  • A lesson may include an infographic or a contract document for your viewing.
  • A multiple-choice quiz is given at the end of every subject area. Answer at least 70% of the questions correctly to pass.
  • A comprehensive final exam is given once you finish the course’s last chapter.
  • You earn the Certificate of Completion right after passing the final exam.
  • All Audio Lessons Are on Demand
  • The course is entirely self-paced, so you can work the lessons on your own schedule. All the audio lessons are designed to be compact so you can listen on-the-go.
  • RealEstateU’s 116-hour South Dakota Real Estate Broker Associate course includes what you need to satisfy the State’s real estate education requirement.
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Audio Transcripts

  • Every audio lesson is paired with a written transcript.
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Beautifully Designed Infographics

  • Dozens of infographics are visually clear and easy to grasp so you can understand the essential concepts needed for your exams.

Course Glossary

  • Not sure about a term? Look it up in the course Glossary! The Glossary is also available as a PDF download.

Course Final Exams

  • The course wraps with a final exam covering content from the 116 hours. You will earn the Certificate of Completion as soon as you pass the final.

Buy Our PDF Course Textbooks & Appendixes

You can purchase a PDF version of the course textbook for only $29!

The course textbook contains all the content covered in the course, including all the audio transcripts, infographics, and supporting documents.

Please note that the PDF textbook is sold separately and not included in the course tuition. The textbook is designed to supplement the online course and not replace it.

The textbook enables you to review the course content offline. You can also print course textbook individual lessons as needed.

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Why Get a South Dakota Real Estate License

There are numerous benefits to getting a South Dakota real estate broker associate’s license:

Steady Income

As a real estate agent, there is no cap to how much money you can earn. The more real estate deals you find and close, the more income you will make!

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Make Your Own Hours

Doesn’t a flexible schedule sound great? As a real estate agent, you can work whenever you choose.  By law, your responsible broker cannot set your hours or where you work.

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Work Part-Time or Full-Time

If you plan to work two jobs at a time, real estate is perfect because you are not required to go full-time as a real estate broker associate. You can work full-time and make it your dream job, or work part-time for extra income.

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Sell or Lease All Types of Real Estate

Once you earn your real estate license, you are allowed to sell or lease residential and commercial real estate throughout South Dakota.

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Course Completion Time

All students have 12 months from the time of purchase to complete the RealEstateU 116-hour South Dakota Real Estate Broker Associate Course (including the course final exam).

Refund Policy

All courses are eligible for a refund within 30 days of purchase, and only if the student has not completed more than 50% of the course. All refunds issued are subjected to a $20 admin charge. Please read our Terms and Conditions for more details.

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