How to Get Your Alabama Real Estate License in 5 Steps

Published On: March 18th, 2024Categories: Real Estate Careers, Real Estate EducationLast Updated: March 7th, 202411 min read

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How to get your real estate license in Alabama

Are you ready to get your Alabama real estate license and start helping people realize their dream of homeownership?  You could be the key to unlocking the door and welcoming someone to their new home. If you’ve ever thought about becoming an agent, continue reading to discover the 5 steps to get your license.

First, you’ll need to meet certain eligibility requirements as well as the Alabama Real Estate Commission’s (AREC) standards for honesty, trustworthiness, and truthfulness. Let’s look at the eligibility criteria before exploring how to get your real estate license in Alabama.

Alabama real estate salesperson license eligibility requirements

1. Complete Pre-Licensing Courses

AREC requires all aspiring agents to complete 60 hours of real estate courses from an accredited education provider. You’ll learn about the basic principles of real estate and be properly prepared for the licensing exam and a successful career in real estate. Complete your courses from the comfort of your own home with License Classroom’s AREC-approved 60-hour pre-licensing package. It includes the required exam proctoring at no additional charge. Pre-register with AREC before taking the proctored final course exam, requiring a minimum score of 70% to pass.

2. Pass the Alabama Real Estate Salesperson Exam

Register for the Alabama Real Estate Salesperson Exam with Pearson Vue within 6 months of passing the pre-licensing course final. The final licensing exam has 140 questions, divided into 100 for the national section and 40 for the state section. Pass with a score of 70% or higher, receiving your results immediately after you finish. You’ll also receive an application for a temporary license, which we’ll explain later. Boost your chances of success and gain confidence with our comprehensive Exam Prep Edge, included in our pre-license package!

3. Pass a Fingerprint-Based Background Check

You’ll need to get your fingerprints taken through Fieldprint as part of the required background check. AREC will only have access to your background check results for 30 days, so it’s best to time it appropriately with your application submission. AREC encourages you to apply the same day you go for your fingerprinting appointment. If you’re concerned about passing, you may fill out a Determination of Eligibility form to confirm your eligibility before starting the process

4. Find a Sponsoring Broker

AREC will not approve your application unless you have a sponsoring broker. Your sponsor plays a crucial role in guiding you through the industry and fostering the growth of your real estate business. Alabama brokerages are notified when you register with AREC, and you may receive a lot of emails and calls asking for coffee meetups. Brokerages often compete for new agents, so this is your moment to shine! Ask lots of questions and get to know your options to find the best fit for you.

5. Apply with AREC

Mail your application (received after the exam) with supporting documents and a $210 fee to AREC within 90 days of passing the Alabama Real Estate Exam. Once approved, you’ll receive a temporary license, valid for 12 months, marking the beginning of your journey as a real estate professional in Alabama. Complete further education within 6 months to maintain an active license and advance your career. Your successful journey in real estate is just a few steps away!

Enroll in License Classroom’s AREC-approved pre-licensing courses today and become one step closer to your Alabama real estate license!

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