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How Do I Get My Real Estate License in Ohio?

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To get an Ohio real estate license, you must complete 120 hours of prelicensing coursework. This is the most challenging prerequisite, but you must also pass an exam and a background check, and get sponsored by a licensed broker.

Personal Requirements

You must be at least 18 years old for eligibility as an Ohio real estate agent. Candidates must also have a high school diploma or its equivalent. This particular requirement is waived for candidates born in 1950 or before. Candidates must also be honest and of good character reputation according to the standards outlined by the Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing.

Educational Requirements

The 120-hour class requirement is broken into four main components. Forty hours of real estate principles and practices is one major element, while laws and civil rights in real estate are addressed in another 40-hour component. Twenty hours is dedicated to both real estate appraisal and real estate finance. Broker applicants must take several additional classes and have conducted at least 20 real estate transactions.

Real estate classes are available from a number of colleges and state-approved private real estate course providers. Some colleges offer evening and weekend classes, as well as fast-track completion to fit the schedules of individual candidates.

Exam and Background Check

To get licensed as a real estate agent, you must pass both the state and national portions of a licensing exam. The minimum qualifying score is 70 percent on each section, according to the Ohio DREPL. As of publication, there is a $60 exam fee. Brokers must pass additional exams with scores of 75 on each portion. The broker fee is $100.

Prior to sitting for the exam, you go through a background check. The results are reviewed by the legal staff of the Ohio Division of Real Estate. Crimes of moral turpitude as well as civil rights or property convictions in the most recent two-year period may preclude your from licensing.

Additional Standards

When you apply for your license, you must submit official copies of your prelicense coursework. At the time you apply for an agent's license, you must have a broker-sponsor. As a sales agent, you cannot practice real estate without working out of a licensed broker's office.

Agent and broker classes must be completed within a four-year period prior to license application at a degree-granting institution. After getting licensed, you can become an Ohio Realtor by joining a local office of the National Association of Realtors.