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Although laypeople use the terms "Realtor" and "real estate agent" interchangeably, technically you cannot be a Realtor unless you are a member of the National Association of Realtors. However, you can become both in the state of New Jersey by following the rules set forth by the New Jersey Real Estate Commission and then applying to the national organization.
Obtain your high school diploma or GED.
Provide proof of U.S. citizenship or legal immigrant status.
Complete 75 hours of classroom training, including at least 3 hours concentrating on ethics, from a state-licensed real estate school. See Resources below for a list of licensed schools.
Take and pass the New Jersey Real Estate examination within 1 year of coursework completion.
Work in the office of an established real estate agent and obtain that agent's sponsorship for application as a licensed real estate salesperson.
Go to the Sagem Morpho website below to sign up for the mandatory fingerprint/criminal background check and pay fee ($70.25) online.
Submit your payment ($100) and completed application to the New Jersey Real Estate Commission. Await their assessment of your good integrity, final approval of your application and licensure.
Work continually within the New Jersey real estate industry for a minimum of 3 years as a licensed salesperson.
Complete 95 hours of general real estate course work, 30 hours of office management training and 30 hours of ethics training from a licensed real estate school.
Submit the school certificate and a completed “Experience Report for Broker Applicant” form to the Education Qualification Division of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.
Make a reservation to take the Real Estate Broker License examination once you have received approval from the Commission and the Certificate of Exam Eligibility.
Take and pass the exam within 1 year of completed coursework.
Apply to the commission, pay the $200 fee for a broker’s license and meet the integrity requirements to obtain a broker’s license.
Apply to the National Association of Realtors to become a “Realtor” as trademarked by that association.
You must be at least 18 years of age to obtain either a New Jersey Real Estate Salesperson License or a Broker License. Each license is issued for a 2-year period.
Applications for both salesperson and broker licenses require full disclosure on the part of the applicant relative to license revocations, misdemeanors and criminal convictions. Criminal convictions are grounds for license denial by the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.
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