Obtaining a Real Estate License in Georgia

Those interested in becoming a real estate agent in the state of Georgia might wonder where to start. While national and international codes of ethics apply to all realtors regardless of state, each state maintains its own set of rules and regulations. Georgia is no different. Under the guidance of the Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC), real estate agents in this state must adhere to certain educational requirements and prerequisites in order to apply for and maintain a real estate license. The following information pertains to how to get a real estate license in the state of Georgia, specifically addressing salesperson licenses versus broker licenses.

Basic Prerequisites

The GREC has outlined specific qualifications for real estate salesperson applicants. In general, all applicants for a real estate license in Georgia must: 

  • Be at least 18 (for a salesperson)
  • Have graduated high school or received equivalent education
  • File a Georgia Crime Information report less than 60 days old
  • If applicable, maintain up-to-date child support payments
  • Complete 75 hours of prelicensure coursework (or equivalent, see below)
  • Take and pass the final state exam and complete post-licensure coursework

In addition, as of 2012 candidates must now submit verification of U.S. citizenship and residency along with their applications.

Training & Education

The GREC requires candidates for real estate licensure to complete 75 hours of prelicensure coursework or an equivalent number of hours from accredited institutions. These alternative hours can be obtained from 10 quarter or 6 semester hours at an approved university, but adult courses will not count toward prelicensure coursework. Within a year of becoming a licensed realtor, candidates must also complete 25 hours of post-licensing coursework in order to maintain their license. If they fail to do this, then they must apply for reinstatement and fill out additional paperwork. A Georgia real estate salesperson license is valid for 4 years and requires realtors to complete 24 continuing education credits during that time for renewal.

For more information about Georgia’s approved schools, applicants should check out the list maintained by the GREC’s website. 

The Georgia state licensing exam is administered by the Applied Measurement Professionals, and applicants should visit the company’s website for specific information regarding testing procedures.

Additional Information

Certain fees must be paid in order for a salesperson license to be granted. Along with the $25 fee for the Georgia Crime Information Center report required with an application, applicants must also pay $170 once they have passed their exam in order to receive a license. The $170 applies for the first three months, after which the fee goes up to $340. If candidates do not pay the fee within a year from the date they complete the exam, then they have to retake it in order to receive a salesperson license.

In general, Georgia grants reciprocity licenses to nonresidents provided that they:

  • Purchase or lease property in the state
  • Submits a Georgia Crime Information Report no older than 60 days
  • Submit copies of their work and education history, along with relevant licensing from their original state
  • Pay the appropriate fees
  • Applicants in Florida who apply for nonresident licenses must follow additional guidelines. They need to take and pass the Georgia portion of the state licensing exam and submit additional paperwork and fees in order to be granted a real estate license in Georgia.

For those interested in other types of real estate licenses, Georgia recognizes brokers and associate brokers among the licenses granted by its commission. These licenses require separate training and education along with more experience. This article specifically addresses salesperson licenses, which are granted to individuals and form the basis for obtaining a real estate license in the state of Georgia.

As mentioned previously, national and international associations exist to maintain universal realtor codes of ethics. Two of the main organizations are the National Association of Realtors and the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). Both of these organizations devise and regulate stipulations for state realty commissions as well as realtors on an individual basis to ensure that the public receives quality service across the board.

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