Get A Real Estate License In Arizona
If you want to get a real estate license in Arizona, it’s a fairly straightforward process. Arizona is a great place to get a real estate license due to the favorable weather, low state income taxes and a growing population.
As Americans retire, many of them are moving to “sunshine states.” The Florida state motto is “The Sunshine State,” but people commonly refer to sunshine states as Arizona, Florida, Nevada and Texas. These are states where it’s generally warm (or hot!) all year and retirees flock there from the northern US to escape the cold winters.
To get a real estate license in Arizona, there are some simple requirements. First and foremost, a person must be of good character in order to proceed with the Arizona real estate licensing process.
All applicants for an original real estate license shall show evidence satisfactory to the Commissioner:
- Of the honesty, truthfulness, character and competency of the applicant.
- That the applicant has not had a real estate license denied within one year, or revoked within two years immediately preceding the application.
- That the applicant is at least 18 years of age when applying for a license.
Arizona is a non-reciprocal licensing state.
Reciprocal licensing means that a person who holds an active real estate license in good standing in another state can practice real estate without fulfilling the educational and testing requirements. Some states have reciprocity with other states and some do not. Arizona does not have any reciprocal license agreements, so the only way to get a real estate license in Arizona is to complete the educational and testing requirements there.
All of the educational requirements in Arizona MUST be completed in a classroom setting. There is no option for online pre-licensing in Arizona. The states that attract retirees use the classroom requirement to make it harder for part-timers and retired real estate agents from other states to compete with the full-time agents in Arizona.
In addition to being of good character and completing the educational requirements, candidates must also:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have your fingerprints taken at an approved location to be submitted with your application.
- Pass a criminal background check. You will not be able to get a license if you have been convicted of a felony, if you are incarcerated, if you are paroled, if you are on community supervision or on probation. Furthermore, you will not be able to get a real estate license in Arizona if you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor related to theft, forgery, extortion, conspiracy to defraud, any form of violence against another person or “crimes of moral turpitude.” The “moral turpitude bit is a blanket classification that allows the Arizona Department of Real to use their discretion when deciding if someone is fit to hold a real estate license or not.
- Pass a contract writing class (this is like a mini legal course that teaches the ins and outs of the Arizona real estate contracts.
- Pay all the licensing and application fees.
Once you’ve satisfactorily completed all of those requirements, you’re in business! Now all you will need to do is find a broker to sponsor you and you can get to work. Most brokerages will have new agent training that teaches people how to find clients and make money in the real estate business.
If you are interested in a real estate career, we have complied a list of frequently asked questions that might be useful for you.