Real Estate License Reciprocity – UPDATED 2020
Although there is no such thing as a “national real estate license” in the United States, many states have agreements with each other that accomplish a similar outcome. We refer to it as real estate license reciprocity or having a reciprocal real estate license.
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This is a list of all the US states and their real estate license reciprocity status (updated April 2020):
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Alabama has reciprocity with any other state if the license has been held for a year or more. You’ll need to complete the portion of the exam which deals with Alabama law.
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Alaska has Reciprocity with any other state if the license has been held for a year or more. You’ll need to complete the portion of the exam which deals with Alaska law.
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Arizona has no full reciprocity with other states, but does recognize qualifications from other states provided the license has been active for at least the past year. See the AZ out-of-state licensing brochure for more details.
Arkansas has reciprocity with Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington and West Virginia.
California has no reciprocity with other states.
Colorado offers reciprocity with any other state. You’ll need to complete the portion of the exam which deals with Colorado law.
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Connecticut has reciprocity with Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma and Rhode Island. You’ll need to complete a Connecticut Certificate of License History Form.
If your current state is Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, or you have not taken an examination in a reciprocal state, you’ll need to sit the state portion of the Connecticut Real Estate Examination.
Delaware offers reciprocity with all states. You’ll need to either complete the Delaware state law exam, demonstrate a minimum number of study hours in your current state, or show evidence of a minimum number of transactions within the last three years or licensing.
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Florida offers reciprocity with Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska and Rhode Island. You’ll need to complete the Florida law portion of the real estate exam.
Georgia offers reciprocity with all states. You’ll need to complete an approved 25-hour post-license couse within your first year of licensure. Some courses in other states may be used to satisfy this requirement.
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Hawaii offers no formal reciprocity with other states, however a salesperson may qualify for an equivalency to the prelicense education requirements, based on pre-license education in another state.
Idaho does not technically offer reciprocity, but waives the national portion of the licensing exam, prelicense education, and any applicable broker experience requirements if you are hold an active licensed in any other state.
You may obtain the same type of license (broker or salesperson) as you hold in your current state. If your current state offers “broker” licenses, you must hold a Principal or Designated Broker license to qualify for an Idaho broker license.
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Illinois offers reciprocity with Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
In 2014, Indiana announced the end of reciprocity with all states. Previously, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Rhode Island were offered reciprocal agreements. Your current state may qualify if it has licensing requirements that are “substantially similar” to those in Indiana.
Iowa offers reciprocity with Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, and North Dakota.
Kansas does not offer full reciprocity with other states, bu based on an application you may be waived a portion of the prelicense education and examination requirements.
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Kentucky no longer offers reciprocity with any other state except Ohio. KREC has announced it is negotiating reciprocal agreements with individual states. Please contact us to check for an update regarding your state.
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Lousiana offers reciprocity with Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
Maine offers reciprocity with all other states. You’ll need to complete the Maine law portion of the state exam.
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Maryland offers full reciprocity with Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. In other states you’ll need to complete the Maryland state portion of the real estate exam.
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Massachusetts offers full reciprocity with Connecticut, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Nebraska, Iowa, Tennessee, Mississippi, Colorado, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New Mexico.
Full reciprocity is offered to salespersons/brokers with more than two years of license history from Oklahoma and New York.
Full reciprocity is offered to salespersons/brokers with more than three years of license history from Maine.
All other states require an application for an Educational Waiver.
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Michigan offers no reciprocity with other states.
Minnesota offers full reciprocity with Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota
Wisconsin license holders must email course completion certificates documenting completion of a Minnesota broker course of at least 13 hours, and email original passing results for the Minnesota State Laws portion of the written examination.
Mississippi does not publish a list of states with reciprocity arrangements, but invites applications for reciprocal licensing for MREC to assess. The requirements include references from three real-estate owners.
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Missouri offers reciprocity with all other states. You’ll need to complete the Missouri portion of the real estate exam anda take the
24-hour Missouri Real Estate Practice (MREP) Course.
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Montana offers full reciprocity with Alberta, Canada. Pre-licensing education from other states may be waived depending on an application.
Nebraska offers conditional reciprocity with Alabama, Alberta Canada, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.
For all other states, the Nebraska commission will give credit to pre-license courses taken outside Nebraska as long as they were approved by the real estate regulatory body in that jurisdiction, and are similar to the Nebraska curriculum. To determine credit, an applicant may submit a copy of the course completion certificate and a syllabus or detailed course outline to the office for review.
Nevada offers reciprocity for Salesperson licenses in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washingston, West Virginia.
Broker license reciprocity is also offered in California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Florida, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia an Wyoming.
For Salespeople, New Hampshire offers reciprocity with Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and Georgia. You’ll need to complete the state portion of the New Hampshire examination.
New Jersey offers no reciprocity with other states.
New Mexico offers full reciprocity with Georgia, Louisiana and Massachusetts.
License holders from other states must complete a Broker Basics course and are eligible to apply for a waiver of 60 of the 90 hours of prelicensure education if they can provide a certified license history from their resident licensing jurisdiction.
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New York offers conditional reciprocity with Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia,Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
North Carolina offers conditional reciprocity with any other US state or Canadian jurisdiction that has been on active status within the previous three years and is equivalent to NC’s provisional or “full” broker license. You’ll need to complete the state section of the NCREC licensing exam.
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North Dakota offers reciprocity with Georgia, Iowa and Minnesota.
Ohio offers Salesperson and Broker reciprocity with Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Oklahoma refers to real estate reciprocity as a “non-resident agreement.” The following states have non-resident agreements with Oklahoma: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. You’ll need to complete the state section of the AMP exam as a minimum, and possibly other sections if your current license has been held for less than one year.
Oregon offers conditional reciprocity with Alabama, Alberta, Georgia, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Pennsylvania offers reciprocity with Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York.
If your current state isn’t listed, but you completed at least 75 or more hours of license education to get your current license, and have been licensed within the past 5 years, Pennsylvania DOS will consider a certificate or certified letter attesting to your license history.
Rhode Island offers Reciprocity with Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Except for Georgia, South Carolina offers “license recognition” to license holders in other US states who are non-resident in South Carolina. You’ll need to complete the state section of the SC real estate exam.
Licensed residents of Georgia are offered Full Reciprocity in South Carolina.
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South Dakota offers reciprocity to all states, based on a certificate of license history from your current state. You’ll need to complete the state portion of the South Dakota broker exam.
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Tennessee offers conditional reciprocity to all states following an application, evidence of 90 (affiliate broker) or 120 (broker) hours of real estate education, and the 30-hour Tennessee Course for New Affiliates (CNA).
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Texas has no reciprocity with other states.
Utah offers full reciprocity with Georgia, Mississippi and Alberta, Canada.
Applicants with an active real estate license in other states may qualify for a waiver of some education and/or national exam requirements based on a successful application.
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Vermont offers reciprocity to any other state, provided it has eligibility requirements of 40 hours of education and both the state and national exam are taken via provider PSI or its subsidiary AMP.
Virginia offers reciprocity with all states. You’ll need to complete the state part of the Virginia exam. Brokers must have been been active – averaging 40 hours/week – in the real estate business during 24 of the previous 36 months.
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Washington offers reciprocity with all states based on a review of evidence of your license activity.
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West Virginia offers reciprocity with all states. You’ll need to complete the state part of the licensing exam, provide a certificate of licensure, place a surety bond and fulfil certain other requirements as part of the application.
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Wisconsin offers full reciprocity with Illinois and Indiana. You’ll need to pass the sales license exam.
Applicants in other states must complete the WI-specific 13 hours pre-licensing education for salespersons, and 10 academic semester hour credits at an institution of higher learning in real estate or real estate related law. The course taken in your home state should cover at least this content.
Salespersons must pass the Wyoming Law portion of the Salesperson I Course, complete and pass all of Salesperson II Course, and pass the State Exam for Salespersons before applying.
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