Who Grants a License: Licenses are granted by the Arizona Department of Real Estate (“ADRE”).
Qualifications to receive a License: A candidate must complete 90 clock-hours of classroom study at an ADRE-approved real estate school (search schools here), pass a school-administered final exam, and pass a state exam. Distance learning pre-licensure curriculums are not permitted. All candidates need to submit a full set of fingerprints, prove legal presence and pass a background check. All candidates must be at least 18 years of age. For more information about qualifications, see Arizona Real Estate License – Qualifying for and Obtaining.
Applying for the Exams: Candidates should apply to take the state exam through the Pearson VUE website scheduling page. Applicants must know the completion date of their pre-licensure curriculum, and the ADRE approval number of their pre-licensure school. (Search for ADRE approval numbers here.) More information can be found in the State of Arizona Real Estate Candidate Handbook.
Test Content: The Arizona state real estate licensing exam is comprised of two separate tests, the national test and the state-specific test. Five questions on the national test and ten questions on the state-specific test are considered "experimental" questions and are not scored. Both portions are comprised of multiple choice questions with four answer choices provided for each question. Test takers are allotted 150 minutes to complete each test. A score of at least 75% is required to pass. The exam is presented in a computer-based format, but accommodations for paper-based tests and/or oral testing can be provided with special arrangements.
The national test consists of 85 questions and tests the candidate's knowledge of general real estate concepts, including the following subject areas:
Real property characteristics
Property valuation and appraisal
Contracts and relationships with buyers and sellers
Property conditions and disclosures
Federal laws governing real estate activities
Financing the transaction, and settlement
Leases, rents, and property management
The state-specific test consists of 100 questions and tests the candidate's knowledge of the state-specific concepts, including the following subject areas:
Real Estate Statutes
Contract Law/Other Essentials
Property Interests, Estates, and Tenancies
Real and Personal Property Transfer
Escrow and Settlement
Real Estate Office Management
How to Apply for the License: The license application is issued by the testing company upon passing both portions of the licensing exam. Candidates must provide ADRE with the following documents: (1) completed application and application fee; (2) original Arizona state real estate licensing exam score report(s); (3) proof of legal presence in the U.S.; (4) certificate issued by an ADRE-approved school for completion of the 90-hour salesperson pre-licensure curriculum; (5) if applicable, a Disciplinary Actions Disclosure form, along with supporting documentation; (6) Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued fingerprint clearance card.
All of the required documents must be submitted to the ADRE offices in Phoenix within one year of passing the state licensing exam. Additional instructions for specific license applicants are in the ADRE Activating License Brochure.
Fees: ADRE charges a license application fee.
Who administers the test: ADRE and Pearson VUE.
License Renewal Requirements: An Arizona real estate licensee must take 24 credit hours of continuing education (either online or in the classroom) from an ADRE-approved provider every two years. Further information is provided on the ADRE website, here.
Applicable Regulations: Real estate licensees in Arizona are regulated under Title 32, Chapter 20, Real Estate.
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