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Arizona Real Estate License - Qualifying for and Obtaining

Original real estate, cemetery and membership camping salesperson's and broker's licenses are issued for a term of two (2) years.  License renewal must occur on or before the last day of the month in which the license was issued.  Renewals are for a two (2) year period.

Requirements:



Pursuant to A.R.S. §32-212 – All applicants for an original real estate, cemetery or membership camping 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.


Previously Licensed in Arizona – Arizona previously licensed licensees, in a terminated status which had not been renewed within one year of expiration, may qualify for a recertification of pre-licensing education, with the proof of a retake and passing of the Pearson-VUE examination, based on prior Arizona education and licensure.  Contact the real estate school attended for records.

The Pre-licensure education is valid for ten years (§32-2124-B).  Originally licensed individuals in Arizona, who obtained their real estate pre-license education more than 10 years ago, cannot be relicensed in Arizona without a current 90 hours of pre-licensing education and a retake and passing of the Pearson-VUE examination.  All other license application requirements must be met.


Education – All pre-licensing education must be in-classroom instruction from an ADRE approved Arizona real estate school.  On-line pre-license education is not approved in Arizona.  The school will provide you with a copy of the Candidate Handbook, or access it online at www.azre.gov.  The Candidate Handbook explains in detail what is required when taking the Arizona examination and applying for a license with the Arizona Department of Real Estate.


Examinations - After completion of the pre-licensing course and passing the school’s final examination the school will issue a Pre-licensure Education Certificate as verification the pre-licensure education requirement has been met.  Upon receiving the Pre-licensure Education Certificate, and for the Broker examination when the Broker Candidate Experience Verification Form (LI-226) is completed, contact the testing administrator, Pearson VUE at 888-405-5776, or www.pearsonvue.com to register and schedule to take the Arizona examination.  The Arizona examination has two parts, the National and the Arizona-specific.  Examinations are given in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma by appointment only.

An original Pre-Licensure Education Certificate must be presented to the examination site.  Two forms of current personal signature identification, one government issued with a photo are required for presentation.  All original documents must be presented at the examination site to allow for participation in the examination.  An incomplete package of documents may require the approval process to begin anew.

The fee to take or retake a single part of the License Examination is the same as the fee to take the entire examination.  Access the most current License Fee Schedule at www.azre.gov.


Americans with Disabilities Act – The Arizona Department of Real Estate and Pearson VUE comply with the American with Disabilities Act.  Persons with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations such as interpreters, alternative formats or assistance with physical accessibility.  Request for accommodations must be made 72 hours prior to testing.  For more information, refer to the Candidate Handbook or call Pearson VUE at 888-405-5776, or www.pearsonvue.com.


Arizona Real Estate Statutes and Commissioner’s Rules – All Arizona licensees, whether active or inactive, must have available for their use a current copy of the Department’s statutes and rules.  The Arizona Real Estate Law Book, published by the Department, contains the required material.  The law book may be purchased at the ADRE office in Phoenix or Tucson, or by mail.

The statutes, rules and policy statements are also available on www.azre.govSubstantive Policy Statement No 2005-05, provides that making the “Law book” available via the web meets the requirement of every licensee having it available for their use.


Arizona Cemetery and Membership Camping License Requirements – There is no prescribed pre-licensure education leading to licensure as a cemetery salesperson or broker, or membership camping salesperson or broker.  A.R.S. § 32-2124 (A)(2) and (F) stipulates the qualifications leading to cemetery licensure, specifically general understanding areas (Title 32, Article 6).  A.R.S. § 32-2124 (A)(3) and (G) stipulates the qualifications leading to membership camping licensure, specifically general understanding areas (Title 32, Article 10).  Candidates for these licenses may contact Pearson VUE as outlined here to register for and schedule their examination.  After completing and passing the examination, all other license application requirements must be met.


Arizona Real Estate Salesperson License Requirements

  • Age - Be at least 18 years of age when applying for a license
  • Education – Arizona is a non-reciprocal state.  Complete 90 hours of “in classroom” Real Estate Salesperson pre-licensing education at an approved Arizona real estate school and pass the examination at an ADRE approved real estate school, college or university.  Online education is not approved for pre-licensing education.
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card - Fingerprint Clearance Card is issued by Arizona Department of Public Safety.  The application packet of information may be obtained from DPS or the real estate schools.  The process for obtaining the Fingerprint Clearance Card may take as long as eight – ten weeks.
  • Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244) - Information and documentation relating to the applicant’s background must be provided upon application for licensure.  Date of birth and Social Security Number are required.  Criminal convictions and background disclosure on the Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244), found at www.azre.gov or in the Candidate Handbook, must be completed by all applicants, and depending on disclosures made, additional documents and information may be required.  The Department CANNOT issue a license to a person convicted of a felony who is incarcerated, paroled or under community supervision or on probation.  The Department may not issue a license to a person who has been convicted of a felony, or convicted of a misdemeanor offense, such as (but not limited to) theft, forgery, extortion, conspiracy to defraud, violence against another person, or crimes of moral turpitude.  A Fingerprint Clearance Card issued by DPS is required by all applicants at time of application.
  • Disclosure Document Checklist (LI-400) - When applying for an original license and disclosing a criminal conviction, adverse civil judgment, or denial of or discipline against a professional or occupational license on the Disclosure Document Checklist Form (LI-400), additional documents and information identified on must be provided.  Forms are available on the ADRE website www.azre.gov, under Forms Library and included in the Candidate Handbook.
  • Contract Writing Class – Prior to License Application attendance at a 6 hour Contract Writing Class, (including certificate) is required.
  • Fees – Fees are listed on the License Fee Schedule at www.azre.gov.  The Department accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, Discover cards, checks or exact cash.

Schedule Exam Date – Contact Pearson VUE at www.pearsonvue.com to schedule the state and national examinations.  Be prepared to provide to the exam administrator two forms of current signature identification, including one government issued I.D. with photo and the Salesperson Education Certificate for the 90 hours of schooling.  The examination fee is listed on the License Fee Schedule at www.azre.gov, clicking on the Fee Schedule link on the left navigation menu.  Fees are subject to change without notice.

License Application – Salesperson Documents

License Application – Salesperson Time Frame – Salesperson License application must occur within 1 year from the date of passing the state examination, or the state exam must be retaken and passing score reports presented.  Submitting an application by 5 pm on the last business day of the one year period will require a retake and passing of the State-specific and National examinations.


Arizona Real Estate Broker’s License Requirements

  • Age – Be at least 18 years of age when applying for a license.
  • Education – Arizona is a non-reciprocal state.  Complete 90 hours of “in classroom” Real Estate Salesperson pre-licensing education at an approved Arizona real estate school and pass the examination at an ADRE approved real estate school, college or university.  Online education is not approved for pre-licensing education.
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card – Fingerprint Clearance Card is issued by Arizona Department of Public Safety.  The application packet of information may be obtained from DPS or the real estate schools.  The process for obtaining a Fingerprint Clearance Card may take as long as eight to ten weeks.
  • Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244) – Information and documentation relating to the applicant’s background must be provided upon application for licensure.  Date of birth and Social Security Number are required.  Criminal convictions and background disclosure on the Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244), found at www.azre.gov, or in the Candidate Handbook, must be completed by all applicants, and depending on disclosures made, additional documents and information may be required.  The Department CANNOT issue a license to a person convicted of a felony who is incarcerated, paroled, or under community supervision, or on probation.  The Department MAY not issue a license to a person who has been convicted of a felony, or convicted of a misdemeanor offense, such as (but not limited to) theft, forgery, extortion, conspiracy to defraud, violence against another person, or crimes of moral turpitude.  A Fingerprint Clearance Card issued by DPS is required by all applicants at time of application.
  • Disclosure Document Checklist (LI-400) – When applying for an original license and disclosing a criminal conviction, adverse civil judgment, or denial of or discipline against a professional or occupational license on the Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244), additional documents and information identified on the Disclosure Document Checklist Form (LI-400) must be provided.  Forms are available on www.azre.gov, under Forms Library and included in the Candidate Handbook.
  • Broker Candidate Experience Verification (Form LI-226) – Broker applicants must demonstrate three (3) years of actual experience as a licensed real estate agent or broker within the past five (5) years, immediately preceding license application.
    • Upon enrolling in the Broker Pre-license course, the current or most recent employing broker must complete the Broker Candidate Experience Verification form (LI-226) for the applicant, confirming the applicant’s active licensed actual experience for three of the past five years.  Forms are available on www.azre.gov, under Forms Library and included in the Candidate Handbook.
    • The Employing Broker should sign the form verifying actual experience in practicing real estate, returning the form to the applicant for presentation to Pearson VUE at time of testing, and for submission to the Department at time of license application.
    • Experience in a state other than Arizona, requires a certified license history from the state(s) in which the salesperson or broker’s license was held during the past five years.
    • The “valid through” date of the form will be based on three years of actual experience within the past five years immediately preceding license application.
    • Although not required, the Broker Candidate Experience Verification form may be submitted to the Department prior to exam scheduling to confirm the “valid through” date, thus applicant is certain of the date by which license application must occur, using this form.  Allow a minimum of 10 business days for processing and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
    • Should the license application not be processed prior to expiration of “valid through” date, newly completed forms will be required before an application may be processed
  • Broker Management Clinic – Attendance at a Broker Management Clinic is required before activating a Broker’s license, unless the Broker has attended A Broker Management Clinic during the preceding twenty-three months.
  • Licensure Fees – Fees are listed on the License Fee Schedule at www.azre.gov.  The Department accepts, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, Discover cards, checks or exact cash.

Schedule Exam Date – Contact Pearson VUE at www.pearsonvue.com to schedule the state and national examinations.  The examination fee is listed on the License Fee Schedule at www.azre.gov, clicking on the Fee Schedule link on the left navigation menu.  Fees are subject to change without notice.  Be prepared to provide the exam administrator two forms of current signature identification, including one photo, and if a real estate Broker applicant, the Broker Education Certification of 90 hours, and the completed Broker Verification Experience Form(s).

License Application – Broker Documents

Associate Broker Hiring On With a Broker – A currently licensed salesperson must log onto www.azre.gov, online services, to sever the salesperson license immediately prior to ADRE staff processing the approved Broker license application.  When the Broker license application is approved and completed, reflecting all new information, log onto www.azre.gov and hire on as an Associate Broker to the company and pay the fee.  The Designated Broker must access the ADRE online system to approve the hire, prior to the licensee being legal to work, which will then show “active” for the Associate Broker.  If not hiring on online, at time of original Broker license application, provide the Salesperson/Associate Broker Change Form (LI-202), signed by the hiring Broker, along with the fee.

Designated Broker Hire On – A licensed Broker, applying for a Designated Broker’s license, should submit an Employing Broker Change Form (LI-201) or an entity license application and the appropriate fees.  Amount of fees depends on whether applicant is being employed for an existing Employing Broker or a new Employing Broker.  Additional documentation may be required.  Click here to request further information regarding Broker Entity licensing.

License Application – Broker Time Frame – Broker License application must occur within 1 year from the date of passing the state examination or the state exam must be retaken and passing score reports presented, as well as, the completed Broker Candidate Experience Verification form (LI-226) with an acceptable “valid through” date.  Submitting an application by 5 pm on the last business day of the one year period will require a retake and passing of the State-specific and National examinations.


rev. 02/11