How To Get Your Real Estate License In Alabama

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Here's what you need to renew your Alabama Real Estate license

The information below is a summary of the minimum requirements set forth by the Alabama Real Estate Commission. For a more detailed requirements breakdown, please see the board's site.
If you hold Real Estate licenses in multiple states, please make sure to check each state's requirements.

Alabama Real Estate: Broker (Continuing Education)

Total Hours Required: 15
Mandatory Hours: 6
Elective Hours: 9
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2
License Expiration Date: 09/30/2024
Education Cycle in Months: 24
Next Education Due Date: 09/30/2024

Online Info

Renewal Date: August 31st of even years.
Continuing Education Date: September 30th of even years.  

Hours Required by the Alabama Real Estate Commission: 15 hours.
•6 mandatory hours*
    o3-hour Risk Management: Initial Contact to Accepted Offer course
    o3-hour Mandatory Broker CE Course
ʉۢ9 elective hours

Salesperson Post-Licensure Education Requirement: Completion of the 30-hour post license course is due within the first six months of licensure for active licensees, and within one year for inactive licensees. Click here for the post licensing course. Note: There is no post license requirement for Brokers.

Course Hours Daily Limit: AREC allows a maximum of nine (9) continuing education hours to be earned on any one calendar day.

Final Exam: While students are required to demonstrate mastery of the content at certain intervals of the course, there is no passing score requirement for the final exam.

Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after the date of enrollment. AREC requires that all online courses be completed within one year from the date of enrollment.

Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your student dashboard. Certificates are not submitted to AREC during renewal but should be kept for your records.  

Online Limitations

There is no limit to the number of CE hours that may be completed online.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are submitted electronically everyday.Once a license is renewed, course credit gets moved to the "Archive" section associated with the licensee's record.

In order for you license to remain on active status, you must complete your education by midnight Friday, September 30th of your renewal year.
Education not completed by September 30th will be placed on inactive status. Licensees will need to submit a re-activation fee of $25 ($28.50 if done online).
Roster Sent: Every 1 days

Governing Agency

Name: Alabama Real Estate Commission
Phone: 3342425544
Fax: 3342709118
Address: 1201 Carmichael Way Montgomery, 36106

Alabama Real Estate: Broker (Pre-Licensing)

Total Hours Required: 60
Mandatory Hours: 60
Elective Hours: 0

Online Info

A Salesperson wishing to upgrade to a Broker status must complete 60 clock hours of course work approved by the Commission plus holding an active salesperson's license for 24 of the 36 months prior to application.

Online Limitations

Alabama Licensing Process and Deadlines:
1. Successful completion of the 60-hour prelicense course: The 60-hour prelicense course for both salespersons and brokers must be completed within one year of the start date. The start date for distance education courses is the date the course material is first accessed and the end date is when all required documentation is submitted to the provider.
2. Successful completion of the state license examination: The salesperson and broker examinations must be taken through AMP and passed within six months of the end date of the appropriate prelicense course. Students will not be able to schedule the state exam until the school electronically submits verification  of course completion to AMP.
3. Submitting Application for a Temporary Salesperson's or Original Broker's License: The Application for a Temporary Salesperson's License and the Application for a Broker's License must be submitted to the Commission within 90 days of passing the appropriate state license examination. Please note this is 90 calendar days and the first day is the day the exam is passed. The exam score report and application are a combined document that will be received at the test site. All appropriate license fees and documentation for minimum age, U.S. citizenship, state residency, and high school completion as identified in Rule 790-X-2-.01 must accompany the application.

The preceding deadlines have been explained to me by the school, and I understand the licensing requirements that must be met for temporary and permanent licensure. I also understand that I may contact the Real Estate Commission at any time if I have questions. By electronically signing the bottom of this page and proceeding to the online course, I am indicating that I understand these licensing requirements.

This course requires a LIVE PROCTORED FINAL EXAMINATION for course completion.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are submitted electronically every business day. Rosters are not submitted until information from the proctored course final exam has been verified and accepted and all required documents (including the AREC ID mentioned below) have been received.

Students must register with AREC using the appropriate school link below. Once they register, a unique ID number will be assigned to them. That number is then emailed to Regulatory. We must use that number to send the roster to the state. 

This is the unique school link for REAL ESTATE EXPRESS (000075917): https://arec.alabama.gov/apps/preregistration/%20XvOBj1BgQTkTDoyB4sZYA==
Roster Sent: Every 1 days

Governing Agency

Name: Alabama Real Estate Commission
Phone: 3342425544
Fax: 3342709118
Address: 1201 Carmichael Way Montgomery, 36106

Alabama Real Estate: Post License (Post Licensing)

Total Hours Required: 30
Mandatory Hours: 30
Elective Hours: 0
Renewal Cycle in Years: 1

Online Info

Completion of the 30 hour post license course for salespersons is required within the first six months of licensure for active licensees and within one year for inactive licensees.

Note: There is no post license requirement for brokers.

Alabama Licensing Process and Deadlines:
1. Completion of the Salesperson's 30-hour post license course: A person shall be required to have a temporary license issued prior to taking a post license course as identified in Rule 790-X-2-.03. If a salesperson's temporary license is issued on active status, the 30-hour post license course must be completed within six months AND an application for a permanent/original license submitted to remain on active status. The six-month period begins on the first day of the month following issuance of the temporary license and concludes on the last day of the sixth month. For example, a temporary license is issued on June 10. The six months will begin on July 1 and end on December 31.
2. Submitting Application for a Permanent/Original Salesperson's License: Every temporary salesperson MUST take a 30-hour post license course and submit the Application for an Original Salesperson License within 12 months. The 12 months begin on the first day of the month following issuance of the temporary license and conclude on the last day of the twelfth month. This deadline applies to both active and inactive licensees. The application for an original salesperson's license can be found on the Commission's website at www.arec.alabama.gov.
3. A Lapsed Temporary Salesperson's License: Failure to submit application and have the permanent/original license issued within the 12-month time frame described above will result in the license lapsing, and the applicant will have to begin the licensing process again with the prelicense course.

The preceding deadlines have been explained to me by the school, and I understand the licensing requirements that must be met for temporary and permanent licensure. I also understand that I may contact the Real Estate Commission at any time if I have questions. By electronically signing the bottom of this page and proceeding to the online course, I am indicating that I understand these licensing requirements.

This course requires a LIVE PROCTORED FINAL EXAMINATION for course completion.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are submitted electronically everyday. Rosters will not be submitted until proctor has been verified and accepted and required documents have been received. 
Roster Sent: Every 1 days

Governing Agency

Name: Alabama Real Estate Commission
Phone: 3342425544
Fax: 3342709118
Address: 1201 Carmichael Way Montgomery, 36106

Alabama Real Estate: Post License Requirements (Continuing Education)

Total Hours Required: 30
Mandatory Hours: 0
Elective Hours: 0
Renewal Cycle in Years: 1

Online Info

Completion of the 30 hour post license course for salespersons is required within the first six months of licensure for active licensees and within one year for inactive licensees.

Note: There is no post license requirement for brokers.

Alabama Licensing Process and Deadlines:
1. Completion of the Salesperson's 30-hour post license course: A person shall be required to have a temporary license issued prior to taking a post license course as identified in Rule 790-X-2-.03. If a salesperson's temporary license is issued on active status, the 30-hour post license course must be completed within six months AND an application for a permanent/original license submitted to remain on active status. The six-month period begins on the first day of the month following issuance of the temporary license and concludes on the last day of the sixth month. For example, a temporary license is issued on June 10. The six months will begin on July 1 and end on December 31.
2. Submitting Application for a Permanent/Original Salesperson's License: Every temporary salesperson MUST take a 30-hour post license course and submit the Application for an Original Salesperson License within 12 months. The 12 months begin on the first day of the month following issuance of the temporary license and conclude on the last day of the twelfth month. This deadline applies to both active and inactive licensees. The application for an original salesperson's license can be found on the Commission's website at www.arec.alabama.gov.
3. A Lapsed Temporary Salesperson's License: Failure to submit application and have the permanent/original license issued within the 12-month time frame described above will result in the license lapsing, and the applicant will have to begin the licensing process again with the prelicense course.

The preceding deadlines have been explained to me by the school, and I understand the licensing requirements that must be met for temporary and permanent licensure. I also understand that I may contact the Real Estate Commission at any time if I have questions. By electronically signing the bottom of this page and proceeding to the online course, I am indicating that I understand these licensing requirements.

This course requires a LIVE PROCTORED FINAL EXAMINATION for course completion.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are submitted electronically everyday.Once a license is renewed, course credit gets moved to the "Archive" section associated with the licensee's record.

In order for you license to remain on active status, you must complete your education by midnight Friday, September 30th of your renewal year.
Education not completed by September 30th will be placed on inactive status. Licensees will need to submit a re-activation fee of $25 ($28.50 if done online).
Roster Sent: Every 1 days

Governing Agency

Name: Alabama Real Estate Commission
Phone: 3342425544
Fax: 3342709118
Address: 1201 Carmichael Way Montgomery, 36106

Alabama Real Estate: Sales Agent (Continuing Education)

Total Hours Required: 15
Mandatory Hours: 3
Elective Hours: 12
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2
License Expiration Date: 09/30/2024
Education Cycle in Months: 24
Next Education Due Date: 09/30/2024

Online Info

Renewal Date: August 31st of even years.
Continuing Education Date: September 30th of even years.  

Hours Required by the Alabama Real Estate Commission: 15 hours.
•3 mandatory hours
    o3-hour Risk Management: Initial Contact to Accepted Offer course
•12 elective hours

Salesperson Post-Licensure Education Requirement: Completion of the 30-hour post license course is due within the first six months of licensure for active licensees, and within one year for inactive licensees. Click here for the post licensing course. Note: There is no post license requirement for Brokers.

Course Hours Daily Limit: AREC allows a maximum of nine (9) continuing education hours to be earned on any one calendar day.

Final Exam: While students are required to demonstrate mastery of the content at certain intervals of the course, there is no passing score requirement for the final exam.

Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after the date of enrollment. AREC requires that all online courses be completed within one year from the date of enrollment.

Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your student dashboard. Certificates are not submitted to AREC during renewal but should be kept for your records.  

Online Limitations

There is no limit to the number of CE hours that may be completed online.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are submitted electronically everyday.Once a license is renewed, course credit gets moved to the "Archive" section associated with the licensee's record.

In order for you license to remain on active status, you must complete your education by midnight Friday, September 30th of your renewal year.
Education not completed by September 30th will be placed on inactive status. Licensees will need to submit a re-activation fee of $25 ($28.50 if done online).
Roster Sent: Every 1 days

Governing Agency

Name: Alabama Real Estate Commission
Phone: 3342425544
Fax: 3342709118
Address: 1201 Carmichael Way Montgomery, 36106

Alabama Real Estate: Salesperson (Pre-Licensing)

Total Hours Required: 60
Mandatory Hours: 60
Elective Hours: 0

Online Info

An applicant who does not hold a current real estate license in another state must:
  1. Step 1. Meet Alabama real estate license requirements.
    • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or legally present in the U.S, and be at least 19 years old;
    • Show proof of bona fide residency in any state in the U.S.;
    • Show proof of high school graduation or the equivalent;
    • Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude;
    • Not have had a real estate application or license rejected or revoked in any state within the past two years.
  2. Step 2. Complete an approved 60-hour Alabama real estate prelicense course. Before you can sit for the Alabama state real estate license exam, you must successfully complete an approved Alabama 60-hour pre-license course. You have 6 months to pass the Alabama state exam after completing the course. If you miss the deadline, you must retake the course
  3. Step 3. After meeting the education and/or experience requirements, pass the real estate licensing examination. You must earn a score of 70% or higher to pass. Applicants have 6 months to pass the state exam after completing the course. If these deadlines are not met, the course must be retaken.
    The Alabama Real Estate Commission is in the process of changing license examination providers. Effective January 1, 2023, Pearson VUE will replace PSI as the licensing examination provider. As a result of this change, the national portion of the salesperson license examination will change, but still provide testing on real estate basics. The state portion will remain the same. There will be 80 national items and 40 state items.
    We encourage students to complete the Alabama Salesperson Prelicense course in a timely manner so they can take the license examination prior to January.
  4. Step 4. Must complete 30-hour post license training course within the first twelve months of licensure in order to be issued an original (permanent) license. Further, the course must be completed, and original license issued within the first six months in order to maintain an active license.
If you already hold a real estate license in another state, you may obtain an Alabama RECIPROCAL license.

Online Limitations

Alabama Licensing Process and Deadlines:
1. Successful completion of the 60-hour prelicense course: The 60-hour prelicense course for both salespersons and brokers must be completed within one year of the start date. The start date for distance education courses is the date the course material is first accessed and the end date is when all required documentation is submitted to the provider.
2. Successful completion of the state license examination: The salesperson and broker examinations must be taken through PSI/AMP and passed within six months of the end date of the appropriate prelicense course. Students will not be able to schedule the state exam until the school electronically submits verification of course completion to PSI/AMP.
3. Submitting Application for a Temporary Salesperson's or Original Broker's License: The Application for a Temporary Salesperson's License and the Application for a Broker's License must be submitted to the Commission within 90 days of passing the appropriate state license examination. Please note this is 90 calendar days and the first day is the day the exam is passed. The exam score report and application are a combined document that will be received at the test site. All appropriate license fees and documentation for minimum age, U.S. citizenship, state residency, and high school completion as identified in Rule 790-X-2-.01 must accompany the application.
4. Completion of the Salesperson's 30-hour post license course: A person shall be required to have a temporary license issued prior to taking a post license course as identified in Rule 790-X-2-.03. If a salesperson's temporary license is issued on active status, the 30-hour post license course must be completed within six months AND an application for a permanent/original license submitted to remain on active status. The six-month period begins on the first day of the month following issuance of the temporary license and concludes on the last day of the sixth month. For example, a temporary license is issued on June 10. The six months will begin on July 1 and end on December 31.
5. Submitting Application for a Permanent/Original Salesperson's License: Every temporary salesperson MUST take a 30-hour post license course and submit the Application for an Original Salesperson License within 12 months. The 12 months begin on the first day of the month following issuance of the temporary license and conclude on the last day of the twelfth month. This deadline applies to both active and inactive licensees. The application for an original salesperson's license can be found on the Commission's website at www.arec.alabama.gov.
6. A Lapsed Temporary Salesperson's License: Failure to submit application and have the permanent/original license issued within the 12-month time frame described above will result in the license lapsing, and the applicant will have to begin the licensing process again with the prelicense course.

The preceding deadlines have been explained to me by the school, and I understand the licensing requirements that must be met for temporary and permanent licensure. I also understand that I may contact the Real Estate Commission at any time if I have questions. By electronically signing the Pre-Course Checklist (presented online when starting the course) and proceeding to the online course, I am indicating that I understand these licensing requirements.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are submitted electronically every business day. Rosters are not submitted until information from the proctored course final exam has been verified and accepted and all required documents (including the AREC ID mentioned below) have been received.

Students must register with AREC using the appropriate school link below. Once they register, a unique ID number will be assigned to them. That number is then emailed to Regulatory. We must use that number to send the roster to the state. 

This is the unique school link for REAL ESTATE EXPRESS (000075917): https://arec.alabama.gov/apps/preregistration/%20XvOBj1BgQTkTDoyB4sZYA==
Roster Sent: Every 1 days

Governing Agency

Name: Alabama Real Estate Commission
Phone: 3342425544
Fax: 3342709118
Address: 1201 Carmichael Way Montgomery, 36106

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.