What Requirements Must Be Met to Get Your Georgia Real Estate License


If you live in Georgia, then you probably already know the state has been growing - a lot. Estimates predict the population will grow by 17.7% between now and 2030. All that growth means there will be lots of opportunities for Georgia real estate agents. 

If you want to be one of those real estate agents in Georgia here are the requirements you have to meet to get a license. 

OVERVIEW OF THE GEORGIA REAL ESTATE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS 

  • Be at least 18 years old.

  • Have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

  • Pass the background check.

  • Meet the Georgia real estate education minimums. 

  • Pass the Georgia real estate licensing exam. 

  • Apply and pay the license fee.

  • Submit the Sponsoring Broker Statement Application to get an active Georgia real estate license.

Getting a Georgia Real Estate License: The Basic Requirements

The first few requirements for a Georgia real estate license are very easy to meet. The vast majority of adults will have no problem meeting them!

Minimum Age Requirement

In Georgia you have to be a legal adult to get a real estate license, so you’ll have to wait until you’re at least 18 years old. 

High School Education Requirement

In addition to being 18 or older, you also have to complete high school, earn a GED or the equivalent before applying for a Georgia real estate license. 

Pass the Background Check

The Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC) wants to make sure all licensed real estate agents in Georgia are true professionals that can be trusted by the public. One way that the Commission ensures this is with a thorough background check. 

Before you can be approved for a license you must submit a Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) Report or criminal history report with PSI /Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP). AMP is the exam administrator. They’ll receive the reports, and then the Commission will initiate an investigation if there are any convictions from a regulatory or licensing agency. From there they will determine if the applicant can get a Georgia real estate license. 

Getting a Georgia Real Estate License: The Advanced Requirements

Those who meet the basic requirements can move on to the more advanced steps that start with education. Most applicants will have to complete the following requirements.  

Complete the Required Georgia Real Estate Courses 

You can take an online Georgia real estate course like the one offered by Aceable or take a traditional in-class course. Either way, you’ll need to make sure that the course is approved by GREC or it won’t be accepted. 

The Georgia salesperson prelicense course includes 75 hours of instruction. To make things more manageable Aceable Agent has broken the course down to 27 levels. The topics that are covered include:

  • Property types

  • Land rights

  • Estates 

  • Forms of personal and business ownership

  • Legal land descriptions and real property measurement 

  • Public and private land use controls 

  • Law of contracts and agency

  • Finance

  • Property management and leases

  • Transfer of title

  • Closing process

  • Ethics, oversights and regulations

You’ll need to complete all the levels and pass the final exam to get a completion certificate. 

Pass the Georgia Real Estate Licensing Exam 

The Georgia Real Estate Course is designed to prepare you for the licensing exam, which is administered by AMP. Some key information to know about the salesperson examination includes:

  • There are 100 national questions and 52 state-specific questions.

  • The exam covers 11 national topics and 3 state-specific topics.

  • You’ll be given 4 hours to complete both portions of the test. 

  • The score report at the end will tell you if you passed or failed. 

GREC gives you one more piece of information that isn’t always included with the testing materials. They explicitly state what the exam questions are meant to test three cognitive abilities: recall, analysis and application. 

Free Georgia real estate license prep tests are a perk of selecting Aceable Agent to meet the course requirement. It’s just one resource that you can use to get a license and launch your career as a Georgia real estate agent. 

Apply for a Georgia Real Estate License and Pay the Fee

Once you’ve completed the real estate education requirement and passed the exam you’re ready to apply for a Georgia real estate license! You’ll also need to pay the $170.00 license fee when you apply.

*Time Requirement: You must submit your application for a Georgia real estate license within 12 months of passing the exam. If you miss that window you’ll have to retake the test. 

Submit the Sponsoring Broker Statement Application to Activate Your License

The real estate license you’ll receive will be inactive unless you submit a Sponsoring Broker Statement Application along with the paperwork. The GREC will only activate the license once it receives the application noting who the sponsoring broker is going to be. 

You’ll have to still meet the continuing education requirements and pay all of the same fees if your license is inactive so there’s no reason not to find a great Georgia real estate brokerage to work with.

Want to know more? Check out the Georgia Real Estate Blog to stay up-to-date on licensing requirements, industry news and more.

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