How to Get a Georgia Real Estate License
Real estate is a great business to be in, especially in Georgia: agents earn, on average, as much as the average household, with the opportunity to make even more. It’s flexible, fun, and is a great side hustle, too.
But before you can start cashing those commission checks, you have to get a Georgia salesperson license. Here’s how.
6 Steps to Getting a Real Estate License in Georgia
- Step 1: Ensure you meet the qualifications
- Step 2: Fulfill your education requirement
- Step 3: Apply to take the exam and pay the fee
- Step 4: Pass the exam
- Step 5: Find a broker
- Step 6: Apply for your salesperson license and pay the fee
Step 1: Ensure You Meet the Qualifications
Georgia has a few prerequisites for people wanting to become real estate agents. Before you get started, let’s make sure you can check all of these boxes:
- At least 18 years old (or will be by the time you get your license)
- Have a high school diploma or the equivalent
- Are a Georgia resident
- Have a reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, competence, and acting in the interest of the public
When they talk about a good reputation, what the Georgia Real Estate Commission is referring to is your criminal record. While you can still be granted a license with a conviction in your past, the process is a bit more complicated: here’s more detail on how it works.
Step 2: Fulfill Your Education Requirement
Graduating from high school isn’t the only education requirement. The Georgia Real Estate Commission also requires that all applicants complete 75 hours of pre-licensing education. There are a few different ways you can make that happen:
- Complete a pre-licensing education course at a school approved by the Georgia Real Estate Commission. This can be online or in person.
- Complete a pre-licensing course approved by another state or Canadian province.
- Complete at least 10 quarter hours or six semester hours of real estate courses at an accredited college, university, or law school in the U.S. or Canada.
Step 3: Apply to Take the Exam and Pay the Fee
When you complete your pre-licensing education, it’s time to apply to take the exam. The Georgia salesperson licensing exam is administered by testing company PSI.
Before you’ll be allowed to take the exam, you have to submit an application with proof that you completed your pre-licensing education and be approved by the testing officials. You can then make a reservation to take the test.
You can send your application by mail and make a reservation by phone, or do the whole thing online. When you make your reservation, you’ll also be required to pay the $121 exam fee. For details about the application process, check out the candidate handbook.
In the application to take the exam, you will be required to disclose if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime, pled guilty or nolo contendere to a crime, or been disciplined by a state licensing agency. It is critical that you answer this truthfully.
If you do have a criminal record that could preclude you from getting a license, you’ll fill out the Background Clearance Application. This gives GREC permission to do your background check before you take the exam (and pay the fee).
Anyone who doesn’t have a criminal history to disclose will undergo a background check during the application process after they pass the exam. If GREC uncovers an undisclosed incident, it will be much harder to get a license than if the applicant disclosed the incident at this step. Disclose everything!
Step 4: Pass the Exam
The Georgia salesperson licensing exam is a computerized test with 152 multiple-choice questions. There's a 100-question national portion and a 52-question state portion. You’ll have four hours to complete both sections.
Arrive to the testing center on time and with two forms of ID (including one government-issued, signed ID with a photo). Try not to bring much else, as you won’t be allowed to take it into the testing center. Applicants more than 15 minutes late for their test time will not be allowed to take the test that day.
At the end of the test, you’ll receive a score report letting you know if you passed. If so, you’ll be issued a Certificate of Accuracy Statement. Don’t sign it! You need it for your application. If you bring your application paperwork, you can apply that very day.
Step 5: Find a Sponsoring Broker
If you want to actually practice real estate in Georgia, you need to find a sponsoring broker. Your sponsoring broker is your boss, but they’re also your mentor, your hands-on teacher, and legally responsible for everything you do. If you don’t have a sponsoring broker when you apply, you’ll be granted an inactive license.
Feel free to find your broker before you take the test. That way you can get your license the day you take it. Either way, you need to get your broker to complete the Sponsoring Broker Statement Form and bring it with you when you apply.
Step 6: Apply for Your Salesperson License and Pay the Fee
Finally, the moment has arrived. You’re ready to apply for a real estate salesperson license!
In addition to the completed application you’ll need:
- A photo I.D.
- Unsigned Certification of Accuracy (COA) Statement with photo
- Sponsoring Broker Statement Form
- GCIC report or another acceptable criminal history report
- Signed and Notarized Lawful Presence Affidavit
- Payment for the licensing fee: $170 if you apply within 90 days, $340 after
You have a year to complete your application, or you must retake your exam.
And that’s it! You’ll be ready to start showing homes.
Want to learn more about being a real estate agent in Georgia? Check out our career center.