Are you a real estate agent looking to move from Virginia? Or to Virginia? Maybe you want to get a real estate license but are curious about Virginia’s state reciprocity before you invest your time and money. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, it’s helpful to understand Virginia's real estate reciprocity. Real estate is a very state-specific industry, as every state has its own laws and licensing requirements. To become a real estate agent in a particular state, the first step is becoming familiar with those state’s real estate laws.
Read to find out what states have real estate license reciprocity with Virginia. Also, learn how to get a Virginia real estate license if you’re already licensed in another state.
What Is Real Estate License Reciprocity?
Real estate license reciprocity means you can apply for a real estate license in a different state without going through the entire application process. This may mean you don't have to take a new state’s pre-licensing courses or go through the full real estate exam again. To do this, you need to have an active license in another state.
What States Have Real Estate License Reciprocity with Virginia?
Virginia offers real estate reciprocity to anyone with an active real estate license. This individual must also be in good standing. Being in good standing means no outstanding investigations, disciplinary actions, or a revoked or suspended license. They must also meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Hold a high school diploma (or equal).
- Sign a statement confirming they have read and understand the relevant chapters from the Code of Virginia.
- Apply and pay the associated application fee of $150 for salespersons.
- Secure a sponsoring broker.
- Meet Virginia salesperson requirements at the time of license application.
- Be honest, truthful and fair.
- Disclose if they have any misdemeanor convictions in the past five years.
- Must disclose if they have had any felony convictions over a lifetime.
There are many transactional requirements to gain real estate license reciprocity. But a large part of real estate license reciprocity is being an upstanding, honest, and fair professional.
How Can I Become a Licensed Virginia Real Estate Agent?
If you qualify for reciprocity, there are a couple more things you'll need to do to get your Virginia real estate license. Below are the four steps you'll need to take:
- Take a 60-hour pre-license course. Unfortunately, even having reciprocity won't excuse you from having to take Virginia's required real estate education.
- Pass the state exam. As long as you passed the national part of the exam and your license isn't expired, you'll just need to take the Virginia part of the exam. This needs to be done within 12 months of your application.
- Submit fingerprints for the background check. The Virginia Real Estate Board recommends doing this at a Virginia PSI testing location, but you may be able to contact them for other arrangements.
- Submit your salesperson application. Don't forget to include your licensure certification from your home state! It must be dated less than 60 days from the time you submit your application.
Are you ready to get your Virginia real estate license and benefit from Virginia's generous real estate license reciprocity law? Your first step is taking Virginia’s pre-license online real estate course. It will teach you everything you need to know to help clients in this area.