Arkansas Salesperson Pre-Licensing AR Real Estate License FAQs

Every Question You Need Answered to Get Your Real Estate License in Arkansas

We're here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry. Getting your real estate license in Arkansas is a big step, so to help we've collected and answered some frequently asked questions below.

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How do I get an Arkansas real estate license?

To become a licensed real estate Salesperson in Arkansas includes completing the following:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Successfully complete 60 hours of approved real estate education
  • Pass the course final exam
  • Send the following forms and fees to the Arkansas Real Estate Commission:
    • Completed application to take the real estate examination
    • Completed fingerprint card
    • $50 application fee, $22 Arkansas criminal background check fee, and $14.25 FBI criminal background check fee.
  • Schedule the Arkansas salesperson licensing exam via PearsonVUE and pass.
  • Apply for your license within ninety days of passing your exam by submitting the following to AREC:
    • All pages of a successful score report from the test
    • A license fee of $50.00
    • A recovery fund fee of $25.00
    • A signed post-license requirement notice

AREC will accept Applications for Real Estate License Examination prior to completion of the 60-hour pre-licensing course.

Timing is important. You can submit the application prior to completing the real estate education requirement. However, you must submit proof of completing the education requirement prior to receiving eligibility to sit for the real estate exam. AREC will issue the Certificate of Eligibility for Examination only after receiving both the application information and the education certificate. The criminal background reports must be received by the Arkansas Real Estate Commission before the Real Estate Commission will issue the license.

How long does it take to get an Arkansas real estate license?

The amount of time to get your Arkansas real estate salesperson license varies due to the number of steps involved. Most complete the requirements within a few months. These include completing education, obtaining a fingerprint clearance card, passing the background check, scheduling the AR salesperson licensing exam, and successfully passing the licensing exam.

How much does the Arkansas real estate license exam cost?

The PearsonVUE Candidate Handbook includes instructions on price and helpful information on obtaining your Arkansas salesperson license. The salesperson license exam fee is $75.

Note: These costs are subject to change by the state at any time.

What are the rules for reciprocity for Arkansas real estate licenses?

Arkansas has reciprocity with Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, and West Virginia. To get more information about licensing in other states through Arkansas reciprocity, contact the appropriate Real Estate Commission from the Arkansas Real Estate Commission's website.

Do you need to have a diploma or GED to get your Arkansas real estate license?

You do not need to have a high school diploma or GED to apply for a real estate license in Arkansas. The only requirement is that you are at least 18 years of age or older.

What is the average salary for an Arkansas real estate agent?

Multiple factors are taken into account when calculating average real estate salaries, including the number of real estate transactions per year and commission fees. On average, a full-time real estate salesperson in Arkansas can expect to make about $80k per year, according to Among higher earners, an Arkansas real estate salesperson can earn over six figures annually.

How old do you have to be to get your Arkansas real estate license?

You must be 18 years old to attain an Arkansas real estate license.

What courses are required for an Arkansas real estate license?

The state of Arkansas requires 60 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education.

How much does it cost to get an Arkansas real estate license?

The fixed costs involved in getting an Arkansas real estate license include:

  • Arkansas Salesperson license exam application fee - $50
  • Arkansas Salesperson criminal background check fee - $22
  • Salesperson license fee - $50
  • FBI criminal background check fee - $14.25

The Arkansas Real Estate Commission has more information on these costs.

Note: These costs are subject to change by the state at any time.

What are the continuing education requirements after getting my real estate license?

New salespersons must complete an 18-hour AREC post-licensure course by the end of the 6th month following their initial date of licensure. This 18-hour course is not currently offered online.

The state of Arkansas additionally requires 7 hours of Continuing Education every year by 12/31: 3 advertising hours, 1 safety hour, and 3 elective hours. You can view our Continuing Education courses for Arkansas real estate agents here.

Can I get an Arkansas real estate license online?

Arkansas allows a future salesperson to earn their real estate license online. If you're interested in getting your Arkansas real estate license online, learn more about your available options for your real estate education.

Can a felon get an Arkansas real estate license?

All Broker and Salesperson license applicants will be subject to a criminal background check. Being convicted of a crime might impact your ability to become licensed. Please contact the Arkansas Real Estate Commission for more information.

Where do I take Arkansas real estate license exam?

Examinations are administered throughout the state of Arkansas and are provided by the testing company, Pearson Vue. The Arkansas Real Estate Commission has more information about times and locations to take the Arkansas Real Estate Exam.

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