Arkansas Salesperson Pre-Licensing How to Get Your Arkansas Real Estate License

5 Steps Toward Getting An Arkansas Salesperson License

Getting your Arkansas real estate license might seem a bit daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process.

Read on to learn the five steps you’ll need to complete before starting a career in Arkansas real estate. To learn about how much it costs to get your real estate license, visit our Arkansas Pre-Licensing pricing page.

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  1. Complete 60 hours of approved pre-licensing education.

    To start, you must successfully complete an approved 60 clock-hour Pre-Licensing course. Learn more about your package options here. Seat time is enforced at fifty minutes per hour.

    Arkansas also 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 website.

  2. Pass the course final exam.

    After you complete all the course materials, meet the minimum time requirement, and pass the practice exam, there is a final exam. The exam is 110 questions with a minimum passing score of 70% and can be attempted an unlimited amount of times.

  3. Send the proper forms and fees to the Arkansas Real Estate Commission no later than ninety days after passing the examination.

    The Arkansas Real Estate Commission requires all applicants for original licensure as a real estate salesperson to complete a state and federal criminal background check. The federal criminal background check requires applicants to provide fingerprints on fingerprint cards provided by AREC. This requirement applies to both resident and nonresident applicants.

    The Arkansas State Police conducts the criminal background check on each applicant, including an FBI check, which requires the taking of fingerprints and submits the report to the Commission.

    In order to process the application, the following must be received by AREC:

    • 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.


  4. Schedule and pass the Arkansas Real Estate exam.

    Contact Pearson VUE at to schedule the state and national examinations. Be prepared to provide to the exam administrator two forms of current signature identification, including one government-issued I.D. with photo and the Salesperson Education Certificate for the 60 hours of schooling. There is also an examination fee of $75 for the testing service. Fees are subject to change without notice.

    If you want help passing your real estate exam, The CE Shop offers comprehensive Exam Prep tailored to Arkansas.

  5. Apply for your license.

    Salesperson License applicants must submit all pages of a successful score report from the test, a license fee of $50.00, a recovery fund fee of $25.00, and a signed post-license requirement notice. The score report and fees must be received within ninety days of the examination date.

    If you fail to pay the prescribed fee and submit all pages of the score report within ninety days, your examination will be null and void and you will be required to make a new application and retake the examination, as an original applicant.



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