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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 forms and fees to Arkansas Real Estate Commission no later than 90 days after passing the examination.

    The Arkansas Real Estate Commission rrequires 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 Arkansas residents to submit their fingerprints electronically through the Arkansas State Police Criminal Background Check System. Note: Applications must be submitted to AREC before the applicant is fingerprinted.

    The application procedure is as follows for Arkansas residents:

    1. You will need to apply with AREC by submitting the following:
    2. AREC will notify you when the application has been processed. The notification will include information regarding completing the fingerprint process.
    3. You will contact a certified fingerprint harvester for collection of fingerprints. Here's a list of certified harvester locations.
    4. The fingerprint harvester will collect your fingerprints and submit them electronically to the Arkansas State Police for the background check. It is very important that you provide accurate and legible email addresses on your application to ensure timely communication with AREC.

    *Applications can be submitted prior to the completion of your Pre-Licensing education. Please note that Certificates of Exam Eligibility will not be issued until

    1. AREC receives proof of completion of Pre-Licensing education
    2. your fingerprints are electronically submitted to Arkansas State Police.


  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.

    Do you need help passing your Arkansas real estate exam? The CE Shop also offers comprehensive Exam Prep tailored to Arkansas. If you have any additional questions, visit our Arkansas real estate exam frequently asked questions page.

  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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