Arkansas Salesperson Pre-Licensing How to Become an AR Real Estate Agent

5 Steps Toward Getting Your Arkansas Salesperson License

Getting licensed for your new career 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 take before starting your career in Arkansas real estate.




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

    The CE Shop offers this mandatory course through its advanced web-based platform, where the best of the classroom is combined with the flexibility and convenience of online learning. We prepare you for your licensing exam while providing you with the knowledge you need to begin a promising career in real estate.

    Seat time is enforced at fifty minutes per hour.

    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.

  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.

  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, 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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