Connecticut Salesperson Pre-Licensing Connecticut Real Estate License FAQs

Every Question You Need Answered to Get Your Connecticut Real Estate License Online

We're here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry. Getting your real estate license online in Connecticut is a big step and a little different than many other states. You can get it by taking Massachusetts Pre-Licensing courses and applying for reciprocity in Connecticut. To help, we've collected and answered some frequently asked questions below.

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How do I become a Connecticut real estate agent?

To get a Connecticut real estate license online, follow these steps:

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  • Complete 40 hours of approved Massachusetts Pre-Licensing education
  • Pass the Course Final Exam
  • Obtain 3 candidate endorsements
  • Pass the Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson examination
  • Receive your Massachusetts real estate license
  • Apply for reciprocity — Get your Connecticut real estate license

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How much does it cost to get a Connecticut real estate license online?

Since Connecticut doesn’t offer real estate classes online, you have to instead purchase and complete Massachusetts education and apply for reciprocity with Connecticut. The salesperson exam fee is $85.

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

How long does it take to get a Connecticut real estate license online?

The time it takes to get a Connecticut real estate license online can vary. Since you can’t get a real estate license in Connecticut online, it’s really based on your schedule. The workaround to getting a Connecticut real estate license online is getting a Massacheusts real estate license and applying for reciprocity with Connecticut.

How do I apply for real estate license reciprocity in Connecticut?

Whether a Salesperson or Broker, you must be actively licensed by examination in a reciprocal state (more on that later). Here are the Connecticut prerequisites: 

  • Have an active license in good standing in the reciprocal state
  • Passed a written examination in the reciprocal state at the time of obtaining your license
  • For Salesperson applicants, you must have a Sponsoring Broker who has an “active” Connecticut Broker License
  • Applicants applying for reciprocity in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, or applicants who have not taken the written examination in a reciprocal state will be required to take the State Portion of the Connecticut Real Estate Examination administered by PSI. After the application is reviewed and approved, you will receive an Examination Eligibility Postcard from PSI with instructions to register and schedule your exam.

There is also required documentation:

  • Completed and notarized application.
  • Certification of license history received directly from the reciprocal state. The license history must confirm you have an active license issued by examination.
  • Certification of license history received directly from all other states in which you were ever issued a real estate license.

How much does the Connecticut real estate reciprocity application cost?

The application fee for the Salesperson reciprocity application is $385, which covers the following:

  • $20 Guaranty Fund Fee
  • $80 Application Fee
  • $285 Initial License Fee

What is the difference between a Connecticut Salesperson & Broker?

In most cases, a Salesperson in Connecticut is less experienced than a Broker. There are also more requirements to become a Broker than there are to become a Salesperson. For example, to become a Broker, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Complete a 60-hour classroom course in Real Estate Principles and Practices. 
  • Complete a 15-hour classroom course in Real Estate Brokerage Principles and Practices. 
  • Complete a 15-hour classroom course in Legal Compliance, 
  • Complete two 15-hour Pre-License elective courses, OR one 30-hour Pre License Appraisal course, OR provide evidence that you successfully completed at least 20 real estate transactions in the previous 5 years. A transaction is defined as a legal transfer of real property or execution of a lease agreement. 
  • Be actively engaged for at least two years as a licensed real estate salesperson under the supervision of a real estate broker in this state.

Can I become a Connecticut real estate agent if I have felonies or misdemeanors?

Your real estate license could be suspended or revoked and the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection could impose a fine of up to $2,000 if you have been found guilty of the following: Forgery, embezzlement, obtaining money under false pretenses, larceny, extortion, conspiracy to defraud, or other similar offenses.

What are the Continuing Education requirements for a Connecticut Salesperson?

You must complete 12 hours of Continuing Education in current real estate practices and licensing laws during every two-year period or pass a 40-question written test.

Is residency in Connecticut required to receive a license in the state?

Residency in Connecticut is required to get a real estate license in the state. However, since the state doesn’t allow people to get a real estate license online, you can apply for reciprocity with Massachusetts. Massachusetts residency is not required to get a MA license. This is why people are able to get a MA license even if they live in Connecticut.

What states does Connecticut have license reciprocity agreements with?

Connecticut offers reciprocity with:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island

Where can I take my Connecticut real estate license exam?

Since the only way to get a Connecticut real estate license online is to apply for reciprocity with Massachusetts, you’ll need to take the real estate exam there. The exam is offered in multiple locations throughout Massachusetts.
Visit PSI to find the location and time most convenient for you.

Is the Connecticut Real Estate Exam hard?

Since you can’t take real estate courses online in Connecticut, the workaround for this is to go through Massachusetts. The level of difficulty for real estate education varies for each student. That’s why it’s so important to enroll in Exam Prep Edge, an exam prep study tool, so that you not only know what is on the Massachusetts real estate license exam, but you’ll have the confidence to ace it.

Can I get my Connecticut real estate license online?

Connecticut does not offer online real estate courses. But The CE Shop has a solution to this problem. Connecticut and Massachusetts have real estate license reciprocity. Massachusetts offers Pre-Licensing Courses online, so this means that you can get your Massachusetts real estate license online and be automatically entitled to a real estate license in Connecticut.

Does Connecticut have real estate license reciprocity with any other states?

Connecticut has reciprocity agreements with the following states: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island.

Agents should learn as much as they can about reciprocity to streamline the application process. Personalized questions related to reciprocity can also be directed to the Connecticut Real Estate Commission.

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