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How To Get Your North Dakota Real Estate License 

Learn the 8 Steps To Become a Real Estate Agent In North Dakota

Getting your North Dakota real estate license might seem daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process on how to become a real estate agent in North Dakota.

Read on to learn about the 8 steps you’ll need to complete before starting your career in North Dakota real estate. To learn how much it costs to get your real estate license, visit our North Dakota Pre-Licensing pricing page.

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To start, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma
  • Be 18 years of age or older

Quick Facts:

  • What is the average ND real estate agent salary? According to, the average full time North Dakota real estate agent salary is $71,706 per year.
  • How long does it take to get a real estate agent license in North Dakota? Future agents who spend about 20 hours per week on coursework can be licensed in as little as 3-4 weeks.
  • You can use the North Dakota Real Estate Agent License Lookup Tool to verify an agent's license status.

  1. Complete 90 Hours of Approved North Dakota Pre-Licensing Education

    To start, you must successfully complete 90 hours of Pre-Licensing real estate courses.

  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 course final exam. The minimum passing score is 70%.

  3. Submit your North Dakota Real Estate Salesperson Application

    Students need to submit their salesperson real estate licensing application online. NDREC no longer accepts paper applications. Alongside the application, students will need to submit a Criminal History Record Check Request Form (SFN 60688). The real estate salesperson application fee is $150. As a part of this process, the North Dakota Real Estate Commission will also run a credit, which will cost an additional $8.

  4. Submit your fingerprints

    Once your initial application is received, you’ll receive a fingerprint kit in the mail. Complete and send it back to the North Dakota Real Estate Commission with a check or money order for $41.25 made out to the ND Attorney General.

  5. Take the North Dakota Real Estate Examination

    • Once everything checks out on your credit report and criminal history, you will be emailed a test code for the National and State portions of the North Dakota real estate exam.
    • Once you get this code, you can schedule to take the test with PSI, and you will provide them your test code.

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

  6. Acquire Errors and Omissions insurance

    You must have an E&O insurance policy in place before obtaining an active license. E&O insurance, also known as professional liability insurance, helps protect you from lawsuits that claim you made a mistake. For more information, click here.

  7. Find a Sponsoring Broker

    To be licensed, you must first be associated with a current and active North Dakota Sponsoring Broker. It's important to find the right broker to work with since this person will serve as your mentor as you start your new career in real estate.

    Here are some questions to consider during your search:

    • What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
    • What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
    • Are they technologically advanced and up-to-date with the latest systems?
    • How do they support their agents with education and training?
    • What kind of commission structure do they offer?
    • Do they offer benefits?
    • Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
    • Is there room to grow with the brokerage?
  8. Submit your request for a real estate license

    Final request for licensure in North Dakota includes

Additional Note

You can also apply for an “inactive” North Dakota real estate license. In this scenario, you’ll need to complete all of the steps above except for finding a Sponsoring Broker and getting Errors and Omissions insurance. When you’re ready to get an active license and begin selling real estate, you’ll need to resubmit the final real estate license application with an approved Sponsoring Broker and E&O insurance.

You can contact the North Dakota Real Estate Commission at 701.328.9749 to learn more.

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