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How To Get Your Virginia Real Estate License 

6 Steps Toward Getting Your Virginia Salesperson License

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

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

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To start, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Quick Facts:

  • What is the average VA real estate agent salary? According to, the average full time Virginia real estate agent salary is $86,553 per year.
  • How long does it take to get a real estate agent license in Virginia? 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 Virginia Real Estate Agent License Lookup Tool to verify an agent's license status.

  1. Complete 60 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education.

    Successfully complete 60 clock-hours of approved Pre-Licensing salesperson courses. Learn more about your package options here.

    If you have a current license in another jurisdiction and are seeking licensure in Virginia, please see the Virginia Real Estate Board website for your specific education and examination requirements.

  2. Pass the course final exam.

    After you complete all the course materials, there is a course final exam. The minimum passing score is 75%.

    You must take each final in the presence of a proctor, so you'll need to schedule an appointment with a proctor in advance. Find out more about our online proctoring here.

  3. Pass the Virginia real estate salesperson exam.

    PSI administers the Virginia real estate salesperson licensing exam. This 120 question test is comprised of 2 portions, covering both state and national requirements in 150 minutes of allotted time.

    You will have 105 minutes for 80 national questions and 45 minutes for 40 state questions. For more information, see the PSI candidate information bulletin.

    Note: A digital photo of the candidate is required to take the PSI exam. Details and instructions for completing this requirement are available here.

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

  4. Complete fingerprint requirement.

    If you live in Virginia, you must have your fingerprints taken at a PSI testing location in Virginia. If you live outside Virginia, you are still highly encouraged to get your fingerprints taken at a Virginia PSI testing location. A complete application must then be on file with the board within 45 days, or fingerprints will need to be taken again for an additional fee.

  5. Select a Sponsoring Broker.

    In order to receive an active license upon submitting your application, you must be associated with a current and active licensed real estate firm or sole proprietor, i.e. a 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?

    If you aren’t sure how to find the right Sponsoring Broker to work with as you launch your Virginia real estate career, Agent Start can help. While taking Pre-Licensing courses with The CE Shop, you will be given the option to enroll in Agent Start, which aims to help connect you with our Broker partners in your state that are looking for new agents.

  6. Complete the application.

    Once all the requirements have been met, you must complete and mail your completed application package.


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