Virginia Salesperson Pre-Licensing VA Real Estate License FAQs

Every Question You Need Answered to Get Your Real Estate License in Virginia

We're here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry. Getting your real estate license in Virginia is a big step, so to help we've collected and answered some frequently asked questions below.

How old do you have to be in Virginia to get your real estate license?

In order to get your real estate license in Virginia, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) requires that you must be at least 18 years old.

What are the qualifications to get a real estate license in Virginia?

Per the Virginia Real Estate Board Licensing Regulations for DPOR, the following qualifications must be met to get your Virginia real estate license:

  • Applicant shall have a good reputation for honesty, truthfulness, and fair dealing
  • Must complete the 60 hours of required education and pass both the course final exam and the state licensing exam
  • You must be in good standing as a license real estate agent in every jurisdiction where otherwise licensed
  • Submit to fingerprinting and disclose any misdemeanors or convicted felonies
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent

What classes are needed to get a real estate license in Virginia?

In order to qualify to sit for the Virginia real estate licensing exam, each student must complete 60 hours covering the principles of real estate. These 60 hours can be completed online or in a classroom. The CE Shop is an approved education provider with the online 60-hour Principles and Practices of Real Estate for Salespersons Course.

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

The time it takes to get a Virginia real estate salesperson license can vary. It may take up to a few months to complete the required 60-hour Pre-Licensing coursework, find a sponsoring broker, go through the application process, and take the Virginia Real Estate Salesperson examination.

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

The state application fee for a Virginia real estate salesperson is $170 and $210 for qualifying broker candidates. The exam fee is around $85, paid to PSI who administers the exam. Pre-Licensing coursework tuition varies from around $300 to $700 depending on the course package and school.

What's the difference between a Virginia salesperson and broker?

A real estate broker holds a license on behalf of a brokerage, and is directly responsible for the supervision and conduct of the brokerage business. A real estate salesperson, on the other hand, is supervised by and works directly for the representative broker.

How do I become a real estate broker in Virginia?

After 36 months of experience as an active real estate salesperson in Virginia you can apply to become a real estate broker in the state. In addition, you must complete the required 180 hours of course work and pass the state and national portions of the Real Estate Broker examination.

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