I have been thinking about getting my real estate license. How do I do that?

Q: I have been thinking about getting my real estate license. How do I do that?

A: Good question. With the housing market improving there is a great opportunity to make real estate a fruitful career.  To find out if a real estate career is right for you, take our free career assessment test.  Takes less than 8 minutes and you will receive the results right away. Visit http://longrealty.agenttype.com to take the test now. There are specific requirements to obtaining a real estate salesperson’s license from the Arizona Department of Real Estate. Age – Be at least 18 years of age when applying for a license Education – Arizona is a non-reciprocal state.  Complete 90 hours of "in classroom" Real Estate Salesperson pre-licensing education at an approved Arizona real estate school and pass the examination at an ADRE approved real estate school, college or university.  Online education is not approved for pre-licensing education. Fingerprint Clearance Card – Fingerprint Clearance Card is issued by Arizona Department of Public Safety.  The application packet of information may be obtained from DPS or the real estate schools.  The process for obtaining the Fingerprint Clearance Card may take as long as eight – ten weeks. Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244) – Information and documentation relating to the applicant’s background must be provided upon application for licensure.  Date of birth and Social Security Number are required.  Criminal convictions and background disclosure on the Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244), found at www.azre.gov or in the Candidate Handbook, must be completed by all applicants, and depending on disclosures made, additional documents and information may be required.  The Department CANNOT issue a license to a person convicted of a felony who is incarcerated, paroled or under community supervision or on probation.  The Department may not issue a license to a person who has been convicted of a felony, or convicted of a misdemeanor offense, such as (but not limited to) theft, forgery, extortion, conspiracy to defraud, violence against another person, or crimes of moral turpitude.  A Fingerprint Clearance Card issued by DPS is required by all applicants at time of application. Disclosure Document Checklist (LI-400) – When applying for an original license and disclosing a criminal conviction, adverse civil judgment, or denial of or discipline against a professional or occupational license on the Disclosure Document Checklist Form (LI-400), additional documents and information identified on must be provided.  Forms are available on the ADRE website www.azre.gov, under Forms Library and included in the Candidate Handbook. Contract Writing Class – Prior to License Application attendance at a 6 hour Contract Writing Class, (including certificate) is required. Fees – Fees are listed on the License Fee Schedule at www.azre.gov.  The Department accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, Discover cards, checks or exact cash. For more specifics on the requirements or process visit http://www.re.state.az.us/Lic/QualifyObtainLicFaqs.aspx#REQ1 or contact Long Realty at careers@longrealty.com  or 1.866.492.LONG (5664). Another great resource for you is the website www.thesmarterwaytosell.com. This website can help answer your questions around a career in real estate and what advantages you have working with Long Realty.

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