Real Estate Licensing Requirements

GEORGIA CODE | Copyright 2013 by The State of Georgia | All rights reserved.
*** Current Through the 2013 Regular Session ***
TITLE 43. PROFESSIONS AND BUSINESSES | CHAPTER 40. REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS
O.C.G.A. § 43-40-8 (2013)
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Requirements

In order to qualify to become an applicant for a salesperson’s license, an individual shall:

  • (1) Have attained the age of 18 years
  • (2) Be a resident of the State of Georgia, unless that person has fully complied with the provisions of Code Section 43-40-9
  • (3) Be a high school graduate or the holder of a certificate of equivalency
  • (3.1) Have complied fully with the requirements of subsection (b) of Code Section 43-40-15 regarding any criminal convictions
  • (4) Furnish evidence of completion of at least 75 instructional hours in a salesperson’s course of study approved by the commission
  • (5) Stand and pass a real estate examination administered by or approved by the commission covering generally the matters confronting real estate brokers and salespersons after completing the requirements of paragraph (4) of this subsection
Failure to meet any of these requirements shall be grounds for denial of license without a hearing.

Requirements

In order to qualify to become an applicant for a broker or associate broker’s license, an individual shall:

  • Have attained the age of 21 years
  • Be a resident of the State of Georgia, unless that person has fully complied with the provisions of Code Section 43-40-9
  • Be a high school graduate or the holder of a certificate of equivalency
  • (3.1) Have complied fully with the requirements of subsection (b) of Code Section 43-40-15 regarding any criminal convictions
  • (4) Have maintained a license in active status for at least three of the five years immediately preceding the filing of an application to become a broker
  • (5) Furnish evidence of completion of 60 instructional hours in a broker’s course of study approved by the commission, provided that if licensed as a community association manager, the applicant shall furnish evidence of completion of an additional 75 instructional hours in courses or a course of study approved by the commission
  • (6) Stand and pass a real estate examination administered by or approved by the commission covering generally the matters confronting real estate brokers after completing the requirements of paragraph (5) of this subsection and after maintaining a license in active status for at least three of the five years immediately preceding such examination
Failure to meet any of these requirements shall be grounds for denial of license without a hearing.
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Upon being issued an original salesperson’s license, each salesperson shall be required to furnish the commission, within one year of the issuance of a license, evidence of satisfactory completion of a course of study of at least 25 instructional hours approved by the commission. As a condition of satisfactory completion of this course, the licensee shall stand and pass an examination that the commission approves and that covers the subject matter contained in the course. The license of any salesperson who fails to complete satisfactorily in a timely manner the course provided for in this subsection shall lapse, and the salesperson’s wall certificate of licensure and pocket card shall immediately be surrendered to the commission. Any salesperson whose license lapses for failure to complete satisfactorily an approved 25 instructional hour course may reinstate the license in the following manner:
  • (1) Any salesperson who has enrolled in any approved 25 instructional hour course within one year of the issuance of an original license, has paid all required fees for the course, and has not completed all in-class sessions, required exercises, or examinations for any reason may reinstate the license by completing the course within six months of the lapsing of the license; or
  • (2) Any salesperson who fails to reinstate a lapsed license as provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall complete 25 instructional hours in a course of study approved by the commission and pay such penalty fees as the commission may require through its rules and regulations before making application to reinstate such license.
  • (e) Except those individuals actively licensed on January 1, 1980, each applicant for renewal of an active license shall furnish to the commission before renewing a license evidence of satisfactorily completing a continuing education course or courses approved by the commission.

The length of the course or courses taken by licensees to meet this requirement of continuing education shall total at least six instructional hours for each year of the renewal period established by the commission. The commission shall not require the passing of an examination to meet this requirement. Continuing education courses shall be provided by all educational or duly authorized instructional organizations teaching real estate licensing courses. No licensee whose license has been placed on inactive status shall be allowed to reactivate unless the provisions of this subsection and subsection (g) of Code Section 43-40-12 are met. Individuals serving on active duty in the armed forces of the United States or in the General Assembly may choose not to meet the continuing education requirements of this subsection while on active duty or during their terms of office. Members of the armed forces or the General Assembly who choose to exercise this temporary exemption option and whose term of active duty or of office exceeds two years shall be required to complete the 25 instructional hour course referenced in subsection (d) of this Code section within six months of the conclusion of their active duty or term of office.

Forms for Real Estate Professionals, Real Estate Reciprocity, Real Estate Firms

Useful Links

To view online Salesmen or Broker’s license courses sponsored by The Georgia Realty School
https://www.barneyfletcher.com/re/ga/index.htm?aff=gavirtual
To view live continuing education and post license courses sponsored by the Georgia Realty School
http://georgiarealtyschool.com
License Renewal Information
http://www.grec.state.ga.us/renewinfo.html

Have questions?

Call or email:
Georgia Realty School
770-495-5050 x 1600
grs@vpradmin.com

Effective July 1, 2015 – Continuing Education Requirements

RULES OF GEORGIA REAL ESTATE COMMISSION CHAPTER 520-1 – LICENSURE AND BROKERAGE

In order to renew an active license, a licensee shall furnish to the Commission evidence of satisfactorily completing thirty-six (36) instructional hours of continuing education courses during the renewal period. The effective date of this requirement shall be July 1, 2015. Any licensee who renews an active license on or after this date must have completed thirty-six (36) hours of continuing education courses to renew.

A licensee shall satisfactorily complete at least (3) hours of continuing education on the topic of license law during each renewal period. The effective date of this requirement shall be July 1, 2016. Any licensee who renews an active license on or after this date must have completed at least three (3) hours of continuing education on the topic of license law in order to renew.