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How to become a Real Estate Agent in Arkansas

Getting your real estate license may be easier than you think. Our 60 hour Pre-License Sales Course can be completed in just 8 weekdays or 6 weekend days. The steps below provide you almost everything you'll need to know about the Arkansas Real Estate Commission's (AREC) requirements to get you started in a real estate career now!

Real Estate License Requirements

Salesperson applicants must:

  1. Have reached the age of majority, eighteen (18).

  2. Successfully complete sixty (60) classroom hours of real estate education of which thirty (30) classroom hours must be in the basic principles of real estate, from an accredited post-secondary school or a school or organization licensed by the Arkansas Real Estate Commission.

  3. Pass the licensure examination.

  4. Send the proper forms and fees to the Arkansas Real Estate Commission no later than ninety (90) days after passing the examination.

  5. Post-license Education - Eighteen (18) hours.

Application Information

The Arkansas Real Estate Commission (AREC) requires all applicants for original licensure as a real estate salesperson or broker to complete a state and federal criminal background check. The federal criminal background check requires applicants to provide fingerprints on fingerprint cards provided by AREC. This requirement applies to both resident and nonresident applicants.

The Arkansas State Police conducts the criminal background check on each applicant, including an FBI check, which requires the taking of fingerprints and submits the report to the Commission. 

In order to process the application, the following must be received by AREC: 

  1. Completed Application to take the real estate examination

  2. Completed fingerprint card. When you take your course with us, we provide free fingerprinting and notarizing.

  3. $50 application fee, $22 Arkansas criminal background check fee, and $14.25 FBI criminal background check fee.  Make cashier's check or money order payable to "AREC" for a combined total of $86.25. (No personal checks)

NOTE:  AREC will now accept Applications for Real Estate License Examination prior to completion of the sixty-hour (60) pre-licensing course.

Timing is important. You can submit the application prior to completing the real estate education requirement. However, you must submit proof of completing the education requirement prior to receiving eligibility to sit for the real estate exam.  AREC will issue the Certificate of Eligibility for Examination only after receiving both the application information and the education certificate.

The criminal background reports must be received by the Arkansas Real Estate Commission before the Real Estate Commission will issue the license.

NOTE: The Arkansas Real Estate License Examinations are developed and administered by Pearson VUE, a National Independent Testing Company. The testing method in Arkansas is an electronic system that is PC-based which eliminates the use of paper answer sheets. The PC-based program is easy to operate. Knowledge of computers and typing is NOT required or needed. Further information about Pearson VUE and the examination process, including an Application for Examination can be found in the "Real Estate Candidate Handbook", which is available at most schools and providers of Real Estate Education. You may download a copy below:


Click here > Real Estate Candidate Handbook and Application

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