A Quickstart Guide : How To Get A Real Estate License In Alabama

Step 1: Make sure you meet the basic requirements


  • Legal presence in the US–citizen or permanent resident
  • Proof of address in the US (can be any US state)
  • At least 19 years old
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • No criminal record involving a felony or crime of moral turpitude
  • No record of a real estate license in any US state being revoked within the past two years
  • Pass the licensing exam provided by the state after completing the educational requirements


Step 2: Register for real estate licensing classes


A real estate license is required for most real estate jobs. Alabama has requirements you must fulfill before they will let you get a real estate license. None of them are difficult, but they must be completed before you can start your real estate career.

You are required to complete 60 hours of pre-license courses before you can take the state exam. Once you have completed those 60 hours, you have six months to take the exam or you will have to take the course again. Also, you must complete 30 hours of post-license courses after passing the exam in order to receive a permanent license.


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Step 3: Apply to take the Alabama real estate exam


The examination fee is $77 and can be paid by credit card, debit card, cashier’s check or money order. The Alabama state exams are managed by PSI. All the nitty-gritty details about how and where to set up your exam are here.

Step 4: Complete the Alabama real estate license application


Your application MUST be completed within 90 days of passing the state exam. If you do not submit everything they need within 90 days, they will void your exam results and you will have to start that process again. So don’t dilly-dally!

The Alabama real estate license application requires:

  • The completed application (given to you when you pass the state exam)
  • Your background check performed by AREC’s processor, Gemalto
  • Fees (the current fees will be listed on the application paperwork when you pass the exam)

Step 5: Choose a sponsoring broker


All new licensees must work under the supervision of a broker. Choosing a broker is an important decision and we can help you with that. Keller Williams training has been ranked the best in the business and we are committed to helping our agents succeed. Click here to be connected with the right person in charge of hiring at the Keller Williams nearest you.

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