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FAQ: How long does it take to get my AL real estate license?

How long does it take to get my AL real estate license?

The time required to achieve your Alabama real estate salesperson's license will vary from person to person. Here is a potential timeline for how long it could take to earn your Alabama real estate salesperson license:

Step 1: Complete the required 60-hour AL pre-license course.

- Many students choose to take the course online so they can complete the hours at their pace.

- An online course can be faster to complete than an in-person class.

- Finishing your 60-hour course can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks, depending on how quickly you complete the course online.

Step 2: Schedule and take the State exam.

-You must wait for your exam eligibility to be submitted before scheduling the course. You’ll receive a notification via email. This could take up to 7 days from the date you officially finish your course.

- Once you’ve been notified, schedule your exam through or by calling 888-818-5824.

- Scheduling the exam can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks, depending on availability at the testing centers.

Step 3: Apply for a Temporary License

-You have up to 90 days to apply for the Temporary Salesperson's License, starting with the day you pass the exam. If you have all the documents gathered, you could submit the application within a day.

Step 4: Submit Fingerprints for a Background Check

-All applicants must get their fingerprints taken and by the state’s background check processor. Find full fingerprint scanning and processing instructions at

- The process for the AREC to receive your results could take up to 30 days.

- Time your application submission with your fingerprint date.

Step 5: Take the 30-hour Post-Licensing Course

-You will need to take a 30-hour Post-Licensing Course before you can apply for a permanent license.

-Many opt to take the post-licensing course online in order to work at their pace on their schedule. It could be done in as little as a week.

Step 6: Apply for your permanent license

- You can submit the application as soon as you have passed the post-licensing course. The AREC does not offer a process timeline, but we estimate it will be 2-4 weeks.

-You will need to be hired by an Alabama licensed real estate broker to receive your permanent license.

Total Time: 8-12 weeks

As you see, it’s possible to have an Alabama real estate license within eight weeks. How quickly you earn your license will depend on when you complete your course, pass the exam, apply for the license, clear the background check, and get hired by a broker.

Related Questions

How do I get my Alabama real estate salesperson's license?

You can earn your Alabama salesperson license in seven steps. Start by completing your 60-hour pre-license course. Next, schedule and pass your AL state exam. After passing, you’ll apply for a Temporary License. Take the 30-hour post-licensing course and then apply for your permanent license.

How long does it take to get my AL real estate license?

You can get your AL broker license in approx. 8 weeks
1. Complete the 60-hour pre-license course online: 2-4 weeks 2. Schedule and pass the AL state exam: 1-3 weeks 3. Apply for Temporary License and Background Check: 2-4 weeks 4. Pass 30-hr post-licensing course: 1 week 5. Apply for a permanent license: 2-6 weeks

What tests do I need to take to get my AL real estate license?

Every real estate salesperson applicant in Alabama not applying with an out-of-state license will need to take the 60-hour pre-license salesperson course. Throughout the course, you’ll have quizzes and tests to check your comprehension. The course ends with a required comprehensive final exam.

Can I complete the application for an AL salesperson's license online?

The Temporary Salesperson License Application will be given to you once you pass the state exam. This will be a paper application. For your permanent license, you can use online filing to apply for your Alabama real estate salesperson license.

When can I take the AL 30-hour Post-Licensing Class?

You can take the required post-licensing course after successfully receiving your temporary license. You must take the class within one year of receiving your license. Otherwise, you’ll need to begin the steps again. The course must be administered by a state approved education provider.

How much does it cost to get my AL salesperson's real estate license?

The total cost to earn your Alabama real estate salesperson’s license is $569.25. Your pre-license course with RealEstateU costs $149. The state exam is $77, and your license application is $210. A Fingerprint and Background Check is $48.25. A one-year original license is $85.

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