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

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

How long it will take depends on how quickly you move through the steps in the process. Here is an estimate for how long it could take for a state salesperson license:

Step 1: Complete the required 120-hour Ohio Pre-License course.

  • Taking an online course can be faster than an in-person class because you can work at your pace and schedule.
  • Finishing your course can take from 3-6 weeks, depending on how quickly you move through the online modules.

Step 2: Find a Sponsoring Broker.

You must have an employing Ohio broker before you can apply for the salesperson state licensing exam. This step can take 1-3 months.

Step 3: Apply for the State Licensing Exam

  • In Ohio, your license exam application is also your state license application.
  • How long this step takes depends on how quickly you gather the required documents and signatures.
  • We estimate 1-2 weeks.

Step 4: Schedule Your Background Check.

  • Once you submit the exam application, you have 10 days to schedule your fingerprints and background check.
  • Use a Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) approved Webcheck® user.
  • Scheduling your fingerprints can only take up to ten days.
  • The Ohio Division of Real Estate will match your background check results to your application once they receive it. Results could take up to 30 days.

Step 5: Schedule Your State Licensing Exam

  • PSI will send you information on scheduling your exam once ODRE approves your application.
  • Visit or call (855) 834-8749 with your reference ID.
  • Test appointments can take 1-3 weeks, depending on test center availability.

Step 6: Pass the exam for your license

  • ODRE will issue you a license as soon as it receives notice you have passed both sections of the exam.
  • License issues can take 5-10 business days.

Total Time: 12-24 weeks

As you can see, it's possible to have your Ohio real estate license within three months. How quickly you earn your license does depend on the time it takes you to complete your course, the background check processing, applying for the exam and license, and passing the test.

Related Questions

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

You must complete the following steps to earn your OH Salesperson’s license: 1) Complete 120-Hour OH Pre-license Salesperson Course 2) Apply for the OH salesperson state exam and license 3) Submit fingerprints for a background check 4) Schedule the state licensing exam 5) Pass the exam to be issued your license

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

In total, it will cost as little as $1,147 to earn your Ohio real estate salesperson license. These costs are spread out over the entire licensing process and not paid all upfront.

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

Earn your OH salesperson license in approx. 3 months. 1) Complete the 120-hour pre-license course online: 3-6 weeks. 2) Apply for the exam and license: 1-3 weeks. 3) Schedule the background check: 1 week, up to 4 for results. 4) Schedule the exam: 1-3 weeks 5) Receive your license: 5-10 days.

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

During your pre-license course, you’ll take a series of quizzes to check for understanding. You’ll have a course final exam to pass before receiving your course completion certificate. Finally, you’ll have the state licensing exam to pass before you can be issued an OH salesperson license.

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

No. Currently, Ohio utilizes a paper application process for new salesperson licensees.

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