Step 1: Take the 66-hour pre-license education
All new Nebraska salespersons must take (2) 30-hour Nebraska Real Estate Commission (NREC) approved courses. These courses must be taught by an approved school or provider in real estate subjects that are not less than 30 hours of study. Applicants must also take six hours in professional practice and standards, known as course 0003.
All the required real estate education programs are required to have at least one test, including a final exam.
Step 2: Submit salesperson license application
For the fastest processing, submit the real estate license application online. You do have the option to download and mail the application.
The license application submission must include:
- A passport-type photograph showing your head and shoulders. Submit the photographs separately or as an attachment in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in a Word, JPEG, or PDF file.
- Proof of your high school education or its equivalent.
- Proof of your pre-licensing education in the form of transcripts or certificates of completion.
Your application requires information about prior residences and employment history for the last three years, any prior professional licenses, and information about any lawsuits or criminal offenses.
Your license application and its associated fees are valid for one year from the date the NREC receives your application in its office.
The Nebraska fees are:
- $135 for the license application fee
- $150 for the license examination fee
Step 3: Undergo a criminal background check
All real estate salespersons must submit their fingerprints for a criminal background check. Your license application must be on file and signed at the NREC office before the fingerprint cards will be released to you.
Your application will not be complete without the criminal background report. It takes four to six weeks after submitting the fingerprints for the NREC to receive your criminal background check report.
Step 4: Schedule your state licensing exam
Testing vendor PSI will send you an email once NREC approves your application.
It’s up to you to schedule the exam within one year of your application date. The fastest and easiest way to schedule the licensing exam is to go online to www.psiexams.com. Create an account using the same information on your licensing application. PSI will locate your record and enable you to schedule the test.
Telephone scheduling is also available by calling (855)-834-8748.
Step 5: Take and pass the licensing exam
The Nebraska Salesperson Licensing Exam has:
- National section with 80 items and 150 minutes to take the test.
- State section with 50 items and 90 minutes to take the test.
- You must pass both sections with a minimum 75% score.
The Candidate Information Bulletin has exam content outlines and the percentage of questions asked in each topic area.
Immediately upon finishing the exam you will get an official score report essential for your license issuance. All passing candidates have 30 days to finish the licensing process.
Step 6: Submit the License Issuance Forms
All licensing candidates, after passing the Nebraska licensing exam, must submit to the NREC the License Issuance Form signed by your employing broker and you, indicating you agree to be employed by the broker. The issuance fee for a salesperson license is $80.
Step 7: Obtain Errors & Omission Coverage
All real estate salespersons need to have Errors & Omission insurance. You may obtain insurance from any company authorized by the State of Nebraska Department of Insurance. For this option, submit a Certificate of Coverage to the NREC.
The NREC offers a group plan. The fee varies by the selected coverage and the month you apply for coverage. If you use the group plan, the insurer will send verification to the NREC.
Nebraska Real Estate Commission will issue you an active real estate license after it verifies your insurance coverage.
Step 8: Take a 12-hour post-licensing course
After your license is issued, you have 180 days to take and submit to the NREC proof of completion of a 12-hour post-licensing course. Failure to submit proof of completion will result in the license being assigned an inactive status.
Congratulations, you can now enjoy the benefits of being a Nebraska real estate salesperson!