Step 1: Complete the 120-Hour Utah Pre-license Education Course
Utah salesperson license applicants must complete an approved 120-hour pre-license course before taking the state licensing examination. The course must be taken at an approved real estate school.
Applicants can take the course as a classroom or online learning course. Many choose to do the pre-license course online because of its flexibility with their schedule.
The 120-hour pre-license course content covers national and state topics concerning real estate practice. It will cover topics such as ownership, real estate financing, the brokerage and law of agency, contracts, property management, settlement, taxation, valuation, new construction, Federal and Utah laws, licensing requirements, and disciplinary procedures.
Once you pass the course final, you will be issued a candidate education certifying document. You must complete your salesperson pre-license course within one year of applying for your license.
Step 2: Apply for the State Exam
Utah has contracted with PearsonVUE to administer the sales agent exam. To schedule an exam online, go to www.pearsonvue.com at least 24 hours before your desired date.. Otherwise, you can schedule over the telephone by calling (801) 530-6747.
The exam fee is $59 paid to PearsonVUE via credit card, debit card, voucher, or check.
If you must cancel or change your exam reservation, you must do so two business days before the exam by calling (800) 274-7292. If you fail to call and change 48 hours before the exam, you will forfeit the exam fee.
Bring with you to the exam two forms of signature identification. Primary identification must be government-issued and have your photo, such as a state driver's license, military ID, or U.S. passport. A secondary ID card must have your printed name and signature, like a U.S. Social Security card, debit or credit card, or another form of primary ID.
In addition, remember your Candidate Education Certifying Document. You won’t be able to take the exam without a stamped and signed document.
Refer to the Utah Real Estate Candidate Handbook for information on examination schedules, site locations, exam security, reporting, and preparation.
Step 3: Take and Pass the State Exam
The Utah state exam has a general portion and a State portion. The question numbers vary according to each exam form.
About the salesperson real estate exam:
- You must pass the state portion with a scaled score of 70. The state portion may include five "pretested" questions that will not count towards your score. These questions are not identified.
- You must pass the general portion with a scaled score of 70. There may be five "pretested" questions that will not count towards your score. These questions are not identified.
You can see the specific breakdown of the number of questions asked in each topic area in the Candidate Handbook.
As part of the exam process, you’ll be asked a series of Qualifying Questions required for your license application. Candidates will need to have either their Social Security number and be a U.S. citizen, or have a working social security number and an alien registration number. A sample of these questions is also available in the candidate handbook.
Immediately upon exam completion, you will receive a score report marked “pass” or “fail.” Due to the differences in difficulty with the different forms of the exam, Utah's state exam reports a scaled score. The scaled score reported to candidates is not the number of questions answered correctly nor the percentage of questions you answered correctly. To pass the sales agent exam, you need a scaled score of at least 70.
If you pass the exam, you will receive instructions for applying for a Utah Sales Agent License.
If you fail, your score report will have diagnostic scoring information and information on reapplying. You must retake within (6) months.
Step 4: Apply for a Utah Sales Agent Real Estate License
Once you pass your state exam, you have 90 days to apply for your sales agent license, starting with the day you pass the exam.
Follow the state application checklist to complete the application. You’ll need all of the listed documents uploaded in PDF form:
- Qualifying questionnaire (done at test center)
- Consent to Background Check
- Certification of Legal Presence (done at test center)
The fee for the sales agent real estate salesperson license totals $157. It includes a $100 application fee, $12 recovery fund fee, $40 fingerprinting fee, and $5 FBI RAPBACK enrollment fee.
Step 5: Submit Fingerprints for a Background Check
Utah requires all applicants to submit fingerprints for a background check. Sales agents can schedule digital fingerprinting at PearsonVUE test centers in Bountiful, Draper, Ogden, and Orem. The fee is $12 and is separate from the fee paid to the Utah Division of Real Estate.
If your test center does not offer digital fingerprinting, the candidate will be issued two fingerprint cards. Use the services of a local law enforcement agency or third party fingerprinting vendor. You’ll need to submit the cards to the Utah Division of Real Estate.
Step 6: Track Your License Status
Once your license application and its supporting documents are uploaded to the Division, you can log in to check your status. Upon application approval, and hiring by a principal broker, you’ll be able to practice as a Utah real estate sales agent. Congratulations!