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  • About WI State's real estate Education Requirements
  • Applying for a real estate license in Wisconsin
  • Previous convictions and criminal background in WI
  • Real Estate License Renewal in Wisconsin
  • RealEstateU and real estate WI Profession Related Questions
  • Scheduling Your WI State real estate Licensing Exam
  • Taking the Wisconsin State Licensing Exam
  • WI License Qualifications / Requirements
  • WI Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees
  • Wisconsin Licensing Questions

Wisconsin Frequently Ask Questions Real Estate License

On this page you will find a full list of frequently asked questions about how to get your Wisconsin real estate license, the Wisconsin real estate salesperson course, how to prepare for the WI state exam, how to renew your WI real estate license, and general real estate profession questions.

About WI State's real estate Education Requirements

Can I take the WI Salesperson course if I’m still in High School?

Yes, you can take the 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson Course if you're still in High school. The DSPS only requires you to be at least 18 years old when it comes time to apply for your Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson’s license.

How many times can I take the WI Salesperson course final exam?

There is no limit to how many times a student can take the 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson course final exam. You can take the final exam as many times as needed until you pass.

Is the 72-Hour WI Real Estate Salesperson course final exam proctored?

Yes, the 72-hour WI Real Estate Salesperson course final exam must be proctored. The final exam may be proctored online.

How many questions are on the WI Salesperson course final exam?

The final exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, with a passing grade of 70%.

How do I receive my Wisconsin Course Certificate of Completion?

You will receive your Certificate of Completion for the 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salespersons course immediately after passing the course final exam.

How long is my Certificate of Completion valid for in WI?

You must apply for your Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson license within 5 years of completing the 72-hour WI Real Estate Salesperson course. For this reason, your course certificate is only valid for up to 5 years.

What course am I required to take to get a WI Salespersons license?

You are required to take the 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson course in order to qualify for a Wisconsin Real Estate Salespersons license.

How many hours of education are required to get a WI license?

The DSPS requires 72 hours of pre-license education. All students must complete the 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson course and pass the proctored final exam to qualify for the WI Real Estate Salesperson license.

How can I take the 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson Course?

The 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson course can be taken online or in person, although most students prefer to take the course online as it can be completed at their own pace.

Can I take the 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson course online

Yes, you can take the 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson Course online. In fact, it is widely preferred as it allows the student to complete the course at their own pace.

Applying for a real estate license in Wisconsin

When should I file my license application with the WI Commission?

You must submit your application within 1 year of passing the state licensing exam and within 5 years of completing the 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson course.

What are the requirements to apply for a WI Salesperson license?

In order to be eligible to apply for a Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson license, you must satisfy the following requirements:
1) You must be at least 18 years old.
2) Complete the 72-hour WI Real Estate Salesperson course.
3) Pass the WI state licensing exam.

How much is the WI real estate license application?

The WI Real Estate Salesperson license application fee is $75.

Can I get a WI real estate license if I don't work for a broker?

No, you must have a sponsoring broker in order to submit your Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson License Application. The state law requires Real Estate Salespersons to work under a sponsoring broker.

How can I apply for my WI real estate license?

License applications should be submitted online through the Online Licensure Application System (OLAS). A paper version of the license application can also be mailed in.

What documents are required for my initial WI license application?

You must include a copy of your Certificate of Completion for the 72-hour Wisconsin real estate salesperson course. Nonresidents must also include an Irrevocable Consent for Nonresidents form.

Previous convictions and criminal background in WI

What past offenses are not required to be disclosed to the DSPS in WI?

The DSPS does not consider minor violations as past offenses. This includes minor traffic violations like speeding tickets.

How much does it cost to submit an application for predetermination?

The Application for Predetermination requires a $68 fee to be paid to DSPS.

What documents should I submit if I have a prior conviction in WI?

You must submit certified copies of police reports or criminal complaints and certified copies of judgement of conviction as per the form 2687 to the DSPS. If you’re unable to provide these, you must attach a personal statement with an additional explanation.

When should I disclose any prior criminal activity to the DSPS in WI?

You should disclose any prior criminal activity to the DSPS anytime before submitting a license application. This should be done by submitting an Application for Predetermination to the DSPS.

Can I get my WI Salespersons license if I have a prior conviction?

Yes, you can apply for a WI Real Estate Salesperson license even if you have a prior conviction. The DSPS requires an Application of Predetermination to be submitted before you apply for your WI Real Estate Salesperson license to determine whether or not you will be eligible to obtain a license.

How should I disclose any prior criminal activity to the DSPS in WI?

You must disclose your prior criminal activity by submitting a Form 2687 and an Application for Predetermination.

What past criminal activity must I disclose to the DSPS in Wisconsin?

You must disclose any conviction of a felony, misdemeanor and other violations of federal, state, or local law as past criminal activity to DSPS.

Real Estate License Renewal in Wisconsin

Can I apply for real estate extension if my spouse is on active duty?

Spouses of active duty service members can also apply for an extension. You can request extension by submitting an Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension form.

How long will take my request for an extension of renewal to process?

If you have submitted an Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension form, the DSPS takes 5-7 working days to process your application.

What are the Wisconsin CE education requirements for active licenses?

You must complete 18 hours of continuing education. This consists of 6, 3-hour courses.

What to do if my Wisconsin license expires while I’m on active duty?

Wisconsin Act 210 extends the license of a service member while they’re on active duty for 90-180 days since their date of discharge. You are required to submit an Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension form.

How often do I have to renew my WI real estate license?

You are required to renew your WI Real Estate Salesperson license every two years.

Can the WI CE requirements be waived?

You can apply for a continuing education waiver if you are a service member on active duty. You will be required to submit a letter explaining why you should be exempt from the CE requirements along with an Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension form.

Who is exempt from the WI license renewal fee?

A renewal fee is applicable to everyone except service members on active duty or recently discharged. A renewal fee is not required if you are submitting an Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension form

How do I renew my Wisconsin real estate license?

You can request renewal of your application online through WI DSPS login. You can also submit a paper application by calling (608)266-2112 and asking for a paper application.

How much does it cost to renew my WI real estate license?

There is a $75 renewal fee to renew your Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson's license. The renewal fee can be paid using your credit card upon submitting your renewal application through the DSPS website.

RealEstateU and real estate WI Profession Related Questions

What can I do with my Wisconsin real estate license?

As a Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson, you can sell or lease all types of properties throughout Wisconsin.

When is a real estate license required in Wisconsin?

A Wisconsin real estate license is required if you intend to represent a buyer, seller, tenant or landlord and earn a commission.

Is the RealEstateU Wisconsin pre-license course state-approved?

Yes, the RealEstateU 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson course is fully approved by the DSPS.

Scheduling Your WI State real estate Licensing Exam

How does the DSPS know that I have completed the WI pre-license course

RealEstateU will send your course completion information to the DSPS after you have completed the course final exam. The DSPS will use this as evidence that you have completed the 72-hour Wisconsin real estate salesperson course.

Will my school notify the DSPS in WI that I have completed my courses?

No, RealEstateU will not notify the DSPS that you have completed the 72-hour WI real estate salesperson course. Once you complete the 72 hour pre-license course you will be provided with a certificate of completion which you will use for your Pearson VUE exam to prove you completed the education requirements.

Where can I take the WI real estate licensing exam?

The WI State licensing exam must be taken in-person at a Pearson VUE testing center. PearsonVUE administers the state licensing exam. PearsonVUE offers a number of testing centers throughout the state. Please see the last page of the PearsonVUE Candidate Handbook for a list of testing locations.

How do I change or cancel my WI state exam date?

To change your state licensing exam date, you must call Pearson VUE at least 48 hours prior to the examination date.

Does my WI state exam registration expire?

Your WI State exam registration expires only if you don't appear for an exam or provide a false or expired ID at the testing center.

How do I take my WI real estate licensing exam?

The Wisconsin real estate licensing exam is administered by PearsonVUE. The state licensing exam must be taken in-person at one of PearsonVUE’s testing centers. You can schedule your exam online through the PearsonVUE website or via phone at (888)204-6284.

How much does the WI real estate licensing exam cost?

There is a $65 per attempt for the WI real estate Licence Exam. You can make the payment online using a credit card. You can also make payment using a cashier’s check or money order. It is important to note that the exam fee is non-refundable.

How do I pay for the WI real estate licensing exam?

The exam fee can be paid at the time of reservation by credit card, debit card, voucher, or electronic check. Most students pay the exam fee online using a credit card.

How long does it take to register and schedule my WI state exam?

You should schedule your real estate licensing exam with Pearson VUE at least 24 hours prior to your desired examination date.

Taking the Wisconsin State Licensing Exam

How many questions do I need to answer correctly in order to pass?

Wisconsin uses weighted questions on their state exam, which means not all questions are worth the same number of points. For this reason, PearsonVUE does not specify the number of questions you need to answer correctly in order to pass. You must obtain a weighted score of at least 75 out of 100.

I just passed my WI state exam, now what?

Once you pass the Wisconsin state licensing exam, you are now eligible to submit your Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson license application, either online or via a mail-in paper application.

Is a calculator allowed during the WI state exam?

Yes, a calculator is allowed during the exam. Personal calculators are allowed only if they do not make any noise, are hand-held and non-printing. Additionally, calculators with alphabetic keypads are not allowed.

What are the exam policies at the WI PearsonVUE testing center?

You can find PearsonVUE’s exam center policies on page 14 of the PearsonVUE Wisconsin real estate Candidate Handbook.

How do I retake the WI state exam if I previously failed?

Candidates must wait at least 24 hours before making a reservation to retake an exam. A $65 exam fee is applicable for every re-attempt.

Can I take my WI state exam if I don't have a sponsoring broker?

Yes, you can take your WI state exam if you don't have a sponsoring broker. A sponsoring broker is only needed when you apply for your Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson license.

Do my WI state licensing exam results expire?

Yes, your Wisconsin state licensing exam results expire 1 year after you pass the exam, which means you must apply for your WI Real Estate Salesperson license within that time frame; otherwise, you must retake and pass the state licensing exam.

How much does it cost to retake the WI state exam?

The examination fees for WI state licensing exam are $65 per attempt.

Can I take the WI state exam if I live outside of the state?

Yes, you can take the WI state licensing exam at any PearsonVUE testing center through the U.S.

What is the time limit for the WI state licensing exam?

There is a 4 hour time limit for the WI state licensing exam.

What am I required to bring with me to the WI state exam?

You are required to bring 2 forms of current (not expired) forms of ID to the state testing center - a primary ID and a secondary ID.

Are there any testing accommodations available for the WI state exam?

Yes, special testing accommodations are available for individuals with documented disabilities or those who demonstrate a need for accommodations.

How many questions are on the WI state licensing exam?

The WI State licensing exam consists of both national and state questions. The exam consists of 140 scored questions, plus 5-10 pretest questions.

What is included on the WI state licensing exam?

The exam consists of national and state-specific questions. There are 10 content areas covered in the state portion of the state exam which are further broken down into subtopics. Please see pages 17-18 of the PearsonVUE Candidate Handbook for a detailed outline of the topics you need to know for the exam.

How many times can I take the WI state exam?

There is no limit as to how many times you can take the state exam. You can take the state exam as many times as needed until you pass. However, a $65 exam fee is applicable for each attempt.

How long does it take to get my WI state exam results?

The good news is you will get your exam results at the testing center as soon as you’ve completed the exam. You will simply get a “Pass” or “Fail” grade.

WI License Qualifications / Requirements

How old do I have to be to get a WI Real Estate Salespersons license?

You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a Wisconsin Real Estate Salespersons license.

Can I get my WI Salespersons license if I'm not a WI resident?

Yes, you can obtain a Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson license if you are not a Wisconsin resident. However, you will need to submit an Irrevocable Consent for Non-Residents form along with your salesperson license application.

Do I need a high school diploma to get my WI real estate license?

No, you do not need a high school diploma to get your WI real estate license.

Can I obtain my WI real estate license if I’m not a U.S. citizen?

Yes, you can still obtain your Wisconsin real estate licence if you are not an U.S. Citizen. If you are a qualified alien or are a non-immigrant lawfully present in the U.S. you need to clearly select this as your legal status under the Certification of Legal Status section on your license application form.

What tests do I need to take to get my WI Salesperson license?

There are two tests you need to pass in order to obtain your Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson license. First, you will need to pass the final exam for the 72-hour WI Real Estate Salesperson course. Once you pass the course final exam, you will then have to pass the state licensing exam.

WI Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees

How much does it cost to apply for my WI license via reciprocity?

The application fee for a Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson license is $75. The payment can be made online using a credit or debit card, or by a mailed check. You must also submit a Verification of Examination or Registration form along with your licence application form.

Does Wisconsin offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes, Wisconsin offers reciprocity with Illinois and Indiana.

Can I get my WI real estate license if I'm licensed in another state?

If you hold an active real estate license in Indiana or Illinois, then you can apply for a Wisconsin real estate salesperson’s license via reciprocity. If you are not licensed in Indiana or Illinois, then you must go through the same licensing process as an unlicensed individual.

Can I get my WI Salespersons license if I’m not a WI resident?

Yes, you are not required to be a resident of Wisconsin in order to obtain a Wisconsin real estate license. However, you must complete the 72-hour WI real estate salesperson course and pass the state licensing exam. You need to submit an Irrevocable Consent for Non-residents form along with your license application.

Wisconsin Licensing Questions

How long does it take to get a Wisconsin real estate license?

Step 1: Complete the required 72-hour WI pre-license course. If taken online, you can complete the course in 2-8 weeks.
Step 2: Schedule and pass the State exam. This usually requires 1-3 weeks.
Step 3: Apply for a WI License. This usually takes 4-8 weeks.
The entire process may take 7-19 weeks.

What are the steps to get the Wisconsin real estate license?

Step 1: Complete the 72-hour Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson Pre-license course
Step 2: Schedule Your WI State Licensing Exam
Step 3: Take and Pass the State Licensing Exam
Step 4: Apply For Your License With the Help of Your Sponsoring Broker

Do I need a sponsoring broker in Wisconsin?

Yes, the DSPS requires all Wisconsin Real Estate Salespersons to work under a sponsoring broker.

What is the cost breakdown to get a WI real estate license?

Here is a breakdown of the costs associated with obtaining your Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson license: 72-hour Wisconsin real estate salesperson course: $199 Online proctoring fee for course final exam: $15 (per attempt) Wisconsin State Licensing exam fee: $65 Wisconsin License Application fee: $75 Total Cost: $354

Is there math on the WI state licensing exam?

Yes, the state licensing exam consists of a total of 9 mathematical questions. These are based on 5 topics: Basic mathematical skills involved in real estate calculations, Prorations, calculation property tax payment - mill rate times assessed value, Loan-to-value (LTV) ratios and calculation of transfer fee.

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Categories > Wisconsin
  • About WI State's real estate Education Requirements
  • Applying for a real estate license in Wisconsin
  • Previous convictions and criminal background in WI
  • Real Estate License Renewal in Wisconsin
  • RealEstateU and real estate WI Profession Related Questions
  • Scheduling Your WI State real estate Licensing Exam
  • Taking the Wisconsin State Licensing Exam
  • WI License Qualifications / Requirements
  • WI Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees
  • Wisconsin Licensing Questions

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