How to Get a Arizona Real Estate License

Arizona, land of the Muppets, The Grand Canyon, and of course epic road trips. This is the sixth-largest state in the country and despite the large strips reserved by the government, there’s enough land for you to offer to future prospective buyers. From Phoenix (6th largest city in the country) to Tucson, Scottsdale, and Mesa, empty lots, apartments, family homes, and condos are waiting for you to buy/sell. The state also has great weather ⛅, cheap land, and people from all over the country are moving there. After following these 6 easy steps, you can order a bolo tie and enjoy all the perks of being an Arizona real estate agent.

To be a Real Estate Broker, Salesperson, Leasing Agent, or Property Manager in Arizona, you need a license. Despite that, the prospects are high. If you can master four to five regions, you’re on your way to becoming a super realtor. We also include tips for finding a brokerage, launching a successful career as a real estate agent, marketing yourself effectively, and finding the best continuing education options online. Arizona can be highly rewarding, you can build a career by deepening your roots and specializing or you can also spread your wings and branch out to neighboring states.

Step 1: Know The Prerequisites

Well, ignorance is no excuse.

Meet ADRE 🕴️ (Arizona Department Of Real Estate). The people here regulate all aspects of the real estate industry. They are the top dogs of all things real estate, they want to ensure that:

  1. You are a US citizen. (There are special procedures for approved immigrants.)
  2. You must be eighteen or older. Note: If you aren’t quite 18, there are some fun TikTok videos on real estate that you should check out.
  3. You need to have at least a high school diploma (GED) or an equivalent🎓. (Stay in school kids.)
  4. Pass the Pre Licensing Course.
  5. You must pass the background check.

This is the easiest part of the process and you can rest assured that you’re gonna ace this part with ease.

If you have a prior record, or if your fingerprints have been taken before, first double check that you’ve paid all of your fines.

Step 2.  Complete the State Required Salesperson Pre-Licensing Course 

(Oh, shoot! Here we go again)

Arizona likes its real estate agents to be in the know and as a result, you have to take a 96-hour course before you can take the licensing exam.

This course is split into two parts:

  • A 90-Hour Salesperson Pre-Licensing Course
  • A 6-Hour Contract Writing Course

The topics in the courses include:

  • Property Rights
  • Interest and Ownership
  • Transfer of Title & Title Insurance
  • Liens & Encounters
  • Foreclosure
  • Real Estate Investment and Taxation
  • Residential Financing
  • Math & Equal Opportunity
  • AZ Landlord Tenant Act & Property Management
  • Law of RE: Rules & Regulators of the RE Department
  • Brokerage: Law of Agency and Public Protection
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Listings of Contract Forms and Procedures
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Legal Land Description
  • Escrow and Closing
  • Broker Practices, Legal Procedures & Bankruptcy (and)
  • Disclosures – Warranties, Construction & Development.

The courses are to help you understand the nuts and bolts of Arizona real estate laws, policies, and procedures (don’t be the dodo that wants to sell The Grand Canyon). These courses can take you from as little as one to three months. It all depends on what pace you’re most comfortable with.

Step 3: Take and pass the AZ real estate licensing exam And Do A Background Check

Sorry friend but this hurdle will be the most difficult to cross.

As soon as you finish the course, you can take the exam. The exam takes about 3 hours to complete. It has 100 multiple-choice questions about national and state real estate laws and practices. To pass, you must earn at least a 75%. The good news is that you can take the exam a second time if needed.

Once you pass, there’s another small step you can’t overlook. You must now focus on getting your background clearance, you have to get a Level One clearance card. This means you will have to get fingerprinted, apply for a clearance card, pay an application fee to The Arizona Department Of Public Safety. You also have to write down all of your previous convictions, felonies, and misdemeanors.

Step 4: Apply for Your Real Estate License 

Yeah, Baby!

Now, you’ve passed the exam and agreed to a background check. Next, print out your score and other documents from above to apply for your license. You will then fill out your license application, and pay a first-time application fee.

You have to provide the department with:

  • Original Salesperson Application & Fee
  • Original Arizona Exam Score Report(s)
  • Pre-Licensure Education Certificate- the 90-hour certificate with the authorized signature
  • Proof of Legal Presence
  • Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244)
  • DPS issued AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Contract Writing Course Certificate
  • Disclosure Document Checklist Form (LI-400) *if applicable

It sometimes takes up to 2 months to process, so get these printed off and submitted as soon as possible to help speed it up.

Step 5: Find a Brokerage

Yay, you’re finally getting to the fun part.

You have your certificate, but that doesn’t mean you’re clear to start buying and selling just yet. In Arizona, you must work for a licensed Brokerage. Brokerages are companies that hire agents, show them the ropes, and oversee their sales.

Here are a few factors to consider before choosing a brokerage:

  • The Commission 💰 – Make sure you are getting a good split of money you bring in.
  • Niche – Alongside the reputation, you want the company to specialize in the types of property you want to sell. Yup, it’s that simple.
  • Opportunities For Growth 📈 – You don’t want a company that puts you in a position to stay flat. You want to be moving upwards. If a company doesn’t provide that, run baby, run.
  • Company Culture 📊– You need to know that the brokerage you choose meshes will with your goals and personality. This is also where reputation comes into play. The company’s reputation matters. If a lot of people don’t have positive things to say, that may be based on some tangible rumors. Do your research before you agree to anything.

Step 6: Kindly Drop Your Business Card Here

Once you have made up your mind about joining a brokerage, you are ready to start making money. After a while, if you want to move up you can become a broker or a team lead yourself.

Also remember to stay up to date on your required continuing education courses. If you don’t, ADRE will strip you of your real estate license.

Don’t worry, if you’ve gotten this far then the CE will be a breeze.

Nice new business card by the way.


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*This article was updated on 1/3/2022

This information was reviewed and approved by Chris Heller. Chris serves on the AgentAdvice Editorial Board and is the Chief Real Estate Officer at OJO Labs. Chris brings deep expertise having held influential industry positions including CEO of mellohome and former CEO of Keller Williams Realty International.

Arizona Real Estate Licensing FAQs

There are 3 requirements to be eligible for an Arizona real estate license: 

  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You are a resident of the United States
  • Haven’t been previously convicted for any type of felony

arizona department of real estate logoThe Arizona Department of Real Estate provides valuable information useful to both the public and the real estate industry.

They are the one stop shop when it comes to licensing in Arizona. ADRE is the watchdog overseeing real estate schools to ensure the quality content of their courses, the competence of their instructors, and the quality and timeliness of the materials being taught.

The Department of Real Estate is also in charge of the state licensing exam, making sure it prepares students for the competitive Arizona market.

No college degree needed. The only education requirements are the 90 hour pre licensing course and 6 hour contract writing class.  

The prelicensing course will educate you about some real estate basics and prepare you for taking the licensing exam. More specifically, the prelicensing course covers the following topics:  

  • Real estate principles & practices
  • Statutes & rules
  • Broker policies
  • Supervision

online-classYes! The prelicensing course can be taken either online or in the classroom, the choice is up to you. The only requirement is that the school that provides you with the prelicensing education is approved by the Arizona Department of Real Estate.  All of the courses on this page have been approved.

Unlike other states, Arizona doesn’t require you to complete the prelicensing education prior to applying to take the licensing exam. You need to submit a Certificate of completion of the prelicensing education only when applying for a Salesperson License.

pencils and real estate examThe Introduction to Contract Writing is exactly what it sounds like – it will prepare you in the area of contract writing.

After completing the 6-hour contract writing course, you will receive your certification. You will need to submit this certificate along with other documents when applying for your Salesperson License.

The exam can be taken at an official, ADRE approved Pearson VUE location, the body that administers the real estate examination in Arizona. Currently, Arizona has testing centers in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma.

You can schedule your examination by calling Pearson VUE or on their website

classroom setting with studentsThe exam is computer-based, with 140 multiple-choice questions split into 2 sections: the national real estate portion (80 questions) and the state-specific portion (60 questions). 

There are also 15 pretest questions, but these are not scored. You will have 5 hours to complete the exam.

woman taking notes during real estate courseThere are 80 questions in the national real estate part of the exam that cover the following topics: 

  • Real property characteristics, definitions, ownership, restrictions, and transfer
  • Property valuation and appraisal
  • Property conditions and disclosures
  • Contracts and relationships with buyers and sellers
  • Federal laws governing real estate activities
  • Leases, rents, and property management
  • Financing the transaction and settlement
  • Brokerage operations

The state-specific portion of the exam has 60 questions and covers the following subjects: 

  • Real estate statutes
  • Property interests and tenancies
  • Acquisitions and transfer of title
  • Leasing and property management
  • Environmental law
  • Water law
  • Finance and property tax
  • Land descriptions
  • Subdivisions
  • Encumbrances
  • Disclosure and consumer protection
  • Regulated activities ― rules and statutes
  • Math calculations

sold signTo pass the final real estate licensing exam, you need a minimum of a 75%. This means that out of the 140 questions, you need to answer 105 correctly. 

Unfortunately, unlike other states, Arizona doesn’t score both portions of the exam separately, so failing one portion means you’ve failed the whole exam. If that happens, you will have to then retake the whole exam all over again.

Yes, you can take the licensing exam, but you won’t be able to practice real estate unless you work under a licensed broker. 


  • Two forms of government-issued identification documents: 
    • Primary document: Government-issued Driver’s License, US Department of State Driver’s License, US Learner’s Permit, ID Card, Passport, Military ID, Alien Registration Card 
    • Secondary document: US Social Security Card, Debit or Credit card and any Primary document form of ID
  • Prelicensure Education Certificate issued by the school you attended 


  • A calculator (battery-operated, silent, hand-held, nonprinting, and no alphabetic keyboard)

shaking handsArizona limits the number of classes you can take per day to 2, or 10 hours, which means the minimum required time to complete the pre licensing course is 9 days. If you count only working days, this would be 2 weeks. Applying for the exam and taking the exam itself can take 1-3 weeks, depending on how many candidates have applied.  

The mandatory fingerprint scan takes up the most time, as it takes around 8 to 10 weeks to get checked. 

After you apply for your license, it can take anywhere between 1 week to 2 months for your application to be processed. Once the ADRE has checked and approved everything, you will receive your license.

The total time it takes to obtain an Arizona Salesperson’s License depends on the person, but in general, can be completed in a few weeks to a few months.

man with for sale signYou can either call or email different brokerages near you and schedule an interview. A good way of finding good brokerages is to web-search “best brokerages in (your city)” and check the top results. 

When contacting brokerages, make sure to ask about the commissions they take, how they provide education to new agents, what kind of work you will do, etc. You would want to find a brokerage that invests in their new agents and that will help you advance your career.

Unlike other states, Arizona doesn’t score both portions of the exam separately, so failing one portion means you’ve failed the whole exam. If that happens, you will have to then retake the whole exam all over again.

signing contractOnce you pass the exam, you will receive an Arizona Exam Score Report stating that you passed your exam along with your score along. After this, ADRE will give you login information for the online licensing system where you will need to submit your application. When you do this, you need the following documentation: 

  • Salesperson Application Form
  • Your Arizona Exam Score Report
  • Pre-Licensure Education Certificate- the 90-hour certificate with the authorized signature
  • Proof of Legal Presence
  • Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244)
  • Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Contract Writing Course Certificate
  • Disclosure Document Checklist Form (LI-400) – if applicable

You need to submit your application within 1 year of passing the Arizona Real Estate Exam.

The Arizona real estate license is valid for a period of 2 years. The exact expiration date is written on every license, so you will know when it’s time to renew it. You should renew your license by the last day of the month when 2 years expire from when you obtained your license. 

pexels-karolina-grabowska-4475524Yes. Every Salesperson real estate license has to be renewed in 2 years for which you must get 24 hours of continuing education courses approved by the Arizona Department of Real Estate. 

The continuing education courses are all worth a certain number of credits. To renew your license, you have to provide proof of the following credit hours (mandatory): 

  • Agency law: 3 credit hours
  • Contract law: 3 credit hours
  • Real estate legal issues: 3 credit hours
  • Commissioner’s standards: 3 credit hours
  • Disclosure: 3 credit hours
  • Fair Housing: 3 credit hours

The remaining credits can be from other real estate topics, but the ones listed above are mandatory.

Arizona is a no real estate license reciprocity state, which means that the real estate license you acquired in Arizona is valid within the state only, and nowhere else. 

The responsible department that oversees and regulates the real estate licensing in Arizona is the Arizona Department of Real Estate