How to Get a Connecticut Real Estate License

man studying for licensing examConnecticut, the Constitution State, is a land of underexposed opportunities. If you live in CT or any part of New England, you know the state is bustling. You will notice the numerous industries here like finance and insurance, real estate, healthcare, engineering, and aerospace manufacturing and shipbuilding. If all these industries are concentrated in one state, that could only mean one thing – there are a ton of people already here. It also means, that it’s an area that continues to attract newcomers.

Of course, despite the small size of the state, there are enough landed properties to satisfy the demands. With just a quick trip from Hartford to New Haven and you’d realize that. Plus in this market, you have a high chance of success. At over $70,000, Connecticut has the highest personal income per capita in the country (the national average is $50,392). We will show you easy steps on how to get a license and help you simplify your way of getting it.

Step 1: What Are The Requirements for Salespeople?

Students studying in group settingLet’s see how you will go on.

To qualify for a real estate salesperson’s license in Connecticut, you need to meet these basic requirements set by the Connecticut Real Estate Agency before proceeding. You must:

  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • You must hold a high school diploma (GED) or equivalent
  • Be a citizen of the USA or a legal alien
  • Be lawfully eligible to work in the United States
  • Pass a background check that involves you submitting your fingerprints.

Reciprocity 🤝

If you’re already a licensed real estate salesperson in another state and you’d like to expand to Connecticut, the state permits reciprocity with current license holders with an active real estate license in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island

What You Need Before Getting A Connecticut Reciprocal License

You just need to confirm the following before you can apply for a reciprocal license

  • You must pay the salesperson license fee 💸
  • You must provide a copy of your social security card, notarized verification of lawful presence,
  • Hold an active license of the same real estate license category in another U.S. state
  • Submit a background check and fingerprints;
  • Pay the required fee to the exam services provider to take the state portion of the applicable license examination.
  • For Salesperson applicants – Sponsoring broker must have an “active” Connecticut broker license.

Step 2: Complete 60 Hours Of Pre-license Education

The first step on your journey is to complete the 60-hour real estate Principles and Practices Course.  You have to take the course at a college or an accredited institution. It can be done in person or online. This is a compulsory step if you don’t have a previous license, if you haven’t taken real estate courses at law school or any other college or university.

The courses will cover the following topics:

  • Real Property and the Law
  • Concepts of Home Ownership
  • Agency
  • Real Estate Brokerage
  • Listing Agreements and Buyer Representation
  • Interests in Real Estate and Forms of Real Estate Ownership
  • Legal Documents
  • Transfer of Title and Title Records
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Leases and Property Management
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Land Use Controls and Property Development
  • Fair Housing and Ethics Practices
  • Environment Issues and Closing the Real Estate Transaction
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Connecticut Licensing Law
  • Real Estate Taxes and Liens
  • Real Estate Contracts

Step 3: Submit an application and Pass A Background Check

women studying for licensing examThe next thing to do is to apply for the Connecticut real estate salesperson license on the official webpage. You will also submit your details including your fingerprints for a background check. You will fill in your information on the Criminal Conviction Review Worksheet. You will state all your previous crimes, and dates. Don’t worry if you have a criminal record, CT will not automatically cut you out.  The DCP will review your record to see if they want you.

If you’ve found a brokerage to sponsor your license, you can fill the Salesperson Sponsoring Broker Form. Otherwise, you can fill this form out after passing your exam.

Step 4: Pass The Connecticut Real Estate Salesperson Exam

small group of students studyingAll real estate exams are coordinated by PSI, so you have to schedule with them. When they approve you to take the test, they will send you an Examination Eligibility Postcard, including instructions for scheduling the exam. Within one year of your approval, you have to take the exams. So don’t wait to long to fill out the postcard.

The test is multiple choice format. You will be given 110 questions (80 national and 30 state questions). You will be given a time limit of 165 minutes. You have to score at least 70% to pass the Connecticut Real Estate Salesperson Exam. you will receive your results immediately. If you don’t pass, you can retake the examination several times within one year of the date of eligibility.

You must pass both portions of the examination within one (1) year of eligibility.

Within two years of passing the exam, you have to activate your license.

Try to arrive early at your location. You are advised to bring at least 2 valid forms of government-issued photo ID and signature to the exam center.

Step 5: Find A Real Estate Broker

studying for licensing examRelax, this is the last step.

After passing the exams, you must find a real estate principal broker and work under a principal broker who will sponsor your license. This will permit you to submit the Salesperson Sponsoring Brokerage Form and complete your application.

In simple words, a broker is an experienced real estate salesperson who heads a brokerage. The broker has a wider range of experience than the regular agent. A brokerage is a real estate company headed by a broker.

In the first years of your career, you are not allowed by the state to work for yourself. You will be in a brokerage and the broker and the senior agents there will show you the ropes, laws, policies, unwritten rules, and business secrets.

CONGRATULATIONS, You’re Now a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson In Connecticut.

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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.

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