Arizona Real Estate License Guide

Quick Facts

Arizona Real Estate Governing Body:

Arizona Department of Real Estate

PreLicensing Requirements:

96 Hours

СЕ Requirements:

24 Hours

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How to Get a Arizona Real Estate License

There are 6 main steps to obtaining your real estate Salesperson license in Arizona:

  1. Complete a 90-hour pre-licensing course within 6 months. We’ve listed the highest rated state approved courses on this page.
  2. Pass the Arizona Real Estate Exam
  3. Submit a Fingerprint Clearance Card, Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form, and Disclosure Document Checklist
  4. Complete a 6-hour contract writing class
  5. Apply for your Arizona Real Estate Salesperson License 
  6. Find a sponsoring broker to work under

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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

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

Yes! 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.

The 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

The 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.

There 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

To 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)

Arizona 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.

You 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.

Once 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. 

Yes. 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 reciprocity state, which means that the real estate license you acquired in Arizona is valid within the state only, and nowhere else. 

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