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A career as a real estate agent can be rewarding personally and professionally.  The field offers you the opportunity to constantly interact with new people, learn a variety of interpersonal and business skills, and to largely determine your own hours and income.  The barriers to entering the field are also less than with other professions.  Whether a new applicant, or an experienced agent, the Department of Licensing is most concerned with dishonest or unethical conduct. Like any career, success as a real estate agent requires hard work and perseverance, but also a passion for sales and an entrepreneurial drive.

Initial Application Requirements

Who/What Agency governs or oversees the profession?

  • Department of Licensing

What are the background check requirements?

  • Applicants are required to submit a fingerprint background check as well as renew their fingerprint checks every six years.

Are there any convictions that will automatically disqualify me?

  • If a background check shows a conviction, DOL will review and investigate the record on a case-by-case basis. Factors they take into consideration:
    • Type of crime
    • Level of the convictions
    • Relationship of the crime to the profession’s practices
    • Length of time since conviction occurred
    • Whether applicant already notified DOL of the conviction as required

Do Certificates of Restoration of Opportunity (CROPs) apply to the position?

  • No, certificates of restoration of opportunity do not apply to the licensing of real estate brokers.