How to become a Real Estate Agent in Alabama

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How-To Licensing Guide

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The real estate industry is made for passionate people with an interest in real estate and an entrepreneurial spirit. Follow these easy steps, and get ready for a fulfilling, lucrative career.

Step 1

Meet Alabama’s general licensing requirements

To obtain a real estate license from the Alabama Real Estate Commission (AREC), you must fulfill specific general requirements, including:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or legally present in the U.S
  • Be at least 19 years old
  • Show proof of bona fide residency in any state in the U.S.
  • Show proof of high school graduation or the equivalent
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Not have had a real estate application or license rejected or revoked in any state within the past two years

Step 2

Complete your Alabama real estate pre-licensing education

All real estate salespersons are required to take 60 hours of AREC-approved real estate education prior to receiving their license.
Choose from one of the courses or packages below, and start a pre-licensing process tailored to your exact needs:

  • Individual Courses:
    • Alabama Salesperson Pre-license Course
    • Alabama Reciprocal Salesperson Pre-license Course
  • Package: Alabama Real Estate Pre-licensing Silver Solution
    • Alabama Salesperson Pre-license Course
    • Mathmaster
  • Package: Alabama Real Estate Pre-Licensing Gold Solution
    • Includes all Silver Solution products, plus:
    • Alabama Real Estate Prep xL
    • Prep xL: The study tool that adapts to your learning style
    • Support from industry experts
  • Package: Alabama Real Estate Pre-Licensing Platinum Solution (recommended)
    • Real Estate: An Introduction to the Profession, 12th Edition
    • Complimentary real estate blog subscription - staying up-to-date is half the battle!
    • Pass The First Time Guarantee: With Prep xL, you have our word you’ll pass your exam on the very first try.
    • Real estate test-taking tips
    • Real estate exam flashcards

Step 3

Pass the course pre-licensing exam

After your coursework is completed, you need to pass the initial exam. This is different than the final real estate exam; it proves you passed your class, and are ready for the next stage in real estate licensing.

  • 100-question exam
  • Must be taken in the presence of a proctor
  • Required passing score of 70%

Step 4

Select a Sponsoring Broker

To activate your license, you need to be sponsored by a licensed TN real estate broker.

  • Choose and contact a sponsoring broker
  • Apply to your broker with the Sponsoring Broker Statement Application (click here to download)
  • Hand-submit your completed form to your AMP test center (Don’t mail it!)

Step 5

Submit a verified background check

In Alabama, real estate license applicants are required to obtain and submit an Alabama Real Estate Commission background check. Applicants must submit to a fingerprint-based federal and state criminal background check, mandated by 34-27-32 Code of Alabama, by working with the Commission’s processing company, Gemalto.
Non-residents can submit a background check processed by their state agency or through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Step 6

Pass the Alabama real estate license exam

Once you’re ready, you need to register for (and pass) the official Alabama Real Estate Commission exam.

  • Register for the exam with PSI, who administers the test on behalf of Alabama State Division of Licensing Services.
  • Pay the $70 examination fee.
  • Take the exam
    • 100 questions
  • Pass with at least a 70% score
  • Apply for your license within one calendar year of your exam date (AREC website)
Alabama real estate continuing education

The Alabama real estate industry changes quickly. To stay on top of it, Alabama real estate affiliate brokers are required to take 60 hours and brokers are required to take 90 hours of real estate CE classes.


OnCourse Learning’s AL-approved real estate CE course list offers an array of classes and packages designed to enhance your skill-set, cater to specific interests and fulfill Alabama Department of Commerce and Insurance requirements.

  • 750,000+ real estate student alumni across the country
  • Track record of high pass rates
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  • 40+ years of experience educating real estate students
  • Courses written by experienced, subject matter experts