You need to be at least 18 years old to receive a real estate license in Iowa. There are no residency or citizenship requirements.
You’ll also need to undergo a criminal history and background investigation. Keep in mind this process alone can take up to a minimum of four weeks, possibly more, and can be started many months ahead of submitting your license application. Criminal history backgrounds are valid for 210 calendar days.
- Complete a 60-hour pre-license course
- Complete the following three courses:
- 12 hours of Buying Practices
- 12 hours of Listing Practices
- 12 hours of Developing Professionalism and Ethical Practices
You may take the courses in any order. All the courses must have been completed less than 12 months prior to the time the Commission’s receives your completed application.
- You must pass your state exam in order to receive a license.
- Exam results are valid until the last working day of the sixth month following the exam pass date.
- For example, a test passed on any day in January is valid until June 30 of that same year.
You will need to submit a completed application, which you will receive from the testing service when you pass the exams. At this time, you must be sponsored by broker. You cannot apply for an inactive license.
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