License Requirement

Virginia State Licensing Requirements for Agents and Brokers

A. Interested in a career in real estate?

In order to become licensed in Virginia as a real estate salesperson by the Real Estate Board, applicants must:

  •   complete 60 class/clock hours of a Board-approved Principles of Real Estate Pre-License Courses (PDF)
  •   pass the state and national portions of the examination
  •   be at least 18 years old

Applicants must apply for the license within one year of passing the examination, or re-examination will be required.


B. For licensing through reciprocity, please see pages 6-7 of the

DPOR  Real Estate Regulations …..


 C. In order to become licensed as a real estate broker by the Real Estate Board, you must:

  • complete 180 class/clock hours of Board-approved Pre-license courses, and
  • pass the state and national portions of the broker examination, and
  • submit verification of experience (actively engaged as a salesperson for 36 of the 48 months preceding application).

Equivalent courses to Board-approved courses offered by an accredited university, college, community college, or other school or education institution may be accepted for broker pre-license education. Each course must be at least 45 class/clock hours or 3 semester hours. Proof of course completion, including a monitored, final written examination, is required for course approval.

You must complete a Real Estate Brokerage course. In addition to a Real Estate Brokerage course, you must complete either: A) the three Broker-Specific Courses of Real Estate Appraisal, Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Law; or B) two of the Broker Specific Courses and one of the following Broker-Related Courses:

  • Real Estate Abstracting
  • Real Estate Contract Law
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Real Estate Feasibility Analysis
  • Real Estate Investments
  • Real Estate Math
  • Real Estate Property Management
  • Real Estate Property Law
  • CCIM (all parts)
  • CRB (all parts)
  • GRI (all parts)
  • SIR/SIOR (all parts)
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Mortgage Lending
  • Land Planning and Use
  • Urban Development

    NOTE: Courses taken to meet continuing education requirements are not acceptable for pre-license credit in Virginia.

    ANY PRINCIPLES OF REAL ESTATE COURSE TAKEN FOR LICENSURE AS A SALESPERSON IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AS A BROKER PRE-LICENSE EDUCATION COURSE. Original or certified copies of transcripts are required to verify broker pre-license courses. Chart of Broker Pre-License Education Credit (PDF)for reciprocal applicants from other states.


    Applicants must obtain approval from the Board prior to taking the exam. 

    Exam Vendor  PSI (800) 733-9267
    Frequency and Dates of Exam  Daily Contact PSI (800) 733-9267
    Deadline for Application  No application deadline. Allow two weeks for processing of exam application.
    Exam Fees (paid directly to PSI) $60
    Exam Locations  Charlottesville Falls Church Richmond Roanoke Tyson's Corner Virginia Beach Johnson City, TN Salisbury, MD
    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration?  Only applicants approved by the Board should contact PSI at (800) 733-9267 or
    Other Questions?  To obtain an application package or to check on the status of your application, contact the Board office at (804) 367-8526.