Alabama Real Estate License Application Process

Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

Getting your Alabama real estate license requires specific tasks you must complete to become a real estate agent. Learn about what steps will help you get your license.

Benefits of Real Estate License

Completing your real estate license opens doors for new opportunities and relationships. It also allows you to embrace a new career and develop a wider skill set. To become a real estate agent there are requirements that you must complete.


In Alabama, there are specific tasks you must complete prior to getting your license. These activities are classified as pre-license. First, you must meet age and citizenship requirements. Are you 19 years old or older? Fantastic! If you are 18 or younger, you will need to wait until you turn 19 to apply for your license. Additionally, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident alien who has a high school diploma or equivalent.

Prior to taking your test, you must also complete 60 hours of required education. These classes will help you know the legal aspects of real estate, understand contracts and paperwork, and learn the basics of listing and selling homes. This is your foundation for your career and is important for helping you have success in the future.

License Examination

Once you have completed your 60 hours of courses, you must pass the Alabama real estate exam. This must be done within six months of completing your courses. The exam will test your understanding of the concepts and laws you cover in class.

The exam will be made up of two portions. The first portion has 100 questions pertaining to national rules and regulations. The second section has 40 questions that relate specifically to Alabama. To pass the exam, you must get at least 70% of the questions in each section correct. You will have 3.5 hours to take the two portions of the test.

Temporary License

Once you pass the exam, you are ready to apply for a temporary license. This license allows you to start working in real estate and working for a managing broker. You have 90 days after your exam to pay the licensing fee and apply for your temporary license. You will need to provide documentation of your eligibility, such as age verification and citizenship or legal alien status.

You can get an inactive license that is valid for twelve months, meaning you do not plan to work as a real estate agent during that time. Otherwise, you will be issued an active license allowing you to work in real estate. The active license is valid for six months.

Post-License and Permanent License

Within the twelve months after your temporary license was issued, you must complete 30 hours of post-license courses, classes that build on the classes you took before passing the real estate exam. Once the courses are finished, you can apply for your permanent real estate license with the Alabama Real Estate Commission

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