• Real Estate Board

    The Real Estate Board licenses salespersons, brokers, and firms representing others in property transactions. The Board also enforces Fair Housing Law in cases involving real estate licensees and their employees.


    Licensing Section  (804) 367-8526 | REBoard@dpor.virginia.gov  
    Education Section  (804) 367-2406 | RESchool@dpor.virginia.gov  
    Board Office  (804) 367-8552
    FAX  (866) 826-8863

    NEW! Quick Reference Guide: How to Apply for a Salesperson/Broker License 

    **Application processing is taking longer (by several weeks) due to a two-month delay in receiving criminal background checks from Virginia State Police.** 

  • FORMS & APPLICATIONS

    Before you begin . . .

    1. Review the Quick Reference Guide: How to Apply for a Salesperson/Broker License

    2. Application fees are not refundable

    3. Choose your application format:  ONLINE | INTERACTIVE | STATIC

    4. Learn about the application review process

    ONLINE

    Choosing Online Services allows you to enter information into the DPOR licensing system, submit payment, and automatically start the application process. Because this method expedites processing, DPOR encourages applicants to use Online Services when available.

    INTERACTIVE
    Choosing an Interactive Application allows you to enter information directly onto fillable forms, save to a personal computer for your records, and submit the completed forms electronically (by e-mail or FAX).

    • Fillable PDFs do not open correctly in some Internet browsers. If you get a "Please wait" message, try a different browser (Internet Explorer usually works) or right-click on the form link, save it to your computer, and then open from the latest version of Adobe Reader. More troubleshooting resources here 

    STATIC  
    Choosing Static Applications only allows users to print the PDF and complete the form by hand, resulting in the slowest processing. The advantage is that you can access them on a variety of electronic devices with minimal difficulty.

    Go to forms and applications for . . . 

    Laws & Regulations

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    Statutes


    Regulations

    Meetings & Minutes

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    The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's meeting schedule, agendas, and past meeting minutes.

    Visit the Town Hall: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewboard.cfm?boardid=91&display=meetings 

    EDUCATION & EXAMS

    Experienced Salespersons and Brokers 

     

    New Applicants

    Newly Licensed Salespersons

    Education Providers

     

    News & Publications

    Sign up for email notification of regulatory action and meetings by registering here.

    Real estate transaction disclosure forms available here

    Board News

    Press Releases

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Quick Reference Guide | How to Apply for a Salesperson/Broker License

    1. What is a REALTOR®? 
    2. How do I contact the Board office? Will I be able to speak directly with a Board member?  
    3. What are the qualifications for licensure by exam? 
    4. What are the broker education requirements? 
    5. I am licensed in another state and wish to become licensed in Virginia. Can I apply through reciprocity? 
    6. How do I apply for the examination? 
    7. I am licensed in Virginia, and applying for licensure in another state. The other state is requesting verification of my Virginia license. What do I need to do?  
    8. My license is on inactive status. Do I still need to renew? 
    9. How do I go about filing a complaint against a real estate licensee? 
    10. I need to renew my license, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do? 
    11. My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee? 
    12. I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my license? 
    13. Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time? 
    14. My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board? 

    What is a REALTOR®?

    A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate agent (salesperson or broker) who is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, a private professional organization.

    The Real Estate Board licenses real estate salespersons, brokers, and firms. The decision to join any professional association is voluntary and unrelated to state licensure.

    State law requires a license to practice real estate, but does not require any licensee be a REALTOR®.

    How do I contact the Board office?

    You may reach us by phone at 804-367-8526 (Licensing Section) or 804-367-2406 (Education Section), by FAX at 1-866-826-8863, or by e-mail at REBoard@dpor.virginia.gov. Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Board, please send it to:
    Real Estate Board
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    The Board members do not work in the Board office. They come into the Board offices for Board meetings and hearings, but are not here on a daily basis. Board office staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact Board members directly.

    What are the qualifications for licensure by exam?

    Salespersons must complete a 60-hour course ("Principles of Real Estate") and pass the State and National portions of the salesperson examination. Brokers must complete 180 hours of required broker-specific and broker-related courses, pass the State and National Portions of the broker examination, and submit verification of experience (actively engaged as a salesperson for 36 out of the 48 months preceding application for licensure). Also see Quick Reference Guide to Licensure.

    What are the broker education requirements?

    A total of 180 classroom hours of Board-approved courses is required. Proof of passing the course and a monitored final examination are required for course approval. You must complete at least three courses from the broker-specific courses below. One of the three must be a 45-classroom hour real estate brokerage course. 

    Broker-specific Courses:

    • Real Estate Brokerage
    • Real Estate Law
    • Real Estate Finance
    • Real Estate Appraisal

    The remaining hours may be broker-related courses.

    Broker-related Courses:

    • Real Estate Economics
    • Business Law
    • Real Estate Investments
    • Property Management
    • Real Estate Abstracting
    • Urban Development
    • Real Estate Feasibility Analysis
    • Commercial Mortgage Lending
    • Real Estate Math (completed before 12/86)
    • Land Use Planning
    • GRI(all parts)
    • CRB (all parts)
    • CCIM (all parts)
    • SIR/SIOR (all parts)

    Note: The maximum allowable credit for a single broker-specific course is 60 hours, and 45 hours for a single broker-related course. Any principles of real estate course taken to meet the salesperson education requirement is not acceptable to meet the broker education requirement.

    I am licensed in another state and wish to become licensed in Virginia. Can I apply through reciprocity?

    Yes. Applicants for a salesperson license must (1) pass the State portion of the examination, (2) submit verification of completion of a 60 hour course called "Principles of Real Estate" and (3) submit letters of certification from other jurisdictions where licensed. Also, in order to apply through reciprocity, the salesperson MUST hold a current salesperson license in another state. 

    Applicants for a broker license must (1) pass the State portion of the examination, (2) submit verification of experience (actively engaged as a salesperson or broker for 36 out of 48 months preceding application for licensure), (3) submit original transcripts or certified copies of transcripts from the educational institution where the applicant completed 180 classroom hours of broker pre-licensing courses substantially equivalent to Virginia's real estate education requirements, and (4) submit letters of certification from other jurisdictions where licensed. Also, in order to apply through reciprocity, the broker MUST hold a current broker license in another state. 

    How do I apply for the examination?

    Contact the Board's examination vendor, PSI (1-800-733-9267).

    I am licensed in Virginia, and applying for licensure in another state.The other state is requesting verification of my Virginia license. What do I need to do?

    Please complete the Certification Request Form (PDF) and send it with a check for $35.00, made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia. Specify where you would like the certification to be mailed.

    My license is on inactive status. Do I still need to renew? 

    Yes, an inactive license must be renewed. The renewal fee is the same, however,an inactive licensee is not required to meet the continuing education requirements.

    NOTE: All salespersons (active or inactive) renewing their licenses for the first time must complete 30 hours of post-license education (instead of continuing education). 

    How do I go about filing a complaint against a real estate licensee?

    If you have a complaint about a licensed real estate salesperson, broker, or firm, first try to settle it with management. If you cannot resolve the issue, you may file a report with the Regulatory Programs and Compliance Section.

    I need to renew my license, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do?

    No earlier than 60 days prior to your license expiration, send in the renewal fee, make checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, and include your registration number on your check. Please note that if you wish to renew on active status, you must meet the education requirements. If you have had a change of address, include a letter with your new address. Mail this information to:
    Real Estate Board
    Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    You CANNOT continue to practice in Virginia after your license has expired or if your license is on inactive status.

    My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee?

    No. Board regulations provide a 30-day period after the expiration date in which a license may be renewed without penalty (therefore, your payment is actually 31 days late). Staff cannot waive the fee.

    Regulations state that if the requirements for renewal of a license, including receipt of the fee by the board, are not complete within 30 days of the expiration date, a reinstatement fee is required.

    Once your license expires, you no longer have a license to practice real estate. The 30-day period is not a license extension, but only an additional 30 days to complete your education and submit payment without having to pay the reinstatement fee.

    I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my license?

    Yes. Board regulations state that failure to receive the renewal notice does not relieve the licensee of the obligation to renew.

    Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time?

    The date the application or renewal was received in the agency determines whether it is on time, not the postmark date. If the renewal fee is received after the due date, you will be required to pay the reinstatement fee. If the reinstatement fee is received after the due date, you will be required to reapply for licensure, meeting all current requirements.

    My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board?

    Many Boards allow you to update your ADDRESS using Online Services, so login to your personal profile to see if this is an option for your license type. The alternative is to complete, print, sign, and submit an Address Change Form to the Board office by mail. Unless updated online, all Address Change Forms must be received by the Board in writing. When providing a post office box as the mailing address, it must be accompanied by the physical address.

    To report a NAME CHANGE: complete, print, sign, and submit a Name Change Form to the Board office. All name changes must be received by the Board in writing. Individual name change requests must be accompanied by a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, or other official documentation that verifies the name change.

    Real Estate Board

    Board Executive Director

    Christine Martine

    Board Administrators

    Jeffrey Williams

    Board Member Roster

    Lee Odems
    Licensee Member
    Term ends June 30, 2017
    Lynn G. Grimsley
    Licensee Member
    Term ends June 30, 2020
    Libby Gatewood
    Licensee Member
    Term ends June 30, 2020
    Steve Hoover
    Licensee Member
    Term ends June 30, 2020
    Margaret D. Davis
    Citizen Member
    Term ends June 30, 2020
    Sharon Johnson
    Licensee Member
    Term ends June 30, 2019
    Joe Funkhouser | BOARD CHAIR
    Licensee Member
    Term ends June 30, 2018
    Sandra Ferebee | BOARD VICE-CHAIR
    Licensee Member
    Term ends June 30, 2018
    Ibrahim A. Moiz 
    Citizen Member
    Term ends June 30, 2018
     

    Board members are appointed by the Governor. To learn more about the gubernatorial appointment process, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website. 

    Real Estate Transaction Recovery Fund

    The Real Estate Transaction Recovery Act provides relief to eligible consumers who have incurred losses through the improper and dishonest conduct of a licensed real estate professional. Filing a claim does not guarantee payment.


    Looking for information about the Contractor Recovery Fund? Visit the Contractors Recovery Fund page.

    Military and Veterans Services

    DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.

    Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served outside the U.S., as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).

    Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF). A temporary, non-renewable 12-month license for certain military spouses licensed in another state who need more time to meet Virginia-specific requirements is also an option if necessary. [Section 54.1-119

    For honorably discharged veterans, “substantially equivalent” military training, education, or experience may be credited toward certain license requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-118). In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse veterans for the cost of license or certification exams. See the VA Pamphlet 22-02-1 for more information.

    Available Online Services

    (Please check back periodically as we modify transactions in the future.)


    Transfer active salesperson license

    • For active, un-expired salespersons only (not brokers)
    • Not for new applicants 
    • Cannot be used to activate


    Address change

    Schools only 


    Renew a license

     ALL license types  

    • Except courses  


    Reinstate an expired license

    Individual license types
    Schools
     


    Inactivate a license

    Salesperson 

    Associate Broker 

    Go to Online Services