Why do I need a license, anyway?

New Jersey state law requires that you obtain a license to assist in the purchase, sale, rental or lease of real estate on behalf of anyone other than yourself. The license is issued by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, and is supervised by the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.

How young can I be? Or how old?

To qualify for a real estate sales license you must be at least age 18 or older. You also must legally reside in the United States, and be of “good moral character.”

Do I need a high school diploma?

What State Law Requires Of LicenseesState law requires that prospective licensees have a high school education or its equivalent, like a GED certificate. You don’t need a college degree. You also don’t need to be currently employed. Getting a license can lead you into a whole new career, and that’s sort of the point!

If you have a “record …”

The Commission flatly states it “must be satisfied as to the applicant’s honesty, trustworthiness, character and integrity.”

If you have a criminal record, or are currently on parole or probation, be aware that your application for a real estate license may be denied. Before you register for classes, check with the Commission by calling 609-292-8300 Ext. 50135 to ensure your past criminal record will not hinder obtaining a license.

If applicable, you must be up-to-date on court-ordered child support payments.

All New Jersey real estate license candidates must be fingerprinted in a state-approved process. This includes all new candidates for individual real estate salesperson, real estate broker-salesperson, real estate broker, and referral agent licenses.

Fingerprinting also is required of any individual who will serve as an officer, director, member, partner or owner of a controlling interest of a corporation, limited liability company or partnership applying for a license to conduct business as a real estate brokerage company.

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