License Requirements

Pennsylvania Licensing Requirements

The Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission governs the licensing process and regulates a licensee's practice in the state of Pennsylvania. You may reference Rules and Regulations of the State Real Estate Commission for specifics.

You should know that not all licensees are REALTORS®. A real estate licensee can be classified as a REALTOR® only after he or she has become a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS®. The first step on your road to becoming a REALTOR® is to obtain a state-issued real estate license.

Online Continuing Education


Notice to ALL Pennsylvania Real Estate Licensees:

Licenses expire May 31 of every even-numbered year.

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NEW! If your license was issued BEFORE December 1, 2015: The PA Real Estate Commission requires a minimum of 3 hours of continuing education in the topic Rules and Regulations. The other 11 hours can be completed in elective topics. All 14 hours must be completed between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2018.

If your license was issued ON or AFTER December 1, 2015: The PA Real Estate Commission requires completion of a commission-developed 14 required hours of continuing education between Jun 1, 2016, and May 31, 2018. You are exempt from the required 3 hours in Rules and Regulations.

The Commission mails renewal notices two to three months prior to the license expiration date. Notices are mailed to the most recent employer address that was reported to the Commission. The Postal Service does not forward licenses.

For additional information, contact the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission for more information, or reference Guideline regarding Continuing Education.


 

How does one acquire a Pennsylvania Real Estate License?
A person wishing to acquire a Pennsylvania Real estate License must be at least 18 years of age, have four educational credits in real estate (Real Estate Fundamentals and Real Estate Practice), and have successfully completed the State Licensing Examination. After one has passed the State Licensing Exam, a sponsoring broker is required for issuance of the salesperson's license. Acquiring the educational credits is mandatory before one takes the exam. After one has passed the Exam, one may wait up to three years before activating the license. Failure to do so within three years would mean that the prospective licensee must re-take the Exam.

What are the two basic courses?
The 2 basic courses are Real Estate Fundamentals and Real Estate Practice. Fundamentals provide the student with a basic foundation for additional study and supports the practice of real estate in Pennsylvania. The course is designed to acquaint the student with the language, principles and laws that govern the business of real estate. Practice provides the student with an introduction to all facets of the real estate business, including a survey of fields of specialization. The course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic techniques, procedures, regulations, and ethics involved in a real estate transaction, along with a working knowledge of the forms and documents used, including the related mathematics. Each course is worth two credits. An official school transcript is provided for each course.

Does it matter which course I take first?
It does not matter which of the two courses is taken first. The student may take FUNDAMENTALS first or, instead, take PRACTICE first. A strongly motivated student is the best guarantor of a person’s being well prepared to take and pass the State Licensing Exam. Those seeking to take both courses at the same time should recognize that ample study time must be provided in the student’s schedule.

For more information regarding Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission approved education providers, click here.

Renewing your License? 

Licenses expire May 31 of every even-numbered year. The Commission mails renewal notices two to three months prior to the license expiration date. Notices are mailed to the most recent employer address that was reported to the Commission. The Postal Service does not forward licenses.

For additional information, contact the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission for more information, or reference Guideline regarding Continuing Education.

Putting your License in Referral or Escrow status?

Please notify MCAR in writing to ensure you and/or your broker are not assessed your REALTOR® membership dues.

If you want to go into referral, MCAR
will need this Limited Function Referral Office (LFRO) Certification Form completed by your broker.

If you place your license in escrow, MCAR will need a copy of the escrow letter your broker sends to the PA Real Estate Commission.