Obtaining a real estate license in Ohio can open doors for you as a professional, as well as making you a more informed investor. Complete your required coursework online or at a local community college, fill out your application, then take the Ohio Real Estate Salesperson Exam to become licensed. Learning about real estate can be easy and fun, and at the end of it you'll have added a whole new dimension to your career!
Part 1 of 2:Applying for a LicenseDownload Article
1Get your high school diploma or GED. If you were born after 1950, the state of Ohio requires you to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. If you didn't finish high school, you can sign up for GED classes through your local adult education center or online.
Be cautious about websites that offer actual GED tests online, which are most likely a scam.
You can take online GED classes, as well as order official study materials, through the GED website: https://www.ged.com.
2Take the required coursework through an approved institution. You will need to fulfill 120 hours of real estate classes at an approved higher education institution. This coursework is valid on your application for 10 years, so you can complete the classes at your own pace.
You can see a list of approved institutions here: http://ohiorealtors.org/education/online-pre-license-courses/.
Your required classes will include Real Estate Principles and Practices, Ohio Real Estate Law, Real Estate Appraisal, and Real Estate Finance.
3Get a licensed real estate broker to sponsor your application. Newly licensed agents are usually required to work for a broker for around 1-3 years while they gain experience. Brokers are essentially higher level real estate agents who have gone through additional licensure through the state.
While you are working for your broker, you will be paying them in exchange for their mentorship and support. Talk to your broker beforehand about how much you will pay, and whether it will be a flat fee or a commission percentage.
4Complete a Salesperson Examination Application. This is a simple form that can be found online, and requires basic information such as your name, address, and birth date. You will also need to fill out some information about your sponsoring broker, and answer yes or no to a series of Ethical Conduct questions.
You can find the application form here: http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/real_COM3568SalespersonLicenseExaminationApplication.pdf.
If you are unsure about your answer to any of the Ethical Conduct questions, it's best to answer yes and attach a detailed explanation along with your form.
5Mail in your application, payment, and course transcripts. Print your completed application to mail in, and include a check for $60 made payable to the Ohio Division of Real Estate. You should also include official transcripts or course certificates proving you completed your education requirements.
Send your application and documents to:Ohio Department of CommerceDivision of Real Estate and Professional Licensing77 South High Street, 20th floorColumbus, OH 43215
6Take the Ohio Real Estate Salesperson Exam. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a candidate information bulletin in the mail. This will include instructions on how to schedule your exam, as well as a list of suggested materials for studying.
7Complete your post-license education hours within 1 year. After you are licensed, the state of Ohio requires that you take 20 more hours of real estate classes. You must take them after you are licensed, and not more than 12 months after. You can find a full outline of the requirements here: http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/real_20hrcourse.pdf.
Find a list of institutions approved to provide this training here: http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/real_Approved10HourPost.pdf.
Part 2 of 2:Renewing Your LicenseDownload Article
1Double check when your renewal is due. The state of Ohio requires that you renew your license 3 years from your first birthday after becoming licensed. If you do not renew your license in time, it will expire and you may have to pay additional fees to obtain a new license.
If you are not sure when to renew, check your due date by visiting http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/real_Approved10HourPost.pdf and selecting “Lookup License Information.” You can then find your due date by entering your last name or license number.
2Complete your continuing education requirements. In order to renew your license, you will need to complete 30 hours of real estate continuing education coursework. You will need to have completed the courses and received your official transcripts by your due date, so be sure to leave yourself enough time.
You will need to fulfill 3 hours each of Core Law, Civil Rights, and Canon of Ethics classes, as well as 21 elective hours. These are offered at many Ohio community colleges and may be available online.
Your 10 hours of post-license education does not count towards your continuing education requirement for renewal.
If you complete more than your required 30 hours, you can roll over up to 10 hours for your next renewal period, but they will count as electives and not core requirements.
3Fill out the Renewal Application and the Education Compliance form. This form can be found online, and you will need to enter basic information about yourself as well as information about the required courses you took. You will also have to answer a set of Ethical Conduct questions as you did in your initial application.
Both forms can be found here: http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/real_COM3681RealEstateRenewalApplication.pdf.
You can fill out the Renewal Application and pay the fee online, but will still have to mail in a separate Continuing Education Compliance form and your education transcripts.
4Mail in your application, compliance form, payment, and transcripts. If you did not complete your application online, you will need to print it out to mail in. If you did not pay online, you will need to include a check for $135 made payable to the Ohio Division of Real Estate.
These should be mailed along with your completed compliance form and education transcripts to:Ohio Department of CommerceDivision of Real Estate and Professional Licensing77 South High Street, 20th floorColumbus, OH 43215