Article Summary: This article will help anyone looking for information pertaining to a real estate license in the state of Alabama or anyone looking to become a real estate agent or realtor in Alabama. Contents of this article may include information on real estate education, schools, training courses, continuing education, tests and exams, laws, license requirements, renewal information, forms and more..


The State of Alabama Real Estate Commission (AREC), with offices in Montgomery, Alabama, oversees all aspects of the Real Estate industry in Alabama. The requirements to become a real estate agent in Alabama include the following:

For an applicant to obtain an Alabama real estate salesperson license they must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; be at least 19 years old; show proof of bona fide residency in any state in the U.S.; show proof of high school graduation or a GED; not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude; not have had a real estate application or license rejected or revoked in any state within the past two years; successfully complete approved 60 clock-hour prelicense Alabama real estate courses.

In addition, those applying for an real estate salesperson license must complete a 30-hour post-license real estate agent training in Alabama within the first twelve months of licensure. In order to maintain an active Alabama real estate license they must complete these courses and have the original license issued within the first six months. And, or course, they must pass the licensing real estate exams.



The requirements to obtain an Alabama real estate broker license include being a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident; be at least 19 years old; show proof of bona fide residency in any state I the U.S.; show proof of high school graduation or GED; not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude; not have had a real estate application or license rejected or revoked in any state within the past two years.

In addition, applicants for an real estate broker license must have held an active real estate salesperson license in any state for at least 24 months of the 36 month period immediately preceding the date of application. They must pass the Alabama real estate education requirements and pass the licensing examination.

Those who hold a current license in another state may obtain a Reciprocal license by submitting an application and a 'Certificate of Licensure' from the other state, showing your hold a current license there.

The fee for taking the real estate exams is $71.00 and are administered by Applied Measured Professionals.

The original license fee for a real estate salesperson license is $170 for the first two years.  The original license fee for a real estate salesperson license is $150.   The renewal fee after that is $195.  The original license fee for a company is $170 for two years, and $170 to renew it after that.

All agents can easily renew a real estate license in Alabama online. Here you can find all of the necessary Alabama real estate agent forms.

Real estate continuing education in Alabama consists of fifteen (15) clock hours of classes every two years in real estate schools approved by the Real Estate Commission.  Everyone holding a license is required to take continuing education courses in Alabama.

For a list of other fees, click here.

People who desire to rent and lease apartments are not required to have an real estate license in Alabama. However, should a licensed real estate broker decide to manage apartments, the Commission will expect compliance with the law and rules pertaining to depositing the security deposits in a trust account, and also running the rent and repairs through a trust account.

Alabama real estate careers are enhanced by membership in the Alabama Association of Realtors and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers   (NAREB) assist many in locating real estate jobs within the industry. The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) and The National Association of Realtors (NAR), the world's largest professional association, are excellent resources for real estate education and professional enrichment

Alabama Real Estate Forms

Alabama Reciprocity States

  • Most real estate forms can be obtained online. Ones listed below pertain to new salespersons and brokers.
Changes were made with regard to reciprocity laws in October 2009. Click here for more info.

(as of 3/1/2010)


Alabama Approved Real Estate Schools Prelicensing and Postlicensing Education

Community Colleges

Auburn University
Bainbridge College
Bevill State Community College
Bishop State Community College
Gadsen State Community College
Jefferson State Community College
Snead State Community College
Trentholm State Technical College
Tuskegee University
University of Alabama

Private Schools

Aronov Professional Career School (Montgomery)
DMG School of Real Estate (Tuscaloosa)
Dudley School of Real Estate (Montgomery)
Greystone School of Real Estate (Birmingham)
North Alabama School of Real Estate (Cullman)
Southeastern School of Real Estate (Decatur)
Wiregrass Real Estate School (Enterprise)
Last Update:  3/1/2010
This list may not include all approved schools. Please visit the Alabama Real Estate Commission website for the latest list of approved real estate schools.