Article Summary: This article will help anyone looking for information pertaining to a real estate license in the state of Georgia or anyone looking to become a real estate agent or realtor in Georgia. 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 Georgia Real Estate Commission administers the license laws pertaining to all aspects of the real estate industry in Georgia with the goal of protecting the public interest. The real estate license law originally went into effect in 1926 with the most recent changes taking place in 1999. The main office of the commission is in Atlanta.

The state of Georgia recognizes three types ore real estate licenses:

- if acting on behalf of a broker, a salesperson may perform any real estate brokerage act that requires a real estate license in Georgia. In order to be active in real estate brokerage, a salesperson must be affiliated with a sole proprietorship, a corporation, a partnership, or a limited liability company that is also licensed as a broker.

Associate Broker - if acting on behalf of a broker, an associate broker may perform any real estate brokerage act that requires a real estate license in Georgia. In order to be active in real estate brokerage, an associate broker must be affiliated with a sole proprietorship, a corporation, a partnership, or a limited liability company that is also licensed as a broker.



Broker - a broker may perform any real estate brokerage act that requires a real estate license in Georgia. Both individuals and firms may be licensed as brokers. In order to be active in real estate brokerage, an individual licensed as a broker must be affiliated with a sole proprietorship, a corporation, a partnership, or a limited liability company that is also licensed as a broker.

The requirements to become a real estate salesperson in Georgia include being at least 18 years old for a real estate salesperson license and at least 21 years old for either the broker license or the associate broker license. All applicants are required to be a high school graduate or have a GED, and all must provide a Georgia Crime Information Report (GCIC) that is not more than 60 days old. The fee for the GCIC is $25 and applicants may obtain it from a local sheriff's office or police department. If the applicant is required to make child support payments, these payments must be current.

Additional requirements to become a real estate salesperson in Georgia include needing to either complete 75 hours of approved prelicensure real estate courses, or completing 10 quarter hours or 6 semester hours of approved education courses at an accredited college or university. Adult education courses do not qualify. Within one year of becoming licensed the salesperson needs to complete a 25-hour post-license course specified by the Commission. Those with an inactive license also need to complete the post-license course.

Additional requirements to become a real estate associate broker or broker include completing 60 hours of approved broker prelicensing courses, or completing 15 quarter hours or 9 semester hours of approved real estate courses at an accredited college or university. The applicant for the broker's license also needs to have three years of active license experience as a real estate salesperson. This experience may be either in Georgia or in another state.

The Georgia real estate schools are all approved for continuing education courses. Some of them are approved for prelicensure courses, and some are approved for post-licensing. All active licensees must complete at least 24 hours of continuing education requirements every four years. The schools are located throughout the state for easy access.

You can access many of the Georgia real estate forms online.

Georgia has a broad reciprocity arrangement. A nonresident real estate license may be issued if the applicant has either leased or purchased a residence in Georgia and also provides a copy of the Georgia Crime Information Report (GCIC) that is not more than 60 days old. The fee is $25 and the form may be obtained from a local sheriff's office or police department. A certificate showing the history of one's education and examination in the licensing jurisdiction needs to accompany the application. The applicant needs to be currently licensed in good standing in that state. A current certified copy of any disciplinary actions taken must also accompany your application in Georgia.

Florida is an exception to the nonresident license qualifications, because Florida does not grant full reciprocity to Georgia licensees. Applicants from Florida must take and pass the Georgia state portion of the examination, and also must provide an original certification of license that is less than one year old from the Florida Real Estate Commission.

The license fees paid after passing the exam cover all fees due for the first four years of licensure. For a salesperson license, the license fee is $170.00 if applied for within three months from the date of taking the exam. The fee if applied for more than three months after taking the exam, but less than twelve months, is $340.00. If the salesperson's license is not applied for within twelve months, the applicant must re-take the examination.

If the salesperson license is to be held in an inactive status, the license fee still must be paid. The fee for the real estate broker's license is $170.00.   The fees above cover all four years of licensure.

Real estate careers are strengthened by membership in the many organizations that provide services for the industry. The professional holding a real estate license joins with organizations like the Georgia Association of Realtors, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), and the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). The National Association of Realtors (NAR), the world's largest professional association, can help one locate real estate jobs in Georgia.

Georgia Real Estate Forms

Georgia Reciprocity States

If you are currently licensed in another state (other than Florida),
you may be eligible to obtain a reciprocal license without taking
the exam. Please review the reciprocal section of this site to determine if you are eligible.

(as of 2/23/2010)

Georgia Approved Real Estate Schools Prelicensing and Postlicensing Education

Community Colleges

Central Georgia Technical College
Clayton College and State University
Gainesville College
Gwinett Technical College
Georiga College and State University
Georgia Southwestern State University
Macon State College
Private Schools

Academy for Real Estate Education and Consulting (Savannah)
American Real Estate Training Institute, Inc (Norcross)
Altanta School of Real Estate (Kennesaw)
Career Training Institute (Atlanta)
JMRE, Inc.(Atlanta)
Phoenix School of Real Estate (Lithonia)
Virtual Properties Realty School (Duluth)
Last Update:  3/1/2010
This list may not include all approved schools. Please visit the Georgia Real Estate Commission website for the latest list of approved real estate schools.