Article Summary: This article will help anyone looking for information pertaining to a real estate license in the state of New Hampshire or anyone looking to become a real estate agent or realtor in New Hampshire. 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 New Hampshire Real Estate Commission, a state agency, aims at protecting consumers involved with the real estate industry. The main office of the Commission is in Concord and there are approximately 12,000 real estate licenses in the state, including both active and inactive ones.

The requirements for a real estate salesperson license in New Hampshire include being at least 18 years of age and having completed at least 40 hours of approved real estate courses at an approved real estate school before applying. Salesperson applicants need to provide a signed statement from the real estate broker they will be affiliated with, stating that the applicant is of good moral character and is trustworthy. Applicants must have no record of unprofessional conduct.

The requirements for a real estate broker license in New Hampshire include being at least 18 years of age and having at least one year full-time, or 2000 hours part-time, active experience as a real estate salesperson. Under some circumstances, the Commission will accept an experience equivalent. Broker license applicants are required to successfully complete 60 hours of approved real estate education courses. All active applicants need to submit a Surety Bond for at least $25,000. Inactive licenses do not need to provide the Surety Bond.

All applicants for a real estate license in New Hampshire need to provide proof of being trustworthy with no undischarged court judgments against them, and they need to provide signed affidavits from three character references. Salesperson and broker applicants need to successfully pass the real state exams, and they need to either apply for the license within six months of passing the examinations or else retake the exams. All active licensees must also successfully complete nine hours of approved continuing education courses in order to renew their license. Inactive real estate agents only need three hours of approved continuing education courses.

The registration fee for the salesperson examination is $115 and the registration fee for the broker examination is $130. 

The exams are provided through computer based testing, twice daily, Monday through Friday at four different locations:  Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth.   For additional information go to the website of the testing company, Applied Measurement Professionals.

The renewal fee for a real estate salesperson is $80.00 and for a real estate broker the renewal fee is $100.00. Real estate licenses in New Hampshire are issued for a two year period and there is a six month grace period from the expiration date in which to renew the license without having to retake the exams and re-qualify for the license. However, there is a $60 penalty fee for not renewing on time.

New Hampshire has reciprocity agreements with five other states, which are: Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Tennessee and Georgia. Actively licensed agents from these states who are in good standing in their home state are issued a New Hampshire license after taking only the New Hampshire law portion of the real estate exams.

Most of the real estate forms need to be obtained from the Real Estate Commission. However, the renewal license forms may be downloaded online.

Real estate careers are strengthened by membership in the many organizations that provide services for the professional agent. Organizations like the New Hampshire 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.

New Hampshire Real Estate Forms

New Hampshire Reciprocity States

  • Most real estate forms can be obtained online. Ones listed below pertain to new salespersons and brokers.
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • Tennessee
  • Georgia

(as of 2/23/2010)

New Hampshire Approved Real Estate Schools Prelicensing and Postlicensing Education

Community Colleges

Private Schools

Accredited Real Estate Academy (Concord)
Barry School of Real Estate (Various)
Charlene Mason Seminars Unlimited (Various)
John Doran and Associates (Bedford)
Kathy Roosa School of Real Estate (Manchester/N. Londonderry)
New Hampshire Technical Institute (Concord)
Winn Associates Real Estate Education (Littleton)
Last Update:  3/1/2010
This list may not include all approved schools. Please visit the New Hampshire Real Estate Commission website for the latest list of approved real estate schools.