Article Summary: This article will help anyone looking for information pertaining to a real estate license in the state of North Dakota or anyone looking to become a real estate agent or realtor in North Dakota. 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 North Dakota Real Estate Commission handles all aspects of licensing the real estate agents within the state, and adopts the regulations that will protect the public and promote the real estate industry. You may access the license laws regulating real estate agents online.

The requirements for a real estate salesperson license in North Dakota include being at least 18 years of age and having successfully completed at least 45 hours of approved real estate pre-licensing education.   All applicants must successfully pass the real estate exams before being licensed.

Salesperson applicants are allowed to take the examination before they have completed the education requirements, but they will not be licensed until after passing the examination. The real estate salesperson needs to successfully complete 15 post-licensure hours of approved courses within one year of becoming licensed.

The requirements for a real estate broker license in North Dakota include being at least 18 years of age and having completed an additional 60 hours of approved classroom courses. All applicants for the broker license need to successfully pass the real estate exams. Brokers may not take the examinations unless they have fulfilled the education requirements first. All applicants for the broker license need to have been actively engaged as a licensed real estate salesperson for at least two years before applying for the broker license, or they shall have had experience that the Commission believes is substantially equal to that which a active salesperson would have had.

Broker applicants who could not acquire employment as a real estate salesperson because of conditions existing in the area where the salesperson lives, may have the experience requirement waived by the Commission. The educational requirements will not be waived, but certain educational courses might also satisfy the experience requirement.

All applicants for a North Dakota real estate agent license must have a reputation for honesty, truthfulness, and fair dealing. Licenses will not be issued to anyone who has had a real estate license revoked in any state within the two years prior to the date of their anticipated license application.

North Dakota requires all active licensees to carry errors and omission insurance, proof of which must be provided to the Commission office prior to the issuance of a real estate license.

All real estate licensees need to complete at least 16 hours of approved continuing education courses every two years, with six of these hours being completed within the first year. If not licensed for the full two years, the number of courses required may be prorated. Approved correspondence courses are acceptable for the continuing education requirement. Licensees who have held a real estate license for at least fifteen continuous years are exempt from the continuing education requirement

Information on the approved real estate schools for prelicensure and continuing education courses can be obtained by calling the Real Estate Commission ( 701) 328-9749.

The examination fee is $130.00, and the license fee for a salesperson license is $100.00 and for the broker license is $120.00. Licenses are issued for two year periods and will not be renewed unless the continuing education requirement has been fulfilled. Renewal fees are the same as the original license fees.

North Dakota has reciprocity agreements with states where the licensed broker is regularly engaged in the real estate business as a vocation and where he maintains a definite place of business in the state where he is licensed, and where the broker is not required to maintain an office in North Dakota. The broker's home state needs to offer the same privilege to brokers licensed in North Dakota. The nonresident broker needs to file an irrevocable consent regarding actions that may be commenced against him.

All forms may be obtained directly from the Real Estate Commission office in Bismarck.

Real estate careers are strengthened by membership in the many organizations that provide services for the professional agent. Organizations like the North Dakota Association of Realtors, with main offices in Bismarck, 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.

North Dakota Real Estate Forms

North Dakota Reciprocity States

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

(as of 2/23/2010)

North Dakota Approved Real Estate Schools Prelicensing and Postlicensing Education

Community Colleges

University of North Dakota


Private Schools

America's Best (888) 910-5452
Continuing Ed Express (612) 827-2093
Cooke Real Estate School (800)-943-9993
Dearborn REcampus (800) 621-9621
Arcanum Group (701) 280-0237
McKissock, LP (814) 723-7289
North Dakota Assoc of REALTORS (70) 355-1010
The CE Shop (888) 827-0777


Last Update:  3/1/2010
This list may not include all approved schools. Please visit the North Dakota Real Estate Commission website for the latest list of approved real estate schools.