Become a Real Estate Agent in North Dakota
Getting your North Dakota real estate license might seem daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process. Read on to learn about the 8 steps you’ll need to complete before starting your career in North Dakota real estate.
To start, you must:
- Have a high school diploma
- Be 18 years of age or older
1. Complete 90 Hours of approved ND Pre-Licensing Education
To start, you must successfully complete 90 hours of pre-licensing real estate education.
2. Pass the course final exam
After you complete all the course materials, meet the minimum time requirement, and pass the practice exam, there is a course final exam. The minimum passing score is 70%.
3. Submit your North Dakota Real Estate Salesperson Application
Students need to submit their salesperson real estate licensing application online. NDREC no longer accepts paper applications. Alongside the application, students will need to submit a Criminal History Record Check Request Form (SFN 60688). The real estate salesperson application fee is $150. As a part of this process, the North Dakota Real Estate Commission will also run a credit, which will cost an additional $8.
4. Submit your fingerprints
Once your initial application is received, you’ll receive a fingerprint kit in the mail. Complete and send it back to the North Dakota Real Estate Commission with a check or money order for $41.25 made out to the ND Attorney General.
5. Take the North Dakota Real Estate Examination
- Once everything checks out on your credit report and criminal history, you will be emailed a test code for the national and state portions of the North Dakota real estate exam.
- Once you get this code, you can schedule to take the test with PSI, and you will provide them your test code.
6. Acquire Errors and Omissions insurance
You must have an E&O insurance policy in place before obtaining an active license. E&O insurance, also known as professional liability insurance, helps protect you from lawsuits that claim you made a mistake.
7. Find a Sponsoring Broker
To be licensed, you must first be associated with a current and active North Dakota sponsoring broker. It's important to find the right broker to work with since this person will serve as your mentor as you start your new career in real estate.
Here are some questions to consider during your search:
- What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
- What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
- Are they technologically advanced and up-to-date with the latest systems?
- How do they support their agents with education and training?
- What kind of commission structure do they offer?
- Do they offer benefits?
- Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
- Is there room to grow with the brokerage?
8. Submit your request for a real estate license
Final request for licensure in North Dakota includes:
- Submitting your North Dakota Salesperson License Application
- E&O insurance document
- Certificate of pre-licensing education
- State and national exam score results from AMP
- Signature and sign off from your sponsoring broker on the application