If you're considering starting a real estate career in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah, or any other city in the state, you'll need to earn a Georgia real estate license. To earn your real estate license in Georgia, you must be 18 years old, have a high school or equivalent diploma, complete the required education, complete a background check and lawful presence verification, and pass the Georgia salesperson licensing exam. While the process to become a real estate agent is similar in most states, each state has its unique steps that must be adhered to. The five steps to becoming a Georgia real estate agent are as follows:
Step 1: Be at Least 18 Years of Age
In addition to being at least 18 years of age, you must also be a US citizen or permanent resident alien and show proof of high school graduation or equivalent. More specific requirements can be found on the GREC website.
Step 2: Complete Your Required Education and Exam Prep
You must successfully complete 75 hours of Georgia Real Estate Commission-approved real estate education. Complete the 75-hour requirement with our commission-approved education. Select the course that's right for you on the Georgia Salesperson Licensing Course page.
Step 3: Complete a Background Check
You must obtain a Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) report of your criminal history. You can receive this report from any local sheriff’s office or police department. The report may cost up to $25 and is valid for up to 60 days from the date of issue. You must bring this to the PSI testing center prior to receiving a license.
Step 4: Complete Your Lawful Presence Verification and Take the Georgia Salesperson Licensing Exam
Register and pass the salesperson’s exam with the exam provider, PSI. You must successfully pass the exam and pay the $115 exam fee. More information about the exam can be found on GREC's website. You are required to take your Lawful Presence Notarized Affidavit and “secure and verifiable document” with you to the exam. To schedule your exam and to receive a copy of the required affidavit, you may visit the PSI website at https://candidate.psiexams.com.
Step 5: Apply for Your Georgia State License
You must apply for your license within 12 months of the date you took the exam, or you have to retake the exam. You may apply for your license at the testing center. If you plan to apply for an active salesperson’s license, you will need to bring a Sponsoring Broker Statement Form with you. If you do not plan to work for a brokerage firm immediately, you may apply for an inactive license. License applications and more information can be found on GREC's website.