In North Dakota, a person may not act as a real estate salesperson or advertise or assume to act as a real estate salesperson without a license issued by the Real Estate Commission. The following provides general licensing information for real estate salespersons.

Licensing requirements:
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicants for a real estate license must possess a good reputation for competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity and fair dealing. Applicants who believe their background may disqualify them from obtaining a real estate license should consider submitting an application PRIOR TO taking a pre-licensing education course. (Please read the application carefully).  
  • Each licensee applying for a real estate salesperson license must complete the Criminal History Record Check Request form (SFN 60688).


Criminal background check:

Each licensee applying for a real estate salesperson license must complete and submit the Criminal History Record Check Request form (SFN 60688) with the Salesperson License Application.  NOTE: DO NOT get fingerprinted before you submit your completed Salesperson License Application to our office.

When a Salesperson License Application, Criminal History Record Check Request (SFN 60688) and $158 fee has been received by the NDREC office, a Fingerprinting Kit will be mailed to you, including:

  1. Instructions
  2. (2) Fingerprint Cards
  3. List of Possible Locations Offering Fingerprinting
  4. Fingerprint Verification form
  5. Envelope to return to NDREC
  6. Tamperproof seal

Upon getting fingerprinted you will need to mail the following back to the NDREC office:

  1. Completed Fingerprinting cards.
  2. Check or Money Order for $41.25 made out to the ND Attorney General


Education requirements:
  • Beginning January 1, 2021, salesperson applicants must complete a 90-hour pre-licensing course approved by the Commission. No post-licensure hours are required for applicants who have completed the 90-hour course.
  • If an applicant completed a commission-approved 45-hour pre-licensure course prior to January 1, 2021, this education is accepted by the Commission for two years after the date on the course certificate, and no additional pre-licensure education is required. However, those licensees who completed the 45-hour pre-licensure course must, within 1 year after initial licensure as a salesperson, complete 15 hours of post-licensure education. This post-licensure education can be any courses approved by the commission. The salesperson's broker must furnish copies of these post-licensure certificates to the Commission.
  • An applicant for a salesperson's license may take the examination prior to fulfillment of the pre-licensing education requirement however the Commission may not issue a salesperson's license to an applicant until certification of the completion of the pre-licensing education is provided


License fee:
  • $150 nonrefundable application fee.
  • $125 annual renewal fee (real estate licenses expire December 31st of each year unless renewed).

Effective immediately: To obtain a North Dakota real estate license all applicants must submit $8 with their application for a credit report.

Examination information:
  • Approved applicants will be provided a letter of approval containing their test ID number. Once received, they may contact AMP to schedule a time to take the examination.
  • Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) administers the license examination at locations in Bismarck and Fargo. Further information:


 Errors & Omissions Insurance:

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.


Education, Research & Recovery Fund:

Any person who is licensed for the first time is required to pay $20 into the Education, Research & Recovery Fund at the time of licensing. This fee is paid by the licensee only once.