How to Get a Utah Real Estate License

The Utah Division of Real Estate controls real estate licensing. Before you may practice real estate you must obtain a license by meeting the criterion outlined in this article.

General Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Satisfactory criminal background check reflecting good moral character
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 120-hour real estate pre-licensing education
  • Pass the sales agent examination
  • US citizen with Social Security number or I-94 or Alien Registration Number

Education Requirements for Utah Real Estate License

The Utah Division of Real Estate requires all real estate agents to successfully complete 120 hours of real estate pre-licensing education. Pre-approved providers offer classroom and online classes. The curriculum includes ownership of real estate, real estate brokerage and the law of agency, contracts, property management, settlement, federal taxation, real estate finance, valuation and appraisal, new construction, math skills, federal law, Utah law, and test review. After completing the education hours you should be adequately prepared for the licensing examination.

You must obtain a signed original school certificate upon completion of the curriculum.

Scheduling the Utah Real Estate Licensing Examination

Pearson VUE, the official testing company for the Utah Real Estate Commission, offers the licensing examination. Walk-in testing is not available, so you must make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. The $66 testing fee is due at the time of scheduling your appointment and is payable by credit card, debit card, electronic check, or voucher. Pearson VUE offers the Utah exam at various locations in Utah, Colorado, and Nevada. You may make your appointment online or over the phone (800-274-7292).

Taking the Utah Real Estate Licensing Examination

On the day of your scheduled examination, you should arrive to the testing center 30 minutes early to allow for check-in procedures. You must bring two forms of identification in accordance with Pearson VUE’s identification policy and the Candidate Education Certifying Document (found at the end of the Candidate Handbook). Your photograph will also be taken for your score report.

The test is administered on a computer. You will be offered a tutorial regarding the use of the computer and you will have an opportunity to practice using the commands before beginning your test.

Prior to the first question on the exam you will be asked a series of qualifying questions to determine if you are eligible for a license. The questions pertain to your criminal background, real estate licensing background, age, and formal education. The answers to these questions may not disqualify you from attaining a license and you must answer honestly.

Once you begin you will have four hours to complete the General and State portions together. The General portion is made up of 80 questions pertaining to general real estate knowledge. The State portion is made up of 50 questions regarding laws and policies specific to Utah. The test will also include extra questions for each portion as pretest questions that will not affect your score. You will not know what questions are pretest questions.

In order to pass the test you will need to attain the passing score of 70. Scores are scaled scores, not percentages, to allow for differences between test forms. If you do not pass one section, you may retake it alone after making a new reservation. You must pass both sections within six months of each other. You will be given an official score report at the testing center.

Most testing centers will offer convenient fingerprinting services. You will need your fingerprints taken for your license application. If the testing center does not offer the service, they will furnish you with two fingerprint cards to have your prints done at the local law enforcement agency.

Applying for a Utah Real Estate License

Once you have successfully completed both portions of the exam, the testing center will issue you an application. You will need to complete the application and include the following documents with your submission:

  • signed original school certificates
  • signed responses to the qualifying questions administered at the testing center with supporting documentation for any questions you answered “yes” to
  • fingerprint receipt from Pearson VUE or fingerprint cards
  • Social Security Verification form

The $152 application fee is also due at the time you submit your application to the Commission. The Utah Real Estate Commission will issue your license promptly after approving your application.

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22 Responses to “How to Get a Utah Real Estate License”

  1. Mishel Hernandez commented on December 19, 2014

    Will I be ineligible for a realtors license if I have a criminal record? All probation/ court requirements have been completed. It has been more than 10 years since I was arrested. None of the crimes were real estate related.

    • Chris commented on December 27, 2014

      That’s an impossible question to answer, sadly. In most states, it is up to the board whether or not they will allow you to obtain a license. I would think that being reformed and the crime being long ago, it could be likely that they will allow you to get your license. That being said, if it has anything to do with money or a crime against a person, you’re going to have some trouble.

  2. glenn commented on April 16, 2015

    Is a utah real estate license transferable to any eastern u s states. Speciffically east of the mississippi river?

    • Chris commented on April 16, 2015

      You will want to do a Google search for the state you’re interested in–for example, “Florida Real Estate Reciprocity” and it will tell you which states offer reciprocity with Utah.

  3. Melanie commented on April 19, 2015

    I have a license in Maryland do I just need to take the Utah portion of the test to get my license in Utah?

    • Chris commented on April 20, 2015

      Unfortunately, Utah does not have reciprocity with Maryland. They only offer reciprocity with Georgia, Mississippi and Alberta. That means you will have to take the steps outlined on our page as if you are a brand new agent.

  4. Kayla wallen commented on May 13, 2015

    How long does it usually take to acquire a real estate license if you are full time and doing it all online??

  5. Tera commented on June 18, 2015

    I would like to obtain my real estate license for my own property sales and investments. Is it still nessessary to be employed under a broker to do this and have access to the MLS listings?

    • Chris commented on June 18, 2015

      Yes, you would still need to hang your license with a broker.

  6. Lisa commented on June 23, 2015

    I am a foreign student studying at a university in Utah. I am not a US citizen nor a permanent resident. Am I qualified to obtain the real estate license? Thanks!

  7. LL commented on August 6, 2015

    Does Utah offer reciprocity with Idaho for brokers?

    • Chris commented on August 28, 2015

      Sorry, they do not. Utah only offers reciprocity with Georgia and Mississippi so you would need to take the prelicensing course outlined above.

  8. Carl commented on December 19, 2015

    Hi. Does one need to be a resident of Utah to be eligible for a Utah Real Estate License?

    • Chris commented on February 24, 2016

      You do not have to be a resident of Utah to get your real estate license in that state. Now, do you happen to have a real estate license in another state? You may qualify for reciprocity and be able to avoid some of the hassle.

  9. jenny commented on February 24, 2016

    I was reading the requirements to take the exam, one of them is that high school diploma required , I graduate and finish high school in mexico year 1998 and I don’t have copy of the certificate. How that work ? please send me email at thanks!

    • Chris commented on February 24, 2016

      You are going to have to produce that record. Give your high school a call and get a copy. You may also want to call the state and find out if a Mexican high school diploma is acceptable.

  10. Francisco commented on February 24, 2016

    can someone obtain a license with and ITIN number?

  11. Ed commented on February 27, 2016

    I’m a real estate broker in the state of Florida. Obtaining the Georgia real estate license by mutual recognition with Florida, allow me to obtain the Utah real estate license using the reciprocity from Georgia?

  12. sandy commented on April 13, 2016

    I have a real estate license in MA and NH. How can I optain my Utah license to practice in st George Utah?

  13. E. William Nelson commented on June 10, 2016

    I am a licensed qualifying broker, received salesman license in 1983, NM broker licensed in 1984;.Our practice specializes in commercial real estate, eg, subdivision development, leasing, sales, exchanges under IRC Sec.1031. In reviewing the current Utah license requirements,the real estate “core curriculum” is very similar to NM license requirements. As an active practitioner, I am proud to possess a clean operating history with NM Real Estate Commission, without civil criminal record,citations or accusations. Is it possible to receive a Utah real estate license without attending the formal classes and satisfying/completing examinations? For the record, NMREC #8804 is our license identity. Thank you, E. William Nelson

  14. Lycia Martinez commented on May 26, 2017

    I have a retail theft charge with just a fine that was paid class B mis. Almost two years ago. I also have a DUI class B mis two years ago. Do I even stand a chance.

  15. David commented on June 8, 2017

    I have a license in Nevada, which does not have reciprocity with Utah, unfortunately. Do I need to retake the National portion of the exam, or can I only take the state exam?

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