How to Get a West Virginia Real Estate License

The West Virginia Real Estate Commission sets forth requirements for all real estate licensing candidates. You must fulfill all of the requirements prior to being granted a license.

General Requirements:

  • 90 hours of real estate education
  • Passing score on licensing examination
  • Recommendations from two West Virginia real estate owners
  • Obtain a sponsoring broker

West Virginia Real Estate Pre-Licensing Education

The West Virginia Real Estate Commission requires all licensing candidates to complete 90 hours of pre-licensing education. You must earn at least a grade of “C” in order to qualify for the licensing examination. The grading scale dictates that a “C” grade is 75% – 85%. The curriculum hours should be divided in the following way:

  • 30 hours – Real Estate Principles and Practice
  • 20 hours – Real Estate Law
  • 20 hours – Real Estate Finance
  • 20 hours – Real Estate Appraisal

The Commission will only accept courses that have been pre-approved.

Once you have completed the curriculum hours, the school will issue you a completion certificate. You will need to submit the original completion certificate with your license application.

Applying for a West Virginia Real Estate License

After completing the educational requirement, the next step is to submit an application to the West Virginia Real Estate Commission. Once your application has been approved, the Commission will send you notification of your examination date.

In order to submit a complete application you must have two West Virginia real estate owners complete the personal recommendation portion. They must own their property for more than a year and know you for more than two years. They may not be related to you or be associated through business.

You must also have your sponsoring broker complete a portion of the application testifying to your good character.

Taking the West Virginia Real Estate Examination

The Commission administers the licensing exam once a month at the Charleston House Holiday Inn. You will be assigned a test date by the Commission in your notification letter. Parking at the hotel is $3.

Admission to the test requires your notification letter, $25 testing fee, and identification. The testing fee can be paid by check or cash at the testing site. Your identification must bear your photograph and signature.

The test is paper and pencil. You must provide your own soft-lead pencils and erasers. Calculators are permitted for math calculations, but not provided. Scratch paper will be provided for you but you must turn it in with your examination.

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18 Responses to “How to Get a West Virginia Real Estate License”

  1. Jill Adkins commented on November 16, 2015

    I would like more information about obtaining my RE license. 🙂 Where do I begin?

    Thank you,


  2. Dakota Paynter commented on April 9, 2016

    How do you actually get licensed in real estate? Does an Real Estate Agency hire you? Also how long does it take to become a real estate agent?

  3. Lisa Lamb commented on May 19, 2016

    Is there an online school for this?

  4. deb commented on June 9, 2016

    How long does it take to get the results of your WV RE license state test?

  5. Michelle Knotts commented on August 18, 2016

    Can I obtain my real estate license online in West Virginia? I work full time, am married and have two kids. Online would be the best option for me currently.

  6. Kristen commented on September 3, 2016

    HI, IM CURRENTLY 18 years old and graduated from High School and have been really thinking about Real Estate as my future career. I was wondering how I could make that dream come true and found this site which has helped me more than any other. The only things I’m curious about is when going to a preapproved school to be pre-licensed do you have to actually apply for that school or do they offer the real estate courses around a certain time? Also around how much is it to pay for the schooling? I currently work a minimum wage job and am willing to save up to pay for this, because I really want this. Thank you for any information you may give me.

  7. Avis Drummond commented on September 11, 2016




  8. Jonathon Whitfiedl commented on September 12, 2016

    Where do I get the real estate education content to finish my 90 hours needed?

  9. Lynn Walloga commented on September 20, 2016

    I have recently moved to Northern Virginia. I had my Real Estate license in Texas and I am now in the process of getting my Virginia Real Estate license. I completed 180 hours of education in Texas. Do I need to take the state exam for West Virginia or is just the application acceptable?

    Thank you, Lynn Walloga

  10. Dianna Orea commented on October 13, 2016

    If I become licensed in WV, will I be able to also sell property in VA? And are there any full time courses that can be completed in a month or less? Or must I enroll for a semester class in a local college? Are any of the courses online? There doesn’t seem to be a course near me in Bluefield or Princeton.

  11. Deneil scheetz commented on November 21, 2016

    I am new to West Virginia. I just moved here from South Dakota and would like to become a realtor

  12. Deneil scheetz commented on November 21, 2016

    Is there a packet that could be mailed to me with all the information on obtaining my license.

  13. Denise Clay commented on December 27, 2016

    1.What are all the associated costs in acquiring a WV real estate license?
    2. What is the class schedules for taking the course?
    3. What is the most reputable school? Locations?
    4. Are there online classes?
    5. Where are the tests administered?
    6. IF the exam is not passed, what’s the policy for retake?
    7. How many times can one retake the test before retaking the course?

  14. William White commented on January 5, 2017

    I’m interested in becoming a real estate agent. Obviously. I have no idea where to start. From what I understand it’s going to take 2yrs to get my license, correct? Also, where do I go to take the classes?

  15. Christopher Caras commented on March 10, 2017

    To whom it may concern
    I’m an active real estate agent in CA. Can you tell me what the process to gain my license in West Virgina.

    Thank you

    Chris Caras
    Remax Real Pros 951-666-9199 BRE# 01940360

  16. Michelle Stagg commented on March 13, 2017

    I’m interested in real estate license but requirement that I must know 2 people who own real estate in WV is an issue. I am closing on a house in wV in April and currently living in Md so I don’t know anyone in WV. What can be done with that?

  17. Shannon Denbow commented on April 17, 2017

    I cannot find the locations, schools and /or education where I can obtain the training required to prepare and take the WV real estate exam to earn a Realtor License. Can you please direct me?

  18. Jessica Cameron commented on June 2, 2017

    I would like detailed information on how to get license. What school is accredited for courses etc.

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