Ohio State Required Pre-Licensing Hours: 120 hours 
Agent Real Estate Schools Ohio Course Hours Offered: 120 hours 

Step 1: Meet the state’s requirements as outlined on the Ohio Real Estate Commission website. 

They include:  

  • You must be 18 years old and above 
  • You must have a high school diploma or its equivalent 
  • Be honest, truthful and of good reputation 
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude


Step 2: Complete the required 120-hour pre-licensing course at an institution approved by the Ohio Real Estate Commission. 

Step 3:  Register and pass the licensing exam by earning a score of 70% or higher. 

Step 4: You must pass a criminal background check

Step 5: Obtain a sponsoring broker. Are you curious about how to choose the right broker for you?   

Step 6: Submit your application for an Ohio real estate license. Be sure to follow the application procedures required by OREC. 

Step 7: Complete 20 hours of post-licensing education

How Long Does It Take to Get an Ohio Real Estate License?

It can vary from person to person depending how fast or slow you can complete both the required 120 hours of pre-licensing courses and 20 hours of post-licensing courses. You must also pass your licensing examination as well as completing the application process, fingerprinting process, finding a sponsoring broker, and the application processing times are also a factor.  

What Kind of Information Will I Learn to Help Me Get a Real Estate License in Ohio?

All courses are approved by Ohio Real Estate Commission and once you complete them you are eligible to sit for the Ohio Salesperson Licensing Exam.

Agent Real Estate Schools gives a window of 6 months from the start date of your course, to finish the required 120 hours.  
The required courses within the 120 hours include:  

  • Ohio Real Estate Principles Practices (40 hours) 
  • Ohio Real Estate Law (40 hours) 
  • Real Estate Finance (20 hours) 
  • Real Estate Appraisal (20 hours) 

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Real Estate License in Ohio?

Becoming a real estate agent in Ohio requires time and money but is very rewarding. An aspiring agent will spend up to $800. 
How these costs break down:  

  • Pre-licensing exam coursework can run up to $599.  
  • Exam application fee runs for $60 
  • License fees for an agent cost $81 
  • Required fingerprints will cost about $58 

Real Estate License Reciprocity 

Yes, Ohio State has Reciprocity with select states. 

They include: 

  • Arkansas 
  • Connecticut 
  • Kentucky 
  • Mississippi 
  • Nebraska 
  • Oklahoma 
  • West Virginia 
  • Wyoming 


Out-of-state residents are required to:   

  • You must be a legal resident of a state that has a reciprocal agreement with Ohio. 
  • You must be sponsored by a Broker licensed to do business in Ohio. 
  • Submit a letter of certification from the state in which you are currently licensed and a Consent to Service of Process form. 
  • Submit with your application proof of completion of 40 hours of Ohio real estate law Pre-Licensing education. 
  • Pass the Ohio state portion of the examination with a minimum score of 70%. 

How Do I Apply for The Ohio Real Estate Licensing Exam? 

The salesperson exams must be taken through PSI. The state requires that you achieve a score of 70% or higher to pass. PSI recommends you register and schedule your exam directly by visiting https://www.psiexams.com or calling (855) 834-8749. For online registration, select the exam and enter the OH RE _ID# that was provided to you. 

The state requires that you achieve a score of 70% or higher to pass.  

Note: Your application for the salesperson exam also serves your Ohio state license application. You can’t apply until after completing your pre-license education because you will need proof of completing the education requirements. 

How Do I Submit My Fingerprints for The Background Check?

As an applicant for your real estate license, you are required to submit fingerprints and complete a background check.

Ohio requires you to use a Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) approved Webcheck® user. You must schedule this with Web-check user to have your fingerprints taken and submitted to the system. 
When you take your fingerprints, it’s vital to provide the center with right reason codes: 

  • BCI&I Reason Code: 4735 05 and/or 121 08 
  • FBI Reason Code: 121 08 


Note: You must apply for a background check within 10 days of submitting your salesperson examination application. 

How Do I Take the Ohio Real Estate Licensing Exam?

The Ohio real estate license exam is divided into two parts. 

Part 1: National Exam 

  • 80 questions. 
  • Must be completed within 2 hours.


Note: 5 questions are considered "experimental" questions and are not scored.  

Part 2: State Exam 

  • 40 questions. 
  • Must be completed within 1 hour. 


Note: 10 questions are considered "experimental" questions and are not scored.  

Salesperson licensing exams in Ohio are administered by PSI exams at www.psiexams.com  and you must pass both sections of the exam with a score of 70%. 

You will receive a score report on-screen immediately upon completion of the exam. 

How Do I Submit My Ohio Real Estate License Application?

To apply for the Ohio State Salesperson License, download the application for the salesperson exam. This application also serves as your state license application. You'll need to mail it to the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing. 

Ohio Real Estate Salesperson License Renewal

Renewal periods are on licensee’s birthday occurring three years after the licensee’s date of initial licensure, and on or before the licensee’s birthday every 3 years thereafter. Renewals are done online through Elicensing system on or before due date. 

Licensees must pay a renewal fee of $135 

Does Ohio Require Post-Licensing Education? 

No later than 12 months after licensure, salesperson licensees are required to submit proof that you have completed 20 hours of education. For more information about the post-licensing education course, you can visit https://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/real_20hrcourse.pdf 

Special Considerations

Obtaining Certificate of Course Completion: Upon completion of the course, you will be provided an electronic certificate of completion which can be found in the “my courses” tab in your student portal. Next to each completed course you will find an icon for the course completion certificate. 

You will be required to submit your certificate of completion with your license request, please refer to your license application to determine if this is necessary.

Ohio Real Estate Commission 
77 South High Street, 20th Floor 
Columbus, OH 43215-6133 
Phone: 614-466-4100 
Email: webreal@com.state.oh.us