Obtain Your VA Real Estate License Through MD

4 Steps to Apply for Your Virginia Real Estate License

Step 1: Complete Pre-License Education

Even if you are applying “by reciprocity” from another state.

    • 60 Hours for salespersons
    • 180 Hours for brokers

Broker Experience Requirement

Broker applicants must have been “actively engaged” in real estate full-time (averaging 40/hours week) for 36 of the 48 months prior to applying.

★No experience requirement for salesperson applicants. 

Visit Virginia State Real-State Pre-License  for more information, approved school and courses and a chart of clock hours of broker education acceptable for other states.

Step 2. Complete The Virginia And National Exams Re-License Education

Exam scores are only valid for one year.

Apply to take the national and state portions of the exam.  Learn how to register and download the Candidate Information Bulletin from the Board’s vendor, PSI Exams.

Use this link or, once you’re on the site, select:  GOVERNMENT/STATE LICENSING AGENCIES  → VIRGINIA (as the jurisdiction) → VA REAL ESTATE (as the account).

Click on VA SALESPERSON or VA BROKER for classification.

Reciprocity Applicants:

If you are already licensed in another state and your out-of-state license is not expired, then you only need to pass the “state” part of the Virginia exam.

Exam registration by mail or fax only (no online option for reciprocity applicants).

Step 3: Get Your Fingerprints Taken

Background checks expire after 45 days.

If you live in Virginia, you must have your fingerprints taken at a PSI testing location in Virginia.

Even if you live outside of Virginia, you are highly encouraged to get your fingerprints taken at a Virginia PSI testing location because it will speed up the mandatory background check process.

If you do not live in Virginia, and are unable to get your fingerprints taken at a Virginia PSI testing location, please contact the Board office.

A complete application must be on file with the Board within 45 days– or else you will have to get your fingerprints taken again for an additional fee.

Step 4: Print, Complete, Sign and Mail Application

Use most recent form downloaded directly from DPOR website.

A license cannot be issued until your application is 100% accurate and complete.

    1. All questions answered
    2. All documentation + fee attached
    3. Background check is not older than 45 days


  • Licensure certification from other state(s) must be dated less than 60 days from the time we receive your complete and accurate application.
  • Certifications of licensure are required from ALL states where you are or have been licensed to practice real estate.