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FAQ: Can I get my Georgia real estate license if I have a prior conviction?

Yes, it is still possible to obtain a Georgia real estate license if you have a prior conviction.
The Georgia Real Estate Commission will have to review your specific case and make a decision to accept or deny your license application.

If you have ever been convicted of a crime, pled nolo contendere, or been granted first offender treatment, you must submit a Background Clearance Application along with the following information:

  • A certified copy of the citation, accusation, or indictment that led to the conviction, and a certified copy of the sentence / final disposition.
  • A detailed written statement that includes:
    1) an explanation of the circumstances surrounding the conviction.
    2) whether you have made any required restitution.
    3) whether you have completed all conditions of your sentence.
    4) whether you are on parole or probation (and the date it will end).

The Georgia Real Estate Commission recommends that you submit the Background Clearance Application prior to starting the pre-license course or take the State exam. This will allow the Commission to review your case and determine if they will accept your future license application. The Commission typically takes one to three months to review a case and issue a decision.

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