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FAQ: Can I get my VA license if I have a prior conviction?

Can I get my VA license if I have a prior conviction?

Yes, you still may obtain a real estate license if you have a prior conviction; however, the Real Estate Board has the right to deny your application if they find that "the applicant is unfit or unsuited to engage" in the real estate profession.

Section 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia states the following:
"A personal shall not be refused a license in any regulated occupation or profession solely because of a prior criminal conviction, unless the criminal conviction directly relates to the occupation or profession for which the license is sought. However, the Real Estate Board shall have the authority to refuse a license based upon all the information available, including the applicant's record of prior convictions, it finds that the applicant is unfit or unsuited to engage in the real estate profession."


Related Questions

When should I disclose any prior criminal activity to the Board?

You must disclose any prior criminal activity on your Virginia Salesperson License Application. This means you cannot have the Real Estate Board review your case until you have completed the pre-license education requirements, passed the state exam, and submitted your fingerprints.

How should I disclose any prior criminal activity to the Board?

​You must disclose any prior criminal activity in section 15 of the Virginia Salesperson License Application.

What does the VA Board consider a conviction?

The Board considers a conviction as: Any misdemeanor and felony convictions (including moving traffic violations), and all military and foreign convictions. A guilty verdict by judge or jury, a plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere. Convictions as a minor if tried as an adult.

Can I get my VA license if I have a prior conviction?

​Yes, you still may obtain a real estate license if you have a prior conviction; however, the Real Estate Board has the right to deny your application if they find that "the applicant is unfit or unsuited to engage" in the real estate profession.

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