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FAQ: Do I need to take the state exam if I hold a license in another state?

Do I need to take the state exam if I hold a license in another state?

If you hold, or have held, an active real estate license from another state and have now moved to Tennessee, you may qualify to have your real estate coursework and passage of the national portion of the exam substitute for Tennessee’s required coursework and national part of the state exam. You would still need to take the Tennessee-specific portion of the state exam.

You will need to download and complete Worksheet A, which will help you understand the requirements you will still need to meet. Once complete, you should submit it to TREC.info@tn.gov, along with a certified license history from every state where you ever held a license.

When making your request for your certified license history, do not have it sent directly to the Tennessee Real Estate Commission. Instead, have it forwarded to your own email or physical address. Then, email your license history together with a completed Worksheet A to trec.info@tn.gov. You can expect it to take 10-15 business days for review, but once complete, you’ll be notified of next steps via email.

You can expedite the review process if you also provide certificates of completion for pre-license and continuing education coursework.

Expect to be asked for proof of passing a national real estate exam. You must have passed the exam sometime after June 30, 1980, with a minimum passing score of 70% on the national section (sometimes called the uniform section) of the exam in order to be granted a waiver for that portion of the Tennessee state exam.

However, if the state where you passed your real estate exam and achieved your license does not use the uniform national section, and created its own instead, you will be required to take both parts of the Tennessee state exam.


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Do I need to take the state exam if I hold a license in another state?

If you hold or have held, an active real estate license from another state and have now moved to Tennessee, you may qualify to have your real estate coursework and passage of the national portion of the exam substitute for Tennessee’s required coursework and national part of the state exam.

What is the equivalent of a real estate salesperson license in TN?

The equivalent license to a real estate sales license is an affiliate broker license in Tennessee. Tennessee law does not license real estate salespersons, as the profession is referred to in most other states. Entry-level real estate licensees are considered affiliate brokers.

Can I get my TN affiliate broker license if I live in another state?

Yes, if you are a resident from another state, you may apply for a Tennessee affiliate broker license if you hold a real estate license in your state of residency. However, The firm and principal broker where you are affiliated in your state of residency must also hold an active Tennessee real estate license.

Does a non-resident applicant need to file an irrevocable consent form

Yes, non-resident applicants must file an irrevocable consent form allowing for suits and actions that may be taken against them to occur in the proper court within the state of Tennessee, as required by the Tennessee Real Estate Commission.

Can I obtain my TN affiliate broker license if I’m not a U.S. citizen?

Yes, you may apply if you are a qualified alien as defined in Tennessee’s Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act.

Does Tennessee offer reciprocity with other states?

No, Tennessee does not offer reciprocity with other states in regards to real estate licenses.

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