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FAQ: Why is a background check needed to get a Georgia real estate license?

Why is a background check needed to get a Georgia real estate license?

Under the Georgia real estate laws, the Georgia Real Estate Commission must verify that a real estate license shall "only be granted to persons who bear a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence to transact real estate brokerage activity and/or the business of a licensee in such manner as to safeguard the interests of the public and only after satisfactory proof of such qualifications has been presented to the Commission/Board".

The Georgia Real Estate Commission uses a background check to verify that an applicant does not have any prior convictions.
That being said, you may still obtain a license if you have a prior conviction. The Commission will review the circumstances surrounding your specific case and make a decision to accept or deny your application.
If you do have a prior conviction, the Commission recommends that you submit a Background Clearance Application PRIOR to starting the pre-license course or taking the State exam. This way the Commission can let you know if they will accept your future license application or not.

If you are a resident of Georgia, you must submit a Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) report along with your license application. The GCIC report cannot be more than 60 days old. You can obtain a copy of your GCIC report from the local sheriff's office or police department. You do not have to submit fingerprints to get a GCIC report.
The GCIC report costs up to $25.

If you are not a resident of Georgia, you must submit a criminal background report from your home State. As an alternative, you may also submit a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) report.





Related Questions

Can I obtain my Georgia real estate license if I'm not a U.S. citizen?

In order to get a Georgia real estate license, you must be a U.S. citizen or a lawfully permitted resident. If you are not a U.S. citizen, we recommend emailing the Georgia Real Estate Commission at Verify@grec.state.ga.us to have them review your status and confirm that you are permitted to get a real estate license.

Can I get my GA real estate license if I'm not a GA resident?

Yes, you are not required to be a Georgia resident in order to obtain a Georgia real estate license. The steps to obtain your license are the same as Georgia residents; however, you must submit a crime history report from your local State rather than a Georgia Crime Information Report​.

How much is the Georgia real estate license application?

If you apply for your license within 90 days of passing the State exam, there is a non-refundable license fee of $170. If you apply for your license between 90 days and 12 months of passing the State exam, the license fee doubles to $340.

Can I take my Georgia state exam if I don't have a sponsoring broker?

Yes, you only need a sponsoring broker to apply for an active license. If you do not have a sponsoring broker after you pass the State exam, you can apply for an inactive license. You also have up to one year after passing the State exam to apply for your license.​

Do I need a sponsoring broker to get my Georgia real estate license?

No, you can still obtain an inactive real estate license; however, you will not be permitted to engage in any real estate brokerage activities. If you wish to change your license from an inactive license to an active license, you must complete the Real Estate Change Application.

Can I work for more than one sponsoring broker at the same time?

No, in Georgia you can only work for one sponsoring broker at a time. However, it is possible to work under a sponsoring broker in Georgia while also working under a different broker in another State. In this case, the other State must permit such a practice and both brokers must agree in writing.

How do I apply for my Georgia real estate salespersons license?

You can apply for your license at the PSI testing center, right after you pass the State exam. You have the option to apply for an active or inactive license, depending on if you have a sponsoring broker. You must submit the required documentation along with the non-refundable license fee.

How do I get a GA real estate license if I'm already licensed in FL?

If you have a real estate license in Florida, you can still apply for reciprocity to obtain a Georgia real estate license. However, Georgia law requires Florida licensees to first pass the Georgia Supplement Exam. You must also submit an original certificate of license history from the Florida Real Estate Commission.

Can I get a Georgia real estate license if I don't work for broker?

Yes, you can still obtain an inactive real estate license. However, you cannot engage in any real estate related activities with an inactive license. You can renew an inactive license every four years by paying the renewal fee. You will not be required to complete the 36 hours of continuing education credits.

Why is a background check needed to get a Georgia real estate license?

The Commission uses a background check to verify that you do not have any prior convictions. If you are a resident of Georgia, you must submit a Georgia Crime Information Center report with your license application. If you are not a resident of Georgia, you must submit a criminal background report from your home State.

How can I get my Georgia license if I'm licensed in another State?

You can apply for a Georgia real estate license if you meet the following criteria: 1) You have passed the State real estate exam in your current State; 2) You currently hold a real estate license that is in good standing. If you meet these requirements, you simply have to submit an Application for Reciprocity License.

What is an active and inactive real estate license in Georgia?

An active license means you have a sponsoring broker​, which allows you to engage in real estate brokerage activities, such as selling or leasing properties. An inactive license means you do not have a sponsoring broker and you cannot engage in any real estate brokerage activities.

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