The Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission governs the licensing process and regulates a licensee’s practice in the state of Pennsylvania. Please reference the Pennsylvania Rules and Regulations of the State Real Estate Commission for specific information.

Did you know that not all licensees are REALTORS®? A real estate licensee can be only be classified as a REALTOR® only after becoming a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. The first step on your road to becoming a REALTOR® is to obtain a state-issued real estate license.

Licenses expire May 31 of every even-numbered year. The Commission e-mails renewal notices two to three months prior to the license expiration date. Notices are sent via e-mail to the e-mail address registered on the PALS website. You may update your registered e-mail address on that site also. For additional information, please visit the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission website.

A person wishing to acquire a Pennsylvania Real Estate License must be at least 18 years of age, have four educational credits in real estate from an approved education provider, submit a criminal background check and have successfully completed the Pennsylvania State Licensing Examination.

Real Estate Fundamentals and Real Estate Practice are the mandatory courses that must be successfully completed before sitting for the exam. Each course is worth two educational credits. The Real Estate Fundamentals course provides foundational principles, language and knowledge base about the laws that govern the practice of real estate in Pennsylvania. The Real Estate Practice course introduces ethics, techniques, procedures, regulations, and forms involved in a real estate transaction.

After passing the Pennsylvania State Licensing Exam, a sponsoring broker is required for issuance of the salesperson’s license. After passing the exam, the licensee may wait up to three years before activating the license. After three years, the prospective licensee must re-take the exam.

Start your career with our education partner Polley Associates School of Real Estate. Polley Associates is one of the most successful real estate schools in the US. Please check the GPAR calendar for licensing courses offered by Polley Associates at GPAR.

If you want to go into referral, GPAR will need a letter completed by your broker stating the license is being placed with a referral company. Written notification is needed to ensure you and/or your broker are not assessed your REALTOR® membership dues.

If you place your license in escrow, GPAR will need a copy of the escrow letter your broker sends to the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission. Written notification is needed to ensure you and/or your broker are not assessed your REALTOR® membership dues.