Licensing Requirements

To obtain a real estate license in Kentucky, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age

  • Have attained a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalency. Candidates who completed at least 28 credit hours from a post secondary institution may submit a copy of the transcript in lieu of the high school or G.E.D. diploma.

  • Have completed six semester credit hours in real estate courses from an accredited college or university OR 96 classroom hours in real estate courses from a Kentucky approved Proprietary School (this program counts as that qualification). Courses must be completed prior to taking the real estate examination.

  • All persons who will be taking the sales examination must submit to a criminal background check. Click here for a complete explanation of this requirement.

  • Must apply for licensure within sixty (60) days of passing their licensing exam.

Contact the Kentucky Real Estate Commission to receive more detailed information.

Eligibility for Testing

All sales associate and broker candidates must have initiated the FBI Criminal Background report process before scheduling for an examination. For more information on the FBI report process, visit the KREC Criminal Background Check page.

All sales associate and broker candidates must have completed all of the required education hours before making a test reservation. If you undergo testing before meeting eligibility standards, your test scores will be voided.

If you have questions regarding testing, the criminal background check, or eligibility to take the sales associate or broker examination, please contact KREC’s Licensing Department at 502.429.7250 or 888.373.3300.

Testing Administration

Licensing exams are administered by PSI, a third party testing service. To find out more about PSI, visit their website at or call 800.733.9267..When registering, the provider name is Kentucky Realtors Institute (school code 1851).

Post-licensing Requirement

Beginning January 1, 2016, post-license education went into effect which requires all new sales associate licensees to complete forty-eight (48) hours of post-license education courses within two (2) years of obtaining and activating a real estate license. To learn more about this requirement, click here.