An applicant may qualify for licensure by reciprocity based upon
their active license from another state. The applicant must be a
resident of the qualifying state, received their original license
from that state and will have their Iowa license assigned to the
same real estate company that holds that license.
If you do not meet
all the requirements for licensure by reciprocity see how to receive
licensure by Administrative Rule 5.3.
APPLIES TO applicants from states that have reciprocity agreements with Iowa
(these states currently are AL, AR, GA, LA, MA, MN, MS, NC,
ND, and WV.)
steps in obtaining your Iowa license are:
Contact your state
licensing agency and obtain a certificate of license history (letter
of good standing.) This document must also include the method of licensure
(exam, reciprocity, other, etc.) and what real estate company holds
Submit to a state and
national criminal history background check through the Iowa Real
Estate Commission. To receive the required fingerprint packet
please contact Sandy Malek at the Iowa Real Estate Commission via
Sandy.Malek@iowa.gov or by fax to 515-281-7411. Your request
will need to include your name and mailing address.
Once you have
your certificate of license history and have submitted the required
information for your criminal history background check you can submit a
completed application for
licensure and attach the following to your application:
If we receive your licensing application prior to the background
being completed the application will be processed with the license
being held by the Commission. Once the background is
completed, reviewed and accepted a license will then be issued to
your employing broker. During the time a license is held by
the Commission you are not authorized to perform any acts that
require an active Iowa license, unless you currently hold an
active Iowa salesperson license.
will also need to license their firm if the firm is not yet licensed
in Iowa. Please contact the Commission for details.
Individual and business
be printed from applications.
If you have any
questions about this procedure please contact Dana Wilkerson,
Licensing Specialist, at
515-281-7393 or by e-mail to
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