Applicants to become a real estate agent in the state of New Jersey must complete a license application. They must also have completed the 75-hour pre-licensing course.
The license application requires all applicants to fully disclose any crimes, misdemeanors, criminal accusations and child support issues. The revocation, suspension or denial of a real estate license in any state must also be divulged. Applicants must be able to prove either U.S. citizenship or a status of permanent residency. Application for the exam and license must be completed within one year of completing pre-licensing courses from an approved and licensed school.
Upon passing the exam and undergoing fingerprinting, a realtor has up to one year to activate her license with a broker; if she does not, she must restart the licensing process. She must also affiliate herself with a broker who is responsible for overseeing her work.
The cost of fingerprinting is $65.45 as of 2015. The initial state license fee is $160. The license is valid until June 30th of the odd year after issuance. Afterwards, it is renewable in two-year increments for $100 for salespersons and $200 for brokers. A license granted in New Jersey is not valid in any other states.