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How to Obtain a Louisiana Real Estate License

Real Estate Licensing Requirements
Salesperson Licensing Requirement

An applicant for a Louisiana Real Estate Salesperson's License must:

1.  Be at least 18 years of age
2.  Be a high school graduate or hold a GED or equivalent from another country

3.  Complete the 90 Hour Pre-License Course 101

4.  Pass the Salesperson's Examination
5.  Obtain a sponsorship from a licensed Louisiana Real Estate Broker

Broker Licensing Requirement

1.  You must have your Real Estate Salesperson License for four years
NOTE: You do not have to currently have your Real Estate Salesperson License. You just need to have had an active license for four years. The four year period does not have to be in the same year or previous year to when you apply for the Brokers License. Though a salesperson license must be held for four years, it does not have to be a Louisiana License.

2.  150 Hours of approved course work (not including the 90 class hours of salesperson licensing)
3.  Pass the Broker's Examination
If you are currently licensed in another state as a salesperson or broker or have taken college courses in real estate related topics, some of these requirements may be amended.  Please contact one of our Customer Service Representatives for details.

In Louisiana, there is no state residency requirement to have a Louisiana Salesperson's License or Louisiana Broker's License.  You are required to be a United States Citizen or a Legal Alien.

The Licensing Process:
  A Step-By-Step Guide
Step 1: Register for Real Estate 101 from DONALDSON

Refer to our "Course Schedules" on the left side of this page or you may register by calling one of our Customer Service Representatives at 456-1785 in the Greater  New Orleans Area or Toll Free at 1-800-257-2741 for any one of our 7 Convenient Locations for Morning, Afternoon, Full Day or Evening Courses.  Payment is not due until the end of the first class session.
Step 2:  Submit Your License Application to the Louisiana Real Estate Commission
We give you the License Application in Class and share with you how to fill it  out, where to send it, and when it is due.  You are not allowed to apply for the examination until you have completed your 90 hours.
Step 3: Apply with PSI Examination Services to Take the Examination  

    You cannot apply with PSI until your application is on file with the Louisiana Real  Estate Commission and you have an official "Examination Authorization Form". PSI is the national testing service that administers the exam.  The exam is given on an ongoing basis several times a week in Metairie and other locations  throughout the state.  We will give you this application and show you how to apply for the test.
Step 4: Attend the License Exam Prep Course (Optional)
  Your chances of passing the test increase dramatically by taking this course.  Our passing rate fluctuates around 84% over the last year.  However, as explained previously, students that  follow our complete "Donaldson System" which includes attending the License Exam Prep have an even higher chance of passing the exam the first time.  We are so confident you will pass the examination after taking this course; we will pay your retake fee if you take this course and fail the examination. (certain terms and conditions apply)

Step 5: Submit your Pass Report to the Commission
When you pass the examination (we know you will!) the last step in the licensing process is to submit the Pass Report to the Commission. Once this is done - and the paperwork is in order (this usually takes only one or two days) you may go to work!!!