Nebraska Real Estate License & Exam Requirements

The Basics

The Nebraska Real Estate Commission requires completion of the following steps in order to receive a Real Estate Salesperson License in the state of Nebraska. Learn more on the Nebraska Real Estate Commission website.

Salesperson License Requirements

  1. Complete 2 approved 30 hour pre-license real estate courses for a total of 60 hours
  2. Receive a Certificate of Completion of Educational Requirements from a state-certified school, which states you have successfully completed the course established by the Nebraska Real Estate Commission
  3. Submit a completed application
  4. Complete a Fingerprint-based background check
  5. Provide a written statement covering any convictions for misdemeanors or felonies (or pending charges)
  6. Pass the Nebraksa real estate licensing exam

Please Note: Completing the VanEd pre-licensing coursework is a necessary step toward obtaining your Nebraska real estate license. However, our program only satisfies #1 and #2 of the six requirements listed above. You will still need to pass the Nebraska real estate exam and fulfill the other four requirements to obtain your Nebraska real estate license.

Broker License Requirements

  1. Complete 6 approved 30 hour pre-license real estate courses for a total of 180 hours for those who have no experience, or 4 courses for a total of 120 hours of pre-license education and have 2 years of full-time Salesperson Experience.
    Note: Salespersons with 2 years of experience will need to complete 2 30-hour courses to upgrade to the broker level of authority. The 2 30-hour courses that were completed towards your salesperson license do count for 60 hours of the 120 hour requirement.
  2. Receive a Certificate of Completion of Educational Requirements from a state-certified school, which states you have successfully completed the course established by the Nebraska Real Estate Commission
  3. Submit a completed application
  4. Complete a Fingerprint-based background check
  5. Provide a written statement covering any convictions for misdemeanors or felonies (or pending charges)
  6. Pass the Nebraska real estate broker exam

Nebraska State Exam Details

The chronology for real estate licensing in Nebraska is as follows:

  1. Submit fingerprints to the Nebraska State Patrol
  2. Begin VanEd pre-licensing coursework
  3. Confirm with the Nebraska Real Estate Commission that a criminal background report has been received. Please note that the average time for completion is 17 days once submitted
  4. After confirming the Nebraska Real Estate Commission's receipt of the criminal background report, submit your application materials and fees to the Nebraska Real Estate Commission
  5. Complete application submission including Nebraska real estate course certificates
  6. Nebraska Real Estate Commission will release the applicants information to the testing company and inform the applicant once it has done so
  7. Applicant makes a testing appointment with the testing company to complete the Nebraska real estate exam

Click here for the Nebraska Candidate Handbook. The booklet provides complete instructions regarding the Nebraska real estate exam, including how to make an appointment, what you are permitted to take (and not take) into the test center, and how you will be scored. At the test center you will be given a brief tutorial on using the test program.

The general or uniform portion of the real estate exam covers real estate law and practice that is common to most states. When you click on the Candidate Handbook link, open the General Content Outline for a breakdown of what is covered on this portion of the exam.

The second part of the Nebraska real estate license exam is specific to Nebraska real estate rules, regulations and law. Click on Candidate Handbook and open the State Law Content Outline to find out what is included on the state specific portion of the broker exam.

You will be given 31/2 hours to complete the entire License exam.

Be prepared to use the calculator at the test center when you take the Nebraska real estate exam. If you feel that math is a challenge for you, please make sure you read and complete all of the problems in MREP and online until you feel comfortable with the formulas.

Nebraska Questions and Answers

The Nebraska Real Estate Commission will approve or deny all applicants. It is recommended that if you have a felony charge on your record, including DUI charges, that you first complete the background check process and ask for a preliminary opinion regarding your application before signing up for a Nebraska pre-licensing real estate course.

  • Submit fingerprints to the Nebraska State Patrol
  • Confirm with the Nebraska Real Estate Commission that a criminal background report has been received. Please note that the average time for completion is 17 days once submitted.

Information on background checks can be found on the Nebraska Real Estate Commission website.

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