How to Get a Nebraska Real Estate License

Real Estate Broker and Salesagent License Requirements
How to Get a Nebraska Real Estate License

Steps to Get Your NE Salesperson License

Nebraska Real Estate License Requirements

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 about the process on the Nebraska Real Estate Commission website.

How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Nebraska (Salesperson)

Prerequisites

  • You must be 19 years old and have a High School Diploma, GED, or be able to provide evidence of participation or enrollment in a home school program from the Department of Education.
  • Complete 66 Hours of Pre-License Courses

    Complete 2 approved 30-hour pre-license real estate courses plus the 6-hour Professional Conduct & Ethical Practice course (required starting July 1, 2020) for a total of 66 hours.

  • Receive a Certificate of Completion of Educational Requirements

    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

  • Submit an Application

    Submit a completed application for your NE real estate license

  • Complete a Background Check

    Complete a Fingerprint-based background check

  • Provide a Written Statement

    Provide a written statement covering any convictions for misdemeanors or felonies (or pending charges)

  • Pass the Exam

    Pass the Nebraksa real estate licensing exam with a score of 75% or higher.

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.

Out of State Licensees - Reciprocity

Licensees from other states need to complete the 3-hour License Law & Agency Relationships course.

How to Become a Real Estate Broker in Nebraska

Prerequisites

  • You must be 19 years old and have a High School Diploma, GED, or be able to provide evidence of participation or enrollment in a home school program from the Department of Education.
  • Experience Plus Nebraska Broker Pre-License Coursework

    Complete 2 approved 30-hour pre-license real estate courses, plus the 6-hour Professional Conduct & Ethical Practice course (required starting July 1, 2020), and have 2 years of full-time Salesperson Experience.

    Note:

    Salespersons with two (2) years of experience will need to complete two (2) 30-hour courses to upgrade to the broker level of authority. The 2 30-hour courses that were completed towards your salesperson license MAY NOT be repeated for the broker education. Starting July 1st 2020, the 6-hour Professional Conduct & Ethical Practice course is also required if you did not take it as part of your salesperson education.

  • Receive a Certificate of Completion of Educational Requirements

    Receive a Certificate of Completion of Educational Requirements from a state-certified school, which states you have successfully completed the courses established by the Nebraska Real Estate Commission

  • Submit an Application

    Submit a completed application.

  • Complete a Background Check

    Complete a Fingerprint-based background check

  • Provide a Written Statement

    Provide a written statement covering any convictions for misdemeanors or felonies (or pending charges)

  • Pass the NE Real Estate Broker Exam

    Pass the Nebraska Real Estate Broker Exam with a score of 75% or higher.

NE Real Estate Broker License Courses

How Long Does It Take to Get a Real Estate License in Nebraska?

The entire process from taking the required qualifying education to receiving your license takes anywhere from 2 to 4 months.

Nebraska Real Estate Exam Information

The Nebraska Candidate Handbook 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 testing center, and how the exam will be scored. At the testing center, you will be given a brief tutorial on using the test program.

Nebraska Candidate Handbook

The general or uniform portion of the real estate exam covers real estate law and practice that is common in 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 3.5 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.

Fingerprints & Background Checks for NE Licensing

Nebraska Real Estate Commission Logo

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.

Mandatory Post-License Education

Salesperson and Broker Licensees

If you were issued a new Nebraska real estate salesperson or broker license after July 1st 2020, you are required to complete post-license education within the first 180 days from your license issuance date.

Licenses issues prior to July 1st 2020 do not need to complete this education.

The required 12 credit-hour course is NE 7000: Real Estate Practice, which covers the required knowledge and skills for real estate practice, including, but not limited to, completing contracts and listing agreements and handling of client funds.

Designated Broker Licensees

In order to act as a designated broker for any other real estate licensee in Nebraska, the designated broker applicant must complete twelve (12) credit hours of approved courses of post-license education with the NE 6000: Nebraska Designated Broker Post-Licensing Program in the following subjects: Real Estate Trust Accounting, Brokerage Finance, Business Ethics, and Risk Management.