Philadelphia

let’s talk: RE LICENSE RECIPROCITY

Good Morning!

I have BIG news this week… WE ARE MOVING! Come the end of the year, we will be packing up our lives in NYC to start a new chapter in Philadelphia, PA! While I LOVE New York City I am SO excited for this new phase in our life. Moving two hours away from our current home means transitioning a TON of stuff BUT one item that I am currently focusing on “transitioning” is my real estate salesperson license! SO I am currently in the process of getting my PA Real Estate Salesperson License. Luckily, NY and PA are reciprocal states, which makes that process that much easier! Let’s talk about the getting your real estate license in a reciprocal state!

So, as we do, let’s talk Real Estate, let’s talk REAL ESTATE LICENSURE & RECIPROCITY – THE PROCESS…

QUICK RE-CAP, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE LICENSE RECIPROCITY?

Real estate license reciprocity is an agreement between states that allows you to get a license in another state without having to take the coursework or hours that are normally required. Many states have reciprocal arrangements for granting licenses to real estate licensees from other states. 

SINCE A LOT OF US ON HERE ARE FROM THE NORTHEAST, I WANTED TO SHARE THE STEPS REQUIRED FOR PA & NY BELOW.

#1 Start Your PA Application Here

PA site linked below.
https://www.pals.pa.gov/#
If you are looking to get your license in another state, you can typically find all of this information on YOUR state’s “Department of State” website. 

#2  State Criminal History Check
Obtain a criminal history check from the state in which you reside. This requires fingerprinting. 
For NY, check out the link below.
https://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ojis/recordreview.htm

#3 FBI Identity History Summary Check
This requires fingerprinting as well!
Check out the instructions at the link below.
https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks

#4 Letter Of Good Standing
If you currently reside in NY, you can request that at the below link.
https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/history_certify.html

#6 Find A Office In The NEW Territory You Wish To Work In
You will need to hang your new license with a local broker. For me, I will be joining a local eXp office in Philadelphia. 

#6 Finish & Submit Application
In order to formally submit your application online, you will need to fill in and upload the following information…
– Name
– Date
– Address
– Broker License Number for the State Office you will be joining 
– Broker Office Address for the State Office you will be joining 
– Upload CHRC
– Upload FBI Identity History Summary Check
– Upload Letter of Good Standing Requested Above
https://www.pals.pa.gov/#

#7 Join A Local Board
Once I have my PA license, I plan to join the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors!

Just as a little FYI, I will be keeping my NY license for now! In NY, I am a member of REBNY! So if you ever need a realtor in Manhattan, I am happy to help! 

WHY WOULD I DO THIS? ISN’T IT EXPENSIVE TO HOLD YOUR LICENSE AT MULTIPLE  OFFICES AND BOARDS?!

It can be! It all depends on WHO your broker is!  The good news is, for us at EXP – it is not! As a member of a virtual brokerage, I can hold my license in multiple states and pay ONE “office fee”- woo! The only additional fees I will have to pay is for joining the local Philadelphia MLS (aka the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors). 

SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE. WHAT ARE SOME OTHER STATES THAT ALLOW LICENSE RECIPROCITY?

The first group of states listed below allow license reciprocity from ANY state…
Alabama
Colorado
Maine
Mississippi
Virginia

This second group of states listed below allow license reciprocity from SPECIFIC state…

Arkansas
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, and West Virginia.

Connecticut
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island

Florida
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Rhode Island

Georgia
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in any state except Florida

Idaho
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Wyoming, Oregon, and Montana

Illinois
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Indiana
 Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin

Iowa
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, and West Virginia

Louisiana
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Iowa

Maryland
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma

Massachusetts
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington

Minnesota
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Nebraska
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming

Nevada
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia

New Hampshire
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Tennessee, and Georgia

New York
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia

North Carolina
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia

North Dakota
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, and Tennessee

Ohio
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wyoming

Oklahoma
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Oregon
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Alabama, Georgia, Nebraska, and South Dakota

Pennsylvania
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and West Virginia

Rhode Island
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Connecticut and Massachusetts

South Carolina
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in North Carolina, Georgia, and West Virginia

Tennessee
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia

Utah
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Georgia and Mississippi

West Virginia
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

Wisconsin
Offers license reciprocity for agents who are currently licensed in Illinois and Indiana

ARE YOU LICENSED IN MULTIPLE STATES?! SHARE YOUR PROCESS WITH THE GROUP!

Feel free to comment on the blog post HERE and let us know what YOU think!

Happy Wednesday!
Erin

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