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Posted May 24, 2010 4:07 pm (11 years ago)

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The Arizona legislature has passed SB 1219, which changes the 4-year real estate license back to a 2-year license, effective July 29, 2010.  The new law does not change the requirement of 24 hours of approved real estate classes every 2-years.  Licensees may soon see new  required class categories for real estate continuing education from Arizona Real Estate Commissioner, Judy Lowe, but the total number of hours has not changed.    

Currently, Arizona real estate licensees are required to complete 3 hours of Disclosure, Agency, Fair Housing, Contract Law, Real Estate Legal Issues and Commissioner's Standards.  New licensees are required to complete 6 hours of Contract Writing, which also fulfills their Contract Law requirement, and Supervising Brokers are required to complete the Broker Management Clinic, which also fulfills their Commissioner's Standards requirement.

Commissioner Lowe's leadership is focussed on education of licensees, and she feels strongly that education will provide a higher level of professionalism within the Arizona real estate community.  Commissioner Lowe is currently working with Arizona real estate schools, specifically online real estate schools, to address concerns and initiate guidelines to improve the quality of distance learning for Arizona real estate licensees.


All existing licenses will remain in full effect until their stated expiration dates (subject to disciplinary matters, if any). As licenses are renewed, after July 29, their new license will be issued for a 2-year period. Anyone who is approved for a new real estate license, after July 29, will also be issued a license for a 2-year period. 

Another change enacted with SB 1219, is the implementation of the "Fingerprint Clearance Card" which will replace the fingerprint card, previously required by ADRE for real estate license applications.  New real estate license candidates will be required, effective July 29, 2010, to apply to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) to obtain a "Fingerpring Clearance Card."    The application for the "Fingerprint Clearance Card" requires a fingerprint card and the current fee of $69 for processing.  Currently the average processing time for a "Fingerprint Clearance Card" is 4 to 8 weeks, so prospective licensees should apply as early in the process as possible. 

Once an individual has received a "Fingerprint Clearance Card" and submitted it to the Arizona Department of Real Estate with their license application, ADRE will automatically receive notice from DPS of any incidents that create or add to the criminal record of that individual.  A "Fingerprint Clearance Card" is valid for 6 years from the date of issuance.  The DPS "Fingerprint Clearance Card" center is located in Phoenix at 2320 N. 20th Avenue.

real estate licenseeLicense applications, effective July 29, 2010, must include:  

1.  State Real Estate Test Certification (showing an individual took the State test)
2.  State Real Estate Test Results
3. Fingerprint Clearance Card
4.  Applicable License Fees

Existing licensees, who currently have fingerprint cards on file with ADRE, are not required at this time, to obtain a Criminal Clearance Card, but we may see similar changes in the future for current licensees.

SB 1219 included a provision that will allow a real estate license to be "cancelled" at any time by the licensee.  It also provides for a licensee's ability to "surrender" his/her real estate license if there is an ADRE investigation related to the licensee's real estate activities, as long as the license is "surrendered" at least 10 days prior to an ADRE hearing.  If an individual "surrenders" an Arizona real estate license, the information can be shared by ADRE with othr states, and the individual is restricted from ever obtaining another Arizona real estate license.

SB 1219 also provided a definition for the term "Business Brokerage" as a real estate broker who sells businesses, and the lease or sale of real estate is an incidental part of the transactions.

For complete information on Arizona SB 1219, click here.