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Rhode Island: Division of Commercial Licensing and Regulation
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Real Estate Salesperson:  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have completed at least 45-hours of approved real estate education in an approved school and must also pass the real estate salesperson examination, and must provide a statement attesting to the salesperson applicant being competent, trustworthy and a suitable person to be licensed. The salesperson applicant also needs to provide references from three property owners who have known the applicant for at least three years, who need to certify to the applicant’s good reputation for honesty and trustworthiness.

Continued education:   The requirement for all agents is 18 hours of successful completion of specific, approved real estate courses.  

Broker applicants:   Must be at least the legal age of majority within the state and a legal resident of the United States. Broker license applicants need to provide evidence of having at least one-year full time experience as a real estate salesperson immediately prior to applying, or having successfully completed 90 hours of approved classroom real estate courses. All applicants must pass the real estate broker examination.

Reciprocal license recognition & Non-residents:  Rhode Island has reciprocity agreements for either a salesperson or broker license with Connecticut and Massachusetts. The applicants need to be a resident of one of these states, licensed by examination, and in good standing.  Non-resident licensees must carry and maintain errors and omissions insurance. Non-resident reciprocal license applicants need to meet the continuing education requirements in their home states, rather than those of Rhode Island. All non-residents need to file an irrevocable power of attorney for service of process. 

Additional Note:
Rhode Island:  Division of Commercial Licensing and Regulation (of the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation handles all aspects of the licensing and regulation of real estate agents within the state.)

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