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License Reciprocity & License Recognition


Several U.S. states have reciprocal arrangements for recognizing and granting licenses to real estate licensees from other states. These reciprocal agreements vary widely from state to state: some have reciprocal agreements with all other states, while others may have agreements with only one or two neighboring states. As international brokerage and real estate on the Internet continue to grow, reciprocity between states and other licensing jurisdictions is becoming an increasingly important issue. This page provides articles, NAR policies, and other information on license reciprocity.


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.

What Is License Reciprocity?  

Broker and Salesperson License Reciprocity and Portability from the State Issues Tracker* (National Association of REALTORS®, September 2018) *Requires State Issues Tracker username/password.

Surveys & Reports on License Reciprocity

Out-of-State Transactions (CCIM, Apr. 2006)

Reciprocity News & Trends

It's back to school for real estate agents as state changes education rules (Business Review, Apr. 2008)

Ill./Wis./Ind.: license reciprocity finalized (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Dec. 20, 2004)

NY, PA ink license reciprocity agreement (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Sept. 14, 2004)

Ind.: commercial license portability passes (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Mar. 29, 2004)

Should real estate laws be "harmonized" across state borders? (Realty Times, Dec. 6, 2000)

Organizations to Contact for More Information

Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO)
150 North Wacker Drive, Suite 920
Chicago, Illinois 60606-1682

Real Estate Educators Association
7739 E. Broadway, #337
Tuscon, Arizona 85710
(520) 609-2380

eBooks & Other Resources

The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Real Estate License Exams for Dummies® (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Real Estate License Exams for Dummies (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, 2005) HD 1383 Yo7

Real Estate Exam Guide, (Chicago, IL: Dearborn Financial Publishing, 2000) HD 1383 P68e

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The inclusion of links on this page does not imply endorsement by the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR makes no representations about whether the content of any external sites which may be linked in this page complies with state or federal laws or regulations or with applicable NAR policies. These links are provided for your convenience only and you rely on them at your own risk.


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