Residency & Citizenship Requirements for a Real Estate License in Ohio

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You do not have to be a resident of Ohio to apply for or obtain a real estate license. In addition, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply for or obtain a real estate license in FL. However, if you aren’t a U.S. citizen (or naturalized citizen), you must show proof of being a legal alien and have a social security number. Here’s what you need to know about getting a non-citizen real estate license in Ohio.

Key Takeaways

  • Neither Ohio residency nor U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a real estate license in Ohio.
  • While being a U.S. citizen is not obligatory, non-citizen applicants must hold legal permanent residency and possess a U.S. social security number to pursue a real estate license in Ohio.
  • Citizenship prerequisites for real estate licensing vary among states.

Can You Get Your Real Estate License As A Non-Citizen In Ohio?

Each state has its own real estate licensing requirements. Non-citizens can earn a license to help clients buy and sell real estate in Ohio. However, you must have a U.S. social security number to apply.

In addition, you do not have to be a resident of Ohio to apply for or obtain a real estate license.

Ohio Real Estate Licensing Requirements

Now that you understand that Ohio residency and U.S. citizenship are not requirements to become a real estate agent in Ohio, you may wonder about pre-licensing education requirements. Here’s an overview of how to get your Ohio license.

Related article: How Much Does It Cost to Get a Real Estate License in Ohio?

Pre-licensing requirements

Before taking real estate classes, ensure you qualify for a license. Do you meet the following criteria?

  • At least 18 years old.
  • U.S. citizen or a legal alien
  • Honest and truthful
  • Not been convicted of a disqualifying offense
  • Have a high school diploma

Ohio pre-licensing education requirements overview

Prospective real estate agents must complete their real estate courses at an institution of higher education that awards a degree in at least a two-year program. The courses must have been completed within the ten years immediately preceding the current salesperson application. Course requirements include the following:

  • Real Estate Principles and Practices (40 hours)
  • Ohio Real Estate Law (40 hours)
  • Real Estate Appraisal (20 hours)
  • Real Estate Finance (20 hours)

Ohio citizenship and visa requirements overview

Who is eligible for a real estate license in Ohio? Here’s a summary of the citizenship and visa requirements.

Legal permanent residency vs. citizenship requirements

There are two primary ways to become a U.S. citizen: by birth or through naturalization. Before you can apply for naturalization, you must first be a legal permanent resident.

Legal permanent residents are authorized to live in the U.S. and are issued a green card, which makes them eligible for employment and allows them to apply for a Social Security card.

To qualify as a real estate agent in Ohio, you must be born in the U.S., be a naturalized citizen, or be a legal permanent resident with a green card. Additionally, you need a Social Security number.

How to become a legal permanent resident

Becoming a legal permanent U.S. resident is a lengthy bureaucratic process. You will need a sponsor and substantial evidence of your status, employment, or relationship. Typically, this process takes more than a year.

It’s important to note that you can only become an Ohio real estate agent once you are a legal permanent resident with a green card and a Social Security number.

FAQ: Can you use ITIN number to apply for an Ohio real estate license?

You cannot use an ITIN number to apply for an Ohio real estate license. A U.S. Social Security number is required. Non-citizens authorized to work in the U.S. by the Department of Homeland Security can obtain an SSN if they are legally in the country and can provide proof of age, identity, and immigration status.

Background check requirements overview

Applicants for a real estate license must complete their background check within ten business days of submitting their license applications. Licensees should visit a Webcheck location to be fingerprinted.

Do All States Have The Same Citizenship Requirements To Obtain A Real Estate License?

No, the citizenship requirements to become a real estate agent vary by state. Most states require applicants to be U.S. citizens or legal aliens, and some require a Social Security number. Additionally, some states have residency requirements.

You don’t need to be a U.S. citizen to get your license in Ohio. However, the process of getting a non-citizen real estate license is more complicated. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Hondros College. We offer Ohio real estate classes in classroom, livestream, and online formats.

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