How to get your Real Estate License in North Dakota

Do you want to become a real estate agent and get North Dakota Real Estate License? McKissock Learning taught thousands of aspiring real estate agents in North Dakota, we make it easy for you to get up to speed on the North Dakota real estate license requirements.

6 Mandatory Hours
6 Elective Hours
12 Total Hours

Learn what's required for your Real Estate License in North Dakota

This real estate licensing information summarizes the minimum requirements established by the North Dakota Real Estate Commission. We recommend you contact the North Dakota Real Estate Commission for more detailed information or changes.

If you obtain real estate licenses in multiple states, we recommend you check each state's requirements.

North Dakota Real Estate License: All

Total Hours Required: 12
Mandatory Hours: 6
Elective Hours: 6
Renewal Cycle in Years: 1
License Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Education Cycle in Months: 12
Next Education Due Date: 11/15/2022
Renewal Date: December 31st each year.
Continuing Education Date: November 15th each year.

All licenses expire on December 31st of each year. Proper application for renewal must be made on or before November 15th of each year to ensure a timely renewal for the upcoming license period.

There is no grace period for completing education. Those who do not have the required number of hours for an active license renewal, must renew to the inactive status until the required education has been completed.

Hours Required by North Dakota Real Estate Commission: 12* hours.

For the current continuing education cycle (November 16, 2021 through November 15, 2022), there are two mandatory course topics, and three hours on each topic must be completed. In addition to the six hours of mandatory CE course topics, three hours of elective CE course topic(s) are required.

•6 mandatory hours.
    oRespect, Ethics and Professionalism (3 hours).
    oFair Housing (3 hours).
•3 elective hours.

*In June 2022, the N.D. Legislative Rules Committee approved rules changes to North Dakota Administrative Code (NDAC) Chapter 70. These updated N.D. real estate practice rules took effect July 1, 2022, and include the following changes in NDAC 70-02-04 -- Continuing Education.
• Annual continuing education required for a licensee to renew as active increased from 9 hours to 12 hours.
    o NDREC has waived the additional 3 CE hours for the current CE period only – Nov. 16, 2021 through Nov. 15, 2022.

Salesperson Post-Licensure Education Requirement: Salespersons who have completed the required 45 hours of pre-license education prior to January 1, 2021 must also complete a total of 15 post-licensing hours from approved CE courses within 12 months of becoming licensed. While completing the 15 post-licensing hours, new salesperson licensees are exempt from the 9-hour continuing education requirement. Beginning January 1, 2021, salespersons need 90 hours of pre-licensing education prior to licensure, but do not need 15 hours of post-licensure education. Salespersons who have completed the 90 hours of pre-licensing education and have been licensed in 2021 must complete 9 hours of CE to renew for 2022.

Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after enrollment date. The North Dakota Real Estate Commission requires that all online courses be completed within one year of the enrollment date.

Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your student dashboard.


There is no limit to the number of post-license or CE hours that may be completed online.


Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are emailed every Friday. **If you need or want the roster submitted earlier than the scheduled date, there is a $10 rush fee for that service.**
Roster Sent: Every 7 days

Governing Agency

Name: North Dakota Real Estate Commission
Phone: 7013289749
Fax: 7013289750
Address: 1120 College Drive Suite 204 Bismark, ND 58501

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.