FAQs About Real Estate License Denials

A real estate license application can be denied for a variety of reasons, including a criminal conviction in the past. A denial does not necessarily mean that you will never get your license. It is possible that you can successfully appeal the decision and be granted your license. However, you want to ensure that you do everything possible when you initially submit the application to avoid the denial. If you are submitting an application soon, here is what you need to know.  

Does Your Criminal History Matter?

Your criminal history plays a large role in whether or not your real estate license application will be approved or denied. If you fail to disclose any criminal charges or convictions, you could be denied. The state might also choose to deny your application if the charges you faced have an impact on whether or not you are qualified to perform the duties of a realtor.  

There are a range of criminal offenses that could directly impact your application, including embezzlement, fraud, and murder. You could also have trouble with getting licensed if you have an assault or perjury charge on your criminal record.  

What Can You Do?

One of the most important steps you can take when dealing with a criminal past is to fully disclose it. Attempting to hide it from the state can have an adverse effect on your application. Include a full explanation of the circumstances that led to the charges and the outcome. If you have not been involved in any criminal activity since, make sure you state that.  

A criminal conviction does not automatically disqualify you from receiving a license. Each case is assessed independently by the state, and it is possible that you could still qualify to receive your license.  

What Else Can Lead to a Denial?

Your application can also be denied if you fail to cooperate with investigators. While reviewing your application, the state's real estate commission might require you to meet or talk with an investigator. If you fail to do so, the commission could regard your inaction as a refusal to cooperate. 

In addition to not cooperating, you could also be denied your license if it is discovered that you conducted any real estate transactions and portrayed yourself as an agent while unlicensed. If you received any payment for the services, your situation could be further complicated.  

Before submitting your application, consider reviewing it with a professional license attorney. He or she can help pinpoint any potential problems with your application and help perfect it before submission.