Wisconsin Real Estate Sales License Information

Wisconsin real estate salesperson licenses are issued by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). Follow the steps below to obtain a new salesperson's license by examination (for applicants not licensed in any state):

1. Satisfy one of the following:

  • Complete the board-approved 72-hour pre-license education program for salespersons within the past four years.
  • Complete 10 semester hour credits in real estate or real estate-related law courses from an accredited institution of higher education.

2. Pass salesperson examination within one year preceding the date of application, administered by Pearson VUE.

3. Submit application to the DSPS, including supporting documents and fee. Submit the application online via the Online Licensure Application System (OLAS) to reduce processing time.  

Application includes:  

  • Form 3166, Application for Real Estate Salesperson license.
  • $60 credentialing fee.
  • Proof of education completion.
  • Evidence that you passed the salesperson exam.

Application for pre-determination (Form #3085): Individuals who do not possess a real estate broker, real estate salesperson or real estate timeshare salesperson license can apply to the board to determine whether any criminal conviction in their past will prohibit them from achieving licensure before making an investment in the education. See Chapter REEB 12 for more information.

Continuing education requirements: During each two-year licensing period, the DSPS requires all sales licensees to complete 18 credit hours of CE including CE for the biennium during which they were initially licensed. However, salespersons who receive their license after October 1 of the even year of the biennium are not required to complete CE for that biennium.

If you want to obtain a Wisconsin real estate license and do not live in the state, see the Out-of-State Licensees page online.

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