Applying for your licence

If you're interested in becoming a real estate agent, you've come to the right place. This page explains the qualifications you need and the process to follow.

First things first​

To do real estate work in New Zealand you must be licensed by us under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008, unless you are a lawyer or a licensed auctioneer. A real estate licence can be held by an individual or a company.

Individuals can apply for a licence online using the Licensee Portal. Companies must complete a paper application form.

 These information sheets​ describe the licence application processes:

Who can be licensed?

Criteria and qualifications for an individual licence

To be granted a licence you must be 18 years or over, be a fit and proper person to hold a licence and have the required qualifications. Read more about:

Criteria and qualifications for a company licence

A company needs at least one officer of the company to hold an individual agent's licence and all the officers of the company must meet certain criteria. 
People who can not hold a licence

Australian licensees need a New Zealand licence

If you are a licensed real estate agent in Australia and qualify under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement, you still need to apply for a New Zealand licence. Read more about Australian licence holders applying for a New Zealand licence.

The cost of applying for a licence

You can find the current fees and levies here.

Applying for an individual licence

Complete an online application

Applying for a company licence

To apply of a company licence one of the officers of the company will need to complete the application form. 

What happens next?

Your application will be advertised on our website

We will advertise the details of your application our website for 14 days. During this time anyone can object to a licence being granted.


If someone objects we will let you know. You will have an opportunity to respond we will consider the objection. This process may take up to two months to complete.
The outcome of your licence application
We will let you know the outcome of your application when the 14 day objection period is over and we have received the result of your criminal history check. It can take up to 28 days for us to receive your criminal history check results from Police.


If your application is declined

We will write to you to let you know the reasons for the decision and about your right to seek a review and how to do this. The application fee plus GST is not refundable but the levy fees you have paid will be refunded.

When you have your licence

If your application is approved we will record you in our public register of licensees and send you a letter of approval and Evidence of Licence certificate. This will include your name, licence number, the class of licence you hold and the date of issue and expiry. You need to produce this certificate, or a copy of it, if asked.
You will need to maintain and renew your licence every year. You also need to let us know about any of the change of circumstances listed on this page.
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