In this guide you’ll learn all the details you need to know to get your license and become a real estate agent in West Virginia.

You’ll learn the basic real estate licensing requirements in West Virginia, information about the exam including pass rates and test prep, reciprocity rules, county by county breakdowns of the most expensive real estate in West Virginia, and more.

Okay, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s start at the beginning.

Basic West Virginia Real Estate Licensing Requirements

Getting a real estate license in West Virginia is rather easy compared to other states. You only need a total of 90 classroom hours of commission-approved pre-licensing courses. In comparison, to get a license in Texas, real estate licenses require applicants to complete 180 hours of courses. Here’s a quick breakdown of the real estate licensing requirements in West Virginia:

Pre-licensing Courses Required in West Virginia

In order to get a real estate license in West Virginia, you will need to complete 90 hours of real estate pre-licensing courses that will cover:

  • Agency Relationships and Contracts
  • Real Property Ownership/Interest
  • Finance
  • Real Property
  • Marketing Regulations (purchase and rental)
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Calculations
  • Activities Requiring License; Exemptions From Licensure
  • Scope of Practice, Closing Statement, and Fees
  • Advertising Rules
  • Trust Funds
  • Refusal, Suspension or Revocation of a License
  • Penalties for Violations
  • Complaints, Investigation, Hearings, Cost of Proceedings
  • WV Fair Housing
  • Agency Relationships
  • Purpose of License Law and Regulations and Role of the Commission
  • Duties of Licensees. Duration of Existing Licenses; Transfers
  • Renewal of License
  • Continuing Professional Education

West Virginia Real Estate Exam Information

If you work hard and take the courses seriously you should have no problem passing the exam. If you’re looking for help studying for the test, we recommend Real Estate Exam Scholar’s Exam prep course. They offer top-notch exam prep for an affordable price. Even better, they also offer a money back guarantee if you don’t pass on the first try.

West Virginia Pre-Licensing Exam Questions

  • Total of 150 multiple-choice questions (to be completed within 3 hours)
    • 100 questions on the national portion (75 correct required to pass)
    • 50 questions on the state-specific portion (38 correct required to pass)

What to Bring to the Exam

  • 2 valid forms of identification with signatures. One ID must be a government-issued Photo ID; basic calculator
  • Confirmation number when the test reservation was made.

Passing Score

You must earn a score of 75 to pass the West Virginia Real Estate Salesperson Exam

Pass Rate


West Virginia Real Estate Salesperson License Fee


Exam fee in West Virginia


Education Requirements

You need to have at least a high school diploma or GED in order to apply for a license in West Virginia.


Applicants must be at least 18 of age or older


Any U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted alien can apply.


Any active member of the West Virginia Bar who is in good standing and qualified under the real estate license law is exempt from taking the real estate prerequisite course.

Criminal Background

Applicants who have an existing criminal record may still apply for a real estate license. It would be best if applicants were to include their criminal history along with the necessary documents related to the conviction, if any, on their application. After submitting your fingerprints, your application will be forwarded to the Division of Criminal Justice Information Systems and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon investigation, each applicant will be considered on their own merits.

Online Real Estate Schools in West Virginia

While taking your real estate pre-licensing course in person can be helpful, online courses are much cheaper and offer the exact same courses. OnCourse Learning is a solid choice.

West Virginia Real Estate License Reciprocity and Portability

If you plan on working in states besides West Virginia, then you need to know the real estate license reciprocity and portability laws for West Virginia.

  • Reciprocity: West Virginia has mutual recognition agreements with 15 states:
    • Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia
  • Portability: Physical Location

How to Choose the Right Real Estate Company to Work For in West Virginia

Let’s face it. Choosing the right brokerage to work for in any state isn’t easy. In order to make your choice a little bit easier, check out our in-depth guide on choosing the right real estate company to work for.

Once you’ve finished reading the guide, check out our buyer’s guide comparing Keller Williams, RE/MAX, and Century 21 here.

If you’re curious about which West Virginia brokerages are the most successful, check out Real Trends list of the top real estate brokerages in West Virginia for 2017 below.


Real Estate BrokerageSales Volume (2016)
Old Colony, REALTORS$236,125,698

*Data from Real Trends Market Leaders 2017

West Virginia Counties with Highest Average Listing Price and Highest Median Sales Price 2017

Let’s face it, higher listing prices mean higher commission checks! To get a sense of which counties offer the best opportunities for big bucks in West Virginia check out this sales data from Trulia’s West Virginia home price page below (week ending June 21):

CountyAverage List PriceMedian Sales price