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Will a DUI Stop Me from Practicing Real Estate in Arizona?

Real estate can be very lucrative. Unlike most full-time jobs, there’s no cap on how much someone can earn – sky’s the limit so to speak. But in order to practice real estate, one has to have a valid Arizona real estate license and like all professional licenses, a real estate license can be subject to disciplinary action when the salesperson is convicted of certain criminal offenses.

The question is, will an Arizona DUI bar someone from practicing real estate? The answer is that it depends.A DUI can cause problems, but it’s not automatic. It depends on the facts of the case.

License Requirements for Real Estate Salesperson License

According to the Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE), the requirements for a salesperson’s license are as follows:

  • You must be 18 or older to apply for a license.
  • You must complete 90 hours of classroom education from an approved real estate school.
  • You must pass the exam at an ADRE-approved college, university, or real estate school.
  • You must obtain a fingerprint clearance card.
  • You must submit the Disciplinary Actions Disclosure Form (LI-214/244), which provides information about your background.
  • When applying for your original real estate license and you’re disclosing a criminal conviction, you must submit a Disclosure Document Checklist (LI-400).
  • You must complete a 6-hour Contract Writing Class.
  • You must pay the required fees.

When you apply for a real estate salesperson’s license, you must provide the required information about your background, and this includes criminal convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“The Department CANNOT issue a license to a person convicted of a felony who is incarcerated, paroled or under community supervision or on probation. The Department may not issue a license to a person who has been convicted of a felony, or convicted of a misdemeanor offense, such as (but not limited to) theft, forgery, extortion, conspiracy to defraud, violence against another person, or crimes of moral turpitude,” according to the ADRE.

If you’re facing DUI charges and you have a real estate license or you plan to apply for one in the near future, your license may be at risk. To fight your DUI charges and learn more about how DUIs impact professional licenses in Phoenix, contact our firm today.

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