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Will a DUI Stop Me from Becoming a Realtor?

If you live in Los Angeles or Orange County, you’re well-aware that Southern California has some of the highest housing prices in the nation – right up there with Silicon Valley and New York City.

We took a look at the current housing market, and we found that a modest 2-bedroom townhome in Aliso Viejo costs around $565,000. Meanwhile, a 5 bedroom, 5,000 square foot home in Aliso Viejo runs about $2 million – wow! Understandably, OC is the place to be if you want a career in real estate.

We did some research and found that while negotiable, real estate commission is usually 6%, which is split between the selling and buying agent, and then each agent splits their 3% share with their broker. Even still, 1.5% of $1 million is $15,000 for one commission – not bad.

So, what if you’re studying for your real estate salesperson license and you get arrested for DUI? Can your license be denied?

Conviction of a Crime Can Lead to Denial

According to the Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Real Estate, you must be 18 or older to receive a license, and you must be 100% honest and truthful.

If you are convicted of a crime, you may be denied a license. Going further, if you fail to disclose any criminal offense in your history, your license can be denied.

On the page, Applicant Eligibility Information, the Bureau of Real Estate says, “All criminal convictions and pending criminal charges must be disclosed on the license application.” So, the agency makes it abundantly clear that applicants have to disclose their criminal convictions, including both misdemeanors and felonies.

Will a DUI conviction automatically lead to a denial of a real estate salesperson’s license in California? It really depends on the circumstances of the case. The answer is that “it can,” but it’s not for sure. Since real estate agents drive buyers around to look at homes, a recent DUI can be a deal breaker licensing-wise.

If you are planning on a career in real estate and you’re facing DUI charges, the best thing for you to do is contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. and fight your charges. We would be glad to answer your questions and explain how a DUI affects professional licenses.