ALL Candidates for New Jersey Real Estate Licenses are required to complete the fingerprinting process known as Live Scan as a condition of securing a real estate license.
This includes all new candidates for individual Real Estate Salesperson, Real Estate Broker-Salesperson, Real Estate Broker and Salesperson Referral licenses as well as any individual who will serve as an officer, director, member, partner or owner of a controlling interest of a corporation, limited liability company or partnership applying for a license to conduct business as a Real Estate brokerage company.
Candidates for Real Estate Instructor licenses and for directors and principals of applicants for Real Estate School licenses are required to complete the fingerprinting process as a condition of securing the respective real estate licenses.
Individual candidates have one year from the completion date of their pre-licensure education to take and pass the State examination administered by PSI Services LLC AND to file a fully completed application for licensure with the Licensing Services Bureau, Real Estate. In order to avoid problems with the expiration of their one year of eligibility for licensure and to make a timely filing, candidates MUST complete the fingerprinting process as soon as possible after PASSING the State examination.
Applications for licensure WILL NOT be accepted without a fully completed application, the appropriate license fee and evidence of the completion of the fingerprinting process.
Evidence of completion of the fingerprinting process MUST include:
To Get Fingerprinted…
Criminal History Background Investigation
New Jersey law requires that every applicant and any officer, director, partner or owner of a controlling interest of a corporation, limited liability company or partnership applying for a license as a Real Estate Salesperson, Real Estate Broker/Salesperson, Real Estate Broker, Salesperson Referral, Real Estate Instructor, or Real Estate School issued by the New Jersey Real Estate Commission must submit fingerprints and written consent for a criminal history record check. Previously, fingerprinting involved the manual ink and roll method; however new technology allows for electronic impressions.
To provide for a timely and efficient criminal history background review, the New Jersey Real Estate Commission/Department of Banking and Insurance will be utilizing the State Police coordinated non-criminal justice fingerprinting process known as Live Scan. The State of New Jersey has contracted with a vendor, IDEMIA, to perform this service. The company has established permanent sites throughout the State as well as several mobile units available to meet their contractual agreement.
Applicant Notification and Record Challenge:
Your fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history records of the FBI. You have the opportunity to complete or challenge the accuracy of the information contained in the FBI identification record. The procedure for obtaining a change, correction, or updating an FBI identification record are set forth in Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 16.34.
How to Schedule an Appointment
Prior to contacting the vendor, each candidate MUST complete the appropriate Universal Form (IDG_NJAPP_051719_V1) depending upon the license type they are seeking.
Appointment scheduling is available via the Internet 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The Department encourages everyone to schedule their appointment using the vendor website to avoid telephone holding times.
For applicants who do not have internet access, appointments are available through the toll-free call center at 1-877-503-5981 on a first call, first served basis Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Hearing impaired scheduling is available at 1-800-673-0353. English and Spanish operators are available through the Call Center.
All applicants must pay the criminal history record check fee directly to IDEMIA. The total cost for this process is $66.05. Payment will be required at the time of scheduling. The following forms of payment are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Expresss, Discover and prepaid debit cards, or electronic debit (ACH) from a checking account.
An appointment fee of $12 plus tax ($12.80) is charged to cover the cost of a scheduled appointment for applicants who do not cancel/reschedule by 5 p.m. EST on the business day prior to the scheduled appointment (Saturday noon for Monday appointments). An appointment fee of $12 plus tax ($12.80) also applies to applicants who are turned away from the printing sites due to their inability to present proper ID or who fail to present the proper and current version of the Universal Fingerprint form. All refunds are issued by IDEMIA.
Selecting the Proper Universal Form
The Real Estate Commission issues several different license types that require fingerprinting. The proper Universal Form must be completed for scheduling and presented at the appointment or you will be turned away from the scanning center and charged an appointment fee, as described above. The license type is identified in field #4 of the Universal Form. In addition, please be sure to use the most current version of the form.
ACCEPTABLE ID REQUIREMENTS – ID MUST include Photo, Name, Address (Home/Employer) and Date of Birth. Acceptable ID MUST be issued by a Federal, State, County, or Municipal entity for Identification purposes. Examples of acceptable ID are 1) Valid Photo Driver’s License or Valid Photo ID issued by any State DMV or NJ MVC, 2) Passport. Acceptable ID MUST meet all of the underlined requirements above and MUST be present on one (1) ID. Combinations of documents are NOT acceptable. If acceptable ID is not presented you will not be fingerprinted.
If you live, work or go to school in New Jersey you MUST be fingerprinted in person at one of the IDEMIA facilities.
If you do NOT live, work or go to school in New Jersey and if you are NOT located within ten miles of one of New Jersey’s borders, you must contact the Licensing Services Bureau, Real Estate for instructions as to the procedure you need to follow to comply with the fingerprinting requirement. You may contact Mrs. Ivery at 609-292-7272 ext. 50149; send an e-mail to email@example.com; or send a fax to 609-292-1416, and request instructions.