A criminal record could prevent you from being licensed as a real estate agent.
To become a real estate agent in Canada, you must disclose a criminal record when you submit your application to be licensed. You will also need to a complete a criminal record check. If you fail to disclose a criminal record, your licence could be revoked down the road.
If you have a record, the type of criminal record check required is a certified check requiring fingerprints and a search of the national database of criminal records, which is called CPIC. A certified record can take up to four months to obtain.
Once you disclose your record and obtain your certified record, the regulatory body for your province will make a determination on your suitability to become a real estate agent. Primarily, they will try to determine whether your record is related to the work you will be doing as an agent. You may be asked to provide a written statement explaining the offence.
Fraud might be a concern, as could any violent offences. A DUI charge could also be a concern given that you will often need to drive clients in your vehicle. They may look for evidence of rehabilitation. How long ago the offence occurred may also be a consideration.
Depending on your province, the decision could be made by the executive director of the licensing body or by a committee. If the regulatory body decides to approve the application, they could also impose restrictions or conditions.
Record checks are required from first-time applicants, relicensing or reinstatement applicants. If you already have a licence and you are charged with a crime, you must notify your licensing organization within a few days.
Increase your chances of becoming a real estate agent
Despite the fact that you can become a real estate agent with some types of criminal records, you may want to clear your record for a variety of reasons:
- Applying with a record can delay your application
- The decision to grant a licence is discretionary; there are no guarantees
- If you are denied, you will lose all the time and money you spent on your training and exams
Getting a Record Suspension
If you get a Record Suspension, you may still be required to disclose it. However, under the law, the regulatory body cannot take it into consideration when deciding your application.
You can apply for a Record Suspension if it has been five years since your sentence was completed in case of a summary conviction and ten years in the case of an indictable conviction.
Becoming a real estate agent is a big investment in your future. Don’t let a criminal record stand between you and your success. Contact us today for a free consultation at 1-866-972-7366.