Public Register of Licensees
The public register is a database of all licensed real estate agents, branch managers, salesperson’s and companies in New Zealand under the Act. The purpose of the register is to identify the license status of such persons or companies operating in this capacity within this industry. The opportunity to confirm these details should be taken prior to your consideration for commissioning their services or products by searching the Register of Licensees.
The Public Register Records
Information held on all licensees is comprehensive and completely transparent.
Such details are open to public access as follows:
- the full name of the licensee and any other names they are known by
- the licensee’s business address
- the current licensee contact details
- the registration number allocated to the licensee by the Registrar
- the class of licence held
- the date the licensee’s name was entered in the register
- the date of expiry or renewal of the licence
- any disciplinary action taken in respect of the licensee in the last three years, including suspension of a licence
- whether any mandatory continuing education has been completed by the licensee
To be eligible for a salesperson’s licence you must:
- be at least 18 years of age
- not be prohibited from holding a licence under section 37 of the Real Estate Agents Act 2008
- be a fit and proper person
- have a prescribed qualification
The following persons are not eligible to hold a licence:
- A person who has been convicted, whether in New Zealand or another country, of a crime involving dishonesty (or of a crime that, if committed in New Zealand, would be a crime involving dishonesty) within the 10 years preceding the application for a licence.
- A person whose licence or certificate of approval has been cancelled within the preceding 5 years or whose licence is suspended under the Real Estate Agents Act 1976 at the time of application.
- A person whose licence has been cancelled within the preceding 5 years or whose licence is suspended at the time of application under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008.
- A person subject to an order made, or a notice given, under the law of a country, state, or territory outside New Zealand, within the preceding 5 years who is prohibited from acting as an agent or branch manager, or salesperson (or equivalent) in that country, state, or territory, unless the person satisfies the Authority that he or she is a fit and proper person to hold a licence.
- A person who is an officer of a licensee company, a chief executive officer of a licensee company, or a branch manager and who has been disqualified from holding a licence or whose licence has been suspended under the Real Estate Agents Act 1976.
- A person who is prohibited from being a director or promoter of, or being concerned or taking part in the management of an incorporated body under the Companies Act 1993, the Securities Markets Act 1988, or the Takeovers Act 1993.
- A company, or other corporate entity or partnership, where a person concerned in its management is disqualified from being licensed in his or her own right under paragraph (a).i. A person who is subject to the provisions of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006.
Should there be a concern about a new applicant or licensee renewal on valid grounds for opposing a license application, a notice of objection is the format for a formal submission in respect to such an application.