During the licensing or renewal process, some states may require disclosing any criminal convictions, including those related to substance abuse. A history of substance abuse might not automatically disqualify someone from getting or renewing a license, but the board may consider it in its decision-making process.
While the focus is usually on professional behavior and competence, any behavior, including substance abuse, that affects a realtor’s ability to provide services competently might violate these standards.
If the board receives a complaint that a realtor is operating while impaired, it might launch an investigation. This could include interviews, evidence gathering, or, in some cases, drug testing.
Depending on the findings of an investigation, the board can take various corrective actions. This might range from requiring the realtor to attend treatment or counseling to suspending or revoking their license.
Recognizing substance abuse as a treatable issue, some state boards might offer or endorse alternative-to-discipline programs. These non-disciplinary, confidential routes allow realtors to seek treatment and rehabilitation without punitive measures.
As part of continuing education requirements, some state boards might mandate or offer courses that address personal well-being, stress management, and substance abuse awareness.
Some state boards might have monitoring programs for realtors identified with substance abuse issues to ensure they remain compliant with treatment recommendations and abstain from substance use while practicing.
State boards may collaborate with local realtor associations or other professional groups to provide resources, support, or programs addressing substance abuse.