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Requirements to Apply for a Real Estate Broker License

To obtain a real estate broker license, you must first qualify for and pass a written examination. Those who pass the examination are provided a license application which must be submitted to and approved by the DRE.

: You must be 18 years of age or older to be issued a license.

: If you are not a California resident, seeOut-of-State Applicants.

: Applicants must be honest and truthful. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license. Failure to disclose

criminal violation or disciplinary action in an applicants

may also result in the denial of a license. For further information, seeAvoid Potential Denial of Your License Application (RE 229)

andApplication Eligibility Information (RE 222)

: A minimum of two years full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years or the equivalent is required. For further information, seeDocumenting Experience Requirements for the Broker Examination.

Applicants for a real estate broker license examination must have successfully completed the following eight statutorily required college-level courses:

*Note: If both Real Estate Economics and Accounting are taken, only two courses from the above group are required.

Continuing education offerings do not satisfy the college-level course requirements for this examination.

Members of the California State Bar are statutorily exempt from the college-level course requirements. Evidence of admission to practice Law in California must be furnished, such as a photocopy of both sides of a California State Bar membership card. However, members of the California State Bar would still need to demonstrate that they have satisfied the two years full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years requirement or have at least two years real estate related experience within the last five years while practicing law in California. Members of the State Bar of California using equivalent experience should submit aRE 227 Equivalent Experience Verification

form outlying this experience along with their broker exam or broker exam/license combination application.

Courses must be three semester-units or four quarter-units at the college level. Courses must be completed prior to being scheduled for an examination. Copies of official transcripts are generally acceptable evidence of completed courses. Transcripts of other courses, submitted as equivalent course of study in lieu of the statutory courses, must be accompanied by an official course or catalog description in order to be evaluated.

Broker qualification courses must be completed at an institution of higher learning accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or by a comparable regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, or by a private real estate school which has had its courses approved by the California Real Estate Commissioner. Each course approved by the Department of Real Estate is a minimum of 45 hours in length.

Courses completed through foreign institutions of higher learning must be evaluated by a foreign credentials evaluation service approved by the Department of Real Estate. SeeExamination Applicant Foreign Education Information (RE 223)

Applicants who have completed the eight college-level courses statutorily required for the broker examination and license are eligible to take the salesperson examination without providing further evidence of education or experience.

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