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FAQ: Can I get my CA license if I have a prior conviction?

Yes, you still may be able to obtain a real estate license if you have a prior conviction.
It's important to note that you must disclose all past and pending criminal activity to the DRE as part of your license application. If you fail to do so, your application will most likely be denied.

You should review the Avoid Potential Denial of Your License Application document prior to pursuing a California real estate license.

The following actions may lead to a recommended denial of your license application:
  • Failure to disclose pending criminal charges, criminal convictions, or disciplinary action taken against a business, professional license, certificate or permit by an agency in California, another state or by the Federal government.
  • Conviction of a felony and the felony is substantially related to the qualifications, functions and duties of a real estate licensee.
  • Conviction of a misdemeanor and the conviction is substantially related to the qualifications, functions and duties of a real estate licensee.
  • Administrative action taken against a business, professional license, certificate or permit by an agency in California, another state or by the Federal government.
  • A determination that the facts of a particular case warrant denial, such as the nature or severity of the act or the presence of aggravating factors.
The following convictions will disqualify you from obtaining a license:
  • Assault with intent to commit rape
  • Bribing public officer or employee
  • Burglary
  • Conviction that requires registration pursuant to Section 290 of the Penal Code
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Filing a false police or fire report
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Grand theft
  • Murder
  • Obtaining money by false pretenses
  • Perjury
  • Sexually related conduct affecting a person who is an observer or non consenting participant
  • Perjury
  • Petty theft
  • Possession of drugs for sale or transport
  • Soliciting a lewd act from a minor or non consenting adult.
  • Tax evasion











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