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FAQ: Can I take my CA state exam if I don't have a sponsoring broker?

Can I take my CA state exam if I don't have a sponsoring broker?

Yes, you do not need a sponsoring broker to schedule and take the state licensing exam.
You only need a sponsoring broker if you opt to submit a Combined Salesperson Exam/License Application.

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How do I select my state exam date and location?

​If you wish to schedule your state exam location and date yourself, you must select 'Yes' under section #11 of the Salesperson Examination Application, or section #14 of the Combined Exam/License Application. The DRE will then notify you via email when you are qualified to schedule your state exam using eLicensing.

Does my state licensing exam application expire?

​You have two years to pass the state licensing exam from the date your exam application is received by the DRE. If you do not pass the state exam within two years, you must submit a new exam application and pay the exam fee again.

What is the DRE's time frame for processing my application?

​The DRE generally takes six weeks to process your exam application. You can click here to see the DRE's current application timeframes.

What is a Salesperson Exam Application?

​The Salesperson Examination Application is used to apply to take the state licensing exam. You should file the Salesperson Examination Application after you have completed the 3, 45-hour pre-licensing courses.

When should I file a Combined Exam and License Application?

​You should file the Combined Salesperson Exam and License Application after you have completed the 3, 45-hour pre-licensing courses. Please note that you can only file a Combined application if you have a sponsoring broker lined up by the time you are ready to take the state exam.

What is a Combined Salesperson Exam and License Application?

The Combined Salesperson Exam and License Application allows you to apply for your state exam and your real estate license at the same time. Once you pass the state licensing exam, the DRE will go ahead and issue your real estate license. This will allow you ​to save several weeks of time during the licensing process.

How much does it cost to reschedule my CA state exam?

The DRE charges the following rescheduling fees for the state exam: First-time rescheduling fee: $15. Any additional rescheduling requests: $30 per request.

How do I change or cancel my CA state exam date?

You can change or cancel your exam date by using the eLicensing Online System​. You can also submit a Salesperson Exam Change Application.

Can I take my CA state exam if I don't have a sponsoring broker?

Yes, you do not need a sponsoring broker to schedule and take the state licensing exam. You only need a sponsoring broker if you opt to submit a Combined Salesperson Exam/License Application​.

Do I need to take the State exam if I’m licensed in another state?

​Yes. Since California does not offer reciprocity with any other state, you will have to complete the licensing process just like any other applicant. You must complete the 135-hours of pre-license education and pass the state exam.

Will my school notify the DRE that I have completed my courses?

No, the school will not transmit any of your information to the DRE. Instead, the DRE requires the student to submit copies of their three Course Completion Certificates as part of their exam application. The DRE will use the Certificates as evidence that you have completed their education requirements.​

How does the DRE know that I have completed my pre-licensing courses?

When it comes time to submit your state exam application, the DRE requires you to include copies of your three Course Completion Certificates (one for each of the 3, 45-hour pre-license courses). The DRE will use these Certificates as evidence that you have completed the 135-hour education requirement.

Where can I take the CA real estate licensing exam?

You can take the state licensing exam at one of five proctoring locations throughout the State of California. The five proctoring locations include the following: Fresno, San Diego, Los Angeles Vicinity, Oakland, and Sacramento.

How do I pay for the CA state licensing exam?

You can pay the $60 exam fee using a credit card, cashiers' check, money order, or check. Checks or money orders must be made payable to: Department of Real Estate. If you want to pay using a credit card, you must complete a Credit Card Payment Form.​

How much does the CA real estate exam cost?

The California Salesperson Examination fee is $60. You can see a full breakdown of all costs here.​

How do I register for the CA real estate licensing exam?

To schedule your state exam, you will have to mail the DRE a completed exam application, pay the appropriate fee, include copies of your course Certificates, and include a reasonable accommodation request (if applicable). Once the DRE approves your application, you will receive an Examination Schedule Notice.

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