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  • About the 63-Hour Florida Real Estate License Course
  • Florida Disclosing Prior Criminal Activity
  • Florida License Qualifications / Requirements
  • Florida Real Estate License Renewal
  • Getting Fingerprinted in Florida
  • How to Get a Florida Real Estate License
  • License
  • Real Estate Profession Questions
  • Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees
  • Scheduling Your Florida Real Estate Licensing Exam
  • Taking the Florida Real Estate Licensing Exam

Florida Frequently Ask Questions Real Estate License

On this page you will find a full list of frequently asked questions about how to get your Florida real estate license, the Florida real estate salespersons course, how to prepare for the Florida state exam, how to renew your Florida real estate license, and general real estate profession questions.

About the 63-Hour Florida Real Estate License Course

Can I take the Florida pre-license course if I'm still in high school?

Yes, an individual can take the pre-license course but cannot apply for licensure with the State of Florida until they reach 18 years of age.

Can I use my law degree credits toward the Florida pre-license course?

Florida Administrative Code Rule 61J2-3.008(8) states: Any active member of the Florida Bar who is otherwise qualified under Florida license law is exempt from the FREC prerequisite education course for a real estate salesperson.

Can I use my college credits toward the Florida pre-license course?

Florida Administrative Code Rule 61J2-3.008(9) states: Any applicant for licensure who has earned a baccalaureate degree or higher in real estate from an accredited institution of higher education will be exempt from the FREC's prerequisite education courses.

How many times can I take the Florida pre-license course final exam?

If an applicant fails the end of course exam (scoring less than 70%), they must wait 30 days before taking a different version of the exam. If a real estate license applicant does not pass on the 2nd attempt, the FREC requires applicants to retake the pre-license course in full.

Is the Florida pre-license course final exam proctored?

Online pre-license final exams are not proctored. According to 475.17 (2)(a)(2), a distance learning course or courses shall be approved by the Commission with a final exam that is not proctored nor given in a central testing location.

How many questions are on the Florida pre-license course final exam?

The Florida pre-license exam has 100 questions, each with a one-point value. The passing grade is 70%. If an applicant does not pass on their 1st attempt, they must wait 30 days to retake the exam. In the event an applicant fails twice, they must retake the pre-license course in full.

How do I receive my Florida Course Completion Certificate?

The FREC-approved schools are required to provide each student with a course completion certificate. These schools typically forward the completion certificate to the DBPR.

Can I take the 63-hour Florida real estate license course online?

According to Florida Statute 475.17 (2)(a)(2), distance learning courses must be approved by the FREC. Satisfactory completion of a distance learning course includes a timed examination. The final exam is not monitored or given at a centralized location.

How many hours of education is required to get a Florida license?

According to Florida Statute 475.17 (2)(a)(1), applicants for a Florida real estate sales associate license must complete a pre-license course from an FREC-approved institution of higher learning. The course required to become initially licensed will not be more than 63 classroom hours of 50 minutes each.

How can I take the 63-hour Florida real estate license course?

According to Florida Statute 475.17 (2)(a)(2), the real estate schools authorized by the Florida Real Estate Commission have the option of providing classroom courses, distance learning courses, or both.

What course am I required to take to get a FL real estate license?

Applicants for a Florida real estate sales associate license, known as the FREC I, must complete a pre-license course from an FREC-approved school. The course equals 63 classroom hours of 50 minutes each, inclusive of examination. The passing grade for the exam is 70%.

Florida Disclosing Prior Criminal Activity

When should I disclose any prior criminal activity to the FREC?

A real estate applicant must disclose all information on the application and include documentation to support all facts. Nondisclosure of any criminal history or background will likely lead to a license denial.

How should I disclose any prior criminal activity to the Commission?

The application process may be unaffected by any criminal activity disclosed by an applicant. The impact of criminal history generally depends on the length of time since the offense happened, and the nature of the offense.

What past criminal activity must I disclose to the Commission?

Applicants must disclose: The details of convictions. Any pleas of nolo contendere.

What does the Florida Real Estate Commission consider a conviction?

The State of Florida expects all real estate license applicants to disclose if the real estate applicant has been denied registration or a license or has been disbarred in any state or territory of the U.S, or has been revoked or suspended by any state or territory of the U.S.

Can I get my Florida license if I have a prior conviction?

The State of Florida expects applicants to disclose if the Florida real estate applicant has been denied registration or a license or has been disbarred from practicing in any profession, or has had a license revoked or suspended by any state or territory of the U.S.

Florida License Qualifications / Requirements

Does Florida have any license accommodations for military members?

According to Florida House Bill 7015 (effective July 1, 2014), the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) can waive initial licensing fees.

Do I need to provide a Social Security number to apply for a license?

Yes. A Social Security number is a must when applying for a real estate license in Florida. In the application's Legal Name section, applicants must enter their name exactly as it appears on their Social Security card.

Can I get a Florida real estate license if I'm not a Florida resident?

Yes. One can get a real estate license in Florida without being a Florida resident through mutual recognition or by qualifying as a nonresident. According to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), the State of Florida currently has eight existing mutual recognition agreements with other states.

Do I need a high school diploma to get my Florida real estate license?

Yes. According to Florida Statute 475.17 (1)(a), an applicant for licensure must have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

What is the age requirement to apply for a Florida real estate license

According to Florida Statute 475.17 (1)(a), an applicant for licensure must be at least 18 years of age.

Florida Real Estate License Renewal

How do I renew my Florida real estate license?

A Florida license that has become voluntarily inactive may be renewed pursuant to Florida Statute 475.182 upon application to the department.

How much will it cost to renew my Florida real estate license?

At renewal, a copy of your license will be forwarded to the email address associated with your online account.

How often do I have to renew my Florida real estate license?

Florida real estate licenses expire two years after issuance, either at the end of September or the end of March, depending on when the state exam was taken by the candidate for the license.

What are the CE requirements for first-time renewals in Florida?

A post-license real estate education course for sales associates is required to be completed during the first license period, which can be anywhere between 18 and 24 months, depending on the time of year the candidate passed the state exam.

What are the continuing education requirements for inactive licensees?

Continuing education requirements are only required for inactive licensees when they choose to reactivate their license pursuant to Florida Statute 475.182.

What are the Continuing Education requirements for active licensees?

The State of Florida requires real estate licensees to complete 14 hours of continuing education in each licensing period. This coursework consists of 8 hours of specialty topics, 3 hours dedicated to an update of Florida law, and 3 hours of Ethics and Business Practices.

How do I renew an inactive Florida real estate license?

A licensee may reactivate a real estate license that has been involuntarily inactive for one year (or less) by completing a minimum of 14 hours of FREC-prescribed continuing education courses.

How soon can I renew my Florida real estate license?

The first license period for sales associates may cover 18 months to 2 years; the exact timing depends on when the licensee passed the state exam. Florida real estate licenses expire either at the end of March or the end of September, every two years.

Will the FREC waive my Continuing Education requirements?

Per the FREC, a licensee who holds a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in real estate from an accredited school will be exempt from the post-license education requirement.

What happens if I do not renew my Florida license on time?

A $25 late fee is assessed if the renewal is received after the allotted time. If a Florida real estate licensee fails to renew an active (or voluntary inactive license) prior to the expiration date (other than the first renewal), the real estate license automatically reverts to involuntary inactive status.

How do I reinstate an expired real estate license?

Any real estate license that has been involuntarily inactive for more than two years automatically expires. When a Florida real estate license expires, it becomes null and void without action by the FREC or the DBPR.

Getting Fingerprinted in Florida

How do I get my fingerprints taken if I'm not a Florida resident?

Pearson VUE is located in the United States and offers testing on U.S. military bases as well. They offer a test center search feature online.

How long does it take for the FREC to receive my fingerprints?

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation encourages candidates to obtain fingerprints through an approved Livescan Service Provider at least five days prior to submitting an application for a real estate license.

What does it cost to get my fingerprints taken in Florida?

The cost of obtaining a copy of one’s fingerprints in Florida varies depending on the vendor chosen from the Livescan Service Provider list. Each fingerprint vendor has the option to set the price for their fingerprint services. Typically, the cost ranges from $50 to $80.

Why must I have my fingerprints taken for a FL real estate license?

The Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) requires fingerprints from each sales associate applicant in order to perform a background check as part of the approval process.

How do I get my fingerprints taken in Florida?

Applicants can use any Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) approved Livescan Service Provider to submit their fingerprints to the DBPR. Candidates must ensure that the Originating Agency Identification (ORI) number is provided to the provider when you submit your fingerprints.

What does the Commission do with my fingerprints?

The Department of Law Enforcement in Florida (FDLE) keeps the criminal results from each applicant’s fingerprints for six months, starting from the date the fingerprints were collected.

When do I have to get my Florida fingerprints taken?

Applicants for a Florida real estate sales associate license must complete their fingerprints prior to applying for a license. This provides the FREC enough time to complete their background check of the applicant prior to approving them for sitting for the state exam.

How to Get a Florida Real Estate License

What tests do I need to take to get my Florida real estate license?

Candidates for the Florida real estate sales associate license must complete the 63-hour pre-license course and final exam, plus the Florida State real estate exam proctored by Pearson Vue.

How long will it take to get my Florida real estate license?

The DBPR generally takes 10 to 30 days to complete the application process, if the application is submitted as complete. The DBPR must complete its process in 90 days or less. Real estate license applicants will be notified if the real estate application is deficient or needs clarification.

What is the cost of obtaining a Florida real estate license?

Florida has several fees associated with obtaining a Florida real estate sales associate license. According to Florida Statute 475.125(1), the FREC has established that the initial exam and application fees cannot exceed $100, and the initial license fee and renewal fee may not exceed $50 for each year.

How do I get a Florida real estate sales associate license?

A real estate license applicant must first enroll and complete the required pre-license course unless exempted by the FREC. To obtain a Florida real estate sales associate license, an applicant must first complete the DBPR's Sales Associate Initial Application (RE1) with a real estate application fee of $83.75.

License

How do I change from an inactive FL license to an active FL license?

A Florida real estate licensee may reactivate a license that has been involuntarily inactive for 12 months (or less) by completing a minimum of 14 hours of an FREC-prescribed continuing education course. The appropriate DBPR form to use is the DBPR-2050.

What are the requirements to apply for a Florida real estate license?

According to Florida Statute 475.17, an applicant for a real estate license must: Be 18 years or older Have a high school diploma or equivalency Be honest, trustworthy, of good character, and have a reputation for fair dealings. Disclose accurate information on the application.

How do I apply for my Florida real estate sales associate license?

The DBPR offers an online application or a printable application that can be submitted by mail.

How much is the Florida real estate license application?

The cost for the Florida real estate license application is $83.75.

When should I file my real estate license application with the FREC?

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation suggests that fingerprints be obtained through an approved Livescan Service Provider at least five days prior to submitting a real estate license application.

Can I get a Florida real estate license if I don't work for a broker?

A Florida real estate license can be issued to an applicant who meets the State of Florida's licensing requirements.

What is the difference between an active and an inactive license?

A Florida active license is required to engage in real estate brokerage services. Sales associates gain active status by finding a licensed Florida real estate broker and registering with the DBPR under the supervision of their employing broker.

How do I receive an inactive Florida real estate license?

A licensee may change an active license to a voluntary inactive license by submitting to the DBPR the proper form called DBPR CILB-14. Such licensees hold a voluntary inactive license.

How do I receive an active Florida real estate license?

An active real estate license is issued in Florida when the applicant has met all licensing conditions and has found a licensed real estate broker under which to work.

Real Estate Profession Questions

What can I do with my Florida real estate license?

A Florida real estate license is required for all real estate activity, as noted in Florida Statute 475.01 (1)(a); however, there are certain exceptions to this rule. (Florida Statute 475.011).

When is a real estate license required in Florida?

A real estate license is required for all real estate activity, as noted in Florida Statute 475.01 (1)(a), however, there are certain exceptions to this rule (Florida Statute 475.011).

Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees

Does a real estate applicant need to file an irrevocable consent?

Any real estate license applicant who is not a resident of Florida must file an irrevocable consent that states that suits and actions may be started against the nonresident licensee in any county in Florida in which a plaintiff has a valid suit against him/her.

How do I get my Florida license if I'm not a Florida resident?

The FREC requires nonresidents to meet education, experience, and examination requirements substantially comparable to those required by Florida licensees.

How can I get my Florida license if I'm licensed in another state?

According to Florida Statute 475.180(2)(b), all nonresident applicants and licensees from states without mutual recognition must comply with all requirements of Florida license law.

How can I get my Florida license through reciprocity?

A licensee from a state with a mutual recognition agreement is recognized as a licensee in Florida, with certain conditions. The applicant for a Florida real estate license from one of these states should check with his/her state for information about obtaining a Florida license.

Does Florida offer reciprocity with other states?

According to the DBPR, the State of Florida currently has eight existing mutual recognition agreements with other states. Those states are Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Rhode Island.

Scheduling Your Florida Real Estate Licensing Exam

How do I schedule my Florida real estate licensing exam?

Candidates are encouraged to review the DBPR's candidate information booklet, found here, before making a reservation for the state exam. Applicants must first apply to the Florida DBPR for authorization before they can reserve an examination time.

How much does the Florida State real estate exam cost?

According to Pearson VUE, the cost for a real estate salesperson exam for the State of Florida is $36.75.

How do I pay for the Florida State licensing exam?

According to Pearson VUE, candidates must pay the examination fee at the time of reservation by credit card or electronic check. Candidates who cannot use these payment options should contact Pearson VUE to arrange to pre-pay the examination fee

How long does it take to register and schedule my Florida State exam?

After your DBPR application has been approved, applicants may schedule the Florida Real Estate Exam. An applicant will receive the FLREAPP number by email within 24 hours of the application’s approval. Contact Pearson VUE at 1-888-204-6289 with any questions.

Where can I take the Florida real estate licensing exam?

The State of Florida's real estate exam is offered at Pearson VUE testing centers. These testing centers are located throughout the United States as well as U.S. Military Bases worldwide. You can obtain your license without even being in Florida.

How does the FREC know that I have completed the pre-license course?

According to Pearson VUE's Real Estate Candidate Book, test-taking candidates must bring a copy of their Pre-licensing Education Completion Certificate when registering. A candidate for the Florida State real estate exam will not be allowed admission without a copy of their pre-licensing exam.

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

According to the Florida Administrative Code 61J2-3-008, schools will submit a notice of completion electronically to the DBPR. Students should follow up to ensure the electronic transmission of the course completion has been received by the DBPR.

Do I need to take the state exam if I am licensed in another state?

According to the DBPR, currently the State of Florida has eight existing mutual recognition agreements with other states. Those states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Rhode Island.

How do I change or cancel my Florida State exam date?

Applicants for a real estate license, who want to cancel or change their exam reservations without penalty, must cancel up to two (2) calendar days before the examination

Taking the Florida Real Estate Licensing Exam

What is included on the Florida State licensing exam?

The Florida sales associate exam is based on the applicant’s knowledge and application of the Florida real estate practices, law, and real estate math, as set forth by the FREC.

How many times can I take the Florida State exam?

Students who fail the Florida State exam receive a score report that includes a numeric score and diagnostic information. Students who want to retake the exam must wait 24 hours before rescheduling the test.

I just passed my Florida real estate exam, now what?

According to Pearson VUE's Real Estate Candidate Booklet, candidates receive an official photo-bearing exam result report immediately following completion of their examination.

Should I bring a calculator for the Florida State exam?

According to Pearson VUE's Real Estate Candidate Booklet, the use of calculators is allowed if they meet these criteria: silent, hand-held, battery-operated, nonprinting, and without an alphabetic keypad.

What should I bring with me to the Florida State exam?

According to Pearson VUE's Real Estate Candidate Booklet, all candidates must bring the following when registering at a Pearson VUE test center: Two forms of valid ID, one of which is a government-issued driver's license, state ID card, passport, or military identification card.

Are there any testing accommodations available for the FL State exam?

According to Pearson VUE's Real Estate Candidate Booklet, to better serve English as a second language applicant, the Bureau of Education and Testing permits the use of foreign language translation dictionaries during the examination.

What are the exam policies at the Florida PSI testing center?

The Candidate Information Booklet lists those supplies that are not authorized to be taken into the testing room. Unauthorized items are subject to removal by the testing center’s staff.

How do I retake the Florida State exam if I previously failed?

Students who fail the exam will receive a score report that includes a numeric score and diagnostic information. Test-takers who want to retake the exam must wait 24 hours before rescheduling the Florida State exam.

Can I take my Florida State exam if I don't have a sponsoring broker?

Yes, if a candidate passes the pre-license state-required course and follows Pearson Vue's instructions, a Florida State exam can be taken without a sponsoring broker.

How much will it cost to retake the Florida State exam?

According to Pearson VUE, the cost for a real estate salesperson's exam for the State of Florida is $36.75.

How many questions are on the Florida State licensing exam?

There are 100 multiple choice questions on the Florida State real estate licensing exam. The Pearson VUE Candidate Information booklet details the exam. All questions on the state exam are weighted equally.

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  • About the 63-Hour Florida Real Estate License Course
  • Florida Disclosing Prior Criminal Activity
  • Florida License Qualifications / Requirements
  • Florida Real Estate License Renewal
  • Getting Fingerprinted in Florida
  • How to Get a Florida Real Estate License
  • License
  • Real Estate Profession Questions
  • Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees
  • Scheduling Your Florida Real Estate Licensing Exam
  • Taking the Florida Real Estate Licensing Exam

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