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Washington Real Estate License Requirements

In the state of Washington it is required that you get a real estate license before selling or renting properties for a commission.

Step #1: Complete The Two Licensing Courses (90-Hours In Total)

Step #2: Schedule And Pass The State Licensing Exam

Step #3: Get Fingerprinted At An IndentoGO Location

Step #4: Apply For Your Washington Real Estate Broker License

Read On For More Requirements, Success Stories, And FAQs On Getting your Washington Real Estate License.

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How to Get a Real Estate License in WA Online

There are 5 steps you need to take to get your Washington real estate salesperson license:

Step #1

The 90-hour pre-license education requirement includes two courses:
1) 60-hour Washington Real Estate Fundamentals Course
2) 30-hour Washington Real Estate Practices Course

Each course includes a final exam.

The 60-hour Real Estate Fundamentals course final exam includes 200 multiple-choice questions, with a passing grade of 70%.

The 30-hour Real Estate Practices course final exam includes 90 multiple-choice questions, with a passing grade of 70%.

You will receive your Certificate of Completion for each course as soon as you pass each final exam.



Step #2

Once you complete the 90-hour pre-license courses, you must set up your free online student account with PSI, the state’s testing center.

Once your PSI account is set up, RealEstateU will send your course completion information to PSI. This will allow you to schedule your state exam date and location with PSI.

You can schedule your state exam through PSI’s website, or by phone at 1-800-345-6559.

The state licensing exam fee is $138.25 per attempt, which is paid directly to PSI.
Examination fees are valid for twelve (12) months.



Step #3

It’s important to note that you must pass the state licensing examination within two (2) years of completing the 90-hour WA pre-licensing courses (60-Hour Real Estate Fundamentals and the 30-Hour Real Estate Practices courses).

The state licensing exam is divided into a National portion and a State portion.

The National portion includes 100 multiple-choice questions, while the State portion includes 30 multiple-choice questions.

The total time allowed for both portions of the examination is 3.5 hours.

To be eligible to apply for a broker license in Washington, you must pass both the national and state portions of the examination.
Please note, the questions on the state exam are weighted, which means not all questions are counted the same. For this reason, PSI cannot specifically say how many questions you need to answer correctly in order to pass. Instead, PSI states that you must attain a scaled score of at least 70 on each portion of the exam.

You will receive your exam results at the testing center right after you complete the exam.



Step #4

Before you can apply for your WA broker’s license, you must get your fingerprints taken using MorphoTrust’s IdentoGO process.
Your fingerprints must be taken in-person at one of IndentoGO’s locations.

Your fingerprints will be used to conduct a background check by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and the FBI. Your background results will then be electronically sent to the Washington State Department of Licensing.

There is a fingerprinting fee of $42.80, which is paid to IndentoGO.



Step #5

Once you pass the state exam, PSI will send your results to the WA Department of Licensing within 3 business days.

You can then apply for your WA broker’s license online.
In order to do so, you must create your free SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account.
Once your account is created, you can then apply for your license online and pay the $146.25 license application fee.

Please note, you must apply for your WA Real Estate Broker license within 12 months of passing both the national and state portions of the state licensing exam.

If you do not have a managing broker, you will be issued an inactive broker’s license.

If you do have a managing broker, you will be issued an active broker’s license, which will allow you to practice as a Washington Real Estate Broker!



The following requirements also apply:

You must be at least 18 years of age.

A high school diploma or equivalent is required to apply for a real estate license.

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Washington Course Requirements

How to get a real estate license in the State of Washington?

Step 1: Complete the 90-Hour WA Real Estate Broker License Courses
The 90-hour WA broker courses consist of two separate courses:

1) 60-hour Washington Real Estate Fundamentals Course
2) 30-hour Washington Real Estate Practices Course

At the end of each course is a final exam, which you must pass in order to receive your Certificate of Completion for the course.


Step 2: Schedule Your State Exam
The State licensing exam must be taken at a PSI testing center.

After you complete the 90-hour pre-license courses, you must set up your account with PSI.
Once your PSI account is created, RealEstateU will then send your course completion information to PSI, which will allow you to schedule your exam through PSI’s website, or by phone at 1-800-345-6559.

The state licensing exam fee is $138.25 per attempt.


Step 3: Pass the State Licensing Exam
The state licensing exam consists of a National portion and a State portion.

The National portion includes 100 multiple-choice questions, while the State portion includes 30 multiple-choice questions.

You must pass both the national and state portions of the examination, with a scaled score of at least 70 for each portion of the exam.

You have two years to pass both portions of the state licensing exam after completing the 90-hour pre-license courses.

The total time allowed for both portions of the exam is 3.5 hours.


Step 4: Get Your Fingerprints Taken
Before you can apply for your license, you must get fingerprinted at an IdentoGO location.

Your fingerprints will be used to conduct a background check by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and the FBI.

There is a fingerprinting fee of $42.80.


Step 5:
Apply for Your Washington Real Estate Broker License
Once you pass the state exam, you can then apply for your WA broker’s license.

In order to do so, you must first create your SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account and then apply for your license online.

There is a license application fee of $146.25.

You must apply for your WA broker’s license within 12 months of passing both the national and state portions of the state licensing exam.

If you have a managing broker, you will be issued an active broker’s license, which will allow you to practice as a Washington Real Estate Broker.
Otherwise, you will be issued an inactive broker’s license.


Top 3 FAQ's On Getting Your License In Washington

Can I take the Washington pre-license course if I'm still in High School?

Yes! You can take the 90-hour Washington real estate broker's course while you are still in High School. You can also take the State real estate salespersons exam at age 17; however, you cannot activate your license until you are at least 18 years old.

How can I take the 90-hour Washington real estate broker's course?

You can take the 90-hour Washington real estate broker's course either online or in-person. Most students prefer to take the course online since they can take the course at their own pace. If you take the course in-person at a local school, you will have to take the course according to the school's schedule.

Can I take the 90-hour Washington real estate broker's course online?

Yes! As long as the online course is fully approved by the Washington Real Estate Commission, you can take the course online. Most students actually prefer to take the course online since it allows them to take the course at their own pace. It is entirely possible to complete the 90-hour online course in under one week.

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