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FAQ: What are the requirements to apply for a CA real estate license?

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

In order to qualify to apply for your California real estate license, you must satisfy the general requirements, the course requirements, and pass the state licensing exam
The general requirements include the following:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • If you are not a California resident, you must file a Consent to Service of Process.
  • You must meet the DRE's qualifications for being "honest and truthful".
The course requirements include the following:
  • You must complete the 45-hour Real Estate Principles course.
  • You must complete the 45-hour Real Estate Practice course.
  • You must complete a 45-hour elective course.

The general and course requirements must be fulfilled before you can sit for the State licensing exam.
Once you pass the state licensing exam, the DRE will send you a license application.



Related Questions

Can I apply for a license if I'm behind on child support payments?

The DRE is not permitted to issue or renew a full-time license if you are on a list of persons who have not complied with a court order to provide child support payments. ​The DRE will issue a 150-day license, during which time you must be cleared from the Department of Child Support Services' list of obligors.

How long is my license application valid for?

If you submitted a Combined Exam/License Application, you have two years to pass the state licensing exam and submit the required documentation. If you​ received a Salesperson License Application from the DRE, you have one year from the date you passed the state exam to submit the completed application.

Can the DRE expedite my license application if I'm a Veteran?

​Honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for expedited processing. In order to receive an expedited processing time, you must submit a copy of your U.S. DD Form 214, NGB-22 form, or Honorable Discharge certificate to confirm your condition of discharge, along with your license application.

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

If you do not have a sponsoring broker when you submit your license application, the DRE will send you an inactive real estate license once your license application is approved.​ If you have an inactive real estate license, you will not be able to perform any duties that require an active real estate license.

How long does it take the DRE to process my license application?

​It takes the DRE several weeks to process your Salesperson License Application. The processing times vary depending on the volume of applications. You can see the current application processing time frames here: http://www.dre.ca.gov/Licensees/CurrentTimeframes.html

When should I file my license application with the DRE?

​If you have a sponsoring broker, you can submit the Combined Exam/License Application right after you complete the 3, 45-hour pre-license courses. If you previously submitted a Salesperson Examination Application, the DRE will mail you a Salesperson License Application after you pass the state licensing exam.

How much is the CA real estate license application?

The California real estate salespersons license application fee is $245.​ Acceptable payment methods include credit card, cashiers' check, money order, or check. The application fee is non-refundable.

How do I submit my license application to the DRE?

​You must mail your license application back to the DRE at the following address: Department of Real Estate, P.O. Box 137001, Sacramento, CA 95813-7001. You cannot apply for your license using eLicensing. You also cannot fax your license application, as the DRE requires an original signature.

How do I apply for my CA real estate salespersons license?

If you have a sponsoring broker, you can submit a Combined Exam/License Application when you apply for the state exam. This application includes your license application. If you submit a Salesperson Examination Application, the DRE will mail you a Salesperson License Application after you pass the state exam.

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

In order to apply for a California real estate license, you must satisfy the DRE's general and course requirements, and pass the state licensing exam. Once you complete all of these requirements, the DRE will send you a license application.

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