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FAQ: What should I do if I have a prior conviction?

What should I do if I have a prior conviction?

You must disclose any past or pending criminal activity to the DRE as part of your license application.
If you fail to do so, your license application will most likely be denied.
That being said, you may still obtain a real estate license if you have a prior conviction. The DRE will review your specific case and determine if you are eligible to receive a real estate license.
We recommend that you read the Avoid Potential Denial of Your License Application document prior to pursuing a real estate license.

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When should I disclose any prior criminal activity?

You should disclose any past criminal convictions or pending criminal charges on your License Application. You must fully disclose all criminal activities. The DRE will use the background reports generated by the California DOJ and the FBI to verify that you have fully disclosed all criminal activity.

How should I disclose any prior criminal activity?

You must disclose any prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges on your license application. If you fail to do so, you risk having your license application denied by the DRE.​

What does the DRE consider a conviction?

According to the DRE, a "conviction" includes a verdict of guilty by a judge or jury, a plea of guilty, a plea of nolo contendere (no contest), or a forfeiture of bail in the courts (including military courts) of any state or country.

What criminal activity would disqualify me from getting a license?

The following are several convictions that will disqualify you from obtaining a license: Assault with intent to commit rape, bribery, burglary, embezzlement, extortion, forgery, fraud, grand theft, murder, perjury, petty theft, possession of drugs for sale or transport, and tax evasion.

What should I do if I have a prior conviction?

You must disclose any past or pending criminal activity to the DRE as part of your license application. That being said, you may still obtain a real estate license if you have a prior conviction. The DRE will review your specific case and determine if you are eligible to receive a real estate license.​

What criminal activity may lead to a denial of my license application?

The following are several convictions that will disqualify you from obtaining a license: Assault with intent to commit rape, bribery, burglary, embezzlement, extortion, forgery, fraud, grand theft, murder, perjury, petty theft, possession of drugs for sale or transport, and tax evasion.

Can I get my CA license if I have a felony?

​Yes, it is still possible to obtain a California real estate license if you have a felony; however, the DRE must evaluate your specific case and determine your eligibility.

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.

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