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FAQ: What steps do I need to take to get my WA real estate broker license?

What steps do I need to take to get my WA real estate broker license?

Before starting the process to get your Washington real estate broker license, you will need to meet the following requirements:

1) Be at least 18 years of age.
2) Able to show proof of a high school diploma or its equivalent

You will need to successfully complete five steps before a real estate broker license can be issued to you.

Step 1: Complete the 90-Hour Washington real estate broker prelicensure education requirement
The 90-hour prelicensure course requirement includes two mandatory courses:
1) 60-hour Washington Real Estate Fundamentals Course
2) 30-hour Washington Real Estate Practices Course

Candidates must achieve a passing grade on the final course exam for each course.

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

The final exam for the 30-hour Real Estate Practices course includes 90 multiple-choice questions and also has a passing grade of 70%.

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

Step 2: Schedule Your State Real Estate Broker Exam
After you have successfully completed the 90-hour pre-license course requirement, you should set up your free online student account with PSI, the testing center that administers the Washington real estate exam.

Once your PSI account is set up, RealEstateU will be able to send your course completion information to PSI. This is important because once PSI receives confirmation that you’ve completed the required prelicensure coursework, you will be able to schedule your state exam date and location through PSI.

You can make the appointment for your state exam online through PSI’s website or by calling them at 855-746-8168.

You will need to pay the state licensing exam fee of $138.25 per attempt. The fee is paid directly to PSI and once paid, will be valid for the next 12 months.

Step 3: Pass the State Real Estate Broker Licensing Exam
You must schedule and pass your state licensing exam within two years of successfully completing the 90-hour Washington real estate prelicensure education requirement, which includes the 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 consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, while the state portion includes just 30 multiple-choice questions. You will be given 3.5 hours to complete the entire test. Before you can apply for your real estate broker license in Washington, you will need to pass both portions of the exam.

Keep in mind that the state exam’s questions are weighted, meaning not all questions are counted the same. Because of this, PSI cannot indicate how many questions you need to answer correctly in order to pass. Instead, PSI provides you with a percentage score—70%—that you will need to achieve on each portion of the exam.

You will receive your exam results from the testing center once you have completed the exam.

Step 4: Complete fingerprinting
The next step you’ll need to take before applying for your Washington broker’s license is to get your fingerprints taken with MorphoTrust’s IdentoGO. You will need to go in-person to one of IndentoGO’s locations to have this done.

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

You will need to pay a fingerprinting fee of $42.80 directly to IndentoGO.

Step 5: Apply for Your Washington real estate broker license
Once you have received a passing grade, PSI sends the results of your state exam directly to the Washing Department of Licensing within three business days. You will then be able to apply for your real estate broker’s license online.

To apply online, you first need to create your free SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account. You will then be able to apply for your license online. You will also be able to use the system to pay the $146.25 license application fee.

It’s important that you make your application within 12 months of passing both portions of the state real estate broker licensing exam to avoid having to repeat the exam.

You will be issued an inactive broker’s license if you do not have a designated broker at the time of your application. Otherwise, you will be issued an active real estate broker’s license and will be able to begin practicing real estate in Washington.

Related Questions

How do I get a real estate salesperson license in Washington?

All real estate licenses issued in Washington are a type of broker license. As a new licensee, you are likely to start your real estate career as a broker. A broker license in Washington is equivalent to a real estate salesperson license in other states.

Is there an age requirement for getting a Washington broker license?

You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a Washington real estate broker license.

Do I need a high school diploma to get a Washington broker license?

Eligible candidates for a Washington broker license must have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

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

There are a number of factors that determine how long it will take to get your real estate license in Washington. The primary factors include the time it takes to meet your pre-licensing education requirement, and to schedule and take the licensing exam.

Do I need to be a Washington resident to apply for a WA broker license

If you already hold a real estate license in another jurisdiction, and your current license is equivalent to a Washington’s broker license at minimum, you can apply for a broker license in Washington. In most cases, you will only need to take the Washington law portion of the licensing exam.

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

Yes, you will need to provide your Social Security number when scheduling your licensing exam appointment. Your social security number is used as a unique identifier and is required by the state for licensing. However, it will not be shared with your school or used for any other purpose.

Can I practice real estate on my own if I get a WA broker license?

No, you are required to be licensed to a firm and supervised by a designated broker. You cannot practice real estate on your own. If you have not affiliated with a brokerage and designated broker at the time you apply for your license, you will be issued an inactive license.

Can I get my WA broker license if I have a past arrest or conviction?

Before your license can be issued, you will need to answer a series of criminal and history and character assessment questions. A criminal record could impact your ability to get, or renew, a license.

What are the requirements for applying for a broker license in WA?

In order to apply for a real estate broker license in Washington, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Earn a high school diploma or equivalent
- Complete 90 hours of approved real estate education
- Be ready to answer legal and criminal background questions

What could keep me from receiving approval for a WA broker license?

Assuming you meet all other requirements for a real estate broker license, you could still be denied a license due to a criminal history. The Washington State Department of Licensing uses two methods to dig deeper into backgrounds of applicants to assess their character: Criminal background and Fingerprinting.

Are there any license accommodations for members of the military?

If you have military training or experience, you may have satisfied the training or experience requirements, unless the director of the Department of Licensing determines that the military training or experience is not equivalent to the state’s requirements for real estate.

What is the cost of obtaining a Washington real estate broker license?

There are certain fixed costs associated with obtaining a Washington state real estate broker’s license. Broker licensing examination fee $138.25 per attempt, regardless if one or both portions of the exam; Fingerprints and background check fees $42.80 or per vendor schedule; Broker license and application fee $146.25

Is there a way to shorten the time it takes to get my WA license?

For the fastest turnaround, you will need to make your application online. That process begins with setting up a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account. Doing so will not only allow you to submit your application and any corresponding documentation online, but to manage your license online once it has been issued.

Are attorneys exempt from the requirements for obtaining a WA license?

Any active member of the Washington Bar, who is in good standing and qualified under the real estate license law, is exempt from licensing requirements necessary to assist in real estate transactions.

What examinations do I need to take to get my WA broker license?

You will need to pass final course exams for your 60-hour and 30-hour pre-license required coursework, as well as the Washington real estate license exam. The state license exam consists of two distinct sections: a national portion and a state portion.

What steps do I need to take to get my WA real estate broker license?

Step 1: Complete the 90-Hour Washington real estate broker prelicensure education requirement
Step 2: Schedule Your State Real Estate Broker Exam
Step 3: Pass the State Real Estate Broker Licensing Exam
Step 4: Complete fingerprinting
Step 5: Apply for Your Washington real estate broker license

Is a character assessment required as part of the application process?

Your character will be assessed by the Washington State Department of Licensing using two methods. First, you will be required to answer five questions geared toward assessing your criminal history and character. Secondly, the Department will review results of your state and national background checks.

What are the character questions on the WA broker license application?

The criminal history section of the real estate licensing application asks six questions. Two of these questions refer to criminal convictions; one refers to actions taken against an applicant regarding any professional or occupational license, certification or permit; and one asks about civil court action.

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