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7 Steps to Getting your California Real Estate License

By Edited Jan 28, 2014 0 0

California Real Estate License

Real estate sales present an amazing opportunity for both full-time and part-time employment for individuals who are interested in nontraditional, independent work schedules and enjoy home décor and architecture. It is necessary for the assistants and agents to have a valid, state-issued license in order to complete contracts and paperwork for clients. Getting a real estate license in California is not as daunting as it seems. All you need to do is follow the procedure and fulfill the requirement of the California Division of Real Estate. Although it is very simple filling for a license, qualifying requires passing a college-level course.

Step #1: Fulfill the following Requirements

  1. First and foremost, you need to qualify a written examination. Individuals who pass the exam successfully are provided with a license application that has to be submitted to the DRE. Without the approval of the application, it is impossible to qualify for the license.
  2. You must be eighteen years of age or above to be licensed.
  3. You have to present proof of Legal Presence in the U.S.
  4. The applicant should be truthful and honest. Conviction of any sort of crime might result in the refutation of a license. It is necessary to disclose any disciplinary action or criminal violation in the application. Failure to do so may result in denial.
  5. No experience is required.
  6. Successful complete of the three 45-hour college-courses listed below is required in order to become a licensed real estate salesperson:
    • A 45-hour Real Estate Practice
    • A 45-hour Real Estate Principles
    • A 45- hour course from the courses listed below:
      • Real Estate Finance
      • Property Management
      • Real Estate Appraisal
      • Legal Aspects of Real Estate
      • Real Estate Economics
      • General Accounting
      • Real Estate Office Administration
      • Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
      • Business Law
      • Computer Applications in Real Estate
      • Escrows
      • Common Interest Developments

Step#2: Complete Salesperson Exam Application

Individuals who submit proof of having completed the college-level courses are eligible for taking the salesperson examination. They do not need to submit further evidence of education or experience. Once you complete the courses successfully, you have to fill the salesperson exam application according to the instructions, and submit it together with the proof and fee to the address listed.

Step#3: Receive the information regarding your application

After submitting the salesperson exam application, you will receive your examination date, location and time through snail mail. You can also find this data by researching the testing schedule using the online e-Licensing system.

Step#4: Review current laws before taking examination

Check the real estate law and current news linked from the website of California Department of Real Estate in order to properly review the current regulations before taking your exam. You need to be fully prepared, and this is the right way to be well-informed.

Step#5: Take the Exam

The testing center will be specified in the documents you receive after submitting the application. Take your examination there. Always remember to bring your state-issued passport or driver's license in order to prove your identity.

Step#6: Complete the scan request for fingerprints

Once you have taken your exam, you will have to complete a live scan for your fingerprints. A local law enforcement agency may take your fingerprints using ink. They will use the authorized Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint card. The applicant will then have to submit the live scan. A copy of your scanned prints is sent to the California Department of Real Estate. Alternatively, you can send the paper and ink copy to the real estate department.

Step#7: Complete the application

Once you receive a notification of passing examination, complete the salesperson license application. Include a copy of your passport, birth certificate, or resident alien card as an evidence of your identity along with the required fee.


  • California attorneys do not have to take the courses required of other applicants. The state accepts a copy of school diploma or state-issued license as a replacement for the educational necessities.
  • The applications must be completed carefully. The Department of Real Estate, California would not make any sort of changes to the application submitted originally. If you need to make a change, you will have to submit a new application with new fees.
  • The state of California does not acknowledge Real Estate Licenses from any other state. All out of state applicants have to pass exams and meet California requirements.


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