Broker Salesperson
Real Estate Broker License Requirements
Minimum Requirements to Apply for the Broker Examination and License
To obtain a real estate broker license, you must first qualify for and pass a written examination. Those who pass the examination are provided a license application which must be submitted to and approved by the CalBRE.
Note: Individuals may also apply and pay for their real estate examination and license at the same time by submitting a Broker Exam/License Application (RE 436). See Section K for further details.
You must be 18 years of age or older to be issued a license.
Proof of legal presence in the United States is required. If you do not reside in California.
License applicants must be honest and truthful. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license. Failure to disclose any criminal violation or disciplinary action in an applicant's entire history may also result in denial of a license.
Successful completion of the following college level courses is required to become a real estate broker: And three courses from the following group:
*If both Real Estate Economics and General Accounting are completed, only two courses from the three course group are required.
Continuing education offerings do not satisfy the college-level course requirements for the broker examination.
Each college-level course must be a minimum of three semester-units or four quarter-units. The courses must be completed prior to being scheduled for an examination.
Courses must be completed at an institution of higher learning accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or by a comparable regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, or by a private real estate school which has had its courses approved by the California Real Estate Commissioner.
How to Apply for the Real Estate Brokers License Examination
Note: Initial examination scheduling cannot occur until your application has been approved by the DRE
Submit the following:
Completed Examination Application (RE436). No changes of any kind will be made to an application once it has been received by DRE. Do not submit more than one examination application. You may not apply to take an examination for a license for which you already have a right for renewal.
$95.00 fee. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Department of Real Estate. Do not send cash.
Transcript showing successful completion of the statutory college-level real estate courses and degrees.
Fingerprint Processing
Original license applicants who reside in California will pay the fingerprint fee directly to the live scan fingerprint service provider — not to the DRE. The service provider may also charge a processing fee.