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        (DRE Sponsor No.2758 and DRE Statutory No. S0017)

You might have questions about taking the California real estate license exam and applying for a real estate license. We have made it easy for you! You will find information from the Department of Real Estate (DRE) in one convenient place. If you still have further questions, please feel free to contact an Admissions Representative at (800) 617-3513.

Why do I need a real estate license? The state of California requires that you get a real estate license if you are planning to work under the supervision of a licensed broker. You can still get your license if you do not immediately plan to be employed by a broker; however, you will not be able to perform activities that require a license.

What are the prerequisites for the California real estate license exam? Before you can obtain your license, you must first qualify for and pass the written real estate license exam. Allied will help you prepare for the state exam.

 

How to Get Your California Real Estate License?

California Real Estate License Prerequisites include:

  • Age – You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Residence – You must reside within the U.S. (If you are not a California resident, there are special circumstances for out-of-state applicants.)
  • Experience – None required.
  • Education – You must successfully complete the following courses before you can schedule and take the California state exam. Allied has all of the courses you need.
    • Real Estate Principles - 1523-94
    • Real Estate Practice - 2410-06
    • And one of the following:
      Legal Aspects of Real Estate - 3192-10
      Real Estate Finance - 2011-04
      Property Management - 3008-08
      Real Estate Economics - 3228-10
      Real Estate Appraisal - 2383-06
      Real Estate Office Administration - 3166-09

What if I did not complete the education requirements before October 1, 2007? If you did not pass the state licensing exam OR if your license application was not postmarked or submitted in person to any DRE office before October 1, 2007, you will be required to include evidence of all three required courses before your four-year license can be issued. 

State licensing exam applications that have proper evidence of successful completion of the three required courses will entitle you to take the examination. Once you pass, you can apply for your four-year license.

When do I apply for the real estate license exam? You will need to provide evidence of completion of all three required courses (Real Estate Principles (1523-94), Real Estate Practice (2410-06) and one additional course) before you can schedule your exam.

Where do I get an application for the exam?  You can instantly download the license exam application from the Department of Real Estate and set your date for the state exam. Get the California Real Estate License Exam Application today.

When do I apply for a real estate license? Once you pass the California real estate license exam, you will get a license application, which must be submitted to and approved by the Department of Real Estate (DRE). If you have completed all three real estate classes (Real Estate Principles (1523-94), Real Estate Practice (2410-06) and one additional course), submit transcripts with your license application. You will be required to provide evidence of completion of all three required courses before your new license can be issued.

The application must be completed and returned, along with the appropriate fee and real estate license requirements (fingerprints, residency information, etc).

What length of time is my license good for?  Your California real estate license will be issued for a four-year period. It should be renewed prior to the expiration date. Before you renew your license, there are continuing education requirements to fulfill. Allied can help you with all of your renewal needs!

Can I renew my real estate license after it expires? If your California real estate license expires, you have the opportunity to renew it up to two years after the expiration date. However, you cannot perform real estate activities that require a license until you pay the late renewal fees and file an application. You must also satisfy all continuing education real estate classes within four years of filing the application. Enroll in a renewal course at Allied – we have the courses to fulfill California state requirements.  (DRE Sponsor No. 2758 and DRE Statutory N. S0017)

Congratulations! Once you’ve met all of the California real estate requirements, you will be ready to start your new career. 


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