Real Estate Broker License Requirements

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California State Requirements

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

CalBRE General Information (QE)

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

Prerequisites include:

  • Age – You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Residence – All applicants must provide a valid SSN or United States taxpayer ID number in order to take the state exam and be licensed.
  • Experience – You must have a minimum of 2 years full-time experience in a real estate-related field, within the last 5 years, or a 4-year degree with a major or minor in real estate from an accredited U.S. college.
    • General types of acceptable experience may be based on any combination of licensed real estate salesperson or appraiser experience, escrow of title officer, or as a loan officer in a capacity directly related to the financing and conveying of real property.
    • Members of the CA State Bar must demonstrate they have satisfied the 2 years of real estate related experience while practicing law in California.
    • Other experience may be considered, provided it satisfies the intent of the law.
  • Education – You must successfully complete eight (8) courses to become a licensed broker. Allied has all of the courses you need! The five (5) mandatory courses include: Real Estate Practice, Legal Aspects of Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Appraisal, and Real Estate Economics. Three (3) additional classes need to be completed from the following group:
    • Real Estate Principles
    • Property Management
    • Escrow
    • Certain courses from college may be used to satisfy some course requirements. Please call the Admissions Department to discuss.

How do I apply for the broker examination?

It’s easy to apply for the exam. Simply follow five easy steps!

  • Complete the broker examination application.
  • Determine the appropriate fees. You can pay the fees by check, money order or credit card.
  • Obtain transcripts. You need to show successful completion of the college-level real estate courses.
  • Document employment experience. You need to verify your experience as a licensed salesperson.
  • Mail or fax the above documents. Allied will provide you with all of the necessary contact information.
You need to wait at least six weeks from the date your application is mailed or faxed to the CalBRE to receive notification of your examination date, time, and location.

How do I get my broker’s license?

Once you pass the broker examination, you will be sent an application for your broker’s license. This form must be completed and returned along with the appropriate fee and fingerprint requirements within one year after passing the examination.

Congratulations! When you complete all of the steps, you will be ready to start a new career.
Be sure to return to Allied for your broker license renewal needs. We will keep you up to date and at the top of your industry.

Enroll now or talk with an Allied Representative today.

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