California Real Estate License Requirements

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Becoming a real estate salesperson in California can be an exciting new experience in a state filled with opportunity. Beach homes, log cabins, rural farms, big city condos, California has it all packed into one coastal state. Once you’ve decided to pursue a real estate license in California, there are a few things you need to consider.

First off, anyone looking to get their real estate license in California, as well as any other state, must be at least 18 years of age to apply. You will also need to be able to show proof of state residency. Although this does not mean that you are unable to get a license if you live out of state, there is just a more in-depth application process. If everything checks out, you will then have to pass a background check ensuring that you have a clean and honest record. Any dishonest activity on your record could result in the denial of your real estate license.

Once you’ve cleared your age, residential status, and your criminal record, the next step to becoming a licensed California real estate agent will be to obtain a state-approved education. This real estate education consists of three courses.

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How to Get Your California Real Estate License

California License Requirements 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
    • Real Estate Practice
    • And one of the following:
      Legal Aspects of Real Estate
      Real Estate Finance
      Property Management
      Real Estate Economics
      Real Estate Appraisal
      Real Estate Office Administration

All courses must be completed at a school approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, OR by a comparable agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education OR at a private real estate school with courses approved by the California Real Estate Commissioner.

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 a 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.

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, Real Estate Practice 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 California Bureau 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 California Bureau of Real Estate. If you have completed all three real estate classes (Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice 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. (CalBRE Sponsor #2758 and CalBRE Statutory #S0017)

What to Look for in a California Real Estate School

As mentioned above, making sure the scholastic institute is approved by a qualified and recognized agency is a critical part of the process to obtaining a real estate license in California.

Qualities to look for in a real estate school:

  1. Does the school have state approved courses?
  2. Does it have a good student pass rate?
  3. Is it respected within the industry?
  4. Can you take the courses online?
  5. If online, does the school offer student support?
  6. Are there affordable courses and programs?

Finding a school that works for you is one of, if not the most important step in acquiring your California real estate license. Make sure you do your homework before enrolling in a college or real estate school.

How to Get Started

Allied Real Estate Schools specializes in bringing you the affordable, state approved education you’re looking for to become a licensed California real estate salesperson. And the 100% online format makes completing your state required education a much easier process, especially for those with a busy schedule.

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

Talk with an Allied Representative today.

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