How to Get Florida Real Estate License?

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Are you looking to start a new career in Florida Real Estate?

To work as a Florida Real Estate Agent, and perform real estate activities, such as assisting clients in renting, buying, or selling property, you are required by law to obtain a real estate license in Florida. Once you become a licensed real estate agent, you can legally perform duties, such as sourcing and interviewing prospective clients, assisting with property listings, accompany clients to view properties, discussing conditions of sale with your clients, and assisting in drawing up real estate contracts. All Florida real estate sales associate licensees must work under the supervision of a licensed broker.

Getting a real estate license in Florida seems like a daunting task, but it can be easily achieved in 6 simple steps!

Steps to Become a Real Estate Agent in Florida

  1. Start Your 63 Hour Florida Pre Licensing Course for Sales Associate
  2. Apply For Your Real Estate License for Florida
  3. Get Fingerprinted
  4. Complete Your 63 Hour Florida Pre Licensing Course and Pass Your Florida Sales Associate Exam
  5. Schedule and Pass the Florida State Exam
  6. Find a Sponsoring Broker

How do I get my real estate license in the state of Florida?

Step 1: Start your 63 Hour Florida Pre Licensing Course

The Requirements for getting a Real Estate License in Florida are that all individuals, wishing to enter into a career providing real estate services, must start at the level of real estate sales associate. The Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) requires each applicant to pass an approved 63 Hour Florida Pre Licensing Course for Sales Associate.

MLS Campus is an Approved Online Florida Real Estate School. We provide accredited real estate pre licensing courses online, for students working towards obtaining a real estate license in Florida.

If you are a student looking at getting a real estate license in Florida, you must complete the 63 Hour Pre Licensing Course for Sales Associate. This course consists of 19 chapters that cover all the material you will need to learn to pass your end of course exam, pass your Florida state license exam, and start your new career as a licensed Florida real estate sales associate.

For more information on our Florida pre licensing course for sales associate, please follow the link –

63 Hour Florida Pre Licensing Course for Sales Associate.

Note: Applicants looking to obtain their Florida Real Estate License who have a 4-year degree in real estate, are exempt from having to take the real estate agent course in Florida. However, for the individual to obtain their Florida real estate license, they must pass the state sales associate state exam. Licensed attorneys practicing in the state of Florida, who are in good standing with the Florida Bar, are also exempt from the real estate agent course in Florida, but must pass the state exam.

If you already have obtained your Florida Real Estate Sales Associate License and are looking to upgrade to your broker license, please follow the link to our article:

How to Become a Real Estate Broker in Florida

Step 2: Apply for Your Real Estate License for Florida

A sales associate must also be licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), in order to carry out real estate services. Any services that are performed by the sales associate, must be under the guidance and employ of a licensed real estate broker. Applications for real estate licenses must be made to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. You don't have to complete your Florida pre licensing course for sales associate in order to submit your application. The DBPR takes around one month to process your application, so it is best to submit a completed application while you are progressing through your Florida pre licensing course. This means you do not have to wait in order to schedule your state exam.

NOTE: You will require your end of Florida pre-license course certification, and your Florida license application approval, before you can schedule your state exam.

Can you do your Florida real estate license application online?

There are two ways to submit your application, either online, or by mail:

Florida Sales Associate License

1. Submit your application online SALES ASSOCIATE INITIAL APPLICATION (RE 1)
2. Submit an application by mail -PDF SALES ASSOCIATE INITIAL APPLICATION (RE 1)
3. Remember to include payment of the application fee - $83.75, and any supporting documents.

What are the requirements to get a real estate license in Florida?

  • You have to be at least 18 years of age
  • You must have a high school diploma, a general education diploma (GED) or a higher education diploma. Most likely you will not have to show your diploma. You will be asked this question in the state application. You will need to answer yes if you do have that.
  • You must have a social security number
  • You must submit your state application to obtain a Florida Real Estate License
  • You need to complete an approved 63 Hour Florida pre licensing course for sales associate.
  • You must pass the Florida pre-licensing course exam
  • You must schedule and pass the Florida Real Estate Sales Associate State Exam

Do you have to be a resident of Florida to get a real estate license?

Applicants wishing to obtain a Florida real estate license are not required to be a resident of Florida.

Does Florida have real estate license reciprocity?

Florida has mutual recognition with 8 states. Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska and Rhode Island. If you are in a state in which Florida has a Mutual Recognition Agreement with, you may apply for a Florida sales associate license, or a broker license under mutual recognition.

To qualify for mutual recognition, applicants;

  • Must be 18 years of age and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • The applicant must not be a resident of Florida, at the time of the application.

If you are in a state in which Florida has a Mutual Recognition Agreement with, you may apply for a Florida sales associate license, or a broker license under mutual recognition. If you reside in one of these states, you are required to take the Florida Core Law Exam at a Pearson Vue testing center. Currently, MLS Campus does not offer a Core Law Prep Course. Please follow the link to learn more about Mutual Recognition.

Can I Become a Florida Real Estate Broker If I Have Two Years’ Experience as a Sales Associate or a Broker License in Another State?

If you are not in a state that has mutual recognition with Florida you can either apply for your real estate sales associate license, and take the 63 Hour Florida pre-licensing course for sales associate, or you can use your two years’ experience, within the past five years, in your current state as a sales associate, or if you have a broker license, to apply for a broker's license in Florida; however, this would not be a mutual recognition application. You would be required to take the 72 Hour Florida broker pre-license course and the full 100 question state exam. Please follow the link for more information on our 72 Hour Florida Broker Pre License Course.

Step 3: Get Fingerprinted

Digital Fingerprints must also be submitted in order to apply for a real estate license in Florida. All applicants must submit fingerprints to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) for the purpose of running a background check.

Appointments can be scheduled at a Pearson Vue Fingerprint Location, online, or by calling (877) 238-8232.

You must submit your fingerprints electronically before your application can be approved. Your prints cannot be shared between professions or with other agencies. You are required to have separate prints for each license you are applying for.

Additional Information is available on the DBPR website. – Fingerprint. FAQ

Step 4: Complete Your Course and Pass Your Pre-License Course Final Exam

Successfully complete our FREC Approved 63 Hour Florida pre licensing course for sales associate. Our course material will educate you on the fundamentals of real estate principles and practices, basic real estate, and license law.

Pass the 63 Hour Florida pre licensing course exam with a minimum grade of 70%. The end of course exam will include 100 questions. You will have 3 hours to complete it.

When you successfully complete your course exam. Your course certificate of completion will be available immediately once you pass the course final exam.  

30 Day Retake: If you do not pass the final exam on your first attempt, you will be given a link to a second final exam. The second exam cannot be taken until thirty days after the first exam according to Florida real estate regulations. The other option will be to retake the whole course without waiting for 30 days. *MLS Campus offers both options for free, as long as your course is still active

Step 5: Schedule and Pass the Florida Real Estate State Exam

Before you can take your state exam, the state must approve your application for licensure. MLS Campus recommends taking your state exam 3-5 days after the completion of your 63 Hour Florida pre licensing course. The testing vendor will be notified, by DBPR, once the application has been approved. The testing vendor will contact the applicant, when they are approved for a state license, with the required testing administration information. The applicant will receive an admissions authorization letter.


NOTE: You must bring your printed course completion certificate with you, to be permitted to take the test.

The Exam Appointment can be scheduled online at the Pearson Vue website, or by calling (888) 204-6289.

Pearson Vue has Testing Locations in Florida and in other States.

The exam fee paid to Pearson VUE is $36.75

The state exam is a 100 question multiple-choice test with a passing score of 75%. You will have 3 hours to complete it. 

The state exam includes 45 questions based on the principles and practices of real estate, 45 questions based on Florida Real Estate law, 10 questions to test the student’s mathematical aptitude. You will need to score 75% or higher to pass the state exam. 

Download a Copy of the DBPR Candidate Examination Information Booklet for Sales Associates.

If you fail the state exam, you may retake it as many times as necessary, at a cost of $36.50 each time, as soon as you can make a new appointment.

Step 6. Find a Licensed Broker/Brokerage

A sales associate license must be activated in order to perform real estate activities for a commission. In order to activate your real estate sales associate license, you must be registered under the employ of a licensed broker or brokerage. This decision should be made carefully as different brokerages will offer sales agents different commission splits, incentives, and benefits packages.

Please go to your blog post How to Kick Start your Real Estate Career to find out more!

How long does it take to become a licensed real estate agent in Florida?

The time it can take you to become a licensed real estate agent in Florida will vary. Our online Florida pre licensing course enables you to study in your own time, and at your own pace. The DBPR can take up to 30 days to process your license application. Bearing this in mind, you can get your license in a little bit over a month or it could take a few months for you to complete your 63 Hour Florida pre licensing course, submit your license application in full, and find a sponsoring broker, to activate your license. Then you are ready to start your new career as a licensed real estate Florida sales associate!

How much does it cost to become a real estate agent in Florida?

The costs involved to become a real estate agent in Florida are as follows;

Licensing fee for Florida Real Estate Sales Associate = $89.

The fee for state license exam = $36.75.

Fingerprinting fees vary depending on the vendor

Pre-Licensing courses also vary depending on which Florida Real Estate School you choose. 

MLS Campus Real Estate School offers competitive pricing and a variety of online real estate license course packages, from audio courses, and extra exam prep, to our basic package. Our 63 Hour Florida pre licensing course is available for a great price!

We aim to provide courses to suit all study preferences and budgets, and help our students with licensed instructor support 7 days a week, so that you can achieve your goal of becoming a real estate agent in Florida.

If you have any questions on how to get your real estate license in Florida, or questions regarding our online real estate license courses, please contact us. Our friendly support team members are happy to help!

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