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How To Get Florida Real Estate License

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Edited by MLS Campus Administrator, Thursday, 8 March 2018, 9:04 AM
How to Get Florida Real Estate License

How to Get Florida Real Estate License

Get Florida Real Estate License

Quick Steps 

  1. Start Your Pre-License Course
  2. Apply For A Florida Real Estate License
  3. Get Fingerprinted
  4. Complete Your Course and Pass Your Pre-License Course Final Exam
  5. Schedule and Pass the State Exam

  

Detailed Steps - Become a Licensed Real Estate Professional In Florida

Start Your Pre-License Course (Florida Mutual Recognition States

Requirements for Real Estate Sales Associate License 

All individuals, wishing to enter into a career providing real estate services, must start at the level of sales associate. The Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) requires each applicant pass an approved 63 Hour Sales Associate Pre License Course. 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 broker.
To be eligible for a sales associate license, the state of Florida requires the following:


Requirements for Real Estate Broker License 

A Real Estate Broker is licensed to carry out real estate services and operates as an intermediary between a buyer and a seller, or a landlord and a tenant, for the purpose of receiving compensation for his/her services. A broker is issued their license by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), and may perform duties, such as purchasing, selling, auctioning, and appraising real estate, as well as negotiating the purchase, sale, or leasing of property on behalf of a client. The distinguishable characteristics of a broker license, is the ability to work independently, and receive compensation for providing real estate services. A broker is also responsible for all sales associates’ activities, that are in their employ.
To be eligible for a real estate broker license, the state of Florida requires the following:

  • You must be an active sales associate license for at least 24 months out of the past 5 years in Florida or another state
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must have a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED)
  • You must have a social security number
  • You do not need to be a Florida resident
  • You must receive approval of your state application, for broker real estate license
  • You need to complete and pass a state approved 72 hour broker pre licensing course & course final exam
  • You need to pass the Florida Real Estate Broker State Exam

Apply For A Florida Real Estate License  
  • Applications for real estate licenses must be made to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. You don't have to complete your pre license course 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 course. This means you do not have to wait in order to schedule your state exam (You will require your end of pre license course certification, and your Florida license application approval, before you can schedule your final state exam.)
    There are two ways to submit your application, either online, or by mail:

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.


Broker License

1. Submit an application online - UPGRADE FROM SALES ASSOCIATE TO BROKER (RE 2)
2. Submit an application by Mail - PDF UPGRADE FROM SALES ASSOCIATE TO BROKER (RE 2)
3.  Remember to include payment of the application fee - $91.75, and any supporting documents.

  • The DBPR generally will take 4-6 weeks on average to process and approve your real estate license application.
  • An applicant will be notified when approved for the examination, by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
  • You can also check the status of your application by clicking here. 

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

Complete Your Course and Pass Your Pre-License Course Final Exam  
  • Sales Associates - Successfully complete our FREC Approved 63 Hour Sales Associate Pre-License Course.

    Our course material will educate you on the fundamentals of real estate principles and practices, basic real estate, and license law.

    Pass the Pre License Course exam with a minimum grade of 70%.

    The end of course exam will include 100 questions; 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

  • Brokers - Successfully complete our FREC Approved 72 Hour Broker Pre-License Course

    Our course will educate you on the fundamentals of real estate appraising, investment, financing, and brokerage and management operations.

    Pass the Pre License Course exam with a minimum grade of 70%. 

    The end of course exam will include 100 questions, 40 questions based on real estate law, 40 questions based on real estate principles and practices, 5 questions based on mathematics, and 5 questions based on a closing statement, worth 2 points per question.

    When you successfully complete your course exam, we will email you your course certification

  • 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 30 days. *MLS Campus offers both options free.

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 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 Pearson Vue website , or by calling (888) 204-6289
  • Pearson Vue Testing Locations in Florida and 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%.
  • Download a Copy of the DBPR Candidate Examination Information Booklet for Sales Associates, and for Brokers 
  • If you fail the exam, you may retake it as many times as necessary, at a cost of $31.50 each time, as soon as you can make a new appointment
 

Florida Mutual Recognition Agreements

To qualify for mutual recognition;

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

Florida has mutual recognition agreements with 7 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. If you reside in one of the states you are required to take Florida Core Law Exam at a Pearson Vue testing center. Currently, MLS Campus does not offer a Core Law Prep Course.

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