General Requirements for Real Estate Licensing
- AGE: Must be at least 18 years of age.
- SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: You must have a United States Social Security number to apply. You may visit the Social Security Administration website for information on how to obtain one.
- EDUCATION: Must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
The 4-Step Process
1. APPLICATION: Complete the application by clicking here for Florida’s Department of Business and Professional’s Regulation (DBPR) “Online Services” link or here to download the DBPR’s “Printable Application”. Pay the required fee as provided in the application. Military veterans, their spouses and Florida National Guard members may be eligible for a fee waiver, fee reimbursement, and/or fee discount. Please visit our DBPR Military Services page for more information. If you have questions or need assistance in completing the application, please call the DBPR’s Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or use their convenient contact form.
2. FINGERPRINTING: Schedule an appointment for fingerprinting. An applicant must have a background check as part of the licensing process. To learn more about fingerprinting, please visit the DBPR’s fingerprint FAQs.
3. PRE-LICENSE EDUCATION: Prior to sitting for the state exam you must show proof of course completion of Florida approved 63 hour pre-license education for sales associates. The course is good for two (2) years from the date of completion. An expired course will not be accepted at the exam site and you will not be able to sit for your exam without proof of a valid course completion slip. The course is not required at the time of application submission. You may submit application for state exam approval prior to taking the pre-license education.
Some helpful links to pre-license course options:
- Search for approved real estate courses at Department of Business and Professional Regulation website.
- Gold Coast School of Real Estate offers real estate pre-license, post-license and continuing education courses in classroom and online for real estate professionals. They also offer a Veteran Scholarship Program to help defray the cost of starting a new career in real estate for veterans.
- IFREC Real Estate Schools offer real estate pre-license, post-license and continuing education courses in classroom and online for real estate professionals. Other courses include mortgage professional, appraisal and home inspection.
4. EXAMINATIONS: The examination is given by Pearson Vue. Upon approval of the application, Pearson Vue will send an approval letter to the applicant. Applicants can then schedule a state examination date by either calling Person Vue at 1-888-204-6289, or by visiting their website at http://www.Pearsonvue.com. The applicant must pass the state examination with a score of at least 75%. The Candidate Information Booklet available here is a useful source to help guide you through the examination process.