How to Get a Florida Real Estate License
Obtaining a real estate license in Florida is not difficult, if you know what to expect, and can fulfill the requirements. With more experience in the Real Estate Industry than any of our other competitors, we at Real Estate Express have assembled the most current real estate Pre License training course to teach you exactly what you need to know to pass the Florida real estate license exam – the first time!
Thousands of student success stories, and hundreds of thousands of online training hours gives us the confidence to know that if you use Real Estate Express, you will pass your Florida real estate license exam the first time. Plus, you’ll be super-equipped to start making money as a Florida Real Estate Salesperson!
But it is important that you know that obtaining your Florida real estate license is not solely about taking the Florida real estate exam. The following should help increase your knowledge in this regard.
First, let’s clear up some misconceptions about how you get a real estate license that you may have seen on other Internet sites or elsewhere, and that have come up with some of our students over the years:
Q. “I saw a competitor’s site refer to a real estate license that is good throughout the USA. Is that true?”
A. NO. There is no such thing as a National real estate license. Each state has adopted and enforces its own laws and regulations regarding the practice of real estate, for the general purpose of protecting the consumer. So you must study for and pass your state’s real estate license specifically.
Q. “I saw a site that offers practice exams for what they call a ‘typical’ real estate license. Would this be beneficial?”
A. NO. While real estate practice exams in general are extremely beneficial, there is no such thing as a “typical” real estate license. Most states have more than one type of real estate license, (salesperson and broker), and most states' definitions of what a “salesperson” can do, and what a “broker” can do in the industry, vary. A few states, like Colorado for example, have gone to a “Broker only” licensing. So you have to know what your state is offering, and what they will be testing you on, specifically. No license in the USA is “typical”.
Q: But if I already have taken the required pre-license course for my state, are Exam Prep tools that let me practice taking the state tests beneficial?
A: Yes. Research shows that once you have taken your Pre-License course, the best way to help ensure that you'll pass your licensing exam the first time out, is to practice taking similar exams for many days in advance. For more information check out the information here: Real Estate License Exam Prep Master
Q. . “I found a site that offers practice Q&As for all 50 states, but they don’t say anything about state-required real estate Pre License courses. Can I just buy these practice exams, and then go take my real estate license exam to get licensed?
A. No. Almost every state requires that you complete some form of real estate Pre License course, and demonstrate the successful completion of that course and the minimum number of training hours, before they will allow you to schedule your real estate license exam. Most states permit you to take this course not only online, like here at Real Estate Express, but also in live classrooms, or even by way of a correspondence course. But you need to find out what the current requirements are in your state. To do that, read on …
The Process of Obtaining Your Florida License
How you get a real estate license will vary from state to state, but will usually involve minimum age requirements, certain education and/or experience requirements, applications and fees, and other state-specific details. So you must be sure that you know the relevant information from your state before you get too deep in preparing for your real estate exam. Remember: What your friend did last year to get her real estate license in your state, and what your Uncle did yesterday to obtain his real estate license in a different state, is meaningless. You have to know the most current requirements and procedures from your state, that are in effect today.
Florida Real Estate License Requirements
Any active member in good standing with the Florida Bar who is otherwise qualified under the real estate license law is exempt from the FREC prescribed prerequisite educational course for licensure as a real estate sales associate.
An applicant must be at least 18 years old, hold a high school diploma (more detailed information is available in Chapter 475.17, Florida Statutes), and fulfill the following:
Real Estate Associate
1. Successfully complete a FREC-approved pre-licensing course for sales associates (Course I) consisting of 63 classroom-hours and covering the topics required by the FREC. The course is valid for licensure purposes for two years after the course completion date. Licensees with a permanent physical disability as defined by FREC Rule 61J2-3.013(2) may qualify for a correspondence pre-licensing course if unable, due to a permanent physical disability, to attend the site where the course is conducted.
2. Submit a completed Application, fingerprint card, and appropriate fee (may submit this package prior to completing Step 1).
3. Pass the Florida Real Estate Sales Associate examination with a grade of at least 75 or pass the Florida Real Estate Law Examination with a grade of at least 30.
Note - Florida has entered into a Mutual Recognition agreement with 10 states:
4. Submit a completed RE 2050-1 form to activate the license, otherwise the license is issued in an inactive status. If you want to immediately begin working as a real estate sales associate, submit the completed RE 2050-1 form at the examination site. Otherwise, submit the RE 2050-1 form to the Division of Real Estate.
5. Whether holding an active or inactive license, successfully complete a FREC-approved post-licensing course for sales associate consisting of at least 45 classroom-hours, prior to the expiration of the initial sales associate license.
Real Estate Broker
1. Hold an active real estate sales associate license and complete 12 months real estate experience during the 5 year period preceding becoming licensed as a broker or a licensed real estate sales associate or broker who has real estate experience in another state may apply the experience toward a Florida real estate broker license if the applicant has held an active sales associate or a current and valid broker license for at least 12 months during the preceding 5 years. If one is claiming experience from a jurisdiction other than Florida, attach to the application a current certification of real estate license history (not more than one year old) from the licensing agency of that jurisdiction. The real estate license must have been obtained from the real estate licensing authority by completing its education and examination requirements. NOTE: If the applicant holds a Florida real estate sales associate license (s)he must fulfill the sales associate post-licensing education requirement before being eligible to obtain a broker license. This method does not exempt a sales associate who holds a Florida sales associate license from successfully completing the sales associate post-licensing course.
2. Successfully complete a FREC approved pre-licensing course for brokers (Course II) consisting of 72 classroom hours and covering the topics required by the FREC. The course is valid for licensure purposes for two years after the course completion date. Applicants with a permanent physical disability as defined by FREC Rule 61J2-3.013(2) may qualify for a correspondence pre-licensing course if unable, due to a permanent physical disability, to attend the site where the course is conducted.
3. Submit a completed Application, fingerprint card, and appropriate fee (may submit this package prior to completing Step 2).
4. Pass the Florida Real Estate Broker Examination with a grade of at least 75.
5. Successfully complete a FREC-approved post-licensing course for brokers consisting of at least 60 classroom hours prior to the expiration of the initial broker license.
The Differences in Tests and Testing Providers
Twenty years ago most states tested real estate license candidates themselves, out of a state government office, using #2 pencils and scan type answer sheets. Today, although there are a few exceptions, most states use outside testing providers, who are hired by the state to handle the testing process for them. The way each provider goes about testing you, and the procedures surrounding their tests will vary. Additionally, because state governments are sensitive to fiscal accountability, states change testing providers periodically. So it is important that you confirm which testing provider your state currently uses, (or if they are not using a testing provider) by clicking on the link listed above for your state.
AMP - Applied Measurement Professionals
8310 Nieman Road
Lenexa, KS 66214-1579
Certification expires 8/31/2007
Promissor - Assessment Systems Incorporated
Experior Assessments, LLC
PSI - Psychological Services Incorporated
Most if not all of the information and wisdom you need regarding the process of how to obtain your real estate license in your state should be able to be found using the aforementioned links and resources. Once the preliminary decisions are made, you’ll then be on the road toward the ultimate goal of taking and passing your licensing exam the first time.
Trust us, you do not want to invest this much time and energy to end the journey with a failed state licensing exam as the result. Research shows that if you fail the exam the first time, your odds of getting your license go down drastically. Statistically, the percentage of candidates who do stick with the restudy and retesting process after failing the first time is extremely low. And if they did fail the exam the first time, the materials they used to prepare the first time were probably not current, potent, or effective- so more expense is involved in getting a better Pre License course the second time around.
That’s why it’s important to keep the goal in mind when selecting your real estate Pre License course or school. Ultimately, the best course and system is the one which gives you the best chance of passing your state real estate license exam the first time. So check out the statistics. In states that measure and keep track of school performance, for the past 6+ years, Real Estate Express has consistently been ranked #1 in first-time pass rates by state real estate boards and commissions that track such statistics, not only compared to every other online school, but live schools as well!
If you're interested in learning more about real estate license training in your state, and how quickly you can obtain your real estate license, select your state here:
Achieving Your Ultimate Goal
If the goal is passing your real estate license exam the first time, so you can get your license fast and get started on this highly rewarding and lucrative career path now, which course should you take? The one that consistently helps only 50% of their students pass their exam the first time, or the one that averages over 90% successful first time pass rates?
Bottom line: Real Estate Express students consistently pass their real estate license exam the first time after taking our Pre License course, more than any other competitive real estate school or course in your state. And they do it faster and more conveniently than any other system in the marketplace.