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Real estate license - California state requirements

When you're getting your Real Estate License in California, you want to make sure you thoroughly understand the licensing requirements. Every state is different so if you're interested in getting licensed across different states, be sure to carefully review the requirements for California. Visit California's real estate commission site to learn more about the real estate license requirements specific to California.

Our online real estate license courses meet the requirements for California.

Thousands of students in California have used Real Estate Express online license and exam prep courses to get their licenses. Our courses are designed with California's state requirements in mind.

The state of California has general, real estate, and broker requirements.

General requirements - real estate license California

When it comes to getting your real estate license in California, you want to make sure you have your high school diploma and are at least 18 years of age. Proof of Legal Presence in the United States is required. If you are not a California resident, see the requirements for Out-of-State Applicants.

Honesty: Applicants must be honest and truthful. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license. Failure to disclose any criminal violation or disciplinary action in an applicant's entire history may also result in the denial of a license. For further information, see Avoid Potential Denial of Your License Application (RE 229) and Applicant Eligibility Information (RE 222).

Requirements to apply for a real estate salesperson license

Completion of three college-level courses is required to qualify for a real estate salesperson examination:

    1. Real Estate Principles, and
    2. Real Estate Practice, and
    3. One course from the following list:
    • Real Estate Appraisal
    • Property Management
    • Real Estate Finance
    • Real Estate Economics
    • Legal Aspects of Real Estate
    • Real Estate Office Administration
    • General Accounting
    • Business Law
    • Escrows
    • Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
    • Computer Applications in Real Estate
    • Common Interest Developments

You can find the full details of the sales requirements by visiting the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Real Estate website.

To obtain a real estate salesperson license in California, you must first qualify for and pass a written examination. Those who pass the examination are provided a license application, which must be submitted to and approved by the CA BRE.

This license is required of individuals who conduct licensed real estate activities as described in the Real Estate Law under the supervision of a licensed broker. A license may also be obtained by a person who does not immediately intend to be employed by a broker. However, a salesperson without an employing broker may not perform acts requiring a real estate license.

Requirements to apply for a real estate broker license

To obtain a real estate broker license in California, you must first qualify for and pass a written examination. Those who pass the examination are provided a license application, which must be submitted to and approved by the CA BRE.


General Requirements

Course Requirements

Applicants for a real estate broker license examination must have successfully completed the following eight statutorily required college-level courses:

    1. Real Estate Practice; and
    2. Legal Aspects of Real Estate; and
    3. Real Estate Finance; and
    4. Real Estate Appraisal; and
    5. Real Estate Economics or Accounting; and
    6. Three courses from the following list:
    • Real Estate Principles
    • Business Law
    • Property Management
    • Escrow
    • Real Estate Office Administration
    • Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
    • Advanced Legal Aspects of Real Estate
    • Advanced Real Estate Finance
    • Advanced Real Estate Appraisal
    • Computer Applications in Real Estate
    • Common Interest Developments

Note: If both Real Estate Economics and Accounting are taken, only two courses from the above group are required.

To read the full list of requirements and exceptions, visit the broker's page on the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Real Estate website.

Continuing education license renewal Real Estate License California

The license renewal period is every four years from the date your license is issued. 45-hours in continuing education courses are required to renew your license. For information on renewal requirements, go to: http://www.bre.ca.gov/licensees/CErequirements.html

Cost - real estate requirements

  • The California examination fee for a real estate agent's license is $60.00. Renewal fee is $245.00.
  • The California examination fee for a broker's license is $95.00. Renewal fee $300.
  • Other examination fees, see the fees chart on the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Real Estate website.

Direct links to real estate license California requirements

Looking for direct links specific to California real estate requirements? Here is a list real estate website pages to help keep you informed.

Denial of a license

Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license. Failure to disclose any criminal violation or disciplinary action in an applicant's entire history may also result in the denial of a license. For further information, see Help Avoid Denial of Your License Application and Application Eligibility Information (RE 222).

Good to know

  • States continually update their requirements. Before taking an exam, check with the state to review the licensing requirements.
  • States have different licensing periods. For example, the Texas real estate agent's license is good for 2 years. In California it's 4 years.


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