How to Get Your Real Estate License in California?

The requirements to become a real estate agent in California are clear - be 18 or older, complete three required courses, pass the written license exam and, finally, complete the license application.

  1. Step 1: Meet the general California real estate license requirements:
    • Be 18 years old or older to be issued a California real estate license.
    • You also need to be honest. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a real estate license in California. Failure to disclose a criminal violation in an applicant's history may also result in the denial of a California real estate license.
  2. Step 2:  Complete the three courses to qualify for a real estate salesperson examination:
    • Real Estate Principles
    • Real Estate Practice
    • 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
    • If you are a member of the California State Bar, you are exempt from the college-level course requirements. Evidence of admission to practice Law in California must be furnished, such as a photocopy of both sides of a California State Bar membership card.
  3. Step 3:  Pass the Written California Real Estate License Exam
  4. Step 4:  Complete the California Real Estate License application.

How long does it take to get a California real estate license?

It takes between five and six months to get California real estate license. You would need to complete 135 hours of Pre-Licensing courses, find a sponsoring broker, complete the application process, and take the California real estate license exam.

Questions to answer when you are searching for sponsoring broker in California:

  • How good is the reputation of the broker?
  • What kind of real estate is the broker selling? Is it the kind you are interested in selling?
  • How technologically savvy is the broker?
  • Have they sponsored people before? If so, in what ways do they support their real estate agents education and training?
  • What commission structure do they offer?
  • Do they offer other benefits? 
  • Do they provide their real estate agents with leads and marketing materials?
  • Does the brokerage have room for growth or are there already more agents than are needed for their quantity of business?


What kind of information will I learn from Real Estate Express to help me get a real estate license in California?

Real Estate Express will help you prepare for the California real estate licensing exam.  You will learn at your own pace. You will also get tools for your future career. 

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Real Estate Express Courses Fulfill Your California License Requirements

All Real Estate Express packages are approved by  DRE and satisfy the California license requirements to sit for the license exam.  Get your real estate license today!

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Regulatory notes

There is no limit to the number of QE hours that may be taken online. Courses must be completed within 1 year of the enrollment date.

Students cannot receive credit for completing a course in less than 18 days, therefore, the first attempt at a course final exam is not accessible until at least the 18th day after starting the course (provided the student has completed all units and unit quizzes). If a student fails the first attempt at the course final exam, a second attempt will not be available until 18 days have passed since the first exam was failed. If a student fails the final exam for a course twice, then the student has failed the course. In order to receive credit, the student will need to re-register for the course, complete all units and unit quizzes in the new course, and pass the course final exam.

*  You must be at least 18 years old to become licensed in California.

*  While, residency in the state is not a requirement to become licensed in California you may need to comply with the requirements for out-of-state applicants.

*  Applicants must be honest and truthful. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license. Failure to disclose any past criminal violation or disciplinary action 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).

California Department Of Real Estate
Phone: 877-373-4542
Fax: 916-263-8943
Address: 1651 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815

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California Department of Real Estate

All Real Estate Express Courses are approved by California Department of Real Estate. Once completed, you are eligible to sit for the California Real Estate License Exam. Approval # S0410