Ready to pursue a career in real estate but aren't sure where to start? Here's a step-by-step guide on how to obtain your Washington state real estate license.
The Requirements for a Washington Real Estate License
To qualify for a Washington real estate license, you must:
Be 18 years old or older
Have a high school diploma or equivalent
Pass a thorough background check
Complete 90 hours of pre-licensure coursework
Pass the Washington Department of Licensing Broker Exam
Now, let's take a look at the last three steps listed above in more detail.
Pass a Background Check
You have to have your fingerprints taken before you're eligible to receive a Washington real estate broker's license. To do so, visit the IdentGo website to schedule an appointment, then show up and follow instructions to initiate your background check. You may need supporting documents if there's any uncertainty about prior employment, addresses, or personal details. Be sure to call if you have any questions about the process before your appointment.
It's recommended that you get started with your background check before you take your exam because it can take up to two weeks to get your results back. You also have to repeat this process every six years to keep your license active.
Complete your Pre-licensure Coursework
Washington state requires all aspiring agents to take 90 hours of pre-licensure coursework. This coursework includes 60 hours focused on real estate fundamentals and 30 hours focused on real estate practices. You'll have a specific period of time to complete your pre-licensure educational requirement. Failure to complete coursework before the deadline can result in additional fees.
Pass the Washington State Real Estate Exam
You must take the exam within two years of completing your coursework. To schedule an exam, you must first register with the state's testing vendor, PSI Testing Excellence. Select Washington in the student user section and follow the prompts to create your profile. Your real estate school will submit course completions to PSI electronically. Once you've completed your coursework, you can schedule your exam through the portal. You can also call PSI at 855-746-8168 to schedule by phone.
On test day, give yourself plenty of extra time to account for traffic or other unexpected delays, and be sure to arrive at the center early. Bring two current forms of identification that include your name and signature, and make sure at least one has a current photo. For more information on testing, check out the Candidate Handbook.
You'll have three and a half hours to complete the proctored exam. Once you're finished, the exam will be scored, and you'll be provided with a score report. You must score 70% or above on both the national and state portions of the exam to be eligible to apply for a broker license in Washington.
If you fail, you'll receive a report that includes instructions on how to schedule another test. If you pass one portion of the test but fail the other, you can re-take the failed portion. You will have to pay for each subsequent exam.
Submit Your Application to Become a Licensed Agent
After you pass your test, you have one year to submit your Washington real estate license application. You can send it by mail or apply online through the Washington Department of Licensing system. Send in your completed application along with any required documents. If you mail your application, make sure to include a check or money order (payable to the Department of Licensing.
Currently, a broker license costs $233, while a managing Broker license costs $320. Confirm current fee schedules and get the mailing address and portal link here. Your license must be renewed every two years.
Now you know how to apply for and receive your Washington real estate broker's license. Ready to get started? Enroll in Aceable Real Estate School's Washington pre-licensure course today.