What are the California Real Estate License Requirements


Interested in getting into real estate in the Golden State, but wondering about California real estate license requirements? You will have to jump through a few hoops, but you can start your new career in less than a year! In fact, you can finish in as little as 14.5 weeks. Here's all you need to know. 

The 7 California Real Estate License Requirements You Need to Know

What do you need to do to become a real estate agent in California? Here are the basics.

1. Age

First, you need to be at least 18 years old.

2. Honesty

You must have a history of being an honest and truthful person, which means a conviction could disqualify you. However, you can request to have your situation considered on an individual basis, so it's worth trying if you think you can make your case. 

3. Courses

You must complete the required coursework as follows:

  • Three college-level courses, worth one semester credit each, at an institution of higher learning (accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or comparable), or;

  • Three 45-hour courses from a private school (like Aceable Real Estate School) that offers courses that have been approved by the Department of Real Estate.

The first course must be on Real Estate Principles, the second on Real Estate Practice, and the third on a third topic you can choose from a list (e.g. real estate appraisal, property management, etc.). At Aceable Real Estate School, the third course offered is on the California Legal Aspects of Real Estate.

There are a few exceptions to the course requirements above, which include:

  • If you are a member of the California State Bar, you don't need to complete the courses.  

  • if you've complete the eight statutory college-level courses for the broker exam and license, you can be eligible for the salesperson exam.

4. Fingerprints

You'll need to be ready to submit a set of classifiable fingerprints with your application. The DOJ and FBI must confirm that you have no criminal history. 

5. Exam

Once you completed your courses, you'll need to take and pass the written California real estate exam with a score of 70% or higher. It comes with a fee of $60. 

6. License Application

After passing the exam, you can submit your application to the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) and pay the fee, which is currently $245

7. Find a Broker

In California, you must work under the supervision of a licensed broker and are required to immediately find one to work with. 

Once all of these California real estate license requirements have been completed, you can become a licensed real estate agent on your way to earning commissions!

Start Your Real Estate Journey

Ready to start on the path to becoming a real estate agent? If you meet the age and honesty California real estate license requirements, the next step is to enroll in your courses. Aceable Real Estate School makes it easy, as we bring the DRE-approved coursework to you. You can log in on your computer or smartphone, download the course PDFs, and complete them whenever you have time.

Once you finish a course, you'll take an online exam on the material that helps to prepare you for the final state exam. If you ever have questions, you'll have a master instructor standing by ready to provide you with answers via email. 

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