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How Do I Get My California Real Estate License?

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If you're considering starting a real estate career in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, or any other city in the state, you'll need to earn a California real estate license.To earn your real estate license in California, you must be at least 18 years old, successfully complete the 135-hour prelicensing education requirement with an approved school, be fingerprinted, and pass the California salesperson licensing exam. While the process to become a real estate agent is similar in most states, each state has unique steps that must be adhered to. The four steps to becoming a California real estate agent are as follows:

Step 1: Must be at Least 18 Years of Age

In addition to being 18 years of age, you must also be a citizen of the US.

Step 2: Register for and Complete 135 Hours of Required Education

In order to apply for the California Real Estate License Exam, the state requires you to complete 135 hours of the BRE-approved college-level real estate courses. We offer four education options that fulfill the 135-hour requirement.

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Step 3: Apply for Your Salesperson Exam/License Application, Including Fingerprinting and Background Check

Once you have completed your required education, you can apply for your license exam. The application process consists of submitting an application form and the licensee fees. If you are a first-time applicant, you must submit fingerprints. You must successfully pass the exam within two years of the date the application is submitted, or the application and fee will expire.

Step 4: Take the California Salesperson License Exam

To pass the California Salesperson License Exam, you will need a score of 70% or better.

Go into exam day knowing you are fully prepared for success. Enroll in our 2-Day Exam Prep Course, the ideal way to wrap up your required education with a review of key concepts and “Hot Topic” subject areas.