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How Do I Get My Washington Real Estate License?

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If you're considering starting a real estate career in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, or any other city in the state, you'll need to earn a Washington real estate license.To earn your real estate license in Washington, you must complete 90 hours of approved education, take the Washington Broker licensing exam, submit to fingerprinting, and apply for a state license. 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 five steps to becoming a Washington real estate agent are as follows:

Step 1: Be at Least 18 Years of Age

In addition to being at least 18 years of age, you must also be a US citizen or permanent resident alien and show proof of high school graduation or equivalent. More information about requirements can be found on the Washington State Department of Licensing website.

Step 2: Complete Your Required Education

You must successfully complete 90 hours of approved real estate education within a two-year time frame before you can take the broker's exam. The 90 hours of education must consist of a 60-hour course in Real Estate Fundamentals and a 30-hour course in Real Estate Practices. It's easy to complete the requirement with Brightwood's approved Washington licensing education.

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Step 3: Take the Washington Broker's Exam

Register and pass the broker's exam with the exam provider, Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP). For more information on scheduling your exam, visit the Washington State Department of Licensing website. To schedule your exam, you may vist the AMP website at http://www.goamp.com/Pages/Candidate-Information.aspx.

Step 4: Have Your Fingerprints Taken

You'll receive a fingerprint card at the testing center when you take your broker's exam. Go to a fingerprinting service approved by Washington State Patrol's website and have your fingerprints taken.

Step 5: Apply For Your State License

Complete the Washington State Department of Licensing Real Estate License Application and return it along with your fingerprint card.