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California Real Estate License FAQs

We are here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry.



Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Real Estate License in California

We'd be worried if you didn't have questions! Getting your real estate license in California is a big step, so to help, we've collected some frequently asked questions below.

How do I get a California real estate license?

Candidates must be at least 18 years or older, complete 135 hours of required Pre-Licensing education, and find a licensed CA real estate broker to work under. Next, you must apply for the state Salesperson Exam and submit an application for a license, which includes fingerprinting and a background check. Upon successful completion of the California Salesperson License Exam, you are eligible for licensing.


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

Due to mandatory educational waiting periods combined with other requirements, the entirety of the process generally takes anywhere from five to six months. However, the time it takes to get a California real estate license can vary depending upon a number of factors. It may take a few months to complete the required 135 hours of Pre-Licensing coursework, find a sponsoring broker, go through the application process, and take the California Salesperson examination.


How much does it cost to get a California real estate license?

California state fees to become a real estate salesperson include a $60 exam fee and $245 licensing fee. Other costs include Pre-Licensing course tuition, which can range anywhere from $125 up to $700 depending on the package and the provider.

Note: These costs are subject to be changed by the state at any time.


Where do I take California real estate license exam?

Examinations are generally administered throughout the state and include locations in Fresno, San Diego, the Los Angeles vicinity, Oakland, and Sacramento. For more information about times and locations, go to the California’s Department of Real Estate here.


What courses are required for a California real estate license?

There are three 45-hour courses that make up the required 135 hours of Pre-Licensing coursework. Those three courses are Real Estate Principals, Real Estate Practices, and Real Estate Finance.




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