Colorado Broker Pre-Licensing

How to Become a Colorado Real Estate Agent

5 Steps Toward Getting Your Colorado Broker License

Getting licensed for your new career might seem a bit daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process. Read on to learn the five steps you’ll need to take before starting your career in Colorado real estate.




Complete 168 hours of Pre-Licensing education.

For first-time licensee candidates, 168 hours of Pre-Licensing education is required. The CE Shop’s advanced web-based platform, designed exclusively for real estate professionals, combines flexibility and the convenience of online learning.

Through comprehensive coursework containing real-world scenarios, practical exercises, and examples relevant to the real estate industry, The CE Shop prepares you to pass your licensing exam and provides you with the foundation you need to launch a successful real estate career.

The final 168-hour program exam contains a 100-question state specific exam and a 100-question national exam. A minimum score of 75% is required to pass the final exam and can be taken as many times as needed to pass. This exam does not need to be taken in the presence of a proctor.

For licensed attorneys, former licensees, or those with a current license in another jurisdiction seeking licensure in Colorado, please see the DORA Division of Real Estate website and the license qualification grid that identifies the education and examination requirements in detail for each candidate’s situation.



Schedule, take, and pass your licensing exam with PSI Exams.

DORA contracts with PSI to administer the Colorado Real Estate Broker Licensing Exam. This 154-question test is comprised of two portions, covering both state and national requirements. For more information, see the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin.


Complete a background check.

Colorado requires that all licensee candidates submit fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a criminal history background check. For more information, click here.



Acquire errors and omissions (E&O) insurance.

Every active Colorado real estate licensee and company must carry E&O insurance to protect themselves against claims of negligence. E&O insurance must be in place before obtaining an active license. For more information on E&O insurance, click here.



Complete the broker application.

As of 7/1/2015, the Colorado Division of Real Estate’s Online Services uses eLicense for new licensee candidates to apply for their broker license, and existing licensees to manage their license. Register with eLicense and follow the instructions allowing you to apply for the broker license.