Colorado Broker Pre-Licensing How to Become a CO Real Estate Agent

6 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. Watch the video to learn the six steps you’ll need to take before starting your career in Colorado real estate.




To start, you must be at least 18 years of age.

  1. Complete 168 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education.

    Successfully complete an approved 168 clock hour Pre-Licensing course.

    The CE Shop offers this mandatory course through its advanced web-based platform, where the best of the classroom is combined with the flexibility and convenience of online learning. We prepare you for your licensing exam while providing you with the knowledge you need to begin a promising career in real estate.

    For licensed attorneys, those that have received a degree from a university with a major course of study in real estate, 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 unique situation.

  2. Pass the course final exam.

    At the end of each course, you must take and pass a course final exam. Depending on the course length, each course final exam consists of either 20 questions or 50 questions.

    Upon completing the entire 168-hour program, you must take a program final exam. This final exam consists of 100 state-specific questions and 100 national questions, and the minimum passing score is 75%.

  3. Pass the Colorado Real Estate Broker exam.

    Next, you'll take and pass the Colorado Real Estate Broker Licensing Exam, which is administered by PSI. This exam consists of an 80-question National portion with a 120-minute time allowance and a 74-question State portion with a 110-minute time allowance. For more information, see the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin.

  4. Complete a background check.

    You must next submit a set of fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. These fingerprints are used to conduct a Colorado and federal fingerprint-based criminal history background check utilizing records from the CBI and the FBI. For more information click here.

  5. Acquire errors and omissions (E&O) insurance.

    You must have an E&O insurance policy in place before obtaining an active license. For more information, click here.

  6. Complete the application.

    The Colorado Division of Real Estate’s Online Services uses eLicense for new licensee candidates to apply for their broker license, and for existing licensees to manage their license. Register with eLicense and follow the instructions to officially apply for your broker license.

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