Washington D.C. Salesperson Pre-Licensing How to Become a D.C. Real Estate Agent

4 Steps Toward Getting Your Washington, D.C. Salesperson 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 four steps you’ll need to take before starting your career in Washington, D.C. real estate.




To start,

  • You must first be able to read, write, and understand the English language.
  • You must be a high school graduate or the holder of a high school equivalency certficiate
  • You must not have had a real estate application denied within the last year, other than failure to pass the required examination.
  • You must not have had a real estate license suspended or revoked in DC or elsewhere.

  1. Complete 60 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education.

    Successfully complete an approved 60 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. Find out more here.

  2. Pass the course final exam.

    After you complete all the course materials, meet the minimum time requirement, and pass the practice exam, there is a course final exam. The minimum passing score is 75%.

    You must take the final exam in the presence of a proctor, and you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a proctor in advance. Find out more about our online proctoring here.

  3. Pass the DC Real Estate Salesperson Exam.

    Next you must take and pass the DC licensing exam, which is administered by PSI. The National portion of this exam consists of 80 questions and a 120-minute time allowance and the State portion consists of 30 questions and a 90-minute time allowance. For more information, see the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin.

  4. Complete the application for licensure.

    After passing the licensing exam, you will submit a licensing application. To apply for your DC real estate salesperson license with the DC Real Estate Commission, click here.

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