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How To Get Your Washington, D.C. Real Estate License 

5 Steps Toward Getting Your Washington, D.C. Salesperson License

Getting a real estate license in Washington, D.C. might seem daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process.

Read on to learn about the five steps you’ll need to complete before starting your career in D.C. real estate. To learn about how much it costs to get your real estate license, visit our Washington, D.C. Pre-Licensing pricing page.

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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 certificate
  • 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 D.C. or elsewhere.

Quick Facts:

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

    Successfully complete an approved 60 clock-hour Pre-Licensing course. Learn more about your Pre-Licensing package options 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%.

  3. Pass the D.C. Real Estate Salesperson Exam.

    Next, you must take and pass the D.C. 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.

    Do you need help passing your Washington, D.C. real estate exam? The CE Shop also offers comprehensive Exam Prep tailored to Washington, D.C. If you have any additional questions, visit our Washington, D.C. real estate exam frequently asked questions page.

  4. Choose a Sponsoring Broker.

    To begin your new career, you must be sponsored by an active D.C. real estate Broker. It’s important to find a good fit when picking a Broker to work with as it’s a key factor to becoming a successful D.C. real estate agent.

    Here are some questions to consider when searching for the right Broker:

    • What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
    • What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
    • Are they technologically advanced and up-to-date with the latest systems?
    • How do they support their agents with education and training?
    • What kind of commission structure do they offer?
    • Do they offer benefits?
    • Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
    • Is there room to grow with the brokerage?

    If you aren’t sure how to find the right Sponsoring Broker to work with as you launch your D.C. real estate career, our Agent Start program can help. While taking Pre-Licensing courses with The CE Shop, you will be given the option to enroll in Agent Start, which aims to help connect you with our Broker partners in your area that are looking for new agents.

  5. Complete the application for licensure.

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

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