How to Get Your Salesperson Real Estate License in District of Columbia


Becoming licensed may seem like a daunting undertaking at first, but we’ve demystified the process for you. Follow these simple steps to get started today!



Successfully complete the 60-hour Salesperson qualifying course with an approved education provider.

Why choose The CE Shop for Pre-Licensing? LEAP is the best of the classroom environment with the convenience of online delivery. We offer an engaging learning experience with the freedom and flexibility of online learning.



Complete the course final exam with a proctor.

After you complete all the course materials, meet the minimum time requirement, and pass the practice exam, there is a 110-question final exam. The passing score is 75%. Don't worry, we give you a practice exam first.

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


Choose a broker to support you through the process.

How do you choose the right broker? Brokers are not one-size-fits-all, which is why it’s important to do your research before choosing the brokerage that is right for you. Remember that you represent the broker that you choose, but they also represent you. You can start by asking these questions and decide if it aligns with what is the most important to you.

  • What is their reputation - locally and nationally?
  • What kind of agents are they looking for?
  • Are they up-to-date technologically?
  • How do they support their agents with the education and training they provide?
  • What kind of commission and benefits do they offer?
  • Do they provide agents with leads and marketing materials?



Register and take the DC National Salesperson Exam.

After successful completion of coursework, schedule a date for your Pre-Licensing exam. The exam is administered by Pearson VUE, and the examination fee is $61.50, and it must be paid in advance (no walk-ins).

  • Registration can be done at the Pearson VUE website here or by calling Pearson VUE at 800.274.2602. Be sure to select the SALESPERSON exam. You will be required to create an account on the site (through the PULSE Portal) in order to register for your exam. The site also has a list of testing centers.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before exam time.
  • Bring your Certificate of Completion from Pre-Licensing coursework (retain a copy of this for your records and to submit with your application).
  • Bring 2 pieces of current (non-expired) identification, at least one of which is government-issued, photo-bearing, and contains your signature (e.g., passport or driver’s license). Identification must be in English.
  • Passing grade is 75%.



Once you have passed the state exam, apply for a license within 6 months.

You must apply within 6 months of passing your licensing exam (if you wait six months plus one day you will be required to retake your exam).

Follow the application procedure on your SCORE Report, which will be provided at the exam site after you pass your exam.

You can apply for your license online here.  

There is a licensing fee for Salespersons, which includes the Guaranty Fund payment.


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