Every Question You Need Answered to Get Your Real Estate License in Washington
We're here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry. Getting your real estate license in Washington is a big step, so to help we've collected and answered some frequently asked questions below.
How do I get a Washington real estate license?
Eligible candidates must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent, and must complete the following requirements per the Washington State Department of Licensing:
- Complete 90 hours of Pre-Licensing requirements, which includes a 60-hour course in Real Estate Fundamentals and a 30-hour course in Real Estate Practices
- Pass the Washington state real estate broker’s licensing exam
- Have your fingerprints taken for a background check
- Complete real estate license application
For details on licensing requirements, please visit the Washington State Department of Licensing. For details on the licensing examination, please see the Washington Real Estate Examination Program Candidate Handbook, provided by PSI/AMP, which is the state’s license examination vendor.
How long does it take to get a Washington real estate license?
The time it takes to get your Washington state real estate broker’s license depends on a number of factors, such as the time it takes to complete the required Pre-Licensing education courses and to schedule and take the broker’s licensing exam. Other factors include the time it takes to complete your fingerprint requirement and to submit your application for a broker’s license.
How much does it cost to get a Washington real estate license?
The fixed costs associated with obtaining a Washington state real estate broker’s license include:
- $138.25 – broker licensing examination fee
- $42.80 – fingerprint and background check fees
- $146.25 – broker license and application fee
Note: These costs are subject to be changed by the state at any time.
Other costs associated with obtaining your license include tuition and fees for completing the Pre-Licensing education requirement.
Where can I get my fingerprints taken for my Washington real estate license?
In order to get your fingerprints taken in Washington, you must schedule an appointment with MorphoTrust at www.identogo.com. IdentoGo is the state’s fingerprint vendor. For residents applying outside Washington, call Real Estate Regulatory at 360.664.6484 for a fingerprint card and submission instructions. For more details, please click here.
What are the differences in requirements between first-time renewals and subsequent renewals?
For Washington real estate brokers, the first active renewal period requires a minimum of 90 hours of Continuing Education. For subsequent renewals, a minimum of 30 hours of Continuing Education must be completed. For details on specific course requirements for each period, please click here.