How to Get Started
For Real Estate Broker
Minimum Requirements to Apply for the Broker Exam and License
To obtain a real estate broker license, you must first qualify
for and pass a written examination. Those who pass the examination
are provided a license application which must be submitted to
and approved by the CalBRE Sponsor ID S0629. For complete statutory requirements and
qualification patterns, see Instructions
to License Applicants.
Age: To apply for a license, you must be 18 years of age or older.
Residence: License applicants must provide Proof
of Legal Presence in the U.S. If not a California resident,
Honesty: License applicants must be honest and
truthful. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a
license. Failure to disclose any criminal violation or disciplinary
action in an applicant's entire history may also result in the
denial of a license. For further information, see Help
Avoid Denial of Your License Application and Application Eligibility
Information (RE 222).
Experience: A minimum of two years full-time
licensed salesperson experience within the last five years preceding
the application or provide satisfactory proof to the commissioner
of other experience equivalent to two years of full-time experience
as a real estate salesperson. For further information,see Documenting Experience Requirements for the Broker Examination.
Education: Applicants for a real estate broker
license examination must have successfully completed eight three-semester-unit
(or Equivalent) College –level courses taken at an accredited
institution of higher learning or a private vocational school
approved by the commissioner. The courses include:
- Real Estate Practice
- Legal Aspects of Real Estate
- Real Estate Finance
- Real Estate Appraisal
- Real Estate Economics or Accounting
- And three* courses from the following group:
- Real Estate Principles
- Business Law
- Property Management
- Real Estate Office Administration
- Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
- Advanced Legal Aspects of Real Estate
- Advanced Real Estate Finance
- Advanced Real Estate Appraisal
- Computer Applications in Real Estate
- Common Interest Developments
* If both Real Estate Economics and Accounting are taken, only two courses from the above group are required.
Continuing education offerings do not satisfy the college-level course requirements for this examination.
The courses must be completed prior to being scheduled for an
examination. Copies of official transcripts are generally acceptable
evidence of completed courses. Transcripts of other courses, submitted
as an equivalent course of study in lieu of the statutory courses,
must be accompanied by an official course or catalog description
in order to be evaluated.
Courses completed through foreign institutions of higher learning
must be evaluated by a foreign credentials evaluation service
approved by the Department of Real Estate. See Examination
Applicant Foreign Education Information (RE 223).
NOTE: Applicants who have completed the eight
college-level courses statutorily required for the broker examination
and license are eligible to take the broker
NOTE: Attorneys who are members of the bar of
any State in the United States generally are exempt from both
experience and education requirement that are required for the
broker examination. The may apply for broker examination without
providing further evidence of education or experience.
NOTE: The Bureau of Real Estate can not
issue or renew a license if the applicant is on a list of persons
who are delinquent in making court-ordered child support payments.
See CalBRE Sponsor ID S0629 website for more information