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Last Updated: 6/30/2020


There are a few requirements that the California BRE sets to obtain your California Salesperson License:
  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Complete 135 hours of required education.
  3. Apply for your Salesperson Exam/License Application (w/fingerprinting and background check).
  4. Pass the California Salesperson License Exam.

For more details on each item, see below:

1) Age Requirement

Anyone wanting to sell real estate in the State of California must be at least 18 years old.

2) Complete 135 hrs of Required Education

In order to apply for the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) state exam, you are required to complete 135 hours of DRE approved college level real estate courses. (Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, 1 Elective). These courses can be simple to study for and complete using our simple self-study method. In about 2 months you could be ready to apply for the DRE salesperson license exam.

We offer over a dozen elective courses, but generally recommend The Legal Aspects of Real Estate course for most people looking to get into the real estate business. The Legal Aspects course in combination with Real Estate Principles and Real Estate Practice will give a new licensee a good base to their career in either residential or commercial real estate.

3) Appling for your Salesperson Exam/License Application

This includes a fingerprinting and background check.

Once you have completed your required education, you can apply for your license exam. There are 2 forms that need to be filled out. The RE 435 Salesperson Exam/License Application and RE 237 Live Scan Service Request. These forms get mailed to DRE with a check in the amount of $305 to cover the exam and license fees.

If you need any help with this step, or want us to handle it for you, let us know.

4) Pass the California Salesperson License Exam

The DRE state exam is 150 questions and you will have just over three (3) hours to complete it. To pass it you will need a score of 70% or better.

DRE has a database of questions that cover all of the course topics above from the hundreds of textbook available. The required education alone is not enough to help someone pass the state exam. You want to make sure you get study material specifically for the state exam as well. This study material should include but not be limited to real estate vocabulary, a math review, acronyms, and over 1,000 questions and answers for you to study.

For more information about how to get your Real Estate License, see our packages at www.revei.com.

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