Florida Real Estate License Requirements

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Florida Real Estate Licensing Requirements

This licensing information is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education requirements established by the Florida Real Estate Commission. We recommend you contact the Florida Real Estate Commission for more detailed information or changes.

Florida Real Estate Salesperson Pre-License Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must have a United States Social Security number to apply for any real estate license
  • Must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Pre-license education: Must complete and pass a Florida Real Estate Commission approved 63-hour Sales Associate pre-licensing course
  • The Candidate Handbook is a useful source to help guide you through the examination process
  • The fee is $105 which can be paid either by using the FREC Online Services or by personal check
  • An applicant must have a background check as part of the licensing process
  • Complete the Application for Sales Associate License (DBPR RE 1) by clicking on “Apply for a License” from the department’s home page. The application can be completed using "Online Services" or using a "Printable Application".
  • The examination is given by Pearson Vue; see Florida real estate license exam prep
  • The department issues the license automatically within approximately 7 to 10 business days of passing the examination
  • Pre-License Requirements (NOTE: If you fail the end of course online exam, FREC rules require that you must wait 30 days for the date of the original exam to retest)

Florida Real Estate Broker Pre-License Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be holder of a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • You must have a United States Social Security number to apply for any real estate license
  • Complete the DBPR RE-2 Application for Broker License. You may complete the application using our Online services or through paper application. You can find the information under the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Main page tab “Apply for a License” > click “Check here” > click “Real Estate” > click “Real Estate Broker” (You have three options-upgrading from Sales Associate to Broker; Broker out-of-state; Mutual Recognition Agreement.)
  • To apply for a broker license the fee is $115.00. This breaks down to: $20.00 non-refundable application fee; $90.00 license fee; $5.00 unlicensed activity fee.
  • All applicants must complete the electronic fingerprint process. The process is handled by Pearson VUE.
  • Pre-Licensing Education: Applicants upgrading from sales associate to broker or applying from out-of-state must complete the Florida 72-hour pre-licensing course. Exemptions from Pre-Licensing Education: Individuals with a four year in real estate degree. Please submit an original college transcript with your application for review and consideration. Failure to submit your transcripts may result in the delay in the processing of your application.
  • Held an active sales associates license for at least 24 months during the preceding five years in Florida or any other state, territory, or jurisdiction. For individuals applying from out-of-state, you require a certification of license history from your state showing initial license date, current status, disciplinary, and length of active time. See Section 475.17(2) (b), F.S. for complete experience requirements.
  • Applicants upgrading from sales associate to broker and applicants applying using out-of-state experience will be required to take the full 100 question state exam. Applicants applying using Mutual Recognition will be required to take the 40 question law portion of the state exam. See Florida real estate license exam prep.

Florida Real Estate Salesperson Post-License Requirements

  • Licensees that received their initial license by applying as: Initial Sales Associate (completing the 63 hour pre-licensing education), applied through Mutual Recognition Agreement, and attorneys must complete post-licensing courses prior to the expiration of the initial license.
  • Licensees that received their initial license by qualifying using a four-year degree in real estate will not be required to complete post-licensing education but will be required to complete continuing education after the initial renewal of their license.
  • A sales associate must complete the 45-hour post licensing course within the initial renewal period, prior to the expiration date. The expiration date can be found on their license or they may view it through their online account.
  • Post-License Requirements (NOTE: If you fail the end of course online exam, FREC rules require that you must wait 30 days for the date of the original exam to retest)

Florida Real Estate Broker Post-License Requirements

  • A broker must complete the 60-hour post-licensing course, within the initial renewal period, prior to the expiration date. The
    expiration date can be found on the license or viewed on the broker’s online account.
  • A person with a four year real estate degree is the only person exempt from post-licensing education.

Florida Real Estate License Continuing Education Requirements

  • Must complete 14 hours of continuing education every two years after the first renewal prior to your license expiring
  • Continuing Education Requirements (Note: According to FREC rules, if you fail the end of course online exam, you must retake the whole course before you will have access to the retake exam.
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