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How to Get Your Florida Real Estate License

Discover how to become a real estate agent in Florida and explore the licensing requirements to succeed as a Realtor® in the Sunshine State.


Florida residency is not required

Complete the process entirely online from anywhere

Take the State exam from home

Steps to Become a Florida Real Estate Agent

In Florida, individuals commonly referred to as "real estate agents" are officially designated as "sales associates." After gaining two years of experience in this role, individuals have the opportunity to advance their careers by becoming a real estate broker. Learn the four key steps to start your career as a sales associate in Florida.




Take and Pass a Pre-License Course

All candidates are required to complete 63 hours of online or classroom approved pre-licensing education


In Florida, sales associate licensing courses can be completed online with a state-approved school. The course certification is valid for two (2) years from the date of completion. 

Get Your Fingerprints Taken

Florida requires a criminal background checked before issuing a real estate license. Digital fingerprints can be taken at any authorized location across the US. Make an appointment online or contact IdentoGO at (800) 528-1358 for more information.

You can search for an IdentoGO location by region or ZIP code here. The Originating Agency Identification (ORI) number to provide for real estate licenses is FL920010Z. If you have a criminal history, your application will be reviewed on its own merit to determine if the good moral character requirement has been met.





Submit Your Application

You must be at least 18 years of age, have a United States social security number and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. You don't have to be a Florida resident to apply and obtain your real estate license.


Submit your application online or using a printable form to the Florida DBPR. It takes about 10 days to get your application approval. Once approved, you will receive an email notification and a candidate ID number (FLREAPP ID) in order to schedule your state exam.

Schedule and Pass the Florida Real Estate Exam

After receiving your approval confirmation and candidate ID number (FLREAPP ID) by email, you can schedule your state exam. Florida uses Pearson VUE to manage and oversee their real estate license tests. The exam is available daily at Pearson VUE test centers across United States. To register, call Pearson VUE at 888-204-6289 or visit their website.

You have 3.5 hours to answer 100 multiple-choice questions (a, b, c, d). The passing score is 75%. You can retake the Florida state exam as many times as you wish. You simply need to wait 24 hours to reschedule the examination.​ More information regarding the Florida real estate license examination is available in the candidate information booklet.



To obtain your real estate license in Florida in 2024, you should expect to spend approximately $325, covering the costs of the pre-licensing course, background check, application fee, and the state examination.

1. Pre-Licensing Course
2. Background Check
3. Application
4. State Examination
Total Cost

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get my real estate license in Florida?
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It takes an average of 10 weeks to get a real estate agent license in Florida. The exact amount of time it requires to obtain your license mainly depends on how fast it takes you to go through these four steps:

1. Time to complete your pre-license course: 45 days in average.
2. Time to schedule and get your fingerprints: 7 days in average.
3. Time to submit your application and get approved: 10 days in average.
4. Time to schedule and take your state exam: 8 days in average.

Total time: 70 days (10 weeks).

How hard is the real estate exam in Florida?
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The real estate exam definitely needs to be taken seriously. Besides the pre-license course, the key to pass the test on your first attempt is to focus on the “exam prep program” that follows the course. This module increases the chance of successfully passing the state exam by more than 40%.

How many times can I take the Florida State exam?
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There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the real estate state exam in Florida. Candidates who fail the exam are entitled to reschedule the test the next day. The fee to retake the real estate exam in Florida is $57.75.

You Have Passed the State Exam. Now What?

Affiliate with a broker

Once you have successfully passed the state exam, you will be set to activate your license and launch your real estate career. A sales associate can only operate with one employing broker at a time. The license can be activated through your broker or by submitting the DBPR-RE 11 form.

Connect with a local Realtor® association

State local boards offer several success opportunities. You will also become a member of the National Association of Realtors®.

Complete Your Florida Real Estate 45-Hour Post-Licensing Course

Prior to your first license renewal deadline, you must complete 45 hours of post-licensing education

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