How to Get Your Florida Real Estate License
Learn how to become a real estate agent in Florida. Understand Florida's real estate licensing requirements and the sales associate application process.
Florida residency is not required
Complete the process entirely online from anywhere
Take the State exam from home
Do you hold a real estate license in another state?
4 Steps to Become a Real Estate Agent 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, all required real estate license 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 Pearson Vue at 877-238-8232 for more information.
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. Here frequently asked questions regarding electronic fingerprints.
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 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) by email, you can schedule your state exam. The Florida state exam is offered daily and can be taken conveniently online at home from anywhere or at a Pearson Vue test center. Test centers are located throughout the United States.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get my real estate license in Florida?
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?
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?
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 $36.75.
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
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.