4 Steps to Get Your Florida Real Estate License
Updated: 7 hours ago
If you’re ready to start a career in real estate and earn your license in Florida, here’s what you need to know to get down to business.
In Florida, real estate agents are known as "sales associates". Real estate sales associates are professionals who assist people to buy, sell or rent various type of properties. As a sales associate, you work with an affiliated broker who typically trains you, supports your activities, and pays you commissions from concluding real estate transactions.
Becoming a real estate agent requires a state license. The whole process of obtaining your license in Florida generally takes between 30 to 90 days. The amount of time it takes to get your license depends mainly on you, and how long it takes you to go through these four basic steps.
STEP 1: Take and Pass a Pre-License Course
All candidates are required to complete a 63-hour real estate licensing course prior to sitting for the state exam. 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.
Cost: Course prices range from $80 to $475.
STEP 2: Get Your Fingerprints Taken
The State of Florida requires a criminal background check before approving your real estate license application. 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. If you have a criminal history, your application will be reviewed to ensure that your criminal record will not disqualify you from becoming a real estate agent, depending on the type of criminal offense for which you were charged. Here frequently asked questions regarding electronic fingerprints.
Cost: From $50 to $80 depending on the provider.
STEP 3: Submit Your Real Estate Application
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a U.S. Social Security number and hold a high school diploma, or its equivalent. Florida residency is not required. Submit your application online or using a printable form. It takes about 10 days to get your application approval. Once approved, you will receive an email notification and a candidate ID number.
Cost: $83.75 payable to the Florida DBPR.
STEP 4: Schedule and Pass the State Exam
The Florida state exam is offered daily and can be taken conveniently from home through online proctoring 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%. After learning the basic concepts in the pre-licensing course, the key to passing the state exam is to complete practice tests and exam simulations included with most education programs. More information regarding the Florida real estate license examination is available in the candidate information booklet.
Cost: $36.75 payable to Pearson Vue.
You have passed the state exam. Now what?
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.