Article Summary: This article will help anyone looking for information pertaining to a real estate license in the state of Florida or anyone looking to become a real estate agent or realtor in Florida. Contents of this article may include information on real estate education, schools, training courses, continuing education, tests and exams, laws, license requirements, renewal information, forms and more..

A seven member Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) functions under The Florida State Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), Division of Real Estate.   The commission is made up of five real estate licensees that have each been licensees for at least five years, and two persons that have never been licensees.

The Florida Real Estate Commission administers and enforces the real estate laws of the state that affect all aspects of a Florida real estate license.

The requirements to become a real estate agent in Florida include being at least 18 years of age and having a high school diploma or its equivalent. Arrest and police history needs to be provided, plus fingerprints that are no older than 60 days. Upon meeting the Florida real estate education requirements, an applicant may apply for and take the states real estate exams.

The applicant for a real estate sales associate license in Florida has to complete 63 classroom-hours covering required Florida real estate courses. Each course is valid for a two year period. Those who have a permanent physical disability may qualify for correspondence pre-licensing if unable to attend classroom courses. The holder of a sales associate license also needs to fulfill a post-licensing education requirement.

The applicant for the sales associate license must pass the Florida real estate exam for sales associates with a grade of at least 75. After passing the exam the applicant needs to submit DBPR RE-10 to activate the license.

The Candidate Information Booklet is a useful tool in preparing for the exam.  The fee to take the exam is $105. A sales associate must complete the 45-hour post-licensing course, within the initial renewal period, prior to the expiration date

The applicant for a real estate broker license in Florida must already hold an active sales associate license and have actively completed at least 12 months of real estate experience during the 5 year period preceding his application. It is possible for this experience to be in a different state. The applicant for a broker license must also complete 72 classroom hours of specific Florida real estate courses. Each course is valid for two years. Those who are disabled may qualify for a correspondence pre-licensing course.

Applicants need to pass the Florida real estate exams with a grade of at least 75. After passing the exam the applicant needs to submit DBPR RE-10 in order to activate their license. Once licensed, 60 classroom hours of specific Florida real estate courses are required before the expiration of the initial broker license. To apply for a broker license, the fee is $115.

Florida maintains mutual recognition, or  reciprocity agreements with nine other states. If an applicant for a Florida real estate license is already licensed in one of these other states, the applicant might be able to waive educational and examination requirements in Florida.

You can locate the Florida real estate agent forms online. All license applications and renewal applications are also available online.

There are dozens of Florida real estate schools, making the process of taking real estate courses convenient. Distance education is also available online for Florida real estate education courses, and also for real estate continuing education in Florida, under special circumstances.

Both Sales Associates and brokers are requited to complete 14 hours of continuing education every two years after their first license renewal.  Florida attorneys who are members in good standing with the Florida Bar are exempt from the 14 hour continuing education course but are not exempt from the 45-hour post licensing course.

You may renew a real estate license in Florida online, or by telephone (850-487-1395). When you pay the appropriate renewal fees you are automatically affirming that you have completed the required education courses. Education Certificates are not sent with the renewal. Compliance with the education requirements is handled by taking a random audit of individuals. For either a sales associate or broker to renew a real estate license in Florida, the fee is $65.00. For a broker to renew a license the fee is $72.50. When you are late renewing there is a $45 late fee.

Florida real estate careers are strengthened by membership in the many organizations that provide real estate jobs for the industry. The professional holding a real estate license joins with organizations like The Florida Association of Realtors (FAR) which serves over 90,000 members and 10,000 member firms. The FAR has offices in Tallahassee and Orlando.

Other organizations that an agent might connect with are the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) assist many in locating real estate jobs within the industry. The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) and The National Association of Realtors (NAR), the world's largest professional association, are excellent resources for real estate education and professional enrichment.

Florida Real Estate Forms

Florida Reciprocity States

  • Most real estate forms can be found online Ones listed below pertain to new salespersons and brokers.
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas Real Estate licensees must have held an active broker’s or sales associate’s license for at least 24 months during the preceding five years if the applicant is a broker. Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska

(as of 2/23/2010)

Florida Approved Real Estate Schools Prelicensing and Postlicensing Education
Community Colleges

Atlantic College
Community College
Flagler College
Miami Dade College
St. Petersburg College
Southern College
University of Central Florida, Orlando
Private Schools

Florida Inst. of Professional Studies (Clearwater)
Florida Real Estate Institute, Inc (Orange Park)
Greater Tampa Assn of Realtors (Tampa)
Gulf Coast School of Real Estate, Inc. (Miami Lakes)
Hawkins of Real Estate (Pensacola)
Int’l Academy of Real Estate (Miami)
Southern Real Estate Academy (Naples)
Last Update:  3/1/2010
This list may not include all approved schools. Please visit the Florida Real Estate Commission website for the latest list of Approved Real Estate Schools.