Article Summary: This article will help anyone looking for information pertaining to a real estate license in the state of California or anyone looking to become a real estate agent or realtor in California. 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..
The State of California Department of Real Estate supervises all
aspects of the real estate industry in California. Their main mission is to protect the
public, and they have five district offices: Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland and
San Diego. There are over 127,000 people holding a real estate broker license in
California, and over 321,900 people holding a real estate salesperson license. This means
close to a half-million people with California real estate licenses are employed in real
estate careers, with hundreds of thousands more in related real estate jobs.
The requirements to become a real estate agent in California include being at least 18
years of age. The applicants for a
real estate salesperson license must provide proof that they are a legal
resident of the United States, and proof that they are honest and truthful. Conviction of
a crime can result in the denial of a license. Fingerprints and a $56 fingerprinting fee
are part of the application for the real estate exam. No experience is required for
applying for a real estate salesperson license; however, the following educational
requirements need to be met.
Three real estate courses, as specified by the Department of Real Estate, must be
completed either before taking the examination or within 18 months afterwards. The
California real estate education prelicensure requirements may be met by three
semester-units or four quarter-units at college level from an accredited school or
college, or from a private real estate school approved by the Department of Real Estate.
The applicants for a real
estate broker license
in California must also be at least 18 years of age and
provide proof of legal residence. Residency in California is not required in order to hold
a California real estate license. However, California does not have a reciprocity
agreement with any other state to allow a waiver of any of the requirements. Out-of-state
residents must file a Consent to Service
of Process (RE 234)
with the Department of Real Estate, and also provide
fingerprints and the $56 fingerprint fee.
Applicants for the real estate broker license need a minimum of two full years, full
time, during the last five years as a real estate salesperson. Applicant eligibility includes equivalent experience in many cases.
An applicant with a four-year degree from an accredited college may be exempt from the
two-year salesperson experience requirement. This may be verified by submitting either a
copy of the diploma or transcript showing the degree earned. Regardless of the degree, the
applicant must show evidence (transcripts) of having completed the eight required
college-level courses at the time of filing the application. The eight required courses,
which is considered the equivalent of a minor in Real Estate, may be part of the degree
requirements or they may be completed separately from the degree course work.
The examination application for the real estate salesperson license may be filed
online. The examination fee for
the real estate salesperson license is $60 and the license fee is $245. The examination
fee and license fee may be paid together, and may also be paid by credit card online.
The examination application for the broker license may be filed online. The
examination fee is $95 and the license fee is $300. Examinations are scheduled at least
six weeks into the future from the time the examination application is filed.
Those holding a California real estate broker license must maintain a California
business address if engaging in business in California. It they are not engaging in
business in California they must file an Out-of-State Broker Acknowledgement (RE 235).
California real estate careers are strengthened by membership in the many organizations
that provide real estate jobs for the industry. The professional holding a broker license
joins with organizations like The California Association of Realtors,
Association of Business Brokers, the California Building Industry Association
and the California Association of Community Managers. On the national
level, a connection with the Association of Real
Estate License Law Officials benefits everyone in the real estate industry.