The Real Estate Industry

Getting Your Real Estate License

Working as a real estate agent is unlike any other career. Real estate agents have limitless earning potential, control over their schedules, and can work wherever they want. Real estate agents are entrepreneurs at heart. They find leads, solve their client’s problems, and they collect a big commission when the deal closes.

Becoming a part-time real estate agent is a great way for people to transition into a full-time career. They can test the waters to see if this career is the right fit. You don’t have to go all-in with a real estate license. You can use it to start that side hustle you’ve always dreamt about.

Steps to Your RE License

Steps to Your RE License

One of the benefits of a real estate license is the ability to find the best properties first. The MLS is only accessed by those with a real estate license. That means you can beat out listing directories like Redfin or Zillow to be the first one to make an irresistible offer on your dream property.
  • Real Estate Agent
    • STEP 1: DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY
      To become a licensed real estate salesperson, you must be at least 18 years old, have a Social Security number or an individual taxpayer identification number (!TIN), and have proof that you completed at least three college-level courses in the specific subject matter.*

      *Except for members of the California State Bar
      • STEP 2 APPLY ONLINE (EXAM ONLY)
        Apply online or complete the Examination Application RE 400A
        • STEP 3: SUBMIT APPLICATION AND FEES
          Completed applications must include the appropriate fee ($60) and evidence you meet the education requirement
          • STEP 4: SCHEDULE AN EXAM
            After DRE approves your exam application (approx. 2-4 weeks), you must pass a computer-based multiple-choice exam. Reasonable accommodations to take the exam is available.
            • STEP 5: APPLY FOR LICENSE
              After passing the exam, you'll be eligible to download your license application from eLicensing on DRE's website. Submit the completed application, required fees ($300), and Live Scan fingerprints.
              • STEP 6: GET YOUR LICENSE
                After DRE approves your license application, you can print your license certificate from DRE's website. You will receive a license pocket card in the mail within a few weeks.
      • STEP 2 APPLY ONLINE (EXAM AND LICENSE)
        Apply online or complete the Examination Application RE 435
        • STEP 3: SUBMIT APPLICATION AND FEES
          Completed applications must include the appropriate fee ($305), evidence you meet the education requirements, and Live Scan fingerprints
          • STEP 4: SCHEDULE AN EXAM
            After DRE approves your application (approx. 4-8 weeks), you must pass a computer-based multiple-choice exam. Reasonable accommodations to take the exam is available.
            • STEP 5: GET YOUR LICENSE
              Once your license is issued, you can print your license certificate from DRE's website. You will receive a license pocket card in the mail within a few weeks.
The real estate industry connects with everyone. Everyone needs to rent or buy land. At some point in everyone’s life, they will need to have some knowledge about real estate. You can gain another level of knowledge that you can take with you anywhere you want in life.
At a standard job, you usually have a set salary or wage that determines how much money you are able to make. That is not the case for a real estate agent. There is no cap on income, so the more work you put into the job, the more money you make.
  • Real Estate Broker
    • STEP 1: DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY
      To become a licensed real estate broker you must be at least 18 years old, have a Social Security number or an individual taxpayer identification number (!TIN), have proof that you completed at least eight college-level courses in specific subject matter,* and 1) have two years of full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years or two years of full-time equivalent non-licensed experience, or 2) have a degree from a four-year university with a major or minor in real estate.
      • STEP 2: APPLY ONLINE (EXAM ONLY)
        Apply online or complete the Examination Application RE 400B
        • STEP 3 SUBMIT APPLICATION AND FEES
          Completed applications must include the appropriate fee ($95) and evidence you meet the education requirement.
          • STEP 4 SCHEDULE AN EXAM
            After DRE approves your exam application (approx. 2-4 weeks), you must pass a computer-based multiple-choice exam. Reasonable accommodations to take the exam is available.
            • STEP 5: APPLY FOR LICENSE
              After passing the exam, you'll be eligible to download your license application from eLicensing on DRE's website. Submit the completed application, required fees ($300), and Live Scan fingerprints.
              • STEP 6: GET YOUR LICENSE
                After DRE approves your license application, you can print your license certificate from DRE's website. You will receive a license pocket card in the mail within a few weeks.
      • STEP 2 APPLY ONLINE (EXAM AND LICENSE)
        Apply online or complete the Examination Application RE 436
        • STEP 3: SUBMIT APPLICATION AND FEES
          Completed applications must include the appropriate fee ($395), evidence you meet the education requirements, and Live Scan fingerprints.
          • STEP 4: SCHEDULE AN EXAM
            After DRE approves your application (approx. 4-8 weeks), you must pass a computer-based multiple-choice exam. Reasonable accommodations to take the exam is available.
            • STEP 5: GET YOUR LICENSE
              Once your license is issued, you can print your license certificate from DRE's website. You will receive a license pocket card in the mail within a few weeks.
Steps to Your RE License

Steps to Your RE License

STEP 1: DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY

To become a licensed real estate salesperson, you must be at least 18 years old, have a Social Security number or an individual taxpayer identification number (!TIN), and have proof that you completed at least three college-level courses in the specific subject matter.* * Except for members of the California State Bar

STEP 2: APPLY ONLINE (EXAM ONLY)

Apply online or complete the Examination Application RE 400A

STEP 3: SUBMIT APPLICATION AND FEES

Completed applications must include the appropriate fee ($60) and evidence you meet the education requirement

STEP 4: SCHEDULE AN EXAM

After DRE approves your exam application (approx. 2-4 weeks), you must pass a computer-based multiple-choice exam. Reasonable accommodations to take the exam is available.

STEP 5: APPLY FOR LICENSE

After passing the exam, you'll be eligible to download your license application from eLicensing on DRE's website. Submit the completed application, required fees ($300), and Live Scan fingerprints.

STEP 6: GET YOUR LICENSE

After DRE approves your license application, you can print your license certificate from DRE's website. You will receive a license pocket card in the mail within a few weeks.

STEP 1: DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY

To become a licensed real estate broker you must be at least 18 years old, have a Social Security number or an individual taxpayer identification number (!TIN), have proof that you completed at least eight college-level courses in specific subject matter,* and 1) have two years of full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years or two years of full-time equivalent non-licensed experience, or 2) have a degree from a four-year university with a major or minor in real estate.

STEP 2: APPLY ONLINE (EXAM ONLY)

Apply online or complete the Examination Application RE 400B

STEP 3: SUBMIT APPLICATION AND FEES

Completed applications must include the appropriate fee ($95) and evidence you meet the education requirement.

STEP 4: SCHEDULE AN EXAM

After DRE approves your exam application (approx. 2-4 weeks), you must pass a computer-based multiple-choice exam. Reasonable accommodations to take the exam is available.

STEP 5: APPLY FOR LICENSE

After passing the exam, you'll be eligible to download your license application from eLicensing on DRE's website. Submit the completed application, required fees ($300), and Live Scan fingerprints.

STEP 6: GET YOUR LICENSE

After DRE approves your license application, you can print your license certificate from DRE's website. You will receive a license pocket card in the mail within a few weeks.