FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How do I get a real estate (sales associate’s) license in Florida?


To become a sales associate you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.

  • Hold a high school diploma, or its equivalent.

  • Meet the qualifications of Chapter 475.17 of the Florida Statutes.

  • Successfully complete a 63-hour pre-licensing course for sales associates.

  • Submit completed application, electronic fingerprint receipt and appropriate fee (you may submit this package prior to completing the pre-licensing course).

  • Pass the Florida Real Estate Sales Associate Examination with a score of at least 75.

  • Activate the license, if you plan to work immediately as a sales associate.

 

How do I activate my sales associate Florida real estate license?

  • To activate the license, you must submit a completed DBPR Form (request for change of status) to the DBPR (Department of Business and Professional Regulation).

  • This form can be submitted at the examination site, or submitted to the Division of Real Estate at the DBPR.

  • Without this form, the license is automatically issued in an inactive status.

  

I already have a real estate license in another state. Does Florida recognize this license?


The following states have entered into a mutual recognition agreement with Florida:

  • Alabama

  • Arkansas

  • Connecticut

  • Georgia

  • Indiana

  • Mississippi

  • Nebraska

  • Oklahoma

For more information about the mutual recognition click here.

Can I become a broker before I become a sales associate?

  • No. The sales associate license is a pre-requisite for broker licensure. you have to be active for 2 years 

  

How do I become a real estate broker?


To become a real estate broker you must:

  • Hold an active sales associate license.

  • Complete 24 months of real estate experience within the 5-year period before applying for the real estate broker license.

  • Successfully complete a 72-hour pre-licensing course for brokers.

  • Submit completed application, fingerprint card and appropriate fee (you may submit this package prior to completing the pre-licensing course).

  • Pass the Florida Real Estate Broker Examination with a score of at least 75.

  • Activate the license, if you plan to work immediately as a real estate broker.

  • Complete the 45-hour post-licensing course for sales associates before the expiration date on the initial sales associate license.

 

When should I apply for the state exam?

  • Since the approval process takes approximately 3 weeks, you may wish to submit the application package prior to starting the pre-licensing course. Evidence of completing the course must be submitted when taking the state examination.

  

How do I apply for the state exam?

  • Apply Online

  • The Sales Associate and Broker application packages can be found and printed by clicking here.

  • Submit the completed package to the Division of Real Estate at the DBPR as instructed on the application form.

 

Where do I go for electronic fingerprinting?

  • The DBPR now requires fingerprinting to be in electronic format. To make an appointment, call 1-877-238-8232. For additional information on electronic fingerprinting click here

Do you have a job placement service?

  • Not at this time. You may wish to contact real estate firms in your neighborhood.

How do I become an appraiser?

  • For detailed information on the different levels of appraiser and their respective requirements, refer to this page.

Where do I go to find the applicant packages for Appraisers?

  • To obtain the application packages from the DBPR Form Center, click here.

  • Submit the completed package to the Division of Real Estate at the DBPR as instructed on the application form.

 

How do I become a mortgage loan originator, mortgage broker or mortgage lender?

  • Mortgage brokers are regulated under the Division of Securities and Finance with the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. For detailed information on becoming a mortgage broker, click here.

 

Additional Information and Links


Florida Division of Real Estate

Florida Division of Securities and Finance (Mortgage Brokering)

NMLS Resource Center