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According to the California Department of Real Estate (DRE), below are the requirements to obtaining a California Real Estate Broker License


To obtain a real estate broker license, you must first qualify for and pass a written examination. Those who pass the examination are provided a license application which must be submitted to and approved by the DRE. 


Age: You must be 18 years of age or older to be issued a license.

Residence: If you are not a California resident, see Out-of-State Applicants.

Honesty: Applicants must be honest and truthful. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license. Failure to disclose any criminal violation or disciplinary action in an applicant's entire history may also result in the denial of a license. 

Experience: A minimum of two years full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years (or equivalent) or a four year college degree with a major or minor in Real Estate. 

Education:  You must complete a minimum of eight (8) statutorily required college-level courses. 


  • Real Estate Practice (SB 1495 Compliant)
  • Legal Aspects of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Real Estate Economics


Pick three (3) from the following. However, some previously completed three semester unit, four quarter unit, or higher college classes may count toward elective courses (e.g., Accounting, Business Law, or Economics).

  • Real Estate Principles
  • Property Management
  • Escrow
  • Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
  • Business Law


If you would like more information, please contact the California Department of Real Estate.

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