California Real Estate License Requirements

Statistics often show that at any time there are anywhere between 170,000 to 260,000 active, licensed real estate agents in the State of California. Obviously, to demand these types of numbers there has to be a draw, something special about the career field that entices people to take that path. The draw to the real estate industry can often be summed up in a single word, opportunity. As a real estate agent you have the opportunity to create your own success, the opportunity to move up in the field, perhaps to a Broker and/or owning your own office.

However, before you can take hold of that opportunity you have to get a real estate license. Not only is it required in California, but every other state in the U.S. requires it as well. That is why we exist. To grab you by the hand, give you the information, share with you our tips, guide you into the proper training and then like a butterfly, we turn you loose to experience the career and the future that you have just begun. A large part of getting your California real estate license is preparation, knowing what will be expected of you and what the next step should be. That preparation begins here, with the licensing requirements.

The California Bureau of Real Estate requires that all applicants adhere to a strict set of requirements before being issued their license. Knowing these requirements in and out can prevent unnecessary delays and as a result speed up the licensing process. Lets get started by taking a look at the current licensing requirements.

Basic Licensing Requirements

At this time. the basic requirements for obtaining your California real estate license are as follows:

  • All applicants will be required to show legal proof of presence.
  • All applicants must be eighteen years of age or older.
  • All applicants must consent to and pass a criminal background check.
  • Applicants must complete the educational licensing requirements (see below for details).
  • Applicants must successfully complete the two part real estate examination.
  • Applicants must submit an application for licensure to the Bureau of Real Estate.
  • Applicants must pay all applicable licensing fees.

Educational Licensing Requirements

In addition to the above basic requirements, applicants will also need to meet the educational requirements before being granted a salesperson license. There are a couple of options that will satisfy the states requirements, those are as follows:

1) Applicants may complete a minimum of 135 clock hours in an approved real estate school. The course outline will include topics such as California Real Estate Principles, California Real Estate Practice and California Real Estate Finance. These courses may be completed online, at your discretion. We encourage you to have a look at the California pre-license courses that are available on our website.

2) Alternatively, applicants will be given the option of completing three semester units or four quarter units at the college level to obtain their license. These courses will need to be completed at an institution of higher learning that has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or by another accrediting agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

3) Those applicants that are currently a member of the California State Bar and in good standing, may be exempt from the college course requirements listed in option two.

Applicants that choose to complete option number two and receive their college credits, will need to do so in any of the following courses:

  • Real Estate Principles, and
  • Real Estate Practice, and
  • One of the following courses:
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Legal Aspects of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Office Administration
  • General Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Escrows
  • Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
  • Computer Applications in Real Estate
  • Common Interest Developments