How to Obtain a License
Florida Real Estate Licensing Requirements
An applicant for a Florida Real Estate License must:
- be at least 18 years old
- hold a high school diploma or its equivalent
- have a Social Security Number
- **Broker License applicants must have held an active real estate license in any state for at least 2 out of the previous 5 years.**
NOTE: Florida residency is not required.
The steps outlined below will tell you how to obtain a Florida Real Estate License. Application
approval generally takes 10-30 days.
A Step-By-Step Guide
1. Register for class
63 Hour Sales Associate Pre-License Course - $339 tuition includes your course materials and a 1-year enrollment term in the classroom course. $245 tuition for the online course.
72 Hour Broker Pre-License Course - $439 tuition includes your course materials and a 1-year enrollment term in the classroom course. $275 tuition for the online course.
Click below to view more information including our course dates and times.
**NOTE: Mutual Recognition is available in Florida if you are CURRENTLY licensed in 1 of the 8 recognized states. Click the link below to learn more.**
2. State Application
**NOTE: We recommend completing these steps BEFORE you start your class to expedite the approval process.**
a. Submit a license application to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. On the application you will share information about yourself and include a fee of $105 ($115 for broker applicants) payable to the DBPR. You can apply online or print a paper application.
NOTE: If you are not a Florida resident, you are required to submit a paper application.
b. Register for electronic fingerprinting
Florida requires electronic fingerprints be taken in order to run a criminal background check. To make a reservation, click the button below or contact the PearsonVUE customer support center at 1.877.238.8232 to select a date and time that is convenient for you. Cost of fingerprinting is $53.25.
If you are asked for the "ORI" number at any time during the fingerprint process, use "FL920010Z". This is how the fingerprinting company knows your fingerprints are for the Florida Real Estate License.
NOTE: PearsonVUE will notify you by mail when your application has been approved (generally 10-30 days). This approval allows you to schedule the state exam - view Step 4 below for how to schedule.
3. Attend Class
A passing score of 70% is required on the school final exam. All applicants are required to satisfactorily complete this course prior to taking the state examination. Your Course Completion Certificate is valid for two (2) years from the date of issuance. Larson Educational Services is a Florida approved Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299).
4. Pass the State License Exam
Once approved for the state exam, you will be notified via email that you are able to schedule with PearsonVUE. Scheduling can be completed by calling 1.888.204.6289 or visiting PearsonVUE.com. When making a phone reservation, use Pass Code "2262".
When making an online reservation, you must first select your testing program, which is Florida Real Estate & Appraisers, then either Create a New Account or login into your account if you already have one. View the User Guide below for more details and screenshots on how to schedule your exam.
We highly recommend taking one of our License Exam Preparation Courses AFTER you have attended the required Pre-Licensing Course. CLICK HERE for more information or a button below.
Your exam approval status is valid for two (2) years from the date received. A passing score is 75 out of 100 questions answered correctly. The state exam fee is $31.50.
Step 5: Activate the License
You must activate your real estate license through a Florida licensed real estate broker or owner/developer. The broker can go to www.myfloridalicense.com on the sole proprietor personal account, or the corporate account, whichever applies, OR print and submit the DBPR RE 11 form. Your license will remain inactive until it is activated by a real estate broker.
Are you interested in learning about real estate brokers who are hiring in SW Florida? Check out our Broker Connection Page for more information about brokers looking for newly licensed real estate professionals.
If you're still unsure if a career in Florida real estate is for you, you may want to join us for one of our Real Estate Career Nights in Fort Myers and Naples to learn more.