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. If you do not have a Social Security Number, click the following link on the IRS website and select "SSN" for 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 - $399 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 - $499 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. This process can take 10-30 days.**

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 $83.75 ($91.75 for broker applicants) payable to the DBPR. You can apply online or print a paper application.


b. Register for electronic fingerprinting
Florida requires fingerprints be taken in order to run a criminal background check. If you are in Florida, either permanently or visiting, you may get your fingerprints taken electronically through a Florida approved livescan vendor. 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 $53.50.

*If you reside in Naples, FL, the closest provider is Fieldprint located right next door to our classroom facility at Cecil's Copy Express.  Make a reservation online at or call 877.614.4364. The cost is $58.25.*

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 email 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.

If you live outside of Florida or are not currently in Florida: Request that a Division of Real Estate Sales Associate/Broker fingerprint card be mailed to you. A fingerprint card may be obtained from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation by contacting the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.


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).

Completing the Course

  • To successfully complete the Florida 63 Hour Sales Associate Pre-License Course, you must pass a 100 question exam at the end of the course. 70% is passing (70 correct). If you do not pass the first time, you will have to wait 30 days before retesting. 
  • Your course enrollment is valid for a period of 1-year from the date you purchased it, or until you pass the course exam. 
  • IMPORTANT: In the event you fail the course exam two times, Florida state law requires you to complete the course again in its entirety before you are allowed to take the exam. 

4. Pass the State License Exam

Once approved for the state exam, you will receive an “Authorization to Test” email notification from PearsonVue that you are able to test.   In this email, you are provided with a Candidate ID/FLREAPP number. You will use this 9-digit Candidate ID number when signing up for the exam with PearsonVue.  Scheduling can be completed by calling 1.888.204.6289 or visiting

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 approval date. A passing score is 75 out of 100 questions answered correctly. The state exam fee is $36.75.

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 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.