How to Get a Florida Real Estate License

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Florida Real Estate License Requirements

Florida Real Estate License Requirements
  1. 18 Years Old
  2. High School Diploma or Equivalent
  3. US Social Security Number**
    (Apply for US Social Security Number)
  4. Approval of FL Application
  5. Complete Pre-License Course
  6. Pass Course Exam (70%)
  7. Pass State Exam (75%)
**US Citizenship & Florida Residency are NOT Required. (Apply for US SSN)

How to Get a Florida Real Estate License

How to Get a Florida Real Estate License
  1. Enroll in Pre-License Course
  2. Complete Fingerprinting
  3. File DBPR License Application
  4. Schedule State Exam
  5. Pass End of Course Exam (70%)
  6. Pass State Exam (75%)

  1. Enroll in the Pre-Licensing Course
  2. The Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) requires you complete the 63-hour Florida sales associate pre-licensing course. This course can be taken online or in a classroom.

  3. Complete Fingerprinting
  4. The FREC will conduct a criminal background check using your fingerprints. Having a criminal history does not immediately disqualify you from licensure. Your application may be reviewed by the FREC.

  5. File DBPR License Application
  6. You must apply for your Florida sales associate license with the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR).

  7. Schedule State Exam
  8. Once your DBPR application is approved, you may schedule your state exam. You'll receive an email from Pearson VUE with your FLREAPP number. You may schedule your exam before you have completed the course.

  9. Pass End of Course Exam
  10. The end of course exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions. You must score at least a 70% to pass. Upon passing you will be issued the completion certificate required for your state exam.

  11. Pass State Exam
  12. The state exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions. You must score at least a 75% to pass. Upon passing you will immediately be issued your Florida real estate sales associate license.


How Much Does a Florida Real Estate License Cost?

Classes to Become a Real Estate Agent in Florida
Item Cost
Required Pre-License Course $249 - $297
Fingerprinting $55 - $65
DBPR License Application $83.75
State Exam (Per Attempt) $36.75
Total $425 - $483

Licensing fees may change periodically.
Please contact us to verify current licensing costs.

What Classes to Become Real Estate Agent in Florida?

Florida Real Estate License Requirements

The FREC requires the successful completion of a 63-hour pre-licensing course. This course can be taken online or in a classroom.

This class is designed to teach you everything you need to know to pass your exams as well as valuable information for your new career.



How long to complete the pre-licensing course?

Even though the FREC requires a "63-hour" pre-licensing course, most students complete the required course in less time.

Our interactive online course is on-demand, self-paced & available 24/7. We've seen students fly through the course is less than 40 hours, or you can take up to one year to complete. View Online Course Demo

In the classroom course, we have morning classes, evening classes & day classes that can be completed in under two weeks. View the Class Schedule

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Fingerprinting & Background Check

Florida Real Estate License Requirements

The FREC requires a FDLE & FBI background checks be completed for all license applicants. You will be required to have your fingerprints taken as part of the background check process.



Where Can Fingerprints be Taken?

Electronic fingerprinting is offered on-site at all of our classroom locations on certain days before or after classes.
On-Site fingerprinting Cost: $65

Electronic fingerprinting may also be scheduled through Pearson VUE in many locations throughout Florida.
Pearson VUE Fingerprinting Cost: $54.73
Schedule Fingerprinting

Can You Get a Florida Real Estate License with a Felony?

You may be able to get a real estate license with a criminal background. The FREC decides on a case-by-case basis what applicants with a criminal background will be approved.

You will be required to submit supporting documentation regarding the charges on your application. A criminal background may cause you application to take up to 90 days to be processed.

For more information about becoming a real estate agent with a criminal background, check out this article: Will a Criminal Record Stop Me From Getting a Florida Real Estate License?

Fingerprinting for Out-of-State Applicants

If you are a non-resident of Florida, you can request an ink fingerprint card. You will then be required to have your fingerprints taken by your local law enforcement office. You will then mail the completed card to a DBPR approved "hard card scanning capable" fingerprinting vendor.
Request Out-of-State Fingerprinting Card

Can You Reuse Previous Fingerprints?

Due to DBPR rules, you may not reuse any previous fingerprints for your real estate license.

Florida Real Estate License Application

Florida Real Estate License Requirements

To become a real estate licensee in Florida, you must file a license application with the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR).



Who Do You Submit the Application To?

Your application is submitted to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR).

Phone: (850) 487-1395
Website: MyFloridaLicense.com

How long does it take for a real estate license application to be approved?

Typically about a week once both your fingerprints and application are received. If you have a criminal background, have held a license in another state, or the DBPR is receiving more applications than normal, it may take as long as 90 days.

When Should You File the Application?

As soon as possible! You do not have to be enrolled in the course to file the application.

To ensure you can take the state exam as soon as you finish the course, you'll want your application already approved and your exam already scheduled.

Anytime spent waiting after the course is more time to forget what you learned.

How to File Real Estate License Application?

Your application must be submitted to the Florida DBPR. This can be done electronically or by mail. We recommend filing electronically on the DBPR website for the fastest response.

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End of Course Exam

To be eligible to take the state exam, you must successfully pass that end of course exam.

How Many Questions is the End of Course Exam?

The end of course exam consists of 100 questions. The questions are A, B, C, D multiple choice.

What Score is Needed to Pass the End of Course Exam?

A score of 70% or higher is required to pass the end of course exam. This means you must correctly answer at least 70 of the 100 multiple choice questions.

How Long to Complete the End of Course Exam?

You will have up to three (3) hours to complete the end of course exam. Once you have started the exam, you are unable to restart or pause the exam.

Does the Exam Have Math Problems?

Yes, but only 10. You could miss every single math question and still get a 90%. The math is fairly predictable when you have practiced, so these could also be an easy 10 points to get.

Do I Need to Schedule the End of Course Exam?

You do not need to schedule the end of course exam. If you are taking a classroom course, the exam will be given on the last day of class. If you are taking the online course, you can start the exam once you have completed all of the units of the course.

What Happens If You Fail the End of Course Exam?

If you do not score at least 70% on the end of course exam, FREC rules require that you wait 30 days before you can retake a different version of the exam.

If you do not pass on the second attempt of your exam, FREC rules require that you retake the course again in full.

Under our 1-Year Retake Guarantee, as long as you retake the course within 1-year of the start date of your course, we do not charge any retake fees. Retakes are subject to space availability.

Are There Additional Study Tools for the End of Course Exam?

Yes, there are additional study tools you can purchase to ensure your preparedness for the exam.

We recommend you review our Pass First Try Strategy, our recommended strategy to pass your class & state exams on the first try.

We created our Pass First Try Strategy to help our simplify the process of studying for the real estate exams. View the recommended strategy here.

Florida Real Estate License Requirements

How to Pass the License Exams on Your First Try



Scheduling the State Exam

Florida Real Estate License Requirements

After your DBPR application is approved, you may schedule your state exam. You'll receive an email from Pearson VUE with your FLREAPP number.

Schedule your exam as soon as possible to avoid waiting too long after the course to take the exam.



Who Proctors the Florida Real Estate Exam?

Pearson VUE is the approved testing Vendor for the Florida Real Estate Exam.
Phone: (888) 204-6289
Website: PearsonVUE.com

When Can You Schedule the State Exam?

You can schedule the state exam AFTER your DBPR application is approved. You will receive an email from Pearson VUE with your FLREAPP number needed to schedule. You may schedule your exam before you have completed the course.

Where Can You Take the Florida Real Estate Exam?

The Florida real exam is offered at Pearson VUE testing centers throughout the United States as well as US Military Bases worldwide.

You can obtain your license without even setting foot in Florida!
View Florida Real Estate Exam Center Locations

When is the Florida Real Estate Exam Offered?

The Florida Real Estate exam is offered daily by appointment only. Schedule early because, it typically takes at least a week, and sometimes as long as a month to get an appointment for the state exam.

If you want an appointment sooner than what is available we recommend that you check for other testing center location or checking periodically for cancellations.

What Do You Need to Bring to the State Exam?

  1. Government Issued Photo ID
  2. Form of Signature Identification (Signed Credit Card)
  3. Completion Certificate from School**
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How to Schedule Florida Real Estate Exam?

After your DBPR application is approved, you may schedule the Florida Real Estate Exam. You will be emailed your FLREAPP number by Pearson VUE within 24 hours of your application approval.

If you have not received this email, please call Pearson VUE at (888) 204-6289.

Schedule Florida Real Estate Exam

Passing the State Exam

Your final step in the licensing process is to pass the Florida Real Estate Sales Associate State Exam.

How Many Questions is the Florida Real Estate Exam?

The state exam consists of 100 questions. The questions are A, B, C, D multiple choice, just like the end of course exam.

What Score is Needed to Pass the Florida Real Estate Exam?

A score of 75% or higher is required to pass the state exam. This means you must correctly answer at least 75 of the 100 multiple choice questions.

How Long to Complete the Florida Real Estate Exam?

You will have up to three and a half (3.5) hours to complete the state exam. Once you have started the state exam, you are unable to restart or pause the exam.

Does the Exam Have Math Problems?

Yes, but just like the end of course exam, only 10. You could miss every single math question and still get a 90%. The math is fairly predictable when you have practiced, so these could also be an easy 10 points to get.

Do I Need to Schedule the Florida Real Estate Exam?

Yes, after your DBPR application is approved, you may schedule your exam. See above for further details on scheduling.
Schedule Florida Real Estate Exam

What Happens If You Fail the Florida Real Estate Exam?

Unlike the end of course exam, there is no waiting period to retake the state exam. You can retake the state exam as soon as you can get another appointment.

You will receive a printout of your results at the testing center. This will show you the units where you missed the most questions. Use this as a guide of what areas you need to review before your next exam appointment.

Should I Pay to Review My Exam?

Pearson VUE offers an option to pay to review your most recent exam attempt.

Since the state exam pulls from such a large pool of questions, you are unlikely to see the same questions again. You also are not allowed to take any notes. Therefore, we do not recommend that you pay to review your exam.

How Hard is the Florida Real Estate Exam?

The pass rate for first time real estate exam takers throughout the entire state of Florida typically averages 50%.

This test is not designed to test your level of intelligence, but your memory and understanding of the material taught in the course. Wrong answers are designed to sound more correct if you are just going off general knowledge/common sense.

Are There Additional Study Tools for the End of Course Exam?

Yes, there are additional study tools you can purchase to ensure your preparedness for the exam.

We recommend you review our Pass First Try Strategy, our recommended strategy to pass your class & state exams on the first try.

We created our Pass First Try Strategy to help our simplify the process of studying for the real estate exams. View the recommended strategy here.

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How to Pass the License Exams on Your First Try



Starting a Real Estate Career in Florida

Once you pass your state exam, you will be immediately issued your Florida Real Estate License! Now what's next?

At the Tampa School of Real Estate, we want to be your real estate education provider for the life of your real estate career. Your success is our success.

That's why we started The Success Center at the Tampa School of Real Estate. On the Success Center you'll find hundred of videos, articles and calculators to help you launch and grow your real estate career.

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What is course required after you obtain your license?

The FREC requires all Florida sales associate licensees to complete the 45 hour post license course before their first renewal deadline. View more details on the Sales Associate Post Licensing Requirement

What is course required after Post Licensing?

Every two (2) years after your first renewal, you are required to complete a 14 hour Continuing education course.

This course can be done online or through a correspondence textbook.
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