Salesperson License


The qualifications for the California Real Estate Salesperson license are outlined below. For more specifics on whether you qualify to take this exam, visit the California Department of Real Estate web site,

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Complete three college level courses (Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and one elective).
  • Pass the California Department of Real Estate Salesperson’s licensing exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How to I get a real estate salesperson license?
First, you need to complete three college level courses (real estate principles, real estate practice, and one elective). Once you’ve completed the required courses, you’ll apply for the licensing exam, take it, pass (with the help of our exam prep course) and find fame and fortune in real estate.

I’m eligible for the licensing exam, what now?
Enroll in our home study exam prep and start studying for your licensing exam. The course includes our exam prep book, weekly updates, online practice tests, and an audio download program,

You’ll also want to apply for the sales exam. You can find the application on the DRE website at

Can I use college classes to meet any of the requirements for the salesperson license?
If you took Real Estate Principles, or Real Estate Practice you can certainly use them. Similarly, if you completed an economics, accounting, or business law class in college, you can use any one of these classes meet the elective requirement. Just be sure the courses you’ve taken were completed at an accredited school in the US.

I took courses at a university in another country; can I use them to meet the requirements? Possibly, but you’ll need to have your transcripts evaluated by a credentialing service chosen by the Department of Real Estate. See, for more information, including a list of credentialing services.

How long is my real estate salesperson’s license valid?
The DRE issues licenses for four years. At the end of that period you need to complete continuing education requirements to renew your license for another four years.