How to Obtain a California Real Estate Salesperson License

Minimum Requirements to Apply for License

Age: 18 years of age or older.

Residence: Residency in the state is not a requirement to become licensed.

Honesty: Conviction of a crime which is either a felony or involves moral turpitude may result in the denial of a license. The failure to reveal a criminal conviction on an original license application may also result in the denial of a license.

Education: Evidence of successful completion of the three qualifying courses is required.

Experience: None required.

Legal Presence in United States: None required. Applicants are only required to provide a social security number or an individual taxpayer identification number for licensure.

License Fee

There is a $60 examination fee and $245 license fee paid directly to CalBRE.  Total: $305.


One set of classifiable electronic fingerprints and a fingerprint processing fee are required from every license applicant. Original license applicants who reside in California will pay a $49 fingerprint processing fee directly to the live scan fingerprint service provider. If you are not a California resident, see Out-of-State Applicants.

Step by step Process to get a Real Estate License

Timeline for Overall Licensing Process

  1. Complete qualifying courses: 7 ½ weeks minimum (2 ½ weeks per course)
  2. Mail examination application to CalBRE and wait for processing: 4-8 weeks
  3. Schedule state test date through eLicensing and PASS state exam
  4. Receive license immediately upon passing if you submitted the combined application.

Total: Approximately 12-16 weeks.  This is only an estimate and represents the fastest possible time frame. Of course you may progress at your own pace.

How to Obtain a California Real Estate Salesperson License