Broker Pre-License Requirements

You may apply for the broker examination by mail following the instructions below:

Complete a Broker Examination Application (RE 400B) or a Combined Broker Examination and License Application (RE 436).

  • Be sure to read all instructions and information before completing the application.
  • NOTE: You may not apply to take the examination if you have a license that can still be renewed (see License Renewal).

Include the applicable fee for the application.

  • Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Bureau of Real Estate. Do not send cash.
  • The BRE accepts credit card payment for examination scheduling if the application is submitted by mail. (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, debit cards bearing the VISA or MasterCard logo)

Obtain transcripts showing successful completion of the statutory college-level real estate courses and degrees. For more information, see Education Requirements.


Document experience requirements for the broker examination by:

  • Completing Employment Verification (RE 226) forms to verify licensed salesperson experience;
  • Obtaining a copy of diploma or transcript to verify a 4-year college degree earned through a regionally accredited college; or
  • Completing Equivalent Experience Verification (RE 227) forms to verify non-licensed real estate-related experience
  • For more information, see Documenting Experience Requirements for the Broker Examination.

An applicant for any real estate license must submit one set of classifiable fingerprints, acceptable to the State Department of Justice (DOJ), unless the applicant is currently licensed by BRE or has held a real estate license which expired less than two years ago.


An applicant may be fingerprinted after applying for examination or after passing the examination. Fingerprint processing fees are not refunded if applicants do not pass the examination. Social security numbers are required on examination applications to ensure fingerprint reports are received by the BRE.

Fingerprints must be submitted electronically through the DOJ's Live Scan Program which takes and transmits fingerprints to the DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) using the Live Scan Service Request (RE 237) form. An original license will not be issued until a report from the DOJ and the FBI is received stating that there is no criminal history, or disclosing criminal history information which then must be reviewed and evaluated. See Help Avoid DENIAL of Your License Application for further information.

To be fingerprinted, take the Live Scan Service Request (RE 237) to a participating live scan service provider. A list of live scan service providers is available at

There is a $51 fingerprint processing fee and also a live scan service fee which should be paid directly to the live scan provider (not to the BRE).

After the live scan service provider takes the fingerprints, submit a copy of the Live Scan Service Request (RE 237) with Part 3 completed to the BRE.