Salesperson Pre-License Requirements

Age: You must be 18 years of age or older to be issued a license.

Residence: Proof of Legal Presence in the United States is required. If you are not a California resident, see Out-of-State Applicants.

Honesty: Applicants must be honest and truthful. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license. Failure to disclose any criminal violation or disciplinary action in an applicant's entire history may also result in the denial of a license. For further information, see Help Avoid Denial of Your License Application and Application Eligibility Information (RE 222) .

Successful completion of three college-level courses is required to qualify for a real estate salesperson examination:

A) Real Estate Principles

B) Real Estate Practice

C) One course from the following list:

  • – Real Estate Appraisal

  • – Property Management

  • – Real Estate Finance

  • – Real Estate Economics

  • – Legal Aspects of Real Estate

  • – Real Estate Office Administration

  • – General Accounting

  • – Business Law

  • – Escrows

  • – Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending

  • – Computer Applications in Real Estate

  • – Common Interest Developments

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

1 ) Complete a Salesperson Examination Application (RE 400A) or a Combined Salesperson Examination and License Application. (RE435).

  • – 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).

2 ) 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

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

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