How do I get a California real estate salesperson's license?
If you want a California license, you will need to take an approved Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice and one more elective course. and pass the state examination. See License Requirements.

If you want a license in another state, you will need to contact the appropriate state agency in that state. It is usually the Real Estate Commission or Bureau of Real Estate for that state, but it may vary from one state to the next.

How do I get a California real estate broker's license?
If you want a California Real Estate Broker's License, you will need 8 college-level real estate courses plus either 2 years' full time real estate licensed sales experience or a 4 year college "Real Estate" degree. See State Requirements.

If you want a broker's license in any other state, contact the appropriate agency in that state. Usually this will be the Bureau of Real Estate, but it may vary from one state to the next. 

Applications needed for the State Exam?
LIVE SCAN RE237 Required for both Salespersons and Brokers
STATE PUBLIC BENEFITS RE205 To prove Citizenship and/or legal status
CREDIT CARD PAYMENT RE909  Fill out this form if you are making payment for your license with a credit card. 

SALES
Sales Application: RE400A $60.00 fee, mail in with ”copies” of 3 certificates of completion.
Sales Application $60.00 plus $245.00  fee for license: RE435 and RE435A
BROKER
Broker Application: RE400B $95.00 fee mail in with ”copies” of 2-8 certificates of completion.
Broker Application $95.00 plus $300.00 fee for license: RE436 and RE436A
(Note: Allow 4-6 weeks to receive test date.)

What is the real estate test like?
The California salesperson's exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. The test is a computerized testing system, the monitor is in the tabletop and the applicant is given a clicker to answer the questions with. The applicant is given 3¼ hours to complete the examination. A passing score is 70% or better, which works out to a minimum of 105 correct answers. No liquids, watches, jewelry, calculators, purses etc are allowed within the testing room.

The California broker's exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. It, too, is a computerized testing system, the monitor is in the tabletop and the applicant is given a clicker to answer questions with. The test is administered in two parts, 100 questions in the morning and another 100 questions in the afternoon. The applicant is given 2½ hours for each session, for a total of 5 hours. A passing score is 75% or better, which works out to 150 correct answers. No liquids, watches, jewelry, calculators, purses etc are allowed within the testing room.

When either test is completed, the applicant is given a paper which contains the test results.

What if I have already taken a real estate principles course?
If you took a full-semester (or equivalent) Real Estate Principles Course in college, no matter how long ago, or a Real Estate Principles Course from a private vocational school in California after 1986, you still need to complete the Real Estate Practice and 1 elective course. Once all 3 courses are completed you are qualified to take the California state examination. Obtain an application for the state exam and include either a grade card, transcript, or certificate of completion as proof, and you will be issued a test date. You might consider purchasing the COMPUTRAINER program for practice tests and the Exam Review Course to prepare for the state exam. Applications for the state exam can be obtained from the Bureau of Real Estate at (916) 227-0931, from Real Estate Trainers at (800) 282-2352, or from the California Bureau of Real Estate Web Site

Is my certificate of completion still valid?
If you took an approved Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice and an approved Elective course(s) from a private vocational school, your Certificate of Completion is still valid. If you took a full semester (or equivalent) Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice and an approved elective Course(s) in college at any time, your transcript or grade card will still be sufficient. 

How long is my course valid for?
California Bureau of Real Estate mandates the enrollment period shall be one year from the date of enrollment.

What if I took my courses out-of-state?
If you took a full semester (or its equivalent) Real Estate Principles Course at an accredited college or university, it will probably be sufficient. If you took the courses at a private vocational school in another state, it may not be sufficient. In either case, the matter should be addressed to the California Bureau of Real Estate, as they are the only agency which can make the final determination. 

What does a license cost?
The first fee is to take the required examination. The salesperson's examination costs $60. The broker's examination costs $95.

If a person applies for a salesperson's license having taken the 3 courses, the fee for the license is $245 plus the cost for fingerprint processing.

The fee for the broker's license is $300 plus the cost for fingerprint processing.

(California residents pay the fingerprint processing fee directly to the live fingerprint service provider. Non-residents pay this to the CalBRE.)

The salesperson's license can be renewed at the end of its four-year term for $245. The broker's license can be renewed at the end of its four-year term for $300. 

How long does it take to schedule my state test?
While there are no guarantees, most people find that they take their test about four to six weeks after they send in their application for the exam. If this is inconvenient, the application allows the person to specify a date after which the person wants to take the test. 

When will I find out if I passed my state test?
When you take your State Exam electronically, the California Bureau of Real Estate will notify you almost instantly of your results. 

How often is the state test administered?
Ultimately, the test is offered as often as needed, depending upon demand. Both the broker's exam and the salesperson's exam are offered in Fresno, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

The Salespersons exam is offered during the week, usually Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, occasionally on Wednesdays. There are morning and afternoon start times for the Salespersons exam. The Brokers exam is usually offered on Wednesdays. 

The admittance form the applicant receives which specifies the test date will also list the exact address and time of the test.

How long is the license valid?
Both the salesperson's license and the broker's license are good for a four year term, and can be renewed for additional four year terms. There is a two-year grace period after the license expires during which the license can be renewed for an additional fee. After the grace period expires, the person will be required to retake the appropriate California state examination. 

More Questions? 
Please refer to the CalBRE, call them directly at 877.373.4542 or call Real Estate Trainers at 800.282.2352 and speak directly with a counselor!


Appraisal Questions

How do I get an appraisal license?
Applicants can apply for a Trainee License, Residential License, Certified Residential License, or Certified General License. There can be extensive education and experience requirements for each. See State Requirements. 

What is the California appraisal test like?
The test is a multiple choice examination, with 100 questions on the licensing and certified residential exams and 125 questions on the certified general exam. The test is administered on a computer, where the questions are answered by touching the appropriate spot on the screen. The passing score can vary, depending upon the degree of difficulty of the particular questions drawn for that day. The test is graded immediately upon completion of the test.

Each test will have 10 additional questions included, which are not graded and are used to develop statistics about those questions. You will not be told which questions are not included in the actual examination.

How long does it take to schedule a state test?
It depends upon which test the person is taking. A trainee who has completed the basic education requirements can probably be approved for the exam within a few weeks. A person who is upgrading their license to a higher level and needs to have his or her experience credits verified would probably face a longer time frame.

Once the person has been approved to take the test, the person is given a list of available locations and will probably be able to obtain an appointment to take the test within one or two weeks.

When will I find out if I passed my state test?
Since the appraisal exams are given on a computer, you will find out immediately after you complete the test. 

What does an appraisal license cost?
The first step for a new appraiser is to take the required basic education courses. Once these courses are completed, the applicant must submit an application for review, along with a review fee of $220. If the application is approved, the person will be permitted to schedule his or her state examination. The exam fee is $80. Once that is passed, there is an additional fee for the actual license. The fee for a trainee license, for instance, is $310, for a cost of $610 including all of the fees mentioned above.

Fees vary for upgrading from one level to another. One should contact the California Office of Real Estate Appraisals (the BREA) at (916) 263-0722 or at the BREA Web Site.


How long is the appraisal license valid? 
Appraisal licenses are valid for two years from their date of issuance. Continuing education requirements must be met every four years, except that beginning January of 2004, proof of meeting the USPAP course requirement must be supplied every two years, prior to expiration. 

More Questions? 
Please refer to the BREA FAQ, give them a call directly at 916.552.9000 or call Real Estate Trainers at 800.282.2352 to speak directly with a counselor.


MLO/NMLS Questions

What educational requirements must I meet before taking the SAFE ACT MLO TEST?
There are no educational requirements to meet before testing, but in California, you must complete the 20 Hour Pre-Licensing course before you can be issued your MLO License. Most of our students feel that it makes sense to take the pre-licensing course before testing. Also, Real Estate Trainers offers and effective one-day live exam prep class that has helped thousands pass the SAFE ACT TEST.

If I work for a bank, do I have to take the test?
At this time, anyone originating loans for an insured depository institution regulated by the FDIC, NCUA, FRB, OCC, or FCA does not have to take the test. You will have to register with the NMLS and obtain a unique identifier number. You will be federally registered, whereas MLOs who have passed the test and work under the CalBRE or the DBO will be state licensed.

How does it work when I pass the new National Test with the UST component?
​When you pass the National Test with the UST component containing 125 questions, it means that you have met all testing requirements for those states that have adopted the UST. You are not licensed in those states, but you may apply, because you have met their testing requirements. All states have not adopted the UST and California is one of those. When a state has not adopted the UST, it will offer a separate state-specific test. The California state-specific test contains 60 questions.

Is it true that all questions on the test are not scored and do not count?
On both the National and State components, 10 questions are not scored. This is for the purpose of statistical analysis on those newer selected questions to ensure their validity. The candidate must receive a score of not less than 75% of those questions that are scored in order to pass the exam.

Is it possible for a candidate to cancel or reschedule a test?
Yes, the candidate must visit the Manage Test Appointments page on the NMLS website or call Prometric directly at 877.671.6657. Cancellation or rescheduling must be done by noon two business days prior to the scheduled appointment. Test enrollment fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

What should I bring with me to the test?
The test will be offered at a Prometric Testing Center. When you arrive at your appointment, you must present a government-issued picture I.D. with signature. The I.D must not be expired and show your name exactly as it appears on your NMLS account. No personal items will be allowed in the testing room.The testing administrator will provide a four-function calculator and a white erasable board for notations, must as you would use scratch paper.

What are the Continuing Education requirements for the MLO License?
8 hours of Continuing Education (CE) must be completed by the end of each year to keep the MLO license current. If a candidate completes the 20 hour pre-licensing course, passes the tests and is issued the MLO license in the same year, the new MLO will not have to complete CE for that year. If a candidate completes the 20 hour pre-licensing course in one year, and passes the test in the subsequent year, they would have to complete 8 hours of Continuing Education in the year they passed, and each following year.

How much time do I have to complete the test?
The National Test with UST content consists of 125 questions and candidates have 190 minutes (3 hours and 10 minutes) to complete the test.
The California State Test consists of 60 questions and candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the test.

Can Real Estate Trainers satisfy all of my educational requirements for the MLO license?
Real Estate Trainers is an approved NMLS educational provider, NMLS# 1400593. We offer the 20 hour pre-licensing course required prior to licensing, an effective one-day live Exam Prep course that has helped many candidates pass the test, and Continuing Education each year. MLOs are not allowed to take the same course to satisy CE requirements two years in a row; Real Estate Trainers has a new course with a new course approval number each year that meets NMLS requirements. There is no need to search elsewhere for your educational needs.

How long is the course valid?
Each course has one year open enrollment from the date of purchase.

Applications needed for the MLO License?
For an updated full list of the applications and forms needed for your individual MLO license please visit the NMLS resource center.
For an updated and full list of the required Mu4 forms please click here.
Each Candidate will be subject to a background check and live scan fingerprinting, for a thorough guide please click here.


More Questions?
Please refer to the NMLS FAQ, give them a call directly at 855.665.7123 or call Real Estate Trainers and ask to speak with a counselor at 800.282.2352.










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​Salesperson and Broker Questions:
How do I get a California real estate salesperson's license?
How do I get a California real estate broker's license?
Applications needed for the State Exam?
What is the real estate test like?
What if I have already taken a real estate principles course?
Is my certificate of completion still valid?
How long is my course valid?
What if I took my courses out-of-state?
What does a license cost?
How long does it take to schedule my state test?
When will I find out if I passed my state test?
How often is the state test administered?
How long is the license valid?

Appraisal Questions: 
How do I get an appraisal license?
What is the California appraisal test like?
How long does it take to schedule a state test?
When will I find out if I passed my state test?
What does an appraisal license cost?
How long is the appraisal license valid?

NMLS/MLO Questions:
What educational requirements must I meet before taking the SAFE ACT test?
If I work for a bank, do I have to take the test?
How does it work when I pass the new National Test with the UST?
Is it true that all questions on the test are not scored and do not count?
Is it possible for a candidate to cancel or reschedule a test?
What should I bring with me to the test?
What are the Continuing Education requirements for the MLO License?
How much time do I have to complete the test?
Can Real Estate Trainers satisfy all of my educational requirements for the MLO license?
How long is the course valid?
Applications needed for the MLO License?


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