California Real Estate Broker 101
Real Estate Brokers are licensed by the Department of Real Estate (DRE) to represent the public in the purchase, sale, or lease of real property, or a business opportunity, for compensation.
Broker License Requirements
In order to get a Broker license you must pass the DRE-administered Broker State Exam. In order to qualify for the Broker State Exam, you must have either two years of full-time experience as a Salesperson within the last 5 years, or a 4-year degree (major or minor) in Real Estate. Additionally, you must complete a total of eight courses.
In many cases students have already completed several courses during the Salesperson pre-license education, or in college.
Once you complete the pre-license requirements, you can apply for the Broker State Exam by following these instructions. It can take up to six weeks for the DRE to process your application.
Broker Renewal Requirements
In order to maintain your Broker license, you must complete 45 hours of DRE approved continuing education every 4 years. Renewal applications can be submitted up to 90 days prior to the expiration of your license. Once you complete the required continuing education, you can renew your license online via the DRE's eLicensing online system, or by mailing the RE 208 form to the DRE.