This is to inform you that all individuals who submit an application for a real estate license received on or after January 1, 2016 will no longer need to submit proof of legal presence in the United States.
On September 28, 2014, the Governor signed Senate Bill 1159 (Lara, Chapter 752, Statutes of 2014), which adds Section 135.5 to the Business & Professions Code (BPC), changing the legal presence requirements to obtain a real estate license. Current law requires an individual to provide proof of legal presence (proof of U.S. citizenship or legal alien status), in the United States in order to obtain a real estate license. SB 1159, which becomes effective on January 1, 2016, will remove the legal presence requirement from the application process. Applicants will still be required to provide a social security number or an individual taxpayer identification number for licensure. Please make appropriate changes to your materials and inform your students of the changes to the requirements for licensure.
California Bureau of Real Estate
There was a time, years ago that Foreign Nationals were able to receive a real estate license by taking the pre-license course and passing the state exam. Then the law had changed and only people who could prove they were legally in the United States could get a California real estate license. The law is about to change once again, and I’d like to know how you feel about it.
How do you feel the change is going to help or hurt the real estate industry as a whole and in your area specifically? There are no wrong answers; I’m asking to get an idea of my industry Professionals (that’s you), and to create a dialogue that can be referred to at a later date. Thank you for participating.
Real Estate Trainers