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Florida Real Estate License Requirements

An applicant for a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate license must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED)
  • Complete the 63 hour Florida Real Estate Sales Associate License course (Course 1) from an approved School and pass a 100 question multiple-choice exam with a score of 70% or better. This course may be taken online or in an approved classroom
  • Apply for a license by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com and follow the Apply for a License link. Online or printed and mailed applications may be submitted. Online application is recommended.
  • Submit fingerprints electronically from an approved vendor. The website offers a Q&A to assist you with questions and to find the location nearest to you. You may contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) at 850-487-1395 or email them at call.center@dbpr.state.fl.us
  • Pass the Florida Real Estate Exam, within 2 years of making an approved application, by passing a 100 question multiple-choice computer exam, with a score of 75% or better

An applicant for a Florida Real Estate Brokers license must:

  • Hold an active Florida Real Estate Sales Associate license by completing the steps in the section above and complete 24 months real estate experience during the 5 year period preceding application to become a Florida real estate broker.
  • A broker applicant who holds a Florida real estate sales associate license must fulfill the 45-hour post-licensing education requirement before the initial sales associate license expires in order to be eligible to obtain a Florida broker license, even if the applicant is applying real estate experience from another state.
  • Apply for a license by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com and follow the Apply for a License link. Online or printed and mailed applications may be submitted. Online application is recommended.
  • Complete and pass the 72 hour Florida Real Estate Broker Pre-License Course (Course 2) with a score of 70% or better on a 100 question multiple-choice exam.
  • Submit fingerprints electronically from an approved vendor. The website offers a Q&A to assist you with questions and to find the location nearest to you. You may contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) at 850-487-1395 or email them at call.center@dbpr.state.fl.us
  • Pass the Florida Real Estate Broker exam with a score of 75% or better on a 100 question multiple-choice computer exam

Florida’s Post License and Continuing Education Requirements:

  • Within 18 to 24 months after licensure, Sales Associates are required to complete a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate 45 hour Post License course. These courses are available online or in a classroom.
  • Within 18 to 24 months after licensure, Brokers and Broker/Associates are required to complete two Florida Real Estate Broker 30 hour Post License courses. These courses are available online or in a classroom.
  • After completing Post License requirements, Brokers, Broker/Associates and Sales Associates must complete 14 hours of Florida approved Continuing Education (3 hours must be core law) every two years thereafter. These courses are available online or in a classroom.

Florida’s Mutual Recognition Agreements:

  • The Florida Real Estate Commission has entered into mutual recognition agreements with 9 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee
  • The intent is to recognize the education and experience of licensees in another state when the other jurisdiction has education and experience requirements comparable to Florida. Licensees from states with mutual recognition may secure a Florida License by applying for it and are exempt from the pre-license education course. They must pass a written Florida specific real estate law exam. The exam consists of 40 questions. A grade of 75% or higher is required to pass the exam.

Websites to assist with obtaining a Florida Real Estate License:

Florida Real Estate License Information:
State Exam Testing and Fingerprint Centers:
Florida Statutes/Florida Legislature
Florida Administrative Code
Florida Real Estate Commission rules

Websites of interest to Licensees and prospective licensees:

Florida Waterfront and FEMA Rules:
Fair Housing Advocate Online
Citrus County Tax Assessors website
Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Courts
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office
National Association of Realtors
Florida Association of Realtors
Nature Coast Real Estate Institue on FacebookNature Coast Real Estate Institue on LinkedInNature Coast Real Estate Institue on Google Plus