How Do You Become a Real Estate Agent in California?


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To become a real estate agent in California, you must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, complete three college-level courses, take a written examination and apply for a license. The process takes approximately six to eight weeks, depending on how quickly you complete the coursework.

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  1. Meet the age and citizenship requirements

    You must be at least 18 years old and a citizen of the United States to obtain a California real estate license. California residency is not required, but as of 2014, California has no agreements with other states to waive its licensing requirements for someone already licensed in another state.

  2. Complete three college-level courses

    You must complete courses in real estate principles, real estate practice and one additional course, such as property management, escrows, appraisals or business law. These courses must be taken at an accredited institution, although California does allow applicants to take the courses online.

  3. Take the written examination

    You must pass a written exam after completing the coursework. If you take the exam before you finish the coursework, then you must complete the coursework within 18 months of taking the exam.

  4. Apply for a license

    After passing the written exam, fill out a license application, and submit it to the California Bureau of Real Estate for approval. You must be honest and truthful on your application. Your license may be denied if you have any criminal convictions or violations anywhere in your history. You are fingerprinted as part of the application process.

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