How it Works
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Are you looking to start a lucrative and rewarding career in Florida real estate? This is an exciting decision that can change the trajectory of your life forever.
Real estate is a timeless career with the limits of your success capped only by your own drive, passion and hard work. But before you can dive in headfirst, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) has in place a number of mandatory requirements you’ll need to meet before becoming licensed.
Upon completion of these mandated requirements, and passing of your licensure examination, you will be able to lease, auction, sell, list, manage and exchange all types of real estate. From commercial and industrial properties to single and multi-family homes and apartments, you’ll be officially and legally able to work with them all.
How to Become a Real Estate Agent
The first step is to register for our in-class or online 63-hour Pre-License Sales Associate course found HERE. This coursework will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the profession and industry, as well as meet the state-mandated pre-license education requirement while preparing you for your likening exam.
In order to become a licensed sales associate (real estate agent) in Florida, you will need to have your fingerprints on file. In order to complete this step, call 877-238-8332 or visit this website to schedule an appointment. At your appointment you will be required to provide a picture ID (such as a drivers license) for proof of identity. They will also ask you for an “ORI” number. This number is used to identify the proper profession and the agency responsible for processing your request. This number is the same for all broker and sales associate applicants and is: FL920010Z
Next up, submit the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) “Sales Associate License Form RE 1”. This can be done by calling 850-487-1395 or by visiting My Florida License Application.
PRO TIP: Although Steps 1-3 may be completed in any order, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations suggests that you submit your fingerprints a minimum of five (5) days prior to submitting your “RE 1” application for licensure.
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You’re well on your way to becoming a licensed real estate agent. To recap, by now you should have:
- Submitted your fingerprints
- Filled out and filed the DBPR Form RE 1 application
- Successfully completed our 63-hour pre-license course
What’s Next? Your official exam! But don’t worry, our pre-license course will have well-prepared you for the task ahead. If you’re still feeling apprehensive we offer additional test prep and study courses to further ready you for the exam.
You can’t just stroll on into a testing center and take your exam. You need to schedule your appointment. In order to schedule a time convenient for you, contact Florida’s testing vendor “Pearson VUE” by calling 888-204-6289 or by visiting their website HERE.
I’ve Passed the Exam. What’s Next?
First off, CONGRATULATIONS! We knew you could do it!
Once you’ve passed the state's exam (and Steps 1-4 above), you will now be eligible to act as a licensed real estate agent (sales associate) in the state of Florida. NOTE: All sales agents in Florida must work under the management, control and direction of a Broker or “owner/developer”.
If you have an entrepreneurial mindset, are good with the management of people and business, then once you have some experience under your belt you may want to consider preparing to become a broker yourself. And when the time comes, we’ll be here to help you every step of the way!
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