Do I need prior experience in real estate
to apply for a broker's license?
Generally, you must have had a total of TWO
full years of experience as a licensed real estate
salesperson within the last FIVE years—–or the
equivalent thereof (see below). You need not
have worked full-time for the two years. That is,
the combination of full– and/or part-time
experience must add up to at least two years
within the five years preceding the date of your
If you have only one year of experience within the
last five years, you may still qualify if you also
have a total of two more years of experience
between 5 and 12 years ago.
Q. May I substitute equivalent activities for
experience as a licensed salesperson?
Yes. A combination of equivalent activities may
be approved (e.g., work as an escrow or title
officer, loan underwriter, or subdivider). Submit
DRE form RE 227 for approval.
I already have a broker’s license in another
state. Will the California exam be waived?
No. California has no reciprocity agreements
with other states.
May I substitute education for experience as a
Yes. You are exempt from the experience
requirement if: (1) you have earned a four-year
degree from an accredited college (submit a copy
of transcripts or diploma), or (2) you are a
member of the bar of any state in the USA
(submit a copy of both sides of a current bar
membership card). You may also combine ONE
year of experience with an AA degree from an
Q. What if my degree is from a foreign
It must be reviewed by the DRE. Submit DRE
form RE 223.
Q. Must I be a resident of California in order to
apply for a broker’s license?
No. But out-of-state applicants must submit a
notarized Consent to Service of Process form
(DRE Form RE 234).
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply for a
No, although you will need to submit proof of