How to get a Florida Real Estate License

Thinking about getting your real estate license? Becoming a real estate agent in Florida isn't very difficult. In this guide, we will give you all the info you need to become a real estate agent in Florida, including the state-level requirements - and most importantly - which schools will prepare you for a rewarding career in real estate.

Real Estate Express

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T.S.

The layout content and questions were very good. It pretty much covered the whole class, and it was closely similar to the actual exams. If it weren't for the test prep, I think it would've been very difficult having to refer back to the whole curriculum to study for the exams.

Allied Real Estate Schools

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Allied Real Estate Schools Customer

The convenience of doing it online was best. I thought the curriculum was good, but the only frustrating things were the grammatical errors it had in the material and also the tests. It made it difficult to understand the questions in the tests, and there was a lot of unnecessary in there, compared to the material my husband had from his licensing courses. Apart from those issues, I thought it prepared me well, and I passed my first time around.

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For the most part, I did feel prepared for the state exam. It does need a little bit of improvement, only because there was some information in the exams that were not covered in the courses. I did pass on my first attempts, so there is only a little improvement needed.

The CE Shop

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CK

I thought the test prep was really good. I felt like it portrayed the actual exams as best as they could without violating the state restrictions. I had failed my first time thinking I was prepared, but for the second time, I was able to see the questions I got wrong and study those sections. I did pass my second time around, thanks to the test prep. I highly recommend it.

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I thought the test prep was very helpful. It basically was a summary of the longer course, so it made it a lot easier to study than having to go back and look for certain parts. It was very well structured.

Kaplan Real Estate Education

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Kaitie

I opted for Kaplan’s online real estate education. I want to start by saying I loved Rolfe Kurtyka in the online lectures--I found him to be invaluable and a great educator. However, I experienced bad communication from the more local course contacts right off the bat, that got me off to an unfortunate start--I read 1.5 textbooks I shouldn't have before being guided to the right one to start with, due to a misspelling of my email address and confusing syllabus instructions. The videos and questions asked thereafter do not always match up. The course outlines you are asked to fill out and chapters also do not match up, which is counterintuitive to the learning process and frustrating. Workbook reference figures sometimes don't exist. Random question boxes popped up in the courses unannounced that don't apply. The final exams I took have variations of questions that I had not seen before, which I feel shouldn’t have been the case--they should have come up in some variation in quizzes before. As someone else mentioned, 5%(-8%) of the “correct” quiz and test answers are actually incorrect. One example: "The timeline is July 1 through September 30--with THIRTY days in each month [...]." In another example, Net Loan Proceeds are a debit to the broker, but in a T/F question in a Unit Review Test, the "correct" answer is that it's a credit to the broker. It makes you wonder to what degree you’re learning things as wrong or right. You're also only given a limited amount of chances to pass practice final tests OR there is a limited amount of questions in the bank-- this could stand for improvement to really increase our chances on the big exam day. If I hadn't been collecting previous test questions diligently on the side, I might not have been as poised for later success. Also, I believe if I had not taken free real estate exams found online after completing my Kaplan coursework, I wouldn’t have been properly prepared—especially as relates to the National Portion math I was met with on exam day. Overall, I wish I had researched courses to see which were better rated, because $1,115 is a big commitment of funds. I am not satisfied with my investment, though I did pass my licensing exam with 134/154 correct the first time (which I suppose is the point after all). This is by a big effort of my own, however. I would encourage others to shop around before investing in Kaplan for this course. They are great for other subject matter, I have heard. This course could stand for improvement, in my opinion—some updating, as others have said. I would advise others to be wary.

Gold Coast School of Real Estate

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This was a great school - the teacher was informative and super approachable. They really cared about making sure you understood the material. I have no doubt that I'll be using Gold Coast in the future too.

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Being able to study online at my own pace was just the cherry on top. If you are considering this process, make sure to allocate time each day and create a set schedule for yourself. One thing I found a bit frustrating throughout the course was that we had to spend a certain amount of time on every page to progress onto another. I think it would really make the courses ten times better if they were to remove that detail to make it easier for their users.

Azure Tide Realty

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The Facebook live videos were a nice touch to keep it interesting. I'll be using them for my post-license education too.

Bob Hogue School of Real Estate

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Cara

I like that you can go at your own pace and that everything is online. There's no textbook and things like that. Of course, you can study on your own with a notebook, but I wasn't used to taking a class with no books. If I could have done it all over again, I probably would have done it in a class room. It's nice being able to be on your own schedule, but it's also hard to be motivated and find the time.

Tampa School of Real Estate

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SB

It was pretty good. I just love the convenience of having a 1 week course accessible to me. Having it done in a crash course was very helpful. The only thing I did dislike was the professor went too fast. My advice to future students - get your post licensing done as soon as possible! Don't wait til the last minute, get your post licensing done right after the course.

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Lindsey Haas

I signed up for the appraisal school in Jan 2020. I was starting to do the school but then COVID hit and I went from working to being a teacher and a stay at home working mom. Times have been tough. Then the market went crazy and homes sales went through the roof. So, we grabbed on to coat tails not sure where things would be in the coming months or year and tried to close all that we could over the summer to bank what we could. In the meantime the school had to go on the back burner. Now we are having to possibly school our kids again and so I called to ask for an extension. They want to charge me $50 for a 30 day extension. I had asked for 6 more months to complete this. Why on earth could they not allow me more time considering all that has changed in our worlds. I asked for some grace and they denied me. So, I had them cancel the entire program and I will not be going back here for anything in the future. You only have 10 days to get a refund and you have 6 months to complete it so BUYER BEWARE if you are a working mom and things in your world get turned upside down they will not work with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, there are six main steps you will need to take to get your real estate agent license in the state of Florida. The first one is to check and see that you have met all the general requirements set forth by the state. There are several general requirements needed to qualify for a real estate agent license in Florida. First, all applicants must be 18 years and above. They must have a US social security number and at least a high school diploma. No college education is required in Florida.

Secondly, you will need to complete a 63-hour pre-licensing course. While you are allowed to do these courses at your own pace, the sooner you are done, the better. Keep in mind that you will not be able to apply for a license until you complete the course. For this education requirement, you’re able to attend either an in-person school, or complete the credits through an online real estate school.

The third step is to officially file for your license on Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) website. Once the application is submitted, the state will conduct a background check. Fingerprints must be submitted as part of your application for background checks.

The next step is to now pass the Florida real estate exam. The exam is typically 3.5 hours long. .

Once you pass the test, you will still need to activate your license, and there is a process involved in that too. First, find a sponsoring real estate broker licensed within the state of Florida. The broker is then required to complete the Form #RE 11 on your behalf and submit it to the DBPR website. Your license becomes active once the form is submitted.

Beyond the general requirements outlined above, you are required to also complete 63 hours of approved pre-licensing training within 24 months of applying for your license. Applicants are also required to pass state-provided exams. You are required to get 75 out of 100 points to pass. There is also a real estate law exam that requires 30 out of 40 points to pass.

Yes, there is. The requirements needed for the two are very different. For example, to become a real estate agent in Florida, you are required to complete a 63-hour course. But those of you who wish to become real estate brokers will need to complete a 72-hour course.

Additionally, real estate agents are required to get an additional 45 hours of post-licensing training while brokers are required to have 60 hours. And finally, people wishing to get a broker license must have held an active real estate sales associate license for at least two years.

The DBPR charges a flat fee of $83.75 for the license at the time of the application. However, it does not include the cost incurred for the courses required. The cost of the courses varies depending on the school you attend. Typically, both pre-licensing and post-licensing courses cost around $300.

The full list of approved real estate schools is available on the DBPR website, and more information regarding the best ones, agents’ ratings of them, and current pricing are available on this site. You will also need to pay $36.75 for the state real estate agent exam. The fee is for one single exam and you will need a 75% score to pass. If you fail, you will get the opportunity to retake the exam but you need to pay again.

It depends on how soon you want it. Typically, the license will be issued within 7-10 business days after the DBPR approves the application. However, how fast you get to that approval phase entirely depends on you. 

For example, one way to accelerate the process would be to take the real estate courses required as soon as possible. An online class may help you complete faster since you’re primarily on your own schedule. Another way to get your license faster is to make sure you’ve prepared well for the exam so that you don’t need more than one attempt to pass it.  Most schools offer a “cram course” or “test prep course” to review all the material before you take the test – and it is highly recommended to take one of these. Please note that you will need to wait up to 30 days to retake the exam. This may waste a lot of time. 

It is also advisable to start building your networks in the real estate industry early enough to ensure you can find a sponsoring broker faster. On average, it shouldn’t take more than three months to get the license as long as you pass all the background checks and meet the requirements in the state.

After you have been practicing as an agent for 18-24 months, you are required to undertake post-licensing education. Luckily, classes are shorter this time around – only up to 45 hours of post-licensing training are needed for real estate agents. The training mostly covers licensing laws, federal and state housing laws, zoning, real estate taxes, investment analysis, and additional information that will be invaluable in your career.

Undertaking post-licensing courses is mandatory. Failure to do so will make your license void, and it will not be eligible for renewal. You will have to start your application all over again if the renewal date passes without posting the results of those exams.

However, these education programs should not be viewed as just a requirement for licensing. Learning in the real estate industry comes mostly from experience gained outside of the classroom. But having the right foundation will help you learn the ropes more quickly.

Yes, but not all states. In case you have a license issued from a different state, you may continue to provide agency services in Florida. However, Florida recognizes licenses from a handful of states. They include Nebraska, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, and Connecticut. You will still need to apply for the Florida license, which includes taking the Florida real estate law portion of the test.  Thankfully, you don’t need to take the whole test. Fingerprints still must be submitted for background checks.

If you want to be an agent, getting a license is the law.  It would, therefore, be illegal to provide real estate agent services in the state without a license. You can be sure that no broker will be willing to hire you without a license.  

Finally, the whole process of getting a license prepares you in some small way for the Florida real estate industry. The courses are vital in giving you the right background as an agent. These courses teach you the foundation of local real estate laws, taxes, how to analyze investments, and the ethical expectations of agents.  Once the classes are over, the real learning starts once you’re helping people buy and sell homes

Yes, applying for a license does not automatically lead to issuance. The Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) has the right to deny license requests for several reasons. For example, if FREC determines that you have offered real estate agent services before without a license, they may reject your application and lock you out of future applications for a year. 

Additionally, people who had their licenses revoked for various violations in the past may not be eligible for a new license. Applicants with a criminal record may also be denied a license. The commission may also deny license applications if it determines there is enough evidence to suggest that applicants may have committed acts of fraud or engaged in severe breach of trust in the past.  And finally, your license may also be denied if you provide misleading personal information or incorrect data during the application process – so it’s crucial to be straightforward.

If you believe that FREC denied your license application in error, you can file a complaint with FREC. Do not reapply for another license until the matter is resolved. The resolution process will help shed more light on why the license request was denied. 

You may also get additional information on how you can optimize your applications in the future to avoid a similar outcome. If there were serious violations reported during the application, you might not be able to apply for a license in Florida ever again. 

The ban could be permanent or temporary, depending on how the commission interprets the violations. The best way to avoid a possible denial is to make sure that you have met all the requirements set by the state. Take all the courses and exams needed, and make sure you pass. 

Becoming a real estate agent in Florida is possible for people who have the right information. It may take a few months, but once you get that license, a world of opportunities will open up for you. Well, the questions above should help you out in this process. If you have additional queries, or perhaps there is something you need us to clarify, feel free to get in touch.

Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) is a government agency that regulates the issuance of real estate licenses in Florida. All members of FREC are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. While the primary mandate of the commission is to regulate licensing in the real estate industry, the agency also serves as a dispute resolution body for emerging conflicts in the real estate industry.