The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is the state agency responsible for licensing and regulating businesses and professionals in the State of Florida including real estate agents. DBPR requires you to learn the material of the profession through an educational provider and pass a class exam, prove to DBPR that you know the material by passing a state exam, then submit fingerprints to DBPR used for a Florida and national criminal history search. After all of that is complete, then you apply for a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate license through DBPR which shows you have completed all of these steps and are ready to serve the public.
You must learn the language of Florida real estate. Cardinal Academy of Real Estate provides the Florida state-approved sales associate 63-hour pre-license course in a classroom setting or online. You must pass the class exam with a 70% or higher.
Once you have completed and passed your pre-license course visit the Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) to apply to take the Florida real estate exam. The fee is $83.75, which you can pay online or by mail.
Now it's time to show DBPR you know your stuff. The examination is given by Pearson Vue. To learn more, visit their website to find a location near you to set up your exam once your application (Step: 3) has been approved by the DBPR. The Candidate Information Booklet is a useful source to help guide you through the examination process. The examination fee is $36.75. You must pass this state exam with a 75% or higher. Your results will be directly reported to DBPR.
A background check is part of the license requirements. And DBPR needs your electronic fingerprints in order to run a background check used for a Florida and national criminal history search. Prices for this service vary by vendor. Please click HERE for more information from DBPR on where to obtain fingerprinting and what to expect. Or you can schedule your fingerprint appointment online directly with the state testing vendor, Pearson VUE HERE. The price is $56.24
Congratulations! You have your Florida real estate license. Now it is time to activate your license with a licensed broker. Ask other real estate agents, ask for referrals, and interview brokerages.
Once your initial Florida real estate license is activated, it is valid for 18 to 24 months, depending on when you pass the state exam. Before your initial license expires, you must complete your 45-hour post-licensing education. Cardinal Academy of Real Estate has you covered; in a classroom setting or online. If you do not complete post-licensing before your initial license expires, you have to start the pre-licensing process all over again.
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