Combined Broker Exam and License Application Process

Individuals may apply and pay for their real estate broker examination and license at the same time by submitting one application, Broker Exam/License Application (RE 436) Denotes a PDF document, and both the exam and license fees, along with the completed Live Scan Service Request Form (RE 237), proof of successfully completing eight statutorily required college-level courses, and proof of a minimum of two years full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years or the equivalent (use forms RE 226, RE 227 and/or RE 228). Please review Requirements to Apply for a Real Estate Broker License prior to submitting the application package to the Bureau.

Once submitted, the fee may not be refunded or transferred to another application. The applicant must successfully pass the examination within two years of the date the application is filed. If those steps are not completed within the two-year time limit, the application and fee will lapse.

Examination candidates who currently have a valid examination application on file can submit the appropriate combined form and the license fee to initiate the review of their license application.

Applicants who do not hold a salesperson license must submit:

  1. Out-of-state applicants must also submit a completed and notarized irrevocable Consent to Service of Process (RE 234) Denotes a PDF document. See Out-of-State Applicants for further information.

All Applicants must be fingerprinted using a Live Scan Service Request Form (RE 237) Denotes a PDF document and Live Scan service provider. Fingerprints can be taken at the time the Examination/License application is submitted or any time thereafter, however, results from the fingerprint process must still be received before a real estate license can be issued. Fingerprint processing fees are not refundable under any circumstances, including failure to qualify by examination for a license.

Missing requirements may be submitted anytime within a two year period following CalBRE receipt of a combination application and fee. Additionally, if a significant period of time elapses between the time the examination/license application is filed and the date the examinee passes the test, the Bureau may require a written update of pertinent information before the license can be issued.

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