Salesperson Examination Only Application

Apply Online Using eLicensing:

  1. Gather the necessary documents required to apply for the real estate salesperson examination. You'll be prompted to upload these documents on the "Files to Upload" page of the application.

    • Obtain transcripts showing successful completion of the required statutory college-level real estate courses and degrees. Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts are required. For more information, see Education Requirements.

    • Name change documentation to substantiate any name discrepancies on prior records, course completion certificates, transcripts, etc.

    • If reasonable accommodation is needed to take the exam, complete the Reasonable Accommodations Request for Examination (RE 413) Denotes a PDF document form.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), DRE provides "reasonable accommodations" for examination applicants with disabilities. The information requested below and any documentation regarding your disability will be considered strictly confidential and will not be shared with any outside source without your express written permission.

    If your disability is observable, and your request does not involve modifying examination procedures but is limited to wheelchair space, special seating, or equipment needs, it is not necessary to obtain professional verification.

    If your disability is clearly not observable, you are required to submit documentation from the medical authority or learning institution that rendered a diagnosis. Verification must be submitted to the DRE on the letterhead stationery of the medical authority or specialist and include the following:

    • Description of the disability and testing needs
    • Recommended accommodation/modification
    • Name, title, and telephone number of the medical authority or specialist
    • Signature of the medical authority or specialist
    • Professional license or certification number of the medical authority or specialist

    If you have previously been granted special testing accommodations by an organization that required documentation to verify your disability, the DRE may accept a copy of that verification, provided you submit the name, address, and telephone number of the medical authority, specialist, or learning institution that prepared the documentation. Complete the verification section on the second page of the form and upload when prompted.

    Note: DRE normally conducts examinations in public buildings that are wheelchair accessible. If you have any questions or need assistance determining whether you may require special accommodations in accordance with the American Disability Act, you may contact the DRE ADA line at (916) 576-3373.

  2. Go to the eLicensing online system and create a user profile if you have not done so already. Log into the profile and select Online Exam License Application from the option menu.

  3. Select the salesperson exam application from the options list.

  4. Complete the application by answering the questions and by uploading all of the required documents. You may save your application and return at a later time if you cannot complete it in one session.

  5. Certify that all of the information on the application is correct and that all necessary documents have been uploaded.

  6. Pay the examination application fee. The DRE accepts credit cards with the Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover logo, or debit cards with the VISA or MasterCard logo.


Applying Via Mail or Fax:

  1. Complete a Salesperson Examination Application (RE 400A) Denotes a PDF document

    • Be sure to read all instructions and information before completing the application.

    • NOTE: You may not apply to take the examination if you have a license that can still be renewed (see License Renewal).

  2. Obtain transcripts showing successful completion of the statutory college-level real estate courses and degrees. Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts are required. For more information, see Education Requirements.

  3. Include the applicable fee for the application.
    • Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Department of Real Estate. Do not send cash.

    • The DRE accepts credit card payment for examination scheduling if the application is submitted by mail or fax (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or debit cards bearing the VISA or MasterCard logo). Please use the Credit Card Payment (RE 909) Denotes a PDF document form.

  4. If reasonable accommodation is needed, complete and attach the Reasonable Accommodations Request for Examination (RE 413) Denotes a PDF document form to the examination application.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Department of Real Estate (DRE) provides "reasonable accommodations" for examination applicants with disabilities. The information requested below and any documentation regarding your disability will be considered strictly confidential and will not be shared with any outside source without your express written permission.

    If your disability is observable, and your request does not involve modifying examination procedures but is limited to wheelchair space, special seating, or equipment needs, it is not necessary to obtain professional verification.

    If your disability is clearly not observable, you are required to submit documentation from the medical authority or learning institution that rendered a diagnosis. Verification must be submitted to the DRE on the letterhead stationery of the medical authority or specialist and include the following:

    • Description of the disability and testing needs

    • Recommended accommodation/modification

    • Name, title, and telephone number of the medical authority or specialist

    • Original signature of the medical authority or specialist

    • Professional license or certification number of the medical authority or specialist

    If you have previously been granted special testing accommodations by an organization that required documentation to verify your disability, the DRE may accept a copy of that verification, provided you submit the name, address, and telephone number of the medical authority, specialist, or learning institution that prepared the documentation. Complete the verification section on the reverse side of the form.

    Note: DRE normally conducts examinations in public buildings that are wheelchair accessible. If you have any questions or need assistance determining whether you may require special accommodations in accordance with the American Disability Act, you may contact the DRE ADA line at (916) 576-3373.

  5. Mail the completed application, appropriate fee, and course transcript(s) to:

    Department of Real Estate
    Examination Section
    P.O. Box 137001
    Sacramento, CA 95813-7001


AFTER YOUR APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED

  1. Check the current processing timeframes to see current DRE timeframes to process salesperson exam applications.

    • Once DRE processes your application and you are eligible for the examination, you will receive an Examination Schedule Notice (RE 401A) informing you that you have been scheduled for the first available examination (if you chose that option on the paper application), or you will receive an email informing you that you may log in to the eLicensing online system to choose an examination date.

    • Use the eLicensing online system to check your exam date or to self-schedule or reschedule. For more information visit How and Where Exams are Scheduled.

  2. All qualification requirements must be met before you can be scheduled to take the salesperson examination.

  3. If you are not qualified at the time you submit your application and fee, DRE will send written notification. You will have two years from the date DRE received the application to complete the qualifications and take the examination. If you do not qualify for and pass the examination during that two-year period, the application will expire and you will need to submit a new application, fee, and other required documents.

  4. If you have been scheduled to take the salesperson exam but lost or misplaced your Examination Schedule Notice (RE 401A), you can request a duplicate using the eLicensing online system.

  5. If you haven't been scheduled to take the exam or received a deficiency letter, and the processing timeframe has elapsed, contact the DRE Examination Section.

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