California Real Estate Exam Info

What is required to get a license?

For salespersons:

  • Salesperson Examination Application (RE 400A).
  • Proof of successful completion of the statutory college-level real estate courses and degrees.
  • Payment of dues (Total of $305.00= Examination fee $60 + license fee $245) fees won’t be accepted in Cash (Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Department of Real Estate or credit card payment for examination scheduling if the application is submitted by mail or fax: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, debit cards bearing the VISA or MasterCard logo)
  • If a disability-related reasonable accommodation is needed, complete and attach the Reasonable Accommodations Request for Examination (RE 413)
  • A background check will be made to all applicants.
  • Mail all the above documents to:
    Department of Real Estate
    P.O. Box 137001
    Sacramento, CA 95813-7001

For brokers:

  • Broker Examination Application (RE 400B)
  • Proof of successful completion of the statutory college-level real estate courses and degrees.
  • Payment of dues (Total of $395.00= Examination fee $95 + license fee$300) fees won’t be accepted in Cash (Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Department of Real Estate or credit card payment for examination scheduling if the application is submitted by mail or fax: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, debit cards bearing the VISA or MasterCard logo).
  • Experience requirements for the broker can be proven with:
  • Obtain a transcript to verify a degree earned from an accredited four year college or university which included a major or minor in real estate.
  • Complete Employment Verification (RE 226)
  • Complete Equivalent Experience Verification (RE 227) non-licensed real estate-related experience.
  • For more information on valid experience visit Experience Requirements.
  • If a disability-related reasonable accommodation is needed, complete and attach the Reasonable Accommodations Request for Examination (RE 413).
  • A background check will be made to all applicants.
  • Mail all the above documents to:
    Department of Real Estate
    P.O. Box 137001
    Sacramento, CA 95813-7001

What score do I need to pass?

To pass the salesperson exam you must correctly answer at least 70% of the questions.

To pass the broker exam you must correctly answer at least 75% of the questions.

You will receive your score immediately after you complete your exam if you took an electronic examination. Otherwise you can wait for five business days and check your examination results through the eLicensing online system, or through the Interactive Voice Response system by calling toll free at 1-877-373-4542.

How much time do I have to complete the exam?

For the salesperson exam you are allowed 3 hours to answer a total of 150 multiple choice questions.

For the broker exam you are allowed 4 hours total to answer 200 multiple choice questions.

What should I bring with me for the exam?

  • Valid form of photo identification issued within the past 5 years: Current state-issued driver’s license or DMV identification card, U.S. Passport or Passport issued by a foreign government.
    U.S. Military identification card
  • Basic (non-scientific) calculator will be provided on site.

What is the format of the exam?

Examinations conducted in Fresno, La Palma, Oakland, Sacramento and San Diego are currently offered on a computer. For other locations, the exam might be on paper instead. Please check your current location for the latest formats as these can change.

What is on the exam?

For salespersons the exam consists of the following sections:

  • Property Ownership and Land Use Controls and Regulations
  • Laws of Agency and Fiduciary Duties
  • Property Valuation and Financial Analysis
  • Financing
  • Transfer of Property
  • Practice of Real Estate and Disclosures (Includes Specialty Areas)
  • Contracts

For brokers the exam consists of the following sections:

  • Property Ownership and Land Use Controls and Regulations
  • Laws of Agency and Fiduciary Duties
  • Property Valuation and Financial Analysis
  • Financing
  • Transfer of Property
  • Practice of Real Estate and Disclosures (Includes Specialty Areas)
  • Contracts

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