Enroll and complete the three courses required for the Salesperson License. Retain the official transcripts as evidence of completed courses. The courses required by BRE are:
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Complete the Live Scan Service Request Form (BRE Form RE 237) and make two photocopies of this form. Fingerprinting is completed through a live scan service provider. The provider will complete Part 3 of the Form RE 237 and will keep the original Form 237 while returning two copies. One copy is for your records and the other is sent to the BRE along with the application. The service provider will charge you a separate fee for the fingerprinting.
The results from the fingerprinting process may take some time to arrive and BRE does not issue licenses till it receives the results. Therefore, it is recommended to complete fingerprinting early in the application process.
You can search for a live scan service provider by visiting the California Department of Justice website or by calling the Sacramento Office of the Bureau of Real Estate at 877-373-4542.
Complete the application package for the Salesperson license, which includes the documents listed below.
Mail the completed application to the BRE at Bureau of Real Estate, P.O. Box 187001, Sacramento, CA 95818-7001.
BRE will process the form you submitted. BRE posts the application processing timeframes on its Current Processing Timeframes webpage.
If your application is accepted, BRE will notify you and provide information regarding the dates of the examination. The notification letter contains an examination identification number. If you selected self-scheduling in the application form (Form RE 435), then you can select the examination date by using the eLicensing system. If self-scheduling was not selected, then BRE sends an Examination Schedule Notice (RE 401A).
If you are not qualified, BRE will notify you of the deficiencies causing denial. You need to address the deficiencies before you can progress in the application process, including scheduling the examination. BRE gives you two years from the date of application to complete the required deficiencies and take the examination. The application will expire if you fail to address the deficiencies and pass the examination within the two year period. After that you will have to restart the application process and by applying again.
Schedule the examination if you selected self-scheduling in the application form. Examination availability can be accessed by visiting BRE's Exams Currently Scheduling webpage. You can schedule the examination using the eLicensing system or by completing and returning the Examination Schedule Notice (RE 401A) form to the BRE. If form RE 401A is lost then use the eLicensing system or submit Salesperson Examination Change Application Form (RE 415A). Pick the examination date carefully because additional fees apply for rescheduling.
The Salesperson Exam is 3 hours 15 minutes long. It consists of 150 multiple choice questions. Each question has four choices. See the BRE's Salesperson Examination Content webpage for more information. To pass the examination you need to correctly answer a minimum of 70% of the questions.
You can check the examination results by using the eLicensing system or through the Interactive Voice Response system by calling toll free at 1-877-373-4542.
If you are successful, BRE will provide you a notification of passing. Actual scores are not released. If you are unsuccessful, BRE will provide the actual score and the percentage of questions that were answered correctly in each subject area.
You can re-take the examination if you were unsuccessful. Examination can be re-taken any number of times during the two-year period following the date of filing the original application. After the end of the two-year period, a new application is required.
To re-take the examination, use the eLicensing system or Salesperson Examination Result Notice (RE 418A). If the Form RE 418A is lost, then use the Salesperson Examination Change Application Form (RE 415A).
BRE will issue you the Salesperson License after successfully completing the examination and meeting all the requirements. The license is valid for a period of four years. BRE issues a pocket identification card and gives a notification that your license is ready to be printed from the eLicensing system. BRE no longer issues the license certificates. As a Salesperson you need to print and provide the license certificate to your employing broker.
The license will reflect the employing broker's information if you had selected a Broker in the original license application. Otherwise, BRE will issue the license with a LICESNED NBA Status, which is a non-working status. NBA stands for 'No Broker Affiliation'. You cannot perform the acts for which a real estate license was required until the time you obtain employment under a broker and have updated the broker information with the BRE.
If you intend to perform residential mortgage activity, then you need to apply for a MLO License Endorsement.
Updated: Sep 14, 2013