How to Get a Florida Real Estate
updated june 2023
Before You Start
Before you start, ensure that you meet Florida’s real estate broker license requirements. These are outlined by the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC), and specify that you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and have had an active real estate sales associate license for at least 24 months within the past five years.
Steps to get your Florida Real Estate Sales License
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Step 1. Complete a FREC-approved 72 hour pre-licensing course for brokers.
Step 2. Submit an application for broker licensure and pay the licensing fee.
Step 3. Submit your fingerprints to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
You are required to submit your fingerprints electronically to the DBPR before your real estate license application can be approved. More information about this process can be found on the DBPR website here.
Step 4. Pass the Florida real estate broker exam with a minimum score of 75%.
Your application for licensure, submitted in step two, must be approved by the DBPR before you may take your exam.
If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you will be able to retake it as many times as needed so long as your broker course certificate, received after completing step 1, and state application, submitted in step 2, are valid.
Step 5. Submit a DBPR Real Estate 13 Broker Transaction Form to activate your Florida broker license.
After you have completed all of the preceding steps, you must submit the Real Estate 13 Broker Transaction Form to the DBPR. You can find the form here.
Once you’ve completed those five steps, congratulations! You can now start your own brokerage in Florida.
In addition to listing and selling properties, businesses, and land, you can now:
Own your own real estate firm
Hire other Florida Real Estate Sales Associates to list and sell properties on your behalf