How to Get a Real Estate License in Colorado

License Requirements to Become a Real Estate Agent in Colorado
How to Get a Real Estate License in Colorado

Steps to Get Your CO Associate Broker's License

The CREC (Colorado Real Estate Commission) requires completion of the following steps in order to receive an Associate Broker's Real Estate License in the state of Colorado. View the steps below or click the image to help visualize the process. Learn more on the DRE website.

6 Steps Required to Become a Colorado Real Estate Agent


You must be at least 18 years old to get started.

  • Complete the 168-Hour Pre-Licensing Education

    Complete your 168 hours of education from VanEd or another state-certified school. You will receive a certificate of completion (REC-33).

  • Pass the Pre-License Course Final Exam

    When you have completed each of the 6 courses in the 168-Hour Licensing Package, you must pass a course final exam that will prepare you to pass the licensing exam.

  • Pass the Real Estate Licensing Exam

    Take and pass both the national and state portions of the Colorado Broker Exam at a PSI test center.

  • Complete and Pass a Background Check

    Complete your background check requirement. This consists of submitting a set of fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. These fingerprints are used to conduct a state and federal fingerprint-based criminal history background check and assessment.

  • Provide Proof of Errors & Omissions Insurance

    Provide proof of Errors & Omissions Insurance after obtaining an E&O insurance policy.

  • Apply for Your License

    The Colorado Division of Real Estate uses online eLicense services for new licensee apply online for their broker license.

Please Note:

Completing VanEd's pre-licensing coursework is the first step toward obtaining your Colorado real estate license. VanEd will provide you all of the information necessary to complete each step in the licensing process.

How Long Does It Take to Get Licensed?

The entire process from taking the required education to gettng your license takes anywhere from 2 to 4 months. While VanEd students have a full year to complete their coursework, most finish in less than 6 months. Fingerprinting and the background check take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks.

Prior Qualifications and Professional Experience - Reciprocity

The Colorado Real Estate Commission recognizes prior experience and qualifications in real estate and related fields and reduces the licensing education requirements accordingly. Reciprocal licensing may apply to the following individuals:

  • BAR-Licensed Attorneys
  • Students who have received a degree from a university with a major in real estate
  • Former licensees
  • Licensees in another state (jurisdiction) looking to obtain their licensure

Use VanEd's interactive License Finder to easily determine which education program fits your qualifications.

Colorado Real Estate License Exam

The Colorado broker license exam consists of two parts. You will have approximately two hours to complete each part of the exam. The general portion of the exam covers real estate law and practice which is common in most states. The second part of the broker exam is specific to Colorado real estate rules, regulations, and contracts. The test is not open book, and you may not bring anything with you to the test center.

For more information about the exam itself, visit to download the most current Candidate Information Bulletin. This handbook provides you with complete information about the examination and application process. When you are ready to schedule your exam, you will do so on the PSI website. You will need to print out your REC-33 (provided by VanEd) and take it with you to the test center in order to be permitted to take your exam.

Which Colorado Pre-License Courses Do I Need?

View VanEd's Interactive License Finder to learn more about what licensing program you need.