Colorado Real Estate License & Exam Requirements

The 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. Learn more on the DORA website.

  1. Receive a Certificate of Completion of Educational Requirements (REC-33) from a state-certified school, which states you have successfully completed the course established by the Colorado Real Estate Commission.
  2. Pass the Commission's associate broker's exam.
  3. Complete fingerprint card, No. FD-258 (from your local police station)
  4. Provide a written statement covering any convictions (or nolo contendere) for misdemeanors, felonies (or pending charges) or a deferred judgment or sentence within the past 10 years. (Note: Traffic violations are not taken into consideration.)
Please Note:

Completing the VanEd pre-licensing coursework is a necessary step toward obtaining your Colorado real estate license. However, the course only satisfies the first of the four real estate license requirements outlined above. You will still need to pass the Colorado real estate license exam and fulfill the other three requirements to obtain your license.

Prior Qualifications

The Colorado Real Estate Commission recognizes prior experience and qualifications in real estate and related fields and reduces the licensing education requirements accordingly.

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

Colorado Real Estate License Exam

Once all coursework is complete, VanEd will send an electronic notification to the testing company, PSI, stating that you are now eligible to make an appointment for the Colorado real estate license exam. Once both portions of the state exam are passed, PSI will notify the Colorado Real Estate Commission that you have completed your education, passed the Colorado broker exam, and are eligible to apply for your associate broker's license. An exam fee of $44.95 must be paid at the time you call PSI and make your reservation to take the Colorado broker exam.

Please not that you will NOT be permitted to take a handheld calculator into the test site. Be prepared to use the calculator program on the computer at the test center when you take the exam. If you feel that math is a challenge for you, please make sure you read and complete all of the problems in Chapter 8 ‘Real Estate Exam Guide’ until you feel comfortable with the formulas.

When you enroll and log in to Real Estate pre-licensing, click on the Candidate Handbook link found on the left side of the main page under "Home Menu." The booklet provides complete instructions regarding the Colorado real estate license exam, including how to make an appointment, what you are permitted to take (and not take) into the test center, and how you will be scored. At the test center, you will be given a 15 minute tutorial on using the test program.

The general or uniform portion of the Colorado state exam covers real estate law and practice which is common in most states. When you click on the Candidate Handbook link, open the General Content Outline for a breakdown of what is covered on this portion of the exam. You will be given two hours to complete the general portion of the Colorado broker exam.

The second part of the Colorado broker exam is specific to Colorado real estate rules, regulations and contracts.

Colorado Licensing Requirement FAQ

Q. Is there a time limit between completing the pre-licensing program and taking the Colorado real estate license exam?

A. You may use your REC-33 certificate provided upon completion of our programs to apply for your license any time in the future. According to the commission rules, once you pass the exam you will have one year to apply for licensure.

Q. Where can I find the real estate broker application forms?

A. The Division of Real Estate website contains all of the application forms. Simply visit their website to find the necessary form.

Q. Should I complete my fingerprinting before taking the exam?

A. Colorado requires a fingerprint based criminal history background check. VanEd recommends getting fingerprinting done as soon as you get started with the VanEd Colorado real estate licensing coursework. The current timeframe for the completion of background checks is 6-8 weeks or longer.

VanEd supplies the fingerprint card and information inside of the VanEd Study Guide. This information and card can be used at your local police or sheriff's office (call first for hours and locations) to start the fingerprinting process. VanEd will also provide you with information on how to complete this step electronically.

Q. I have been convicted of a crime. Can I still obtain a Colorado real estate license?

A. Commission rule A-12 explains the procedures for applying for a real estate license with a criminal record. You will need to submit form BAA with your application.

VanEd recommends that you request a preliminary opinion prior to registering for your real estate licensing course. You can use Commission Form PAO to ask for a preliminary review regarding the potential effect that previous conduct, criminal convictions or violations of the real estate license law may have on a formal application for licensure as a Colorado Real Estate Broker. This opinion is issued in order to provide preliminary advisory guidance. This opinion is not binding on the Commission nor does it limit the Commission's authority to investigate a formal application for licensure.

Q. Does VanEd process fingerprinting? I've had fingerprints taken before. Will I be able to use those?

A. While we supply all the information you need, VanEd does not process the actual fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is completed at many local police & sheriff departments. It is a good idea to call them in advance to be sure they provide this service and ask what hours the service is available.

Usually, previously taken fingerprints are NOT acceptable.

Note: If you are a mortgage broker who is registering with a fingerprint based background check in 2006 with the Division of Real Estate, their background check DOES meet the standard and will be applicable. These are the only other allowable fingerprint based background checks.

Q. Will VanEd tell me what to expect on the Colorado real estate licensing exam?

A. We will explain testing procedures and delivery as well as give you access to PSI's candidate handbook online. VanEd will also give you test taking tips, and full access to our online real estate exam prep. This will prepare you to not only take, but pass, the Colorado real estate licensing exam.

Q. How long can I wait after passing the exam before activating my license?

A. Commission Rule A-8 requires you to apply for a license within one year of passing the broker exam.

Q. Can you put a license on inactive status and what is the procedure for re-activating a license?

A. There is no requirement to activate a Colorado real estate license. You may apply for the initial license to be issued on inactive status and renew it that way every three years for as long as you like.

Q. At what point do I receive my certificate of completion to schedule the Colorado real estate licensing exam?

A. Instructions are emailed to students as soon as they become eligible to start the Colorado real estate license exam review process. Students must complete the course in order to receive eligibility certificates for taking the Colorado exam and the required REC-33 completion certificate. These will be available online for printing upon completion of the program, allowing you to sit for the state exam as soon as possible.

Q. Does VanEd have a job placement program?

A. While VanEd does not offer a job placement program, many real estate firms in Colorado already know of our quality education programs have contacted us and indicated a willingness to work with VanEd graduates.