How to Get a Florida Real Estate License

Real Estate Salesperson License Requirements
How to Get a Real Estate License in Florida

Steps to Get Your FL Salesperson License

The Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) requires completion of the following steps in order to receive a Real Estate Salesperson License in Florida.

  1. Complete 63 Hours of Approved Education
  2. Pass the Course Final Exam
  3. Submit Fingerprints
  4. Complete the Licensing Application
  5. Pass the Florida Real Estate Exam

Steps to Become a Real Estate Agent in Florida


  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You need a United States Social Security number
  • You must hold a high school diploma or have your GED
  • Complete 63 Hours of Approved Education

    The first step to obtaining a license is to complete the 63 clock-hour Florida Pre-License Course. This course covers everything you need to become a Sales Associate and pass the licensing exam.

    Topics include:

    • Foundations of the real estate business
    • Real estate regulations and statutes
    • Agency relationships
    • How to remain compliant with state and federal laws
    • Real property laws
    • Financing options and mortgages
  • Pass the Course Final Exam

    After you complete the 63-Hour Course, you must meet FREC's minimum course time requirement, and pass the Unit exams, you will need to take and pass the course final exam with a score of 70% or higher. If you fail the exam, you may retest once within the year of original examination.

    If you fail more than one time, you will need to retake the entire course before being eligible to retake the course final exam.

  • Submit Fingerprints to the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR)

    Once you have completed and passed your course exam, you will need to submit fingerprints to the DBPR 5 days prior to submitting your license application.

  • Complete the License Application

    Next, you will need to apply for a license with the Florida (DBPR). Once your appliaction is approved, you will recevie a notice from the DBPR with an attached RE Application ID number.

  • Pass the Florida Real Estate Exam

    Finally, you must pass both the state and national portions of the Florida Salesperson License Exam. You can schedule your exam with Pearson Vue online.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Real Estate License in Florida?

On average, the time it takes to get a Florida real estste license is anywhere between 2-5 months. Some students are able to complete the required 63-Hour Pre-License course in just a few weeks while other students may take several months depending on the time they have to spend within their course.

After completing the required class, students should plan to spend an additonal 1-2 months finding a sponsoring broker, going through the license application process, and passing the Florida real estate exam.

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Florida Real Estate License?

The cost to become a real estate agent in Florida can vary depending on the cost of school tuition, where students get their fingerprints and background checks at, and whether students pass their exam on their first attempt or not. However, on average, students should expect to pay around $375.00 to receive their license.

Course Tuition $200.00
Fingerprinting Fees (vary by location) $50.00
Application Fee $89.00
Examination Fee $36.75
Total $375.75

What is the best Florida real estate school?

The key to a successful career lies in finding a real estate school that aligns with your needs, considering factors such as quality of support, course availability, education structure, pass rates, and completion time. With an abundance of information available, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. In this blog, we focus on three leading real estate schools in Florida, offering a side-by-side comparison of accreditation, customer service, student reviews, packages, and prices, helping you make an informed decision about the best course and education for your career aspirations.

Can you take the Florida real estate exam online?

Yes. After fulfilling the pre-licensing prerequisites, submitting your application for a sales associate license via the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), and paying the necessary examination fee, you'll gain eligibility to sit for the Florida Real Estate Exam. Once your application is approved, you'll have the option to conveniently schedule and complete the exam either from your home or at a Pearson VUE test center. The exam offers daily scheduling flexibility. To initiate the registration process, you can reach out to Pearson VUE at 888-204-6289 or access their website.

What shows up on a background check for Florida real estate license?

Applicants for a Florida real estate license must undergo strict background checks as part of the pre-licensing screening process, which includes submitting fingerprints.

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) must approve the background check. There are two types of checks you will need: a national search and a local search. The national search reveals information from across the entire country, whereas the local search displays only data specific to the state in which the license application is made.

These checks may include the following types of background checks:

  • Criminal
  • Credit
  • Personal
  • Employment verification
  • International
  • Universal
  • OIG
  • Professional license

However, a typical report will cover criminal history, education, employment history and credit history, and may include lawsuits filed against the individual, personal bankruptcies, or foreclosures.

While past criminal history, particularly involving sexual offenses, financial crimes, or fraud, might make an applicant ineligible, there are cases where real estate agents can get licensed despite their past criminal records. However, this may not always be the case.

Post-License Education

Once you receive your license, FREC requires you to complete a mandatory course of Post-License education before renewing for the first time.

Sales Associates

Licensees holding a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate License must complete 45 credit hours of Post-License education.


Licensees holding a Florida Real Estate Broker License must complete 60 credit hours of Post-License education.

Purchase a Post-License Course

Florida Real Estate Agent Essentials