Colorado Real Estate School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Some of our most frequently asked questions concerning Colorado real estate education are answered below:

Colorado Real Estate Licensing

Learn about the process of obtaining your Colorado real estate license.

How long does it take to get my Colorado real estate license?

The entire process from taking the education to obtaining your license takes anywhere from 2 to 4 months. While 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.

How do I get my Colorado real estate license?

  1. Enroll in VanEd's 168-hour Online Colorado Real Estate Licensing Course.

  2. You have three options to choose from in order to complete your background check:

    • IdentoGO by Idemia:
      Select "Schedule or Manage Appointment" Unique ID for Brokers: 25YNY1
    • Colorado Fingerprint Processing with CBI:
      Unique ID for Brokers: 0800REEI
    • Fingerprint Card with Electronic Transfer
      If you are unable to locate a physical location near you or if you reside outside of Colorado, you must utilize this option for fingerprint card submissions. If you select this method, be sure to use FBI fingerprint card FD-258. Many local sheriff offices offer fingerprinting services. You must follow the pre-registration process for hard copy card submissions.

  3. Pass VanEd's Final Exams (Six sections total for the entire 168-hour Package).

  4. Pass VanEd's Exam Prep (included in your 168-hour Online package) OR take one of our LIVE Exam Preps (you can add this at a steep discount if you've already purchased the 168-hour Online Package) and receive your certificate to be able to sit for the Licensing Exam with PSI; schedule to take exam with PSI within 5-7 business days. Online at, or call 1-800-733-9267.

  5. Upon passing licensing exam and completing your background check, apply for your license through the Colorado Real Estate Commission. The license application can also be printed from the state website

Colorado Real Estate License State Exam

Learn about the required state exam to obtain a real estate license in Colorado.

How much does the Colorado Licensing Exam cost?

Examination Fee $44.95
Retake Fee $42.50
Fingerprint Fee $60.00

Where are the Colorado state exam locations (through PSI)?

Centennial, Colorado Springs, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Pueblo, and Wheat Ridge. Exam locations are subject to change. Refer to the website for details.

How long does the Colorado Licensing Exam take to complete?

The exam is divided into two sections: National and State. You are given 120 minutes for the National section and 110 minutes for the State section.

What if I fail the Colorado Licensing Exam?

You can take the exam again. PSI provides a small discount if you need to retake the exam ($42.50)

What will it cost me to get my Colorado Broker license?

Course tuition $695.00
Fingerprinting fees (vary by location) $20.00-$40.00
CBI background check $39.50
Licensing Exam with PSI $44.95
Errors & Omission Insurance
(varies, and check with your soon-to-be Managing Broker)
Current Real Estate Application Fee (with the Commission) $284.00

Do you guarantee passing?

VanEd Students have unlimited access to all of their completed coursework (except in the cases where there have been significant regulatory changes by the state).

To view our Money Back Pass Guarantee requirements, please review our 'Why VanEd' online page.

Our Online Course Delivery

How to get help with computer questions and other technical support.

I have questions about my course. Who can help me?

New or potential students with questions regarding how to get started (either in obtaining your license and/or starting your continuing education (once licensed), please contact our office at (800) 313-8751 or via email at

Currently enrolled students with administrative questions (tracking materials, requesting a transfer, general technical support, finding a certificate, etc.) please contact our Customer Support team Monday - Friday 6:00AM - 9:00PM MST at (800) 313-8751 or email Emails will be responded to promptly but typically within 24 hours or one business day.

For questions pertaining to specific coursework, course content, or curriculum, please email our instructors here at or post the question directly within the Q&As inside each individual course.

What are the system requirements for your online courses?

We make every attempt to make our websites and products tablet and mobile-friendly; however, not all features within all of our courses are compatible with all tablets and phones.

  • Both Windows and Mac-based desktops or laptops are compatible.
  • We recommend the use of Windows 7-10 or macOS 10.9 or later operating systems.
  • We recommend the use of current Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Internet Explorer
  • We recommend online learners have at least a 2MB connection.

How long do I have to complete my courses?

All Colorado students have one year of activation from the date they initially purchase their coursework. Your individual Enrollment Agreement and Course Catalog (with reactivation policies) are located within your student account. To view our General Online Course Catalog, click here. (Activation length of time varies by state, please check your individual state FAQ page and/or Course Catalog).

What is your return policy?

Please see our Pre-license Course Catalog and Continuing Education Course Catalog for our General Return Policies. Each state may have slightly different regulations – if you are a current student, a copy of your individual Enrollment Agreement and Course Catalog can be found inside your student account.

Is your school approved?

Yes! Van Education Center (VanEd) is approved in several states, but in Colorado, we are approved for Real Estate Pre-Licensing, Continuing Education, and Appraisal Pre-License by the state's governing body (in this case, DPOS and the Colorado Real Estate Commission).

Reciprocity & Real Estate Continuing Education

Questions about being licensed in other states and maintaining/renewing your real estate license in Colorado.

Can I use my current state license to get licensed in another state?

Each state has different regulations surrounding reciprocity. VanEd encourages licensees who are licensed in another state and want to obtain their Colorado real estate license to contact the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA – Division of Real Estate) at 303-894-2166 to inquire about reciprocity. If you are wanting to obtain a real estate license in another state, you should contact the State's Commission or Department of Education.

I already have a real estate license from another state – do I have to take the ENTIRE 168-hour online course?

We encourage all licensed agents to contact the State Commission or Department of Education's office to confirm what reciprocal requirements there are for the state in which you wish to obtain additional licensure. The Colorado Real Estate Commission can be reached at 303-894-2166

I'm already licensed – how much Continuing Education do I need?

Per state regulation, all licensees are required to take 24 total hours of continuing education during each 3-year license cycle. This consists of 12 total hours of Annual Commission Update (ACU or CREC) (4-hour course available each calendar year) and 12 total elective credits.

If you belong to a Real Estate Association, you're required to take an Ethics course (minimum 2.5 hours, but most are between 3 and 6 hours) every other year. This typically counts towards your electives with The Commission, but make sure your class has dual CE credit beforehand.

Classroom Courses

Questions concerning classroom courses for Colorado real estate licensing.

Do you offer classroom courses?

VanEd is an online real estate school; however, we work with several affiliates who offer Fusion courses (online and an additional set of in-class review sessions), which may suit your needs. Check out our Fusion Affiliates.