Unlocking the Secrets of Florida’s Real Estate License Exchange

If you already have a real estate license from another state, here are three options to get your Real Estate license in FL

Option #1 – License Reciprocity

Florida offers mutual recognition with 10 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and West Virginia). This allows for an equivalent license transition, bypassing education requirements. Do note that you will still need to pass a 40-question Florida-specific law exam and fulfill post-license and continuing education requirements. Provide your license history certificate when applying for a license under mutual recognition. Find more information here.

Option #2 – Experience in Another State

If your state doesn’t have mutual recognition with Florida, but you’ve held an active license for 2 out of the last 5 years, you can bypass the Florida Sales Associate License exam and directly obtain a Florida Broker License. Requirements include the broker pre-licensing course and the full 100-question state exam. Understand the role differences between a real estate agent (sales associate) and a broker.

Option #3 – Acquire Sales Associate’s License

For those uninterested in the broker role, they might prefer obtaining a Sales Associate’s license in Florida. This requires completion of the 63-hour pre-licensing course and the 100-question state exam.

Considering Florida’s unique real estate laws, completing a pre-licensing course in Florida can enhance your understanding and prevent potential errors that might lead to disciplinary actions by the Florida Real Estate Commission. Regardless of the path chosen, remember to continually refresh and increase your knowledge in Florida real estate law. Regardless of which State you are from to get your real estate license in FL its like another country when it comes to Real Estate, better to be safe than sorry!

Florida Real Estate Sales Associate Pre-Licensing Course

  • State Required Education – 63 Hours
  • Weekly Instructor LED Interactive Study Group
  • Images, charts, and examples to make it easy to understand complex concepts
  • End-of-unit quizzes and a practice end-of-course exam reinforce key concepts
  • The practice activities provide an interactive method of concept reinforcement and self-testing
  • Access to Course for 6 Months
  • *We Recommend including the Florida Sales Associate Textbook as an additional resource

Florida Sales Associate Textbook

  • Florida Real Estate Principles, Practices & Law sets the standard for real estate education in Florida.
  • This text uses examples of actual disciplinary cases to explain various legal terms and rule violations

Florida Real Estate Broker Pre-Licensing

  • The course fulfills your 72 hours of Florida broker relicensing education requirement
  • Delivers the complete Florida Real Estate Broker Syllabus curriculum
  • You will learn helpful information about owning and managing a broker office, including business plans, budgets, and profit and loss statements
  • The course will help you understand difficult concepts in new course videos
  • Access to weekly instructor-led Interactive Study Group

Why Not Start Right? A Complete Real Estate Career Package.

The dynamic world of real estate offers excellent opportunities for income and career growth. Nevertheless, it requires more than just an understanding of the property market. It demands a well-rounded skill set that includes marketing, client relationship management, and resilience in the face of market volatility. To prepare new real estate agents for this daunting challenge, Manfred Real Estate School has innovatively packaged the Career-In-A-Box program. This all-in-one real estate sales and marketing solution revolutionizes the way new real estate agents approach their budding businesses. Fostering independence from Sponsor Brokers and empowering them to take charge of their marketing and client relationships.

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5 Steps to Get Your Real Estate License in FL

Step 1: Take the pre-license course

Take the state-approved sales associate 63-hour pre-license course. We offer this course online. NOTE: If you’re approved to practice law in Florida, you don’t need to take the pre-license course. You may take the sales associate exam by providing a copy of your current Florida Bar card to the exam application.

Step 2: Finger printed and apply for the state exam

  • Get your electronic fingerprints for a background check. You’ll need to have your fingerprints taken at least 5 days before you send your license application. See where and how to get electronic fingerprints (PDF). Each fingerprint vendor sets the price for their services can range from $40-$90. You will need to provide your Social Security number and the following ORI number: FL920010Z.
  • Submit an application to the DBPR.  The fee is $83.75. The DBPR reviews all applications. The Pearson VUE company will email you when your application has been approved (can take up to 30 days).

Step 3: Take and pass the state real estate exam

Pearson VUE oversees the state exam process and offers the course in a variety of formats and locations. The cost is $36.75 per exam.

Pearson VUE will email you an “Authorization to Test”. This email includes your nine-digit Candidate ID number, which you need in order to sign up for the exam with Pearson VUE.  To schedule an exam, call 888.204.6289 or visit here for more information

Passing score is 75%

100 multiple choice questions.

Step 4: Apply for your license

After passing the exam, download and print your license through your secure account at the DBPR website. Once your initial license is activated, it is valid for 18 to 24 months, depending on when you pass the state exam.

Step 5: Find A sponsoring Broker

Your real estate license is not active until you are affiliated with a licensed broker. A sponsoring broker will activate your license using the DBPR RE 11–Sales Associate form (PDF). Finding a Broker is easy. We recommend interviewing several to find the right fit for you. For additional guidance, check out our Real Estate Business Launch.

Why just get your real estate license in FL, when you can get so much more?

” One of the first paths to success is the opportunity to learn. The Manfred family has perfected the methods to learn the business of real estate. As someone who has struggled with classrooms his entire life, attending MRELC was comfortable, exciting but most importantly, a great way to learn. Thanks again!!” – William W