How to get your license: Real estate brokers

Things to know

Counter services closed on January 1, 2016.

  • You can still mail applications and forms or use our online services where available.
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  • If you still have questions call 360.664.6500 or email RealEstate@dol.wa.gov.

Requirements

To qualify for a broker’s license, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Successfully complete 90 hours of approved real estate education within 2 years before applying for the exam. This education must include:
    • A 60-hour course in Real Estate Fundamentals.
    • A 30-hour course in Real Estate Practices.
  • Pass the broker’s exam.

For a list of approved real estate education, see the Real Estate Education Course Catalog.

How to apply for a license

  1. Complete the Real Estate License Application form.
  2. Submit your completed application with a check or money order for the fee, payable to the Department of Licensing, to:
    Real Estate Licensing
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 3917
    Seattle, WA 98124-3917
  3. Submit fingerprints for state and national background checks.
    • Inside Washington:
      • Go to www.identogo.com to schedule an appointment through MorphoTrust, our electronic fingerprinting vendor. You will pay IdentoGO for taking your fingerprints and for the background checks required for your license type.
    • Outside Washington:
      • Call Real Estate Regulatory at 360.664.6484 for fingerprint card submission instructions.
    • For more details, see Fingerprinting and background checks.

If you have a license in another state:

  1. Request a certified license history from the real estate licensing agency in the state where you’re currently licensed.
    • If you’ve had an active license in the previous 6 months, you’ll only be required to take the Washington State part of the licensing exam.
    • If you qualify, we’ll waive the education requirements.
  2. Submit your license history, with a cover letter that includes your mailing address, by one of the following:
    • Mail:
      Real Estate Licensing
      PO Box 9021
      Olympia, WA 98507
    • Fax: 360.586.0998
    • Email: realestate@dol.wa.gov

License expiration

Your broker’s license will expire 2 years after it’s issued.

For veterans

U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification

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