How to get your license: Real estate brokers

Who needs a license?

Any person who acts on behalf of a real estate firm to perform real estate brokerage services under the supervision of a managing broker.

Requirements

  • 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.
  • The real estate education requirements will be waived for qualified applicants currently licensed in another state.
  • Be ready to answer Criminal history questions and provide documents if needed.
  • Pass the broker's exam.

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

Before you apply

  • If you are licensed in another state:
    • Request the broker's exam by submitting a certified license history from the real estate licensing agency in the state where you're currently licensed to:
      Real Estate Licensing
      PO Box 9021
      Olympia, WA 98507
      Fax: 360.586.0998
      Email: realestate@dol.wa.gov
    • After we've reviewed your license history, we'll give instructions on how to take the broker's exam.
      • If you've had an active license in another state in the previous 6 months, you'll only need to take the Washington State part of the exam.
    • After you've passed the required portions of the exam, follow the instructions below to submit your application.

How to apply

  1. Login to apply. You'll need:
  2. 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. Background checks don't delay the issuance of a license.
  3. We'll send you an email when your license is approved.
    • Your license will be issued in inactive status so it is available to be added to a firm.
    • Your license will be activated immediately when you accept an online request to join a firm.

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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