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How to get your license: Real estate brokers

We have a new online service for managing professional and business licenses. Learn how to set up account access. If you need help with the new service, please contact your professional licensing program.

We expect a processing delay for mailed applications and renewals. Renew or apply online for faster processing of your license. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Who needs a license?

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

Requirements

To qualify you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • 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 legal background questions and provide documents if needed.

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

Before you apply

  • Take the broker's exam.
  • Have a completed fingerprint and background check.
  • If you are licensed in another state:
    • Create a SAW account by visiting SecureAccess Washington
    • Select Add New Service and choose Professional and Business licensing from list of services
    • Select Apply For Professional License
    • Upload your license history from the state you are currently licensed.
    • Submit the application
      • The application will be reviewed and you should receive a response in 3-4 business days.
    • Upon approval you will receive an email for directions to set up your exam with PSI
    • Approvals are good for 6 months.

What you'll need

  • A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online.

How to apply

You can apply online.

License expiration

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

For veterans, military personnel, and partners

Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. For more information visit military assistance.

If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. For more information, visit Get paid back for test fees.

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