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How to get your license: Real estate brokers

We have a new online service for managing professional and business licenses. These videos and guides can help you set up your account access. For help using the new service, please contact dolelicensingsupport@dol.wa.gov or 360.664.0200, option 7.

We expect a processing delay for mailed applications and renewals. 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:
    • 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 let you know 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.

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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