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How to get your license: Managing 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 designated broker, and who may supervise other brokers or managing brokers licensed to the firm.


To qualify for a managing broker's license, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Provide proof you have at least 3 years of full-time experience as an active real estate broker, or other qualifying experience as described in WAC 308-124A-713.
  • Successfully complete 90 hours of approved real estate education within 3 years before applying for the exam. This education must include:
    • 30 hours of brokerage management
    • 30 hours of business management
    • 30 hours of advanced real estate law
  • The real estate education requirements will be waived for qualified managing broker applicants currently licensed as a managing broker in another state.
  • Be ready to answer legal background questions and provide documents if needed.
  • Pass the managing 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:
    • Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit or debit card to pay license fee.
    • If needed, documents for legal background questions, ready to upload.
  2. We'll send you an email when your license is approved.
    • If you had an active broker license, your managing broker license will automatically be associated to your current firm.
    • If you had an inactive broker license, or if you didn't have a Washington broker license:
      • 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 managing broker's license will expire 2 years after it's issued.

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