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

Requirements

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.
  • 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.

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

Before you apply

  • You must pass the managing broker's Exam.
  • 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.

  • Create your SAW account to apply and pay your fees online.
    Apply online
  • We'll email you 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.

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