Frequently asked questions

How do I get my California Real Estate Salesperson license?

To get your real estate license in the state of California, you must complete three state-approved, college-level courses in real estate and pass the California Real Estate Salesperson Examination. The two required courses are Real Estate Principles and Real Estate Practice, with one state-approved elective. Some of the most common elective courses studied by applicants are Real Estate Law, Real Estate Finance, and Property Management. To find a certified course provider, visit this webpage: For details on the licensing process through the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE), visit this webpage:

How do I apply for the California Real Estate state exam?

To apply for the state exam, you must submit your application to the Bureau of Real Estate. You can submit the Salesperson Examination Application (RE 400A) or the Combined Salesperson Examination and License Application (RE 435 & RE 237). It is recommended that you have me review your application forms prior to sending them to CalBRE in the mail. Processing timeframes range from one month to five, depending on the length of the waitlist, and missing any area on the application form can significantly delay your processing wait time. Email me at or call/text me at (805) 630-2869 to set up a review appointment. Details on the process and access to the required forms can be found on this webpage:

How long will it take to process my exam application?

Wait times vary depending on the demand of exam applicants. As of February 2018, the wait time for the combination exam and license application is five weeks. You can view current processing timeframes on the Bureau's website here:

What does it cost to get my California Real Estate Salesperson license?

Pre-licensing courses are offered by many certified course providers throughout California, at varying costs. If you are looking for a state certified real estate school in Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Conejo Valley and the rest of Ventura County, and for those living in Chatsworth, Granada Hills, and Porter Ranch in Los Angeles County, I recommend CA Realty Training at the Simi Valley location. For current pricing options, please visit CA Realty Training's enrollment webpage here. The current fee for the California Real Estate Salesperson exam: $60 The current fee for your California Real Estate Salesperson license: $245 You can find all California state-certified course providers on this webpage:

How long is a California real estate license good for?

The term of a real estate license is four years.

Does California recognize real estate licenses from other States?

No. In order to conduct licensed activities in California, you must have a California real
estate license.

Does the Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) screen real estate license applicants for criminal records prior to licensure?

Yes. Prior to the issuance of a real estate license, CalBRE conducts a detailed background
investigation check on all license applicants, which includes mandatory fingerprinting. An original applicant for a real estate license must submit one set of classifiable fingerprints, acceptable to the State Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ then notifies CalBRE of past arrests and criminal convictions. After a license is issued to an applicant, the licensee’s fingerprints remain in the DOJ’s database, which allows the DOJ to notify the CalBRE of a licensee’s subsequent arrest by a State or local law enforcement agency.
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Is there an expedited licensure process for honorably discharged veterans and military spouses?

Yes! If this is you, thank you for your service! Details on this statute can be found here:

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