How to Obtain a Florida License

Florida Real Estate Licensing Requirements

An applicant for a Florida Real Estate License must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • hold a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • have a Social Security Number

**Broker License applicants must have held an active real estate license in any state for at least 2 out of the previous 5 years.**

NOTE: Florida residency is not required.


The steps outlined below will tell you how to obtain a Florida Real Estate License. Application approval generally takes 10-30 days.

A Step-By-Step Guide

  1. Register for class
    • 63 Hour Sales Associate Pre-License Course $369 tuition includes your course materials and a 1-year enrollment term in the classroom course. $245tuition for the online course.
    • 72 Hour Broker Pre-License Course - $469 tuition includes your course materials and a 1-year enrollment term in the classroom course. $275 tuition for the online course.">
    • **NOTE: Mutual Recognition is available in Florida if you are CURRENTLY licensed in 1 of the 8 recognized states.**
  2. State Application 
    • a. Submit a license application to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. On the application you will share information about yourself and include a fee of $89 ($97 for broker applicants) payable to the DBPR. You can apply online or print a paper application.
      • NOTE: If you are not a Florida resident, you are required to submit a paper application that is signed by a notary public. Although the application states that it must be a Florida notary, it can actually be any licensed notary in any state or jurisdiction.
    • b. Register for electronic fingerprinting 
      • Florida requires fingerprints be taken in order to run a criminal background check. If you are in Florida, either permanently or visiting, you may get your fingerprints taken electronically through a Florida approved livescan vendor. To make a reservation, click the button below or contact the PearsonVUE customer support center at 1.877.238.8232 to select a date and time that is convenient for you. Cost of fingerprinting is $53.50.

        *If you reside in Naples, FL, the closest provider is Fieldprint located right next door to our classroom facility at Cecil's Copy Express.  Make a reservation online at http://www.fieldprintflorida.com/ or call 877.614.4364. The cost is$58.25.*

        If you are asked for the "ORI" number at any time during the fingerprint process, use "FL920010Z". This is how the fingerprinting company knows your fingerprints are for the Florida Real Estate License.

        NOTE: PearsonVUE will notify you by mail when your application has been approved (generally 10-30 days). This approval allows you to schedule the state exam - view Step 4 below for how to schedule.

        If you live outside of Florida or are not currently in Florida: Request that a Division of Real Estate Sales Associate/Broker fingerprint card be mailed to you. A fingerprint card may be obtained from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation by contacting the Customer Contact Center at850.487.1395.

  3. Attend Class
    • A passing score of 70% is required on the school final exam. All applicants are required to satisfactorily complete this course prior to taking the state examination. Your Course Completion Certificate is valid for two (2) years from the date of issuance. Larson Educational Services is a Florida approved Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299).
  4. Pass the State License Exam
    • Once approved for the state exam, you will be notified via mail that you are able to schedule with PearsonVUE. Scheduling can be completed by calling1.888.204.6289 or visiting PearsonVUE.com. When making a phone reservation, use Pass Code "2262".
    • When making an online reservation, your ID is “FLR” followed by your Social Security Number. For example: "FLR123456789". Your password is the same as your ID.
    • Your exam approval status is valid for two (2) years from the approval date. A passing score is 75 out of 100 questions answered correctly. The state exam fee is $36.75.
  5. Activate the License
    • You must activate your real estate license through a Florida licensed real estate broker or owner/developer. The broker can go to www.myfloridalicense.com on the sole proprietor personal account, or the corporate account, whichever applies, OR print and submit the DBPR RE 11 form. Your license will remain inactive until it is activated by a real estate broker.