California Real Estate License

Definition - What does California Real Estate License mean?

The California Department of Real Estate (CDRE) manages the issuance of real estate licenses.

The following requirements must be met before an individual may obtain a license:
  • 18 years of age
  • Pass a background check
  • Pass 3 45-hour courses covering different aspects of real estate
  • Pass the state of California real estate exam
The CDRE places special emphasis on the honesty and general morality of real estate applicants. Therefore a clean past is integral to obtaining this license.

Electronic forms of the exam are administered in Fresno, La Palma, Oakland, and San Diego. A pencil and Paper version of the exam is offered in Sacramento. The salesperson version of the exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions that must be completed within 3 hours and 15 minutes. The broker version of the exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. The 200-question exam is broken into a morning session and an afternoon session, which each last 2.5 hours and 100 questions. Salespersons must answer 70% correctly to pass, while brokers must answer 75% correctly.

Testopedia explains California Real Estate License

The examination covers the following topics:
  • Property Ownership and Land Use Controls and Regulations - 15%
  • Laws of Agency and Fiduciary Duties - 17%
  • Property Valuation and Financial Analysis - 14%
  • Financing - 9%
  • Transfer of Property - 8%
  • Practice of Real Estate and Disclosures - 25%
  • Contracts - 12%
Licenses must be renewed every 4 years from the date of issuance. Individuals who wish to renew their license should complete 45 hours of continued education before license expiration.

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