Get Licensed



Century 21 Realty Alliance has partnered with the License Solution to offer a unique "home-study" program, which includes a reading assignment (online or textbook), chapter homework assignments, and on-line final examinations. This combination of reading and on-line assignments has proven to be a superior method of preparing to pass the state salesperson examination.

Pre-License Requirements

An applicant for the real estate salesperson examination must show proof of three courses prior to the state exam. Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and one other course from the following list will be required.

Legal Aspects of Real Estate (recommended)

▪ Real Estate Finance

▪ Real Estate Appraisal

▪ Real Estate Economics or General Accounting

▪ Real Estate Property Management

▪ Real Estate Office Administration

▪ Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending

Who Must Obtain a Real Estate License?

A Real Estate License is required of individuals who are to be employed as salespersons under the control and supervision of a licensed broker. A license may be obtained by a person who does not immediately intend to be employed by a broker. However, in this instance, no real estate activity may be performed. The license authorizes real estate activity only if the salesperson is in the employ of a licensed broker. It does not authorize the salesperson to act as an independent agent.

Minimum Requirements to Apply for License

Age: 18 years of age or older.

Honesty: Conviction of a crime which is either a felony or involves moral turpitude may result in the denial of a license. The failure to reveal a criminal conviction on an original license application may also result in the denial of a license.

Education: Evidence of successful completion of the three qualifying courses is required.

Experience: None required.

License Fees

There is a $60 test fee required when you apply for the state examination. The license fee is $245.


One set of classifiable electronic fingerprints and a fingerprint processing fee are required from every license applicant. Original license applicants who reside in California will pay a $49 fingerprint processing fee directly to the live scan fingerprint service provider.


STEP 1: Complete Qualifying Courses

All three pre-license courses are required by the California Bureau of Real Estate before you can apply for the state exam. They are designed to give you a basic understanding of the necessary subjects and a foundation of real estate terminology.

STEP 2: Apply for State Exam

Once you have successfully completed all three required courses, it is time to apply for the state exam by mailing the Salesperson Examination Application (RE 400A) to the CalBRE along with proof of completion of the required courses and the $60 examination fee. CalBRE processing time for state exam applications is 4-6 weeks.


The California Bureau of Real Estate allows a course to be completed in a minimum time of 2 ½ weeks PER COURSE (18 calendar days) from the date you receive your material. The maximum time is one year from the date of enrollment. Completion means passing each course final examination.

Once you have successfully completed all three course final exams, we will send you an official Course Completion Certificate. From the day you mail your application to the CalBRE, it usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to get a state exam test date.

Timeline for Overall Licensing Process

1. Complete qualifying courses: 7 ½ weeks minimum (2 ½ week per course)

2. Mail examination application to CalBRE and wait for processing: 4-6 weeks

3. Schedule state test date through eLicensing and PASS state exam

4. Apply for license (license fees, fingerprints, background check): 2-3 weeks

Total: Approximately 13-15 weeks (This is only an estimate)