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How to Get Your California Real Estate License

Looking for information on how to get your California real estate license? I’m about to tell you everything you need to know to become a real estate salesperson. The process might feel intimidating, but I promise you won’t regret it! Anything is possible in this field! If you’re ready to get licensed as a real estate agent and begin your career in California, here’s what you need to do:

To Get Your California Real Estate Salesperson License:

  1. You must be at least 18
  2. Complete three courses from the required course list
  3. Apply for and pass the California real estate salesperson exam
  4. Find a California real estate broker to sponsor you
  5. Activate your California real estate salesperson license

Now, here’s more detail on the steps to get your California Real Estate License:

Sign Up for the Required Real Estate Courses

I created the

New Agent Sales Accelerator

, which combines the California-state-required real estate courses from the Rockwell Institute PLUS access to my #1 real estate sales course. The Sell It Like Serhant Course is my exclusive real estate training program that will guide you through every aspect of being a successful real estate agent. It includes the exact templates, techniques, and tips that I use to close deals, create leads, and generate BILLIONS in sales. You’ll also receive members-only access to my newsletters and social media pages, which are the perfect places to network with other agents and refer business back and forth. If saving money matters to you, I highly recommend you go for this package deal! You’ll get the courses AND the training you need now to get your license and become a real estate rockstar.

Take the California Real Estate Salesperson Exam

Once you’ve completed the required courses, you will apply to be approved for the California real estate salesperson exam. I recommend you fill out the combination application, which allows you to apply for both the real estate exam AND your California real estate salesperson license in one form. Submit the form, including a certificate of completion from your approved courses included with my New Agent Sales Accelerator, get fingerprinted, and pay a fee. Once you’re approved, the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) will send you an Examination Schedule Notice. You may then schedule the real estate salesperson exam through California’s eLicensing system.

The California real estate salesperson exam will have 150 multiple-choice questions. You’ll have three hours and fifteen minutes to complete it, and if you score 70 percent or above, you pass! Then, you’re ready to activate your license.

Find a Licensed Real Estate Broker in California to Sponsor You

Your “sponsor” broker will co-sign your application for a California real estate salesperson license. He or she will also provide guidance during your first year as a real estate agent. This is a requirement under California law, but having a mentor can also be a huge asset. I regretted not joining a team when I first started out, so I recommend you find a sponsor broker with a team that you can join. There are always brokers who are looking for entry-level agents at any given time, so ask around, go to open houses, and find someone who can truly be an asset to you.

Apply for Your California Real Estate License

Time to make it official! If you filled out the combination application for both the real estate exam and your salesperson license, you’ll just need to log onto the DRE eLicensing website to activate your license. (If you only filled out the exam application on its own, you’ll be sent a California Salesperson License Application to complete upon passing the exam.) Follow the instructions for yourself and your sponsor broker to complete the eLicensing application. Once you submit the information, sign the forms, and pay the fee, you’ll be approved, and you can start your new career!

Get Your California Real Estate License

My New Agent Accelerator Has Everything You Need!

When I started in real estate, I was completely on my own. I didn’t have a mentor, I didn’t have a team, and I had NO idea what to do. I figured it all out the hard way, and my best advice to new agents is this: Don’t do this the hard way – take all the help you can get.

Here’s what I offer you in my New Agent Sales Accelerator:

TWO professional programs at one special price:
– The required California real estate pre-exam courses
– My Sell It Like Serhant Course, which provides you with detailed guidance for every aspect of the business, and all of my personal templates and techniques

I created the Accelerator to give new agents exactly what you need to kick start a successful real estate sales career. The Sell It Like Serhant Course contains everything I know, all the tools in my toolkit, and will easily put you five years ahead of your competitors. Imagine starting your career five years ahead of where I was? There’s NO LIMIT to what you’ll be able to do.

Ready, Set, GO!

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  • Ryan Serhant is a founder, entrepreneur, producer, public speaker, bestselling author, star of multiple TV shows, and Chief Executive Officer of SERHANT., the rapidly growing tech-forward real estate organization comprised of two core businesses: brokerage and education. Founded in 2020, SERHANT. is a content-to-commerce technology ecosystem revolutionizing the sales industry. SERHANT. is home to the first ever full-service, award-winning, in-house film studio solely dedicated to real estate content, and its digital education platform is comprised of more than 14,000 members across 110 countries.