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How to Get a Real Estate License in Washington

Updated on December 29, 2012


Before applying for a real estate broker's license in Washington State you must meet the requirements. You must be at least 18 years old at the time you apply and you must have obtained either a high school diploma or a general education diploma (GED).

Above those two basic requirements you must have 90 hours of real estate education from an approved school or training center. Finally, you must pass the real estate broker's exam for Washington State.

Education Needed

The minimum education, as stated above, is 90 hours of approved courses. They must be completely no earlier then 2 years before taking the state exam. In Washington the 90 hour minimum consists of two courses: 60 hours of real estate fundamentals and 30 hours of real estate practices. You can find these approved courses and more on the Washington State Licensing website or by going directly to the state course catalog.

The minimum education requirements will suffice when it comes to taking the state exam, however, the most successful brokers always expand their real estate education. One aspect of the education needed to be a real estate broker that many people over look is that there are a few online education centers that are state approved. With the online education you are able to get the same information and with an approved school it won't hinder your chances of getting your license. You can easily locate an approved online school by reading through the state course catalog.

The Exam

The state exam for real estate brokers is the last requirement. Once you have scheduled to take the exam at one of the testing locations in Washington State you need to be sure to arrive on time. You need to have two pieces of identification both need to have your full, legal name with a signature. One must have a current photo of you as well.

Once you have taken the exam and passed the results will remain valid for 1 year. This means you must apply for your real estate broker's license within that year or you will be required to take the exam again. If you fail the exam you will have six months to retake it. If you only fail a portion of the exam you can retake just that section.

Getting Your License

Once you have met all of the above requirements and have received your test results you are ready to apply for your Washington State Real Estate Broker's License. You will need to get fingerprinting done, pay the licensing fees and fill out the paperwork. Once everything is processed and approved you will receive your state license.

For more information on real estate broker's licensing you can visit the Washington State Licensing website. There you will also find a list of fees associated with the licensing process.


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