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How To Get Your Florida Real Estate License If You Are Licensed In Another State

December 30, 2016

Spring Hill Real Estate SchoolIf you have an active Real Estate License (either as a Broker or Sales Associate) in any other state for at least 2 out of the past 5 years, you may qualify to bypass the Sales Associate license in Florida and apply directly to acquire your Florida Real Estate Broker’s license.

Florida does not offer reciprocity with any other state, but acknowledges the experience of licensees in other states. In order to qualify the applicant must show proof of one of the following: Has been registered as an active sales associate for at least 24 months during the preceding 5 years under one or more brokers; has held a current and valid real estate sales associate’s license for at least 24 months during the preceding 5 years in the employ of a governmental agency for a salary and performing the duties authorized in Chapter 475, F.S.; or has held a current and valid real estate broker’s license for at least 24 months during the preceding 5 years in any other state, territory, or jurisdiction of the United States, or in any foreign national jurisdiction.

The applicant must contact the Real Estate Commission in the state where the qualifying license is held, (NOT the Association of REALTORS or Brokerage Firm) and request a Certification of License History.   The history must contain the initial license exam type, current license status, disciplinary information, and how many valid months within the preceding five years.

The applicant must successfully complete the required 72 hour Florida Broker PreSpring Hill Florida Real Estate School Licensing education through an approved course provider, unless exempted.   This can be accomplished either by classroom or online format. The course completion certificate is valid for two (2) years from date of successful completion (passing the required exam aonline learningt the end of the course). The applicant will not be able to sit for the exam without proof of a valid course completion slip from the course provider. Do NOT forget to bring the completion certificate. I tell my students to place the certificate in the glove box of the car so they will not inadvertently leave it behind.

To qualify for the education exemption the applicant must hold a 4 year degree in real estate.  In order to determine exemption the candidate must submit an original certified transcript with broker license application for review. The applicant may submit prior to application by sending an original certified transcript with cover letter to: Division of Real Estate, Attention: Education Section, 400 West Robinson Street, Suite N 801 Orlando, Florida 32801.

Once approved, the Broker Candidate will be notified by the test vendor, currently Pearson Vue, to schedule the licensing exam.  This can be accomplished at a location in any state where the vendor is approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).  The DBPR has created a guide  for the candidate to maneuver the entire application and exam process.  The Candidate Information Booklet is a valuable resource and can be downloaded and saved.

Nature Coast Real Estate School offers LIVE CLASSROOM and ONLINE INSTRUCTION for pre and post licensing classes for Sales Associates and Brokers, as well as Weekend Exam Prep Courses.  We have convenient locations in Pasco and Hernando Counties to serve the Real Estate Licensing needs of the North Tampa Bay area.
For more information on the location and class preparation, call Jeanne Gavish at 352-650-029 or email at

Nature Coast Real Estate School


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