District of Columbia Real Estate License Requirements

The District of Columbia Real Estate Commission oversees all real estate matters in the district. The types of real estate licenses the commission currently issues are salesperson and broker licenses.

The requirements to become a real estate agent [salesperson] or broker in the District of Columbia are as follows:

SALESPERSON LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants seeking a District of Columbia salesperson license must be at least 18 years old and be a U.S. citizen or alien authorized to work in the United States.

Although no official criminal background check is required, applicant must disclose if he or she has ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, has ever had a professional license revoked, suspended or denied or if he or she currently owes any outstanding debt over the amount of $100 to the District of Columbia as a result of fines, fees, penalties or unpaid child support.

No prior real estate experience is necessary to obtain a District of Columbia salesperson license.

Applicant must complete 60 hours of prelicense education courses.

District of Columbia Real Estate License Requirements

District of Columbia Real Estate License Requirements

After completing the prelicense education courses, applicant must pass the general and state salesperson exam with a minimum score of 75%. The general portion of the exam consists of 80 questions. The state portion consists of 30 questions.

A District of Columbia salesperson license application must be submitted within six months of passing the exam along with proof of sponsorship by a licensed broker in the District of Columbia.

All District of Columbia salesperson licensees must complete 15 hours of continuing education during each two year renewal period, which must include:
3 hours of Fair Housing
3 hours of DC Legislative Update
3 hours of Financing Issues/Update
6 hours of General Electives
The District of Columbia has reciprocal agreements with the following states:
Maryland
Virginia

Fees to obtain a District of Columbia salesperson license include:
Exam Fee: $61.50
Salesperson License Fee: $295


BROKER LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants seeking a District of Columbia salesperson license must be at least 18 years old and be a U.S. citizen or alien authorized to work in the United States.

Although no official criminal background check is required, applicant must disclose if he or she has ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, has ever had a professional license revoked, suspended or denied or if he or she currently owes any outstanding debt over the amount of $100 to the District of Columbia as a result of fines, fees, penalties or unpaid child support.

At least two consecutive years of active real estate experience during the time period immediately preceding the date of the application is required

Applicant must complete 135 hours of a Broker prelicense education course.

After completing the prelicense education courses, the applicant must pass the general and state broker exam with a minimum score of 75%. The general portion of the exam consists of 80 questions. The state portion consists of 40 questions.

A District of Columbia broker license application must be submitted within six months of passing the exam.

All District of Columbia broker licensees must complete 15 hours of continuing education during each two year renewal period, which must include:
3 hours of Fair Housing
3 hours of DC Legislative Update
3 hours of Financing Issues/Update
6 hours of General Electives

The District of Columbia has reciprocal agreements with the following states:
Maryland
Virginia

Fees to obtain a District of Columbia broker license include:
Exam Fee: $61.50
Broker License Fee: $295


References:

Government of the District of Columbia: DC Real Estate Commission Licensing Information: http://www.asisvcs.com/publications/pdf/090902.pdf

District of Columbia Real Estate Candidate Handbook: April 2014: http://www.asisvcs.com/publications/pdf/090900.pdf

District of Columbia: Real Estate Commission: http://www.pearsonvue.com/dc/realestate/


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