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Sales Associate Broker Mutual Recognition

Real Estate – Florida

FLORIDA REAL ESTATE LICENSE In Florida, all real estate agents start as a “Sales Associate.”

Steps to Licensing:

  1. Pass a Florida approved 63 Hour Sales Associate Pre-License Course.
  2. Complete the State Application.  This must now be done after obtaining a certificate upon completing a Florida approved 63 Hour Sales Associate Pre-License Course. The state will require a copy of your certificate of completion with your state application. This is a change effective January 2021.
  3. Complete Livescan Vendor Electronic Fingerprinting.
  4. Pass State Exam administered by
63 Hour Pre-Licensing Course State Application

Requirements for State Application Approval:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. You must have a United States Social Security number. Visit the Social Security Administration website for information on how to obtain a Social Security number. (You do NOT have to be a US Citizen to get a Florida Real Estate License or to get a Social Security Number!)
  3. Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  4. Must pass a background check.
Social Security Administration

Florida Real Estate License Additional Information 

  1. Upon submitting the State Application, you will have to pay the state application and license fee of $83.75.
  2. To find a Livescan fingerprint vendor, search online for a “livescan” vendor and your town.  This costs approximately $65 depending upon the vendor.  Provide the vendor with the ORI # FL920010Z.
  3. Once the state approves your application, call the state DBPR at 850-487-1395 and ask for your “TEST PIN” number.  You will need this to schedule your state exam.
  4. State exams are scheduled at  Check out their website for testing locations.  They are located in most all the major Florida cities and are also located all across the nation.  You do not have to have completed the course before you schedule this exam.  But you will NOT be allowed to take the exam unless you can provide the Certificate of Completion from the course (provided at the end of your course).  The cost for the state exam is $37 per testing.

Azure Tide® is not responsible for state licensing or third party fees.  Nor does Azure Tide® benefit from your paying these fees.  This information is provided here as a convenience. Florida Real Estate licenses are issued by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  Go to to learn more about your Florida Real Estate Licensing process. Anyone wishing to hold a broker’s license must

  1. Pass a Florida approved 72-Hour Broker Pre-Licensing Course.
  2. Complete the State Application. (Pay fee of $91.75)
  3. Complete Livescan Vendor Electronic Fingerprinting.
  4. Pass State Exam admininstered by

And have the following experience as stated on the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website – To qualify as a broker you “must show proof of one of the following:

  1. Having been registered as an active sales associate for at least 24 months during the preceding 5 years under one or more brokers:
  2. Having 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.;
  3. Or having 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.”

June 2017.

State Application Licensing Portal


If you are a Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate or Broker in one of the following eight states, you may qualify for a Florida Real Estate License under Mutual Recognition: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky*, Mississippi,  Nebraska, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

  • Must be 18 years of age and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Applicant must not be a resident of Florida, at time of application.

*effective as of 10/01/2022.

As stated on the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website –

“Applicant must hold a valid, current and active real estate license, in good standing, issued by the Real Estate licensing agency in the state from which the applicant is applying. . . Each licensee who applies for Florida licensure from a state or jurisdiction that has a current mutual recognition agreement with Florida must pass a written Florida-specific real estate law examination.
The exam consists of 40 questions of 1 point in value per question. A grade of 30 points or higher must be achieved to pass the exam.”


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