Application for a Sales Associate License in Florida

How to become a sales associate in Florida:

A real estate associate is a person who helps the clients in selling or buying a house and provide guidance to the clients in negotiating the deals. They also provide an outlook of the legal agreements that follow the deal.

The candidates who want to become real estate associates in Florida can proceed with the application process as follows:

  • Check the application criteria and requirements set by the Florida Real Estate Commission.
  • Depending on the area of residence at the time of application, choose the type of license application. The application can be submitted by applying online or through a printable application downloaded from the Florida DPBR website.
  • Finish the pre-licensing course for sales associate prescribed by the commission.
  • Pass the state licensing examination.
  • Finish the post licensing course and take the test and submit the completion slip.
  • Renew the license timely.

Applying through initial application:

A candidate who wishes to become a sales associate in Florida can do so by applying for the license on the Florida DBPR website if the general requirements are met. You can check the information provided by the Florida Real estate Commission here.

Anyone who meets the general requirements of the state can become a real estate associate in Florida. People who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for a real estate associate licence:

  • Age of 18 years or above
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Complete the 63 hour course of pre licensing approved by the FREC (Florida Real Estate Commission)
  • Lawyers who are qualified under the real estate license law
  • Real estate majors who have cleared the requirements approved by the FREC
  • Applicants have to possess a United States Social Security number

How can a non resident sales associate obtain a license in Florida?

A sales associate in another state may obtain an equivalent license in Florida if they are licensed in a state that holds mutual agreement with Florida. The intent of mutual agreement is to recognize the education and experience the candidate has in another state. In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria also hold:

  • The candidate must not be a resident of Florida at the time of license application.
  • The candidate must have held the sales associate equivalent license for at least 24 months in the preceding 5 years.

States that have mutual recognition agreement with Florida:

The eight states that have mutual agreement with Florida are:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Rhode Island

Florida no longer has active mutual agreement with the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee

Difference in the two applications:

While the application process is the same through both types of applications, the examination through mutual agreement application is not the same. A licensed sales associate equivalent in a state that holds mutual agreement with Florida must pass a written test on Florida real estate. The examination consists of 40 questions with 1 point for each question and a score of 30 points or higher is required to pass the exam.

Post the obtaining a license, the candidate is subject to the same post licensing criteria and process. He/she has to finish the 45 hour post licensing course to activate the license. Read more about post licensing and education of a sales associate.