How Do I Get My Real Estate License In Washington?

4 Easy Steps
to Get on Your Way,

Figure 1: Real estate brokers and sales associates help clients buy or sell real estate.

Real Estate licensing in Washington is complicated and it can be daunting to research and understand what's involved. That’s why we’ve created a 4-step guide for you so there are no more surprises. Take the first step in starting your new career in Real Estate by learning what the process is below:

Step 1: Complete Your Education Requirements

The Washington State Department of Licensing requires completion of 90 hours of DOL-approved, real estate education. This prelicense education must include a) 60 hours of Real Estate Fundamentals and b) 30 hours of Real Estate Practices. The education requirement must be completed within 2 years. The state of Washington requires all candidates who want to become a licensed real estate broker to complete this educational requirement prior to taking the state exam. You can take the class in person or online via an interactive training course, and some providers package the 2 required courses together for ease of completion.

Step 2: Pass The State Broker’s Exam

Registration for the State Broker’s Exam can be easily completed online after you’ve completed your broker education courses. The exam is currently administered by Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc (AMP), and you can schedule your exam using their online portal. How you prepare for the State Real Estate Exam is up to you. Some candidates claim that the prelicense coursework was enough to help them pass, other students say they would not have been able to pass if they had not taken an Exam Prep course. An Exam Prep course could be the right choice for you if you want the best chance of passing on the first try. Make sure the Exam Prep course you choose offers:

  • Unlimited Practice Tests
  • Same format as the exam you are taking
  • Database of 1000’s of questions to generate practice exams.
  • Online usability so you can practice wherever and whenever you want.

Step 3: Get Fingerprinted

Real estate brokers need to get fingerprinted as part of a background check when applying for their broker license for the first time. You can have your fingerprints submitted electronically to save time. Students in Washington can use IdentoGO for scheduling and paying for fingerprinting.

Step 4: Activate Your License

CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve passed the Washington State Broker Exam and are ready to be a licensed real estate broker in the state of Washington. Before you start your real estate career, you need to activate your real estate license. You will need to work under an employing broker at the start. Fill out the Real Estate License Application, have the designated broker at your employing firm sign it, and then mail it in via USPS with the required fees to:

Real Estate Licensing
Department of Licensing
PO Box 3917
Seattle, WA 98124-3917

If everything is complete, you may begin working as a real estate broker in Washington from the postmark date of your real estate application!

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