After successfully completing this topic, you will be able to
• list at least five requirements for the real estate application, and
• state the age and education requirement for an application.
• Age: At least 18 years old.
• Education: Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
• Citizenship: Need not be citizens of the United States.
• Residency: Need not be residents of Florida.
• Social Security Number: Must have a United States Social Security number.
• The Candidate Information Booklet is a useful guide for the examination process and includes the number of questions the candidate will see in each of the major content areas.
• Fee: Application fee, an initial license fee, an unlicensed activity fee, and a recovery fund fee. The applicant may pay by either by using the state’s online services or by mailing a personal check or money order. Three categories of applicants may request the state to waive their initial licensing fee (See Figure 2.1).
-Low-income applicants who can show that their household income is at or below 130% of federal poverty guidelines.
-Military personnel and their spouses including surviving spouses of an active duty member.
-Military veterans and their spouses who apply for a real estate license within 60 months after an honorable discharge. The veteran and the spouse are also exempt from the application fee and the unlicensed activity fee.
• Fingerprints: Fingerprints are scanned and submitted electronically. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has approved many vendors for candidates to use to submit their fingerprints. Candidates must be sure to give the Originating Agency Identification (ORI) number to the vendor when submitting the fingerprints, or the DBPR will not receive the fingerprint results. For real estate sales associates and brokers, the ORI number is FL920010Z.
For more information about fingerprint requirements, see the Fingerprint FAQ page on DBPR’s web site.