Purpose of this course
Florida recognizes the real estate education requirements of certain other states, and waives the required education courses to become licensed in Florida. An applicant for a Florida license under the mutual recognition rules needs only to pass a 40-question exam on Florida license laws. This exam prep course is not required, but is intended to help you pass the 40-question exam.
Mutual Recognition is not reciprocity
Mutual recognition is not reciprocity, because reciprocity allows a licensee in one state to become a licensee in another without qualifying. Florida does not have reciprocity with any other state, but has agreements with certain states to recognize their education courses.
With a mutual recognition agreement, a resident of one of those states who holds a real estate license can become a Florida licensee be passing a 40-question exam on Florida law. A Florida licensee can also use that route to become a licensee in the other state.
Definition of “Florida Resident”
Mutual recognition is NOT available to residents of Florida. Florida residents must take the prelicense course and the state exam. For purposes of the mutual recognition statutes, a Florida resident is a person who has resided in Florida continuously for four calendar months or more during the previous year, or lives in Florida with the intention to reside in Florida for four months or more, beginning on the date the person began residency.
Because Florida recognizes the education of the nonresident from that state, a licensee from a mutual recognition state cannot use mutual recognition benefits unless that licensee took the prelicense course there. So, a licensee who became licensed in that state through reciprocity would not qualify.