Those who are interested in obtaining a real estate salesperson license in California have two ways to apply for the exam and the license with the Department of Real Estate (DRE).


Currently, applicants who choose option 1 must wait for their license application to be mailed to them after passing the exam. This typically takes five to seven business days depending on the postal service.

To mitigate delays out of our control, including the potential for lost mail, the department recently added the ability for successful exam applicants to download their license application using the online eLicensing system.

Now, upon passing the exam, applicants are directed to log into their eLicensing account to download the salesperson or broker license application, along with other necessary forms, and mail everything to DRE.

This enhancement also provides a small but important cost savings for DRE in postage fees. In Fiscal Year 2018–19, DRE mailed out 9,922 license packets at the cost of approximately $4,500. Te reduction in postage fees will be coupled with potential savings in reproduction and mailing supplies. While this is an exciting step forward, DRE is continuing to upgrade eLicensing.

Please keep an eye out for upcoming enhancement announcements, specifically about adding branch office transactions to eLicensing and the online license application system that is currently in development.

As always, should you have any questions about this online process, do not hesitate to call DRE’s Licensing section at (877) 373-4542.

For our students, we will help you fill out the application.