Florida Real Estate License Requirements
Learn about the real estate education needs for licensing and renewal in your state.
Licensing Board/Commission: Department of Business & Professional Regulation (FREC)
Education hours required for a real estate salesperson license in the state of Florida: 63 hours
Education hours required for a real estate broker license in the state of Florida: 72 hours
Florida also requires 45 hours of post-license classes for salespersons and 60 hours for brokers.
Real estate commissions and boards across the country are adopting policies for a real estate agents in one state to more easily become licensed in another state. Florida has mutual recognition agreements with seven states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi and Nebraska. Mutual recognition allows out-of-state licensees to apply as a sales associate or broker in Florida exempting them from the pre-license education requirement. They are still required, however, to take the 40-question Florida Laws section of the state exam.
Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:
Real estate professionals in Florida need to renew their licenses by March 31st or September 30, every 2 years. The renewal date that applies to you depends on when you initially took your licensing exam and should be indicated on your real estate license. By this date, licensees need to complete 14 hours of real estate CE. These real estate classes consist of 8 hours of specialty credit, 3 hours dedicated to an update of Florida laws and 3 hours of an ethics and business practices course. These courses may be conducted in a classroom or via a distance education provider.