Learn how to get a real estate license in Washington and choose the pre-license courses right for you.
To get a real estate broker license in Washington, all applicants must:
The first thing you need to do is register with the Department of Licensing at PSI, the state exam proctor. Follow the registration instructions on the site. It will only take a few minutes. This registration begins your education record with the state of Washington. It is NOT a real estate license application. You will apply for a license after your education and testing are complete.
Once you have registered with the state, you can immediately shop for state-required pre-license education and start learning about real estate. With online courses, you can literally start today.
Washington requires that all candidates take 90 hours of real estate pre-license courses in order to qualify to take the state exam. These 90 hours are broken into two required courses:
Both courses conclude with a final exam. You must pass each final exam with a score of at least 70% to complete the course.
You can complete online courses entirely at your own pace. You are allowed 365 days to complete the coursework.
OnlineEd offers all required Washington real estate pre-license courses as a bundle that includes instructor support and exam prep materials to help you pass the state exam on the first try.
When pre-license courses are completed, your school will transmit your course completion data to the state exam proctor, PSI. After all of your Washington real estate pre-license education is completed, you can schedule your state exam.
You must bring two current forms of ID to the testing center. These must include your name and signature and at least one of them must have your current photograph. If you don't bring identification, you can not take the exam.
Exam results are valid for one year. Make sure you apply for your broker's license before the results expire.
If you fail the exam, you will be given instructions on how to retake it. If you only failed part of the exam, you will only need to retake the part that you failed. You must retake the exam within six months.
When you pass the exam, you are ready to submit your official Washington real estate license application.
After you pass the broker's exam, complete the Real Estate License Application.
The state exam testing center will give you a card for fingerprints. Take the fingerprint card to any fingerprinting service that has been approved by the Washington State Patrol and have your fingerprints taken. Include the fingerprint card with your application, but do not fold it! Submit the application along with all applicable fees to the Washington Department of Licensing by mail:
Real Estate Licensing
Department of Licensing
PO Box 3917
Seattle, WA 98124-3917
When your application is approved, you will be granted a real estate broker license which must be renewed every two years. You are now licensed and able to do business as a real estate agent. Congratulations!
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Our program has been reviewed, approved, and authorized for real estate license training by the Washington Department of Licensing. Our real estate broker pre-license courses are authored in-house by experienced brokers and industry professionals.
Get live help from a real person. Have a question? Just pick up the phone or send a quick email to your assigned instructor and get a friendly response. You can contact your instructor if you need help understanding the material, or have questions. Your instructor will also review and (if necessary) comment on each quiz and final exam to assist you in understanding course concepts.
Exam prep review materials and sample questions assist you in preparing for the Washington real estate exam. Points to remember are a summary of the points in each chapter that are necessary for passing the state exam. Practice questions are a series of license exam sample questions organized by topic. They are very similar to those that may appear on the state real estate exam. Good working knowledge of these materials can be essential in passing the Washington state real estate license examination.
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Yes. Washington requires anyone working as a real estate agent to be licensed by the Washington Department of Licensing (WDOL). This includes listing properties, showing properties, and negotiating real estate transactions on behalf of clients. Persons working strictly as office assistants do not need to be licensed.
About $600-800 total. The cost breaks down as follows: $200-400 for pre-license education depending on the school. $210 for the licensing exam. $223 for the license application fee. For more information, visit the Department of Licensing's fees page. Getting your education online is a great way to save money.
2-3 months. Your pre-license education will take about 4-8 weeks. A background check will take up to 14 days to process. You will need to schedule and pass a licensing exam before applying for the license itself. Students taking online courses can work at their own pace and take the material as fast or as slow as they wish.
In Washington, "real estate broker" is the legal term for a real estate agent that works under supervision. A "managing broker" runs an independent real estate office and may supervise employees as brokers. If you are looking to get into the real estate industry, you will be applying for a broker license.
A "real estate agent" is a person who conducts real estate business under the supervision of a managing broker as part of a real estate brokerage. A "Realtor" is a member of the National Association of REALTORS trade organization. Being a Realtor is not required to be a real estate agent.
Real estate brokers must work under the supervision of a managing broker and must have their license associated with a brokerage. To work independently, you must be licensed as a managing broker and establish your own licensed business. This requires additional experience and training.
Yes. However, you do not need to take Washington-specific pre-license education if you already have a valid license from another state. You must still take the Washington real estate exam and apply for a Washington real estate license.
Yes! You may qualify if you had an active real estate license in another state within the last 6 months that is in good standing. You will need to submit a License History document from the state that holds your license before you can take your Washington real estate exam.
No. Instead you must take state-required real estate pre-license courses and pass a licensing exam. An unrelated college degree will not count towards your real estate education. However, a similar college course may count towards your pre-license course credit.
Yes! Credit checks are not used when applying for a license or when taking pre-license courses. A criminal background check is still required before a license can be issued.
Possibly. You can still apply for a real estate license, but must submit to a background check and disclose the nature of any convictions or legal actions in the last 10 years. The Department of Licensing will ask for supporting documents and review your situation. Generally speaking, they will be looking for persons who have learned from past mistakes and that do not pose an active threat to the community.
The state average pass rate is 58% for first-time applicants. This means that a solid pre-license education along with strong study tools and habits are needed to pass the exam. All of the topics tested over are contained in the pre-license education, but it is up to students to make the best use of the material. If you need help studying, consider OnlineEd's free exam prep course and test simulator.
The licensing exam has a national portion and a separate portion for Washington-specific law. You must know both. If you need help studying, OnlineEd offers a free exam-prep course.
You must take the exam within 2 years of completing your pre-license education. If it has been more than two years, you will need to complete the education again.
You can retake exams. You will receive instructions from the exam provider after testing. If you fail part of the exam, you will need to retake only the part you failed. You must pass both the state and national portions within 6 months of each other.
4-8 weeks. Washington requires 90 credit hours of pre-license education. Students taking courses online are free to complete their course work at whatever pace that fits their schedule. You are allowed up to one year to complete the courses.
Yes! Both pre-license and continuing education courses can be taken entirely online.
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