Every Question You Need Answered to Get Your Real Estate License in Washington, D.C.
We're here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry. Getting your real estate license in Washington, D.C. is a big step, so to help we've collected and answered some frequently asked questions below.
Education/Getting Your License
How do I get a D.C. real estate license?
If you are not licensed in any state as a real estate salesperson, you must complete a D.C. Real Estate Commission-approved 60-hour Pre-Licensing course on real estate fundamentals and laws. After completing the coursework, you must successfully pass the DC real estate licensing salesperson examination. Upon passing the examination, you can then apply for your real estate license endorsement.
If you are licensed as a salesperson or broker in Maryland or Virginia, the licensing requirements are different. Please see the District of Columbia Real Estate Commission licensing procedures for additional information if already licensed in these or other states.
How long does it take to get a D.C. real estate license?
The amount of time to get your D.C. real estate salesperson license varies. For example, if you are licensed in another state, the procedures for licensing are different than those for a first-time licensee. Factors to consider include completing any required Pre-Licensing education, taking the real estate licensing exam, and submitting the application for the real estate salesperson license. Most people complete their licensing requirements within four months.
How much does it cost to get a D.C. real estate license?
The fee to take the District of Columbia real estate exam is $61.50. The application fee for the D.C. real estate license is $240. Pre-Licensing coursework tuition and fees may vary depending on where you take your classes.
Will my D.C. real estate license be recognized in other states?
Many states have reciprocity agreements with neighboring or bordering states that allow them to work in those states, given certain requirements (such as passing a state law specific real estate course) are met and fees paid. Check with the licensing boards of these states to see what additional requirements you must meet in order to practice in their state with a D.C. license.
Does a D.C. real estate license have an annual fee?
There isn’t an annual fee to have a D.C. real estate license, however your D.C. real estate license must be renewed every two years on the odd year. To be eligible for renewal you must complete the 15-hour Continuing Education requirement and pay a renewal fee.