The California Department of Real Estate (DRE) is now accepting real estate exam applications and combination exam and license applications online via the eLicensing website.

The DRE has also produced a video detailing the information and documents users will need to complete the application. The video steps through the processes for:

  • the salesperson exam application;
  • the combination salesperson exam and license application;
  • the broker exam application; and
  • the combination broker exam and license application.

But that’s not all. Since its launch in 2002, eLicensing users have been able to:

  • register with the DRE;
  • apply for and schedule exams;
  • renew a salesperson, broker or officer license;
  • change and certify broker affiliation; and
  • update contact information.

eLicensing has been a boon for licensees and the DRE alike thanks to its expedited processing times. Now this benefit is extended to new license applications, which were previously only accepted by mail.

The improvement delivers on DRE Commissioner Doug McCauley’s promise to expand online services. Given the department’s intermittent office closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s real estate industry welcomes steps toward a fully online DRE.

Editor’s note — Need help applying for a license? Check out firsttuesday’s simple licensing guides for prospective agents and brokers, complete with the required forms.

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