Becoming a licensed real estate agent is not a process that simply requires filling out an application form and getting your license right away. To ensure integrity within the real estate sector, states have a number of requirements and regulations that real estate agents need to comply with in order to obtain and maintain their real estate license. An example based on typical current (as of 2022/2023) requirements in Florida is below, but please note that each state has different requirements for this, which may be more or less strict.

To become a licensed real estate agent in Florida, you must have the following credentials:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  3. Complete a state-approved 63-hour pre-licensing course
  4. Pass the state licensing exam
  5. Submit an application for licensure and pay the associated fees
  6. Obtain fingerprints and pass a criminal background check
  7. Hold active errors and omissions (E&O) insurance coverage.
  8. It’s worth noting that some additional requirements may apply to non-U.S. citizens or applicants with a criminal history.