Frequently Asked Questions


Getting Licensed

Q: How do I get my CA Real Estate Salesperson license?

A: You must be 18 years of age or older to be issued a license, and have completed three state-approved college-level real estate courses. The courses are: Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and your Real Estate elective course. Proof of Legal Presence in the United States is required. Join our e-List to get your free Getting Started Guide.

Q: How do I register for the CA Salesperson’s Exam?

A: To register for the salesperson’s exam, you need to prove you have completed Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and the other required elective course using transcripts or course completion certificates.

  • You may register by mail
  • You’ll need to submit the following:
    • The appropriate CalBRE Application Forms – contact Kristy Towry for updated forms.
    • transcripts or course certificates for the three required courses;
    • the examination fee; and
    • if paying by credit card or debit card, BRE form RE 909.
  • The examination fee can be paid by credit card or debit card, or with a check, cashier’s check, or money order made payable to the CA Bureau of Real Estate.
Q: Where do I send my application?

A: To register by mail, send the required forms and payment to:

Bureau of Real Estate, P.O. Box 137001, Sacramento, CA 95813-7001

The BRE cautions that applicants should make sure they do not submit their application more than once. Duplication could delay the application process, and you could be charged twice (with no refund).

Q: What does it cost to get my CA Real Estate Salesperson license?

A: The California Real Estate Salesperson State Exam costs $60. Your CA Real Estate Salesperson license costs $245.

Q: I have a salesperson’s license in another state. Do I still have to take Real Estate Principles?

A: Each applicant must qualify for the appropriate written examination in California and meet all other requirements. Residency in the state is not a requirement to become licensed. California has no reciprocity with any other state to allow a waiver of any of the requirements to obtain a license.

In applying for the real estate broker or salesperson examination, evidence of completion (i.e. transcripts) of the statutory courses in out-of-state institutions is acceptable if the institution is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or a comparable regional accrediting entity, and each course provided for three semester-units credit or four quarter-units credit. See approved courses list.

Starting your real estate career

Q: I’m licensed! What’s next?

A: We recommend interviewing with at least three brokerages before making your decision to build your real estate career with a brokerage. Company cultures, training, amenities and perks differ from company to company, so it is important you select the right fit for your needs and business goals. Read 10 Questions to ask a Broker on an interview

Q: What type of training does Troop provide?

A: After you’ve joined C21 Troop Real Estate, you will be enrolled in a series of 11 New Agent Training courses led by Tim Galvin. These classes will provide you with the fundamental basics of real estate business marketing and management, and prepare you for taking your first steps.

Once graduated from New Agent Training, you will begin work with your mentor. Troop mentors are seasoned REALTORS and Broker Associates who are passionate about coaching new agents on their business and will guide their protégés through their first three transactions.

Our Agent Resource Coordinator, Kristy Towry, will schedule an orientation with you to show you the tools and programs provided to you for your business, and will be your “go-to” person for troubleshooting and questions on marketing and programs. Troop School classes and one-on-one sessions will be provided to you consistently throughout your entire career with C21 Troop Real Estate.

Q: How long will it take to sell my first property?

A: A general rule of thumb is to give yourself a 30 to 90 day incubation period while you undergo the proper training and master your presentation and relationship building skills to the point of listing a home or developing a business relationship with a buyer, and closing your first transaction. Statistically, agents in Troop’s mentor program close sales more quickly than the industry average.