Are you ready for an exciting career challenge? If you’ve enjoyed success while working in Florida real estate sales, you might be ready to advance your career by earning your Florida real estate broker license.

Becoming a Florida real estate broker may come with additional financial benefits. You might find it easier to land big clients as a broker, and you’ll be able to collect desk fees and up to 50% of the commissions of the agents you manage. Here’s what you need to know about the process of earning your Florida real estate broker license.

What Are the Florida Real Estate Broker License Requirements?

It’s worth noting that the Florida Real Estate Commission does not require you to be a resident of the state to become a broker. However, you will need to meet the following basic Florida real estate broker license requirements:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Have a Social Security number

You also must have a minimum level of professional experience as a licensed real estate agent in Florida. You must either:

  • Have been registered as an active sales agent for at least 24 months during the preceding five years
  • OR have a current and valid real estate broker’s license for at least 24 months during the preceding five years in any other state
  • OR have a four-year degree in real estate

Before we dig into the steps you’ll need to take to earn your Florida real estate broker license, we’ll review the costs involved. Finally, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about the Florida real estate broker exam, the time commitment required, and more.

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Real Estate Broker License in Florida?

It costs approximately $400 to $600 to obtain a real estate broker license in Florida, which is slightly less than the costs of obtaining a salesperson’s license. If you’re not yet a licensed real estate agent in the Sunshine State, read our article and learn How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Florida in 8 Easy Steps.

Florida Real Estate Broker License Costs

Classes (72 Hours)$199 to $398 (through Real Estate Express)
Florida Broker License Application Fee$91.75
Fingerprinting Fee$50
Exam Fee$36.75
Total Costs$377.50 to $576.50
Check out the Broker Unlimited Learning Package with Real Estate Express! It includes the 72-hour broker course plus 60 hours of post-licensing classes that you’ll need to renew your broker’s license the first time!

How to Get a Florida Real Estate Broker License

Step 1: Complete a 72-Hour Florida Real Estate Broker License Course
Step 2: Complete a Background Check
Step 3: Complete the Florida Broker License Application
Step 4: Pass the Florida Real Estate Broker Exam

Since you’ve already been through the process of earning your Florida real estate license, you may know that to become a broker you’ll need to take classes, complete a background check, fill out an application, and pass an exam. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to earn your Florida real estate broker license.

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1. Complete a 72-Hour Florida Real Estate Broker License Course

Cost: $199 to $398 with Real Estate Express
Time commitment: 1-2 months

As soon as you meet your real estate salesperson experience requirements, you can enroll in the 72-hour Florida real estate broker license course. This course must be taught by a qualified instructor at an approved real estate school.

Please note that your prelicensing courses (or continuing education courses) that you completed to earn and keep your Florida real estate license can’t be applied to this broker education requirement.

The Florida real estate broker license courses aren’t broken down into individual classes. However, the state requires that each broker course covers the following topics:

  • Getting Started in the Real Estate Brokerage Business
  • Valuing Real Property
  • Listing and Selling Real Property
  • Specialties

Within 18 to 24 months of obtaining your Florida real estate broker license, you will need to take an additional 60 hours of post-licensing courses to renew your license.

As you know from earning your agent’s license, choosing the right Florida real estate school will be crucial to your success. We recommend that you take your Florida real estate broker license course through Real Estate Express.

Their Broker Ultimate Learning Package includes the Florida real estate broker license course requirements, the Principles of Real Estate Practice eBook, a Real Estate Math e-book, support from a state-approved instructor, access to a discussion board, and 60 hours of post-licensing courses.

Earn your Florida real estate broker license by enrolling in The Broker Ultimate Learning Package with Real Estate Express! This package includes the 60 hours of post-licensing education you’ll need to complete.

2. Complete a Background Check

Cost: $50
Time commitment: Less than one hour
Processing time: 2-4 days

At least five days before you submit your Florida real estate broker application (and after you’ve completed your classes), you need to visit a LiveScan service provider to be fingerprinted. You need to complete this process even if you already submitted your fingerprints to earn your salesperson license.

Each LiveScan provider charges a different amount, but applicants should plan to spend around $50. You must bring at least two valid forms of ID, including one that was government-issued. The fingerprinting process should take 5 to 10 minutes.

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3. Complete the Florida Broker License Application

Cost: $91.75
Time commitment: 1-2 hours

The next step to becoming a real estate broker in Florida is to set up an online account with the Florida Real Estate Commission. If you already have an account and your current license is linked to it, you can begin to fill out your online application for a broker license.

The application asks for your personal information, information about your current real estate license, as well as a series of questions about your potential criminal history.

You’ll also be required to submit documentation to prove that you completed your Florida real estate broker license course and work experience requirements. Once you’ve completed your application, submit it to the state with the $91.75 fee.

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4. Pass the Florida Real Estate Broker Exam

You can take the Florida real estate broker exam from the comfort of your own home. At home tests can be administered if you have a desktop computer or laptop with a webcam, microphone, and strong internet connection. The Florida real estate exam testing sites are located in the following cities:

  • Boynton Beach
  • Coral Gables
  • Doral
  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • Fort Myers
  • Gainesville
  • Hollywood
  • Jacksonville
  • Lakeland
  • Lake Mary
  • Melbourne
  • Miami
  • Oakland Park
  • Orlando
  • Ormond Beach
  • Pensacola
  • Sarasota
  • St. Petersburg
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa

When taking the Florida real estate broker exam, you must bring two forms of valid, signed ID (one must be government-issued). You must also present your Certificate of Prelicensing Education Completion, which shows you have completed the Florida real estate broker license requirements within the last two years.

Learn more about the exam by downloading the Candidate Information Booklet, which discusses how to reschedule your exam if you’re ill and what to leave at home (including everyday items like purses and cell phones).

You’ll learn whether you passed or failed immediately upon finishing the exam. If you didn’t pass, you can retake the exam as many times as necessary, as long as you’re successful within two years of your application approval.

Once you pass the licensing exam, you must fill out one additional form to activate your broker license. This form, called the Florida Real Estate Commission Broker Transactions Form, is submitted free to the Florida Real Estate Commission.

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Florida Real Estate Broker License FAQs

Are you wondering if it’s worth all that effort to become a real estate broker in Florida? It’s a lot of work, but the financial benefits and other rewards may make it worthwhile. Here’s some additional information about the licensing process that’ll help you decide.





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