How to Get A Real Estate License in District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)

In order to become a professional real estate agent in District of Columbia (D.C.) you must first obtain a license from the District of Columbia Real Estate Commission. You must fulfill certain requirements before being granted a license.

General Requirements for a D.C. Real Estate License

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 60-hour DC real estate pre-licensing course
  • Successfully pass the national and D.C. portions of the licensing exam
  • DC Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course

    You must complete 40 hours of pre-licensing real estate education. It is very important to choose a school that has been pre-approved ( ). District of Columbia only allows classroom setting classes and does not approve of any distance learning courses (e.g. internet). You can also find each course’s schedule on the online list of approved schools.

    At the completion of your real estate pre-licensing course the school will furnish you with a certificate of completion. You will need this certificate in order to apply for your license.

    Registering to Take the DC Real Estate Exam

    When registering to take the test it is important to keep in mind that in order for your scores to be valid you must pass both portions of the exam within one year of completing the education requirement.

    You must register to take the DC Real Estate Exam at least 24 hours in advance. You may register online for the DC Real Estate Exam, by phone (800-274-2602), or by fax (888-204-6291). If you choose to register by phone or fax, it helps to have a registration form handy; these can be found at the end of the DC Real Estate License candidate handbook. You must remit the $61.50 testing fee at the time of registration using credit card, debit card, voucher, or electronic check.

    Taking the DC Real Estate Exam

    The DC Real Estate Examination is administered by Pearson VUE at various testing locations located in Washington, DC; Salisbury, MD; and Baltimore, MD. You can find scheduling information when you register online or over the phone.

    You should arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes in advance to allow for check-in. The testing staff will need two forms of identification; both identifications need to have a valid signature, one of them must be government-issued with a current photograph. You will also need to bring the certificate verifying that you have completed a 60-hour pre-licensing course. Your photograph will be taken for the official score report.

    The DC Real Estate Exam is computer based, however you will not need any computer experience in order to successfully navigate the test. Before you begin the examination, a tutorial regarding how to use the computer will be provided. This tutorial will not subtract from the time you are permitted for the test. You may begin the test once you are comfortable with the computer.

    The first time you take the test you will take both the general and DC portions together. There are 80 items on the general portion and 30 items on the DC portion.

    Washington DC Real Estate Exam Scoring

    You will be provided with a “pass” or “fail” score report upon completion of the exam, before leaving the testing center. A passing score is 75 or above. Scores are not calculated based on percentage of questions answered correctly due to varying levels of difficulty. Questions are given different point values based on their complexity.

    If you fail the examination you may retake each portion separately. Reservations may be made 24 hours after a failed attempt. You must pass both portions within 6 months in order for your scores to remain valid.

    Obtaining a DC Real Estate License

    You must apply for your license within 6 months of passing the licensure exam. Pearson VUE offers the convenient service of applying for your license online. Once you have your license you can use this service for updating your license as well! You will need to submit your exam score report and documentation of completed education. The license fee is due upon submission of your application as well.

    Official Resources for the Washington DC Real Estate Exam

    13 Responses to “How to Get A Real Estate License in District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)”

    1. Deborah Merklin commented on June 2, 2015

      If I have a real estate sales license in Florida is that transferrable to Washington, DC or is there any reciprocity?

      • Chris commented on June 3, 2015

        DC does not offer reciprocity with Florida so you would need to complete the steps above.

    2. Neil Grice commented on June 27, 2015

      I am licensed in SC. What steps will I need to take to obtain license in DC/Virginia area?

    3. Wynter Johnson commented on November 5, 2015

      Hello –

      I believe that your data for DC is inaccurate, they recently approved distance education for licensing.

    4. Al LeBLANC commented on March 14, 2016


      I live in New York and I am a licensed salesperson here in good standing. How do I get an endorsement license in Washington DC>



    5. Tony Mobasser commented on April 4, 2016

      I want to get DC real Estate license but I want to attend a live classroom can some help me PLEASE
      my phone number is (571) 436-1418

      Thank you


    6. Jennifer commented on May 14, 2016

      If I am an attorney, can I be licensed in DC as a real estate agent?

    7. Elizabethpenn commented on July 7, 2016

      I want to know what steps should I have to take to become a real estate agent

    8. Trung vu commented on August 13, 2016

      Now I need you help me How to pass the portion state DC , How much you charge , Thank you .
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    9. Ted Sandler commented on April 10, 2017

      Do the educational (60 hours) spent in Maryland count towards my 60 hours required for DC?

    10. Adedayo Oguntala commented on May 20, 2017

      I passed my course exam in August 2016. How long do I have to take the DC licensing exam before my course exam completion is outdated?

    11. Claudia Cavero commented on July 3, 2017

      I am a real estate agent in VA, what do I need to become a DC real estate agent?

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