Learn about the District of Columbia education needs for real estate licensing and renewal.
Licensing Board/Commission: District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
District of Columbia Real Estate Education Requirements:
- District of Columbia real estate salesperson license: 60 hours of pre-licensing education, and a 3-hour DC Real Estate Commission approved Fair Housing course
- District of Columbia real estate broker license: 135 hours of broker pre-license education (as well as 2 years of experience as a salesperson), and a 3-hour DC Real Estate Commission approved Fair Housing course
Many students utilize exam prep tailored specifically for the District of Columbia to help increase the chances of successfully passing their real estate exams.
District of Columbia State Reciprocity:
Real estate commissions and boards across the country are adopting policies for a real estate agent in one state to more easily become licensed in another state.
Licensees who wish to apply for a reciprocal license in the District of Columbia must:
- Complete a 3-hour DC Real Estate Commission approved Fair Housing course.
- Pass the DC state portion of the Salesperson examination (license application must be submitted within 6 months from the exam date)
- Submit original letter of license certification from the jurisdiction of origin dated within 90 days
For more information about reciprocity, visit our complete guide.
District of Columbia Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:
- District of Columbia real estate salespersons must renew their real estate licenses by August 31 of odd-numbered years
- District of Columbia real estate brokers must renew their real estate licenses by February 28 odd-numbered years
- Salespersons and Brokers must complete 15 hours of continuing education including 9 hours of mandatory topic courses determined by the Commission for each renewal cycle, and 6 hours of electives.