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DCRA is currently accepting renewal applications for occupational and professional licenses.

  • As of July 1, 2021, you may start submitting your renewal application online if your license reflects an expiration date during the COVID-19 pandemic. For licenses that expire October 31, 2021 or later, renewal notices will be sent at a later date.
  • You are strongly encouraged to renew early to ensure that renewal is completed before enforcement begins.
  • All occupational and professional licenses are issued biennially, with the exception of Special Police Officers, whose licenses are issued annually. Licenses that expire October 31, 2021 or later may be renewed as per their usual renewal cycles. Note: if your license reflects an expiration date of 2022, no renewal action is required until 2022 when you may renew beginning 90 days before your current license expires. 

General Information

The District of Columbia Real Estate Commission regulates the licenses of professional real estate agents and protects consumers by upholding the District of Columbia real estate license law.

The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Mayor. All members must be residents of the District of Columbia throughout their tenure on the Commission. Three members must each hold a Broker’s license; two members must hold a Salesperson’s license; two members must hold a Property Manager’s license; one member must be a licensed attorney; and one member must be a consumer member who does not hold a real estate license. Five members of the Commission constitute a quorum.

The Commission meets on the second Tuesday each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024. August is a recess month. Due to the public health emergency, all board meetings are currently being held virtually.

Board meeting minutes are available at www.open-dc.gov.

Applicant

Apply for license

Click to apply for a license.

 

Items Needed for Application

All Applicants

  • One 2”x2” passport-style photo (.jpeg format)
  • Un-expired government-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license)
  • Debit or credit card to pay application, exam, or license fees

 

Broker

Endorsement

  • Meet or exceed the District’s 135-hour pre-licensing education requirements in the jurisdictions from which you are applying
  • Two (2) years’ experience as a licensed salesperson. The active license must immediately precede the application date. 
  • Complete a 3-hour DC Real Estate Commission (DCREC) approved Fair Housing course.
  • Passing score on the state (DC) portion of the Broker exam. For additional information on the exam, refer to the “Real Estate License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin” on the DREC website.
  • An applicant for an Independent Broker’s license who has passed the required examination shall submit an application for a license to the Commission with the required fees within six (6) months of passing the examination.
  • Original letter of license certification from your original jurisdiction. The certification letter has to be dated within 90 days and contain the official seal. Pocket cards and license copies are not accepted.

Examination

  • Two (2) years’ experience as a licensed salesperson. The active license must immediately precede the application date. 
  • Complete 135-hour pre-licensing educations.
  • Passing scores on both the national & state (DC) portions of the Broker exam. For additional information on the exam, refer to the “Real Estate License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin” on the DREC website.
  • An applicant for an Independent Broker’s license who has passed the required examination shall submit an application for a license to the Commission with the required fees within six (6) months of passing the examination.

Reciprocity

  • Two (2) years’ experience as a licensed salesperson. The active license must immediately precede the application date. 
  • Complete a 3-hour DC Real Estate Commission (DCREC) approved Fair Housing course. 
  • Passing score on the state (DC) portion of the Broker exam. For additional information on the exam, refer to the “Real Estate License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin” on the DREC website.
  • An applicant for an Independent Broker’s license who has passed the required examination shall submit an application for a license to the Commission with the required fees within six (6) months of passing the examination.
  • Original letter of license certification from your original jurisdiction. The certification letter has to be dated within 90 days and contain the official seal. Pocket cards and license copies are not accepted.

 

Property Manager

  • Currently, pre-license education is not required for DC property managers. However, if property management pre-license education is desired, visit the DCREC website for approved providers and courses. 
  • Passing scores on both the national & state (DC) portions of the Salesperson exam. For additional information on the exam, refer to the “Real Estate License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin” on the DREC website at https://www.dcra.dc.gov/real-estate.  
  • An applicant for a Property Manager’s license who has passed the required examination shall submit an application for a license to the Commission with the required fees within six (6) months of passing the examination

 

Real Estate Organization

  • Registration as a legal entity, domestic (DC) or foreign (non-District) that conducts business in the District of Columbia (ex. Professional Corporation, LLC, Partnership, etc.)
  • Trade Name Registration, if the entity is operating under a trade name.

 

Real Estate Salesperson

Endorsement

  • Meet or exceed the District’s 60-hour pre-licensing education requirements in the jurisdictions from which you are applying.
  • Complete a 3-hour DC Real Estate Commission (DCREC) approved Fair Housing course.
  • All endorsement applicants are required to pass the state (DC) portion of the Salesperson exam with minimum 75 percent passing score. For additional information on the exam, refer to the “Real Estate License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin” on the DREC website. 
  • Original letter of license certification from your licensing jurisdiction. The certification letter has to be dated within 90 days and contain the official seal. Pocket cards and license copies are not accepted.

Examination

  • Complete 60-hour salesperson pre-licensing education from a DC Real Estate Commission-approved educational provider. 
  • Passing scores on both the national & state (DC) portions of the Salesperson exam. For additional information on the exam, refer to the “Real Estate License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin” on the DREC website.  
  • An applicant for a salesperson’s license who has passed the required examination shall submit an application for a license to the Commission with the required fees within six (6) months of passing the examination. 

Reciprocity

  • Complete a 3-hour DC Real Estate Commission (DCREC) approved Fair Housing course. 
  • Passing score on the state (DC) portion of the Salesperson exam. For additional information on the exam, refer to the “Real Estate License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin” on the DREC website. 
  • An applicant for a salesperson’s license who has passed the required examination shall submit an application for a license to the Commission with the required fees within six (6) months of passing the examination.   
  • Original letter of license certification from your original jurisdiction. The certification letter has to be dated within 90 days and contain the official seal. Pocket cards and license copies are not accepted.

 

Examination

Exams may be scheduled online or by phone.

To schedule online, visit psiexams.com. New users will need to create an account and register prior to scheduling an exam. Once registered, select “Schedule and examination” and then:

  1. Select Government/State Licensing Agencies
  2. Select District of Columbia exams
  3. Select Account for the type of licensing exam that you are seeking

Applicants may also schedule by phone at 1-855-557-0616.

 

Fees  

Broker (Associate, Principal, and Independent

  • New (Exam, Reciprocity, and Endorsement) - $295
  • Renewal - $170
  • Reinstatement - $235

Property Manager

  • New - $295
  • Renewal - $170
  • Reinstatement - $235

Real Estate Organization

  • New - $150
  • Renewal - $110
  • Reinstatement - $175

Real Estate Salesperson

  • New (Exam, Reciprocity, and Endorsement) - $255
  • Renewal - $130
  • Reinstatement - $195

In addition, a fee of $60.00 shall be submitted for the Real Estate Guaranty and Education Fund included in the licensee fees.

Refund Request

 

Licensee

Renewal and Renewal Cycle

Broker, Company, Property Manager
Expiration Date: February 28; Renewal Year: Odd

Salesperson
Expiration Date: August 31; Renewal Year: Odd

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Real Estate Commissions Updates/Requests
Real Estate Reinstatement/Activation Application

Consumer

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File a Complaint or Issue
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Calendar

Meeting Dates  

  • January 12, 2021
  • February 9, 2021
  • March 9, 2021
  • April 13, 2021
  • May 11, 2021
  • June 8, 2021
  • July 13, 2021
  • August – Recess
  • September 14, 2021
  • October 12, 2021
  • November 9, 2021
  • December 14, 2021

Contact Us

Board Members

Frank Pietranton – Chair, Broker
Ulani Gulstone – Legal Committee Chair, Attorney Member
David Forster – Salesperson
Christine M. Warnke – Consumer Member
Edward Downs – Broker
Monique Owens – Property Manager
Elizabeth Blakeslee – Broker
Ericka S. Black – Salesperson
Joe Borger – Property Manager

To apply for a vacancy, please visit the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments for more information and an application.

Board Staff

Leon Lewis – Program Coordinator
Stacey Williams –  Program Support Specialist
Kevin Cyrus – Education Coordinator
Kathy Thomas – Education Liaison

For more information, please contact DCRA’s Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration using our online inquiry form, via email at dcra@dc.gov, by phone at (202) 442-4320.

Address: 1100 4th St SW Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20024
Direct Email: opla.realestate@dc.gov

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