Current Application Processing Timeframes

Helpful Information

  • Use eLicensing to expedite the processing of your application.
  • Submit your application and fee ONCE ONLY via mail or fax, not both. Submitting multiple applications will delay processing of your application and exam scheduling. NOTE: Only examination applications are accepted via fa.
  • Faxing an exam application only saves mail delivery time. The processing of all applications is based upon received date order. We cannot acknowledge receipt of a faxed application. If possible, adjust the settings on your fax machine to assure complete delivery.
  • Provide complete, accurate and detailed information in your application. Fingerprint reports from the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation must be received and reviewed by the DRE with respect to each original license application. Please note, the fingerprint process is not within the DRE's control. In some cases, applications may be delayed due to the fingerprint process and/or the fingerprint results.
  • To find out if your application has been received by DRE, check your bank statement or credit card statement to see if your fee has been processed. It will be helpful to know this information should you need to contact us.
  • Additional suggestions are provided in Do's and Don'ts for Exam Applicants.

The Department of Real Estate (DRE) receives a significant number of telephone calls per day. Your assistance is needed to help us provide the best service possible.

  • Our processing timeframes have been impacted by staffing restrictions and may be longer than usual. Timeframes are updated on a weekly basis. Please check the posted timeframes below before contacting the Licensing Program, as the same staff that answer telephone calls processes applications.
Type of Application: As of October 19, 2020, DRE is Currently Processing Applications: Processing Impacts - What You Should Know:
Sales Exam Application

Received September 8, 2020

Submitting your application more than once (by mail or fax) extends processing time and delays exam scheduling.
Broker Exam Application Received September 1, 2020 Submitting your application more than once (by mail or fax) extends processing time and delays exam scheduling.
Sales Combo Applications Received August 31, 2020 Submitting your application more than once extends processing time and delays exam scheduling.
Broker Combo Applications Received September 1, 2020 Submitting your application more than once extends processing time and delays exam scheduling.
Original Sales License Application Received September 23, 2020 Fingerprint information must be received and reviewed before a license can be issued.
Original Broker License Application Received September 25, 2020 Fingerprint information must be received and reviewed before a license can be issued.
Original Corporation/Designated Officer License Received September 18, 2020  
Broker/Corporation License Changes (not including DBA addition/deletion requests) Received October 2, 2020, 2020  
Broker/Corporation Fictitious Business Name (DBA) Requests Received September 22, 2020  
Salesperson License Changes Received October 12, 2020 Use eLicensing for faster processing.
Salesperson Renewals Filed On Time* Received September 2, 2020 Use eLicensing for faster processing.
Salesperson Renewals Filed Late

Received September 23, 2020

Use eLicensing for faster processing.
Broker and Officer Renewals Filed On Time* Received September 17, 2020 Use eLicensing for faster processing.
Broker and Officer Renewals Filed Late Received September 23, 2020 Brokers use eLicensing for faster processing.
Certified Histories for Out-of-State Licensure Received September 28, 2020  

* Licensees can submit renewal applications up to 90 days before the license expiration date, but renewals are processed in date received order. Renewal documents and fees must be postmarked no later than midnight of the four-year license expiration date to be considered on-time. If all renewal requirements are properly submitted, Section 10156.2 of the Business and Professions Code allows for continued operations under the existing license after its expiration date unless notified otherwise by DRE.