Division of Real Estate
Mutual Recognition Information
Florida has mutual recognition with 7 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, and Nebraska. Brokers and Sales Associates can qualify for an equivalent type license in Florida if they meet the following qualifications:
- Must be 18 years of age and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Applicant must not be a resident of Florida, at time of application.
All applicants must have obtained the Real Estate license by having met the education and examination requirements of the state with which Florida has mutual recognition.
Applicant must hold a valid, current and active real estate license, in good standing, issued by the Real Estate licensing agency in the state from which the applicant is applying.
The intent of these agreements is to recognize the education and experience that real estate licensees have acquired in another state. These agreements apply to nonresidents licensed in other jurisdictions. Each licensee who applies for Florida licensure from a state or jurisdiction that has a current mutual recognition agreement with Florida must pass a written Florida-specific real estate law examination. The exam consists of 40 questions of 1 point in value per question. A grade of 30 points or higher must be achieved to pass the exam. These agreements also ensure that Florida licensees have equal opportunity for licensure in those jurisdictions with which agreements are concluded.
Once you have obtained a Florida Real Estate sales associate or broker license, you are subject to all renewal requirements for our state. Prior to your initial expiration date, listed on your license, you will be required to complete post license education. (45 hours Post-Education for Sales Associates and 60 hours Post-Education for Brokers). There after you will be required to complete 14 hours of continuing education biannually. The education requirements are in addition to applicable renewal fees.
You will be notified within 60 days, prior to your expiration date, that you are due for renewal. Please be sure to visit your online account, frequently for your education requirements, renewal fees, status of your license, related license information, and to maintain a valid mailing address. In addition, be sure to visit the Division of Real Estate Home page for any updates or upcoming events.
Division of Real Estate no longer has an active mutual recognition agreement with the following States:
Colorado: Agreement Dissolved - January 31, 2009
Indiana: Agreement Dissolved - June 30, 2014
Kentucky: Agreement Dissolved - July 15, 2009
Oklahoma: Agreement Dissolved - February 15, 2016
Tennessee: Agreement Dissolved - September 30, 2012
Please see our general real estate license requirements for sales associate and broker licenses by clicking on the "APPLY FOR/UPDATE LICENSES" tab at the top of this page.