To sell or lease real estate in Delaware and earn a commission, you must have a Delaware Real Estate License.
The steps to obtain a DE Real Estate License:
Step #1: Complete the 99-hour Delaware Real Estate Salesperson Pre-license Course.
Step #2: Schedule your DE state license exam.
Step #3: Take and pass the state salesperson exam.
Step #4: Apply for your DE real estate salesperson license.
Delaware requires salesperson applicants to be at least 18 years of age. They must also be of good character, with no criminal conviction records that could relate to their ability to practice real estate.
If you meet this qualification, it takes four steps to earn your Delaware real estate salesperson license.
Step 1: Take the 99-hour salesperson pre-license course
All new salesperson candidates begin with a 99-hour salesperson pre-license course intended to provide the essential background for conducting real estate work in Delaware. The course must be administered by a state-approved education provider.
The salesperson course will cover general topics like real property definitions, property valuation, contracts, and financing. It will also teach Delaware-specific real estate topics on licensing requirements, Delaware laws on real estate, and the Commission. The topic and hour breakdowns are as follows:
Each major topic area (real estate sales, law, and mathematics) will wrap with an examination. You must pass each exam with a minimum score of 70%. You can retake each exam once.
Step 2: Schedule the state exam
PearsonVUE administers the state licensing exam for Delaware. The fastest and easiest way to schedule an exam appointment is online at www.pearsonvue.com/de/realestate. New users will create an account. All exams must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. For alternative scheduling, call (800) 274-2604. You’ll need your certificate of pre-licensing education, contact information, and date of examination to register.
The examination fee is $85 paid directly to PearsonVUE at the time of reservation. PearsonVUE accepts credit card, debit card, voucher, or electronic check. All exam fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Any changes must be made 48 hours in advance.
Refer to the Candidate Information Bulletin or search online for test centers closest to you.
Step 3: Pass the state licensing exam
On test day, bring two forms of valid signature identification to the test center. The primary ID must be issued by the government and have your photo. All ID must be in English. An example would be a state driver’s license, US passport, or military ID card.
Your Delaware salesperson licensing exam has:
PearsonVUE publishes content outlines that show specifically what you’ll see on each section of the exam.
Immediately upon finishing your exam, you’ll get a score report. Passing candidates will receive information on applying for a license. Failing candidates will see diagnostic information and details on retaking the exam. You have up to three attempts in one year to pass both sections of the exam.
PearsonVUE uses a scaled score from 0 to 100 to determine passing. The scaled score accounts for variations in difficulty across various forms of the exam. A passing scaled score is 70 and above.
Step 4: Apply for your Delaware salesperson license
Delaware’s Department of Professional Licensing only accepts online applications. You must first create a DELPROS account. When you go to the website, click on the “register” button to start an account for new users. Existing users can enter log-in information on the right.
The DELPROS system will save your incomplete application for six months. After that, you’ll need to start the application process again. The online system does enable you to check the status of your application using the “View Application Status” feature.
For your online application, you’ll need to upload:
Your initial salesperson application fee is $131, paid online with a credit or debit card.
Once your application is approved, congratulations! You are qualified to practice real estate as a Delaware salesperson.
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