What You Should Know When Applying for a Real Estate License from the California Department of Real Estate

The California Department of Real Estate (the DRE) is authorized to request background information from all applicants seeking the issuance of a license to practice real estate activity requiring a license in this state.

There are a number of areas that require mandatory disclosure by an applicant when applying for a license from the DRE, including:

WHETHER THE APPLICANT HAS EVER HAD A DENIED, SUSPENDED, RESTRICTED OR REVOKED BUSINESS OR PROFESSIONAL LICENSE (INCLUDING REAL ESTATE), IN CALIFORNIA OR ANY OTHER STATE?

WHETHER THE LICENSE APPLICANT IS FACING DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AGAINST ANOTHER A BUSINESS OR PROFESSIONAL LICENSE AT THIS TIME (IN CALIFORNIA OR ANOTHER STATE)?

WHETHER THE APPLICANT HAS EVER BEEN ORDERED TO CEASE, DESIST AND/OR REFRAIN FROM DOING AN ACT(S), OR FROM VIOLATING A LAW, RULE OR REGULATION BY, OR CITED FOR A BREACH OF ETHICS OR UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT, BY AN ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCY OR PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION IN CALIFORNIA OR ANY OTHER STATE?

Failure to accurately and fully disclose the background information required by the DRE can lead to a long delay in the issuance of a license or worse, the complete denial of the license.  DO NOT guess when answering these sorts of questions.  It is essential to obtain the official records related to the reportable events so that the detailed information provided to the DRE is correct.