Occasionally, individuals will contact Value Homes Real Estate School, LLC and inquire about obtaining a Florida Real Estate license.  The caller will normally advise they possess or are licensed as a real estate licensee in another state. The caller will then request information as to how obtaining a Florida Real Estate license through reciprocity with the state where the caller currently resides.

Before proceeding clarification is needed on the difference between Mutual Recognition and Reciprocity. 

Reciprocity: is an agreement between States that allows a real estate licensee with a real estate license in one State (“home state”) to practice real estate in another State (“reciprocal state”) without being required to complete the full licensing procedure in the second state.

Mutual Recognition is a contractual agreement between states to recognize each other’s real estate education criteria.

Florida does NOT have Reciprocity with any other state. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, (DBPR) lists the states with whom Florida currently has Mutual Recognition agreement.  The following link http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/re/mutualrecognition.html,  lists the states Florida currently has Mutual Recognition agreements.

Florida’s Mutual Recognition agreement requires individuals licensed in one of the states mentioned above to demonstrate knowledge of Florida’s real estate laws.  This knowledge is demonstrated by taking and passing a Florida Real Estate law exam.  The exam consists of 40 questions and the applicant must answer at least 30 questions correctly.  Only NONRESIDENTS of Florida may apply and be granted a Florida real estate license under the Mutual Recognition process.

Real estate licensees residing in one of the States, recognized under Florida Mutual Recognition, wishing to obtain a Florida license need to apply for and pass the 40 question Mutual Recognition exam before moving to Florida. Individuals, who move to Florida and reside in Florida for a period of 4 months, are considered Florida residents under Florida real estate licensing criteria.  This means individuals holding real estate license in one of the states with which Florida has Mutual Recognition, who movie to Florida, reside in Florida for 4 months or longer and apply for a Florida Real Estate license under the Mutual Recognition provisions will have their real estate application denied. They will be required to follow the procedures for obtaining a Florida real estate license as a Florida resident.  Those procedures require successfully completing a pre-license course, and passing the State required real estate examination.

Additional information on Mutual Recognition or obtaining a Florida Real Estate license may be obtained by contacting Value Homes Real Estate School, LLC.  The courses offered and the schedule of courses can be found on the school website at www.ValueHomesRealEstateSchool.com.