ca real estate licenseThe CA Real Estate License law, enacted in 1917, provides for the licensing and regulation of California’s real estate agents and schools. California real estate license law serves as a model for similar legislation in many other states and enjoys a nationwide reputation.

The revenue necessary to operate DRE (California Dept of Real Estate) is derived from fees charged for real estate licenses, subdivision public reports, and various other permits issued by the Department. Employees operating from District Offices in five cities (Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego) carry out the Department’s responsibilities as mandated by the Real Estate Law and the Subdivided Lands Law.

The Real Estate Commissioner is appointed by the Governor, and serves as the chief executive of the Department of Real Estate. The Commissioner appoints a Real Estate Advisory Commission comprised of ten members: six California real estate brokers and four public members. The Advisory Commission, presided over by the Commissioner, meets and consults on policies of the Department at public meetings held at least four times a year. The Commission also helps to determine how the people of the State of California may best be served by their CA real estate license, while at the same time recognizing the needs of the industry that it regulates.

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