Basically,  there are three things that you must do in order to apply for a real estate license in Florida.

  1. Pass the 63 hr. pre-license real estate course.
  2. Get fingerprinted
  3. Submit an application with the DBPR

The fingerprints and application with the state must be done within 5 days of each other.  You can do your fingerprints and application before, during, or after you complete the course.  It is best to go ahead and do it. If you wait until you are finished with the course, you will have to wait at least a few weeks to get your approval to take the state exam.  It is best to go ahead and get it done as soon as possible so you can take the state exam without having to wait so long.   Your approval is good for 2 years.  So is your course completion certificate.  As long as both of them are valid, you can take the state exam as many times as you need to.