Many Brand New Florida Real Estate Licensees Are Penalized Over Simple Error. Don’t Let It Happen To You.
Yesterday, I attended the monthly FREC meeting. There were about a dozen cases on the legal agenda that involved completion certificates for the prelicensing class.
When the state started offering online proctored state exams during the pandemic, this created some issues for collecting course completion certificates. Some applicants took their state exam without submitting their course completion certificate to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Those students are now being penalized by the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC). The penalties have ranged from a small fine to revocation of their license. Any penalty, including a public reprimand, will appear on your license record that the public can see. What a way to begin your career!
The DBPR has emailed all licensees in question. Unfortunately, many licensees ignore the email or do not have a valid email on file with the DBPR. You are required to have a valid email on file with the DBPR, so if that’s the issue, give them a call to get it fixed. If you received an email and ignored it, perhaps it’s time to pay attention.
If you took an online proctored state exam between August 4, 2020 and May 29, 2022 and aren’t sure if the DBPR has your school certificate, call the DBPR at (850) 487-1395 to double check. You don’t want to start your career off with a public reprimand and a fine. It’s worth making a quick call to double check.
Please note that neither I nor anyone in the Climer family has any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools. My father, Ron Climer, sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014. It has since been bought by a large corporate conglomerate. I proudly own Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.