Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Legal Residency Rule Change for Real Estate Licenses

Community Business College has been informed today by the California Bureau of Real Estate of a change in license application procedures:

All individuals who submit an application for a real estate license received on or after January 1, 2016 will no longer need to submit proof of legal presence in the United States.

On September 28, 2014, the Governor signed Senate Bill 1159 (Lara, Chapter 752, Statutes of 2014), which adds Section 135.5 to the Business & Professions Code (BPC), changing the legal presence requirements to obtain a real estate license.

Up until SB1159, the law required an individual to provide proof of legal presence in the United States (either via proof of U.S. citizenship or legal alien status), in order to obtain a real estate license. The new law which becomes effective on January 1, 2016, will remove the legal presence requirement from the entire application process.

This notification is the California Bureau of Real Estate’s implementation of the new laws’ requirements.

The law change follows an earlier state Supreme Court case in which justices ruled that lawyer Sergio Garcia should be admitted to the California bar despite lacking legal status.

Since California Real Estate activity is regulated under the Business & Professions Code, the change affects all applications that are submitted after January 1, 2016.

An important note:  California Real Estate applicants will still be required to provide a social security number or an individual taxpayer identification number for licensure.

Classes for the California Real Estate Exam

For more updates, refer to the Community Business College real estate web pages.

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