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Can I Get a Real Estate License With a DUI?

Do you like the idea of meeting new people, controlling your schedule, spending a lot of time out of the office, and not having a cap on your income? If so, a career in real estate may be perfect for you. In Orange County, California, real estate can be very lucrative because of the high cost of living – this can mean huge commissions.

Let’s say you’re studying for your California real estate license, but you accidentally got behind the wheel after drinking and you were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). Now you’re wondering, “Can a DUI conviction prevent me from obtaining a real estate license?” This is a good question, and we’re going to explain below.

Qualifying for a Real Estate License

To obtain a real estate license, first you’ll need to pass the written examination. You must be at least 18-years-of-age or older, and you need to be honest and truthful on your application. You can’t hold back when it comes to any arrests or convictions. According to the Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE), “Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license.”

The CalBRE continues, “Failure to disclose any criminal violation or disciplinary action in an applicant’s entire history may also result in the denial of a license.”

All real estate license applicants are subjected to a background investigation, and the disclosure or the failure to disclose a criminal conviction may result in the denial of a license. Here are some, but not all, of the most common disqualifying convictions according to dre.ca.gov:

  • Burglary
  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Extortion
  • Grand theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Petty theft
  • Tax evasion
  • Possessing drugs for sale

When you apply for a real estate license, be sure to read it thoroughly and completely. While you fill it out, answer the questions honestly. If you fail to disclose pending criminal charges or former criminal convictions, even if they resulted in a dismissal, expungement, or pardon, or they occurred when you were a minor, the withholding of the information can lead to the denial of your real estate license.

Related: Will a DUI Stop Me from Becoming a Realtor?

While a DUI does not automatically disqualify an applicant from receiving a real estate license, it’s still possible. If you’re facing DUI charges and are hoping to sell real estate, contact our Orange County DUI defense firm for help.